Question on shell...what is the deal with the size on them? I seem to be all over the place and do they stretch a TON? Should I expect shell to stretch a lot more than calf?
McNeils used 13D HUGE in that I can fit a full finger between my heel and the back of the shoe with no effort.
Park Ave's 13D new that fit snug
Randolphs 13D worn several times and now a touch loose
Florscheim's LWB's 13C that are very loose
Hanover LWB 13D fit perfect
Leeds 12.5E that fit pretty good though are wider than I would have thought.
Worse than the fit is I still go back and forth between loving the shell and thinking they look like plastic....
Shell cordovan is a very tough leather and do not stretch as much as calf. As far as sizing, I'd go the same size as calf if your size in calf is working for you. However, it doesn't look like you don't what size you are. I'd find the size that works for you in a particular model and last before trying them in shells. I recently got a pair of shells and love them. They don't look plastic at all