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 Great lookng boots.  Enjoy them.
I would go with the navy cxl.  Unless you are in an always-sunny climate, there will be entire seasons and may days you cannot wear the navy suede.  And you cannot see the broguing all that well in the navy suede so you lose some of the impact of the design.  The navy cxl has a particularly rich color, it is versatile --goes with kakhis, jeans,cords of a variety of colors and the cxl is a hardy leather -- wears very well.  That particularly make-up, with the contrasting...
Personally, I think the Carmina double monks look much better.  I prefer the rounder toe and the goyser stitch just looks out of place on the double monks -- like a child was learning to make the shoe and is still learning.  I don't know if I would like the goyser stitch on a more hefty shoe -- like a longwing -- but a double monk is a plain, sleek style of shoe.  Of course, this is all taste on which reasonable minds can differ.  This mind, reasonable or not, knows what...
 I appreciate your explanation of the process.  I guess I have been lucky over the years:  I have never run into this despite seeing and owning a number of pair of color 8 cordovan shoes.  Running dye or discoloration, the process in this instance lead to a notable result in this particular pair of shoes.    
 This is not common in my experience with color 8 shells.  It is a significant discoloration and it will not change.  I think it is completely unacceptable that retailer would hope it could pawn that off on someone. I have never seen a second from the ShoeMart that looks that bad. Return them and either get a decent pair from J Crew or get color 8 LWB from anyone fthe many retailers who sell first quality Aldens when you pay first quality price  
 I have used some suede protector spray called Terrago that is superb:  protects the suede against wetness superbly, and does not affect the suede in any way I can discern. I do not know about the Allen Edmonds spray, so cannot opine about that.
Depends how fervent your hate of speedhooks is.  If you like the boot and can learn to live with it, I say do that.  You rarely can know what make-ups or coming and, even if you do, you don't know when they are coming.  If you really hate speedhooks, however, you should not buy them and wait for what you really want.
 That pebble grain makes it  a more casual plain toe blucher.  I would wear it with casual clothes (chinos, corduroy) all the way up to business casual -- sport coat and slacks.   Would not wear it with a suit - unless something like a tweed suit -- ie. suit equivalent of sport coat and slacks.  
 I have a number of shell LHS and bought this summer the exact model you are contemplating -- tan suede LHS. I really like the tan suede LHS - versatile, comfortable, and great-looking. The suede does feel lighter than the shell LHS.  The sole is more flexible than the single leather sole on the LHS, and the suede leather feels thinner, softer and lighter on the feet than shell. They feel like a different shoe than the shell LHS.   I live in a four season climate where the...
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