For my Alden, I try to only have 1 shoe and 1 boot per shell color (my way of limiting the damage). Lots of whiskey but I have a fair amount of darker shell and calf shoes. The AS shoes/boots are on order. I am also very impressed with the quality and might not return to C&J Benchgrade (although I might pick up a pair of black Drummond). I will post pics once I receive them but from the AS whiskey shell MTO I have seen so far, they are pretty wicked. Oh, and I do my fair share of rationalization to ease the conflict. Funny, the better half shares the same sentiment.