All, looking for some thoughts on burgundy shell open-laced shoes. Trying to decide between MacNeil and Bradley to fill the burgundy/open-laced spot in my collection. By way of background, my current open-laced shoes are: Leeds (black shell), Townley (brown shell), and RL Sanderson (tan calf, similar to a walnut Mcgregor). Current closed-laced shoes are: Park Ave (black calf & burgundy shell), Fifth Ave (brown), Strand (bourbon), and McAllister (merlot calf & cappuccino shell). The new purchase would primarily be worn with dress slacks & the occasional khakis, as I wear my closed-laced shoes with suits. If anyone has both the Bradley and MacNeil, would be interested to know the difference in the fits & which one gets worn more.
I feel the opposite about the LWB. Prefer the MacNeil.
Not long ago, out of curiosity I ordered a burgundy shell Bradley (just to check it out; I intended to return it and did) and was pleasantly surprised. Shape-wise, if you have a wide foot, I think it compares very well to the Alden NST. The latter are generally on Alden's Aberdeen last, which is their sleekest, but once you go up to a wide in it (as I must), for better or worse the sleekness is greatly reduced and the Bradley then compares much better.
On a related note, I'm also impressed by the relative sleekness of my new Townley. Both the Townley and the Bradley are 1-last bluchers. Who knew the terms "sleek" (relatively) and "1-last blucher" could be in the same sentence?