Yeah, I have slightly wide feet, but not a EEE or anything. You're a 3E right? I can imagine that it would look exaggerated and be uncomfortable if the toes are pushing out the sides. The nice thing about the LWB (AE or Alden) is that clunky or hefty is the aesthetic and it looks pretty cool with jeans or chinos.
Yeah, I already have a feeling that I'll want a pair with black edge at some point, but my shoe collection is big enough (I'm sure yours is as well) that versatility is a little lower on my needs for shoes. Luckily, antique isn't quite as loud as natural. It's funny because I really started buying nice shoes in "high" volume in 2013 and 2014 and I've probably swapped 50% of them. Feels like this might be never ending...
FWIW, I picked my MacNeils up during the RDA via SF Marketplace BNIB through a well known seller for a pretty good price relative to retail, but MSRP for shell shoes was only $550 then. Also, you could possibly re-dye or use edge dressing on the natural if they are too light for you now. It'd be a pretty interesting project
Ha, my own rotation is rather on the "modest side." I've got 15 pairs and 3 on the way, plus 1 about to be ordered from another maker. It's still way more than I "need," and makes me feel a bit too extravagant sometimes, as I'm not a man of extraordinary means. So one of my NY resolutions is that I absolutely HAvE to keep the closet at fewer than 20 pairs, so any new acquisitions have to be swapped in.
Yes, the edge dressing could be sanded and re-stained, but the reverse welt strip would still be tan. I'm certainly not comfortable with the idea of staining leather black without getting any on the lovely shell.
I figure enough folks like the casual contrast that if I do try to sell, shouldn't be terribly difficult.