Sorry, again, don't want to be a buzzkill, but I absolutely hate CXL. I cannot understand why it is used for shoes at all. I would be in --later in the year--on a grain or other chukka, but not CXL. It just isn't proper shoe leather to me. (Moccasins for sure, but not shoes.)I would wish you all good luck with that one.
Thanks for making the Rain last chukka work, Steve. Maybe towards the end of the year we can do a rain last calf chukka?
Or a shell chukka (then I can sell my Aldens)
But let's do this at the end of the year. I am shoe poor. 😎
Sorry, I think I created the noise around the lining. I am ok with any lining--except for a few of the exotics being discussed here Tan, Brown, Purple or Red - I really don't care. If I was doing the order myself, I would go with red or purple, but those are the compromises we make to save a few shekels. Cheers.
I am not sure that, without actually trying the shoes on, anyone can help you. I wear an 8UK Rain and I believe that would be to big for you. A 7.5auKnRain likely too small. You need to try them on to know for sure.
I will go with the majority on this, but my vote is for purple or red. I have on Brown Carmina Wingtips with a purple liner and it is only visible when you put them on or take them off. Again, I will go with the majority though.