IC shielding/directionality - Views?

What are your views on directional cables - particularly cables making use of a shield design which is grounded at one end only?

More specifically -- all other things being equal (materials, plugs, cable length and so on) --, have you ever preferred the non-directional (and non-shielded) variant of a cable over the directional (and shielded) variant of the same?

Obviously the shielded variant are going to cost more (if you're buying)or take more time (if you're crimping/ cutting/ soldering etc). Did the additional cost/time pan out for you?
Any input (or a pointer to useful discussion) is very much appreciated.