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 What do you mean new?  I think it's been around.  I've seen a Chelsea Boot, Plain toe blucher and WingTip Boot on Llubi.  I first saw one of the guys at Armoury wearing the PTB about 18 months ago.
Put a bandaid or something there.  It should subside as they continue to break in.
I've always thought that the concept of "shoe volume" is flawed, since our feet aren't liquid.  If a shoe is too short, you can't make up for it by going out in width, having the excess length of your foot migrate to the space created by the extra width.  IMO, it is much more of a 3 dimensional matter (Length x Width x Height, and yes, I realize that this is the geometric formula for 'volume'.)  What I'm saying is that a shoe has to fit well in all 3 of these dimensions....
No first hand experience with either, but it is often said that Simpson works best for low insteps, Rain works well with high insteps, and usually when one fits well the other will be impossible.   It is surprising that your instep is low, even for Simpson.
Let's be honest, when aren't you in some stage of the shoe purchasing cycle?
I don't doubt you, however: In addition, on a pair of our handsewn shoes we will remove the old plug (piece of leather on top covering your toes, not including shell cordovan) and replace it with a new one. http://www.rancourtandcompany.com/shoe-care/premium-refurbish-11144.html
And I'll also add that if you have a pair of shells 'premium refurbished' they won't replace the plug as they otherwise would.
Not as good of a secondary market for Rancourts as there is for Alden, Carmina, and the like.  Especially in sizes that are further from the median.  If you put a generous price on them, I'm sure someone will bite eventually.   eBay is probably best.   Good Luck.
That's just the nature of this shoe game.  It is inevitable that it will get out of control.  Just accept it now.  It's already too late for you, my friend.  You've caught the bug.  Expect to spend at least $10k on shoes over the next three years.  I've watched it happen over and over again.  No reason to think that you are an anomaly.  Those are the same color. They are just calling it by a different name. ^^^This was a very smart idea, IMO.
Polo.  More versatile.  Why not both?
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