I figured I'd ask this question to see if anyone had/has a similar experience. I have three pair of shell shoes, the most recent being a pair of Vass and Alden PTBs Over xmas vacation, I spent a full two days walking outside and inside shopping malls with the wife. I had two pair of shoes on the trip, one being the Alden shell PTBs and the other a pair of Alfred Sargent calf PTBs The Aldens are pretty new, and I've worn them in the office a few times prior to this vacation. Well, a couple of days after the vacation, I put the shell Aldens back on to go see a movie. I immediately noticed a tremendous pain in both heels, but moreso in the right than the left. It was agonizing, and I had to change shoes right away after leaving the theater, barely able to make it across the parking lot whilst constantly wincing in pain from the daggers piercing the heels of my feet. I got home to see that the spots on the heel of my foot were fairly red, but there was no blister. They were on the posterior (outer) side of the heel (not the bottom of the foot), right on the bone. My question is: is this a result of the shell being a tougher leather to stretch, and has anyone else experienced this sort of pain? I have been wearing dress shoes, including shell, regularly for almost a year now, and the vacation was the first time that I put on some serious miles with a full day of street-walking in shell shoes. I'm just hoping I haven't developed a permanent problem on the heel. It's been about 8 days now and today in the office I have a pair of AE calf dress shoes on. The pain is still present when I walk, although now it is only in the right foot.