When this was launched a weeks or so ago, they claimed there'd be 11 colours, but only 8 were on the site.
Now all mention of 11 had been changed to 8.
No more Football Brown, or Gold.
Galways (Really an Eagle County in Natty Shell/Snuff Suede):
Navy Shell Cordovan First Avenue Boot
Finally, some Cap Toe Boot Comparison!
Left to Right: AE Natty Shell/Snuff Eagle County MTO, Crockett & Jones Harlech MTO in Whiskey Shell, Alden Ravello Daytripper, and AE Navy Shell First Avenue.
Some individuals feel that shell shoes will be ever so slightly looser than the same shoe made in calf. The general consensus being that shell is thicker, less malleable than calf, and can not be pulled as tightly during the lasting process. We are talking about an extremely small difference here. Most will take the same size, in the same shoe, shell vs calf. One thing to consider is shell will not stretch. The sole will break in, the corkbed will settle, but the leather itself will not stretch much, if at all. On the other hand, calf will stretch, and suede will definitely stretch. Not sure if you are concerned with shoes being too tight or too small. Some others can definitely shed light on their own experiences.
If that's the only issue you found, I'd say you've got some real winners. That will look like character over time, and will probably even out some with polishing.
I recently returned a similar pair of Walnut Clifton's recently that had striping only on one shoe. I'm waiting to see if I get a better replacement. The striping on your pair is definitely more muted than mine was, so if it were me, I'd be more inclined to keep the pair you have. They still look really nice to me.