Thanks to those who answered my question a few days ago re: the missing Horween stamp on the sole of my shell PAs.
As I only own 4 pairs this is easy to answer:
1. PAs in shell, burgundy. They go with every suit and pair of trousers in my wardrobe and dress down (khakis and OCBD or polo) surprisingly well. I will not wear them with black but (despite opinions to the contrary on this forum) very well could.
2. Jermyns in walnut. I've skipped right over the Strands and gone for the loafer because (as you're limiting us to 3 pairs) I have never been in a situation that demanded a brogued oxford. I love them and want a pair, but I honestly don't need them with PAs and the Jermyns in the rotation. Certain circumstances call for a loafer. The Grayson is a more traditional choice, but the Jermyn in walnut is simply spectacular. I saw them first on the feet of a salesman in the Philly store then bought mine from the DC store, where the manager opined that it was the best looking shoe in the store and wondered (with me) why demand wasn't strong enough to keep this model going.
3. Leeds in shell, black. I own a black suit. I own military uniforms. Neither look good without shoes.
My fourth pair are Mayfairs for the same reason: tuxedos require shoes.
Has anyone seen the piece in Delta's SKY magazine on classic American brands such as AE, Red Wing, Woolrich, and Pendleton becoming highly sought-after brands in the Asian market? It's very interesting but potentially dangerous, as the article describes these as high-quality yet expensive status symbols--and I don't need my wife to see pictures of my two most recent shoe purchases (PAs and Red Wing Beckman chukkas) on two consecutive pages in this context.
Finally, a question: I need shoe trees and know to get them from Norstrom Rack. Yet I wear an 11E in most AE lasts and an 11 1/2 in most other cases. This puts me in two different sizes of Nordstrom Rack trees, which I'd like to avoid. Does anyone know if I can make to with either their 11-and-down or their 11.5-and-up size?