What Mr. G says: "new lasts!"What I hear: "we're phasing out the widths that fit you!"Feels like I'd better stock up for the rest of my life while the getting's good before availability gets even worse than it already is.
I already emailed them last month asking if anybody had returned a chore coat or trucker jacket because the arms were too long. Hell is trying to find a natural-fiber casual jacket when you're tall and thin. We've been complaining for a while.
With regular use, shell cordovan requires little to no maintenance (cleaning or restoration) of any kind; there's so much oil involved in the tanning process that it tends to stay pretty well nourished for years by itself. My wallet is two years old, used daily, and hasn't ever seen any wipedowns beyond life in my back pocket.The material often develops "welts" -- that rough, bumpy texture -- after exposure to moisture. Regular use will cause the roughness to subside. Just...
I'd stick with your burgundy theme to avoid worrying about coordinating/bringing additional belts... especially if something has a rubber sole or sole protectors, because cobbles and/or rain really do a number on leather soles. My vote goes toward the Leeds.If you've got MacNeils, consider those just for fun.