Other shoes built on 79 last are (or were):
I have five pairs of cordovan and about 10 pairs in calf. I prefer calf in general at this point for two reasons.
1. Calf is actually easier to maintain than shell in my opinion. In the rain, shell is more waterproof but looks like crap after rain drops hit the shoes and leave water marks/welts on them. I then have to brush the crap out of them or deer bone them.
2. The more I wear shell, the more it feels like a casual material, which I didn't buy into at first. Calf is a little more versatile in that sense. Also, I just love putting a mirror shine on my shoes.
That being said, there's a time and place for calf, shell, suede and CXL. I love my shell for what it is, but I don't think I'd want shell versions to replace my calf ones.
I find that with dress socks, my neumoks are really narrow in the toe in the same size as my other 5 last shoes. However, they fit perfectly with loafer socks. They seem to be more comfortable with every wear. Hopefully, after a few more wears my pinky toes won't be pleading with me for relief at the end of the day.
The shoe stretcher has helped most of my pinky-toe-woes, but I still haven't gotten that gap to close much. I can barely single knot the short, thick laces that came with them, which happen to be the same as on my Tan Finches.