Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I know, right? For the past several months, I have been looking for a shoe to wear on vacation (the idea being that it would be the one proper shoe, as opposed to a sneaker or hiking boot, that I pack) that would be versatile enough to look good with either jeans and a plaid shirt or with a Sportcoat and slacks in nice hotels and restaurants. I wear size 15, so Allen Edmonds is one of the few brands to make good shoes that fit me. I tried the Patriot in burgundy, but the fit wasn't right. I saw a pair of shell MacNeils on eBay, but someone snagged them before I could. I bought the last pair of brown MacNeil 1.0s, which look great, but which seem a little dressy for a long day of walking around in jeans and flannel in Denver and Portland (my next two trips). I may keep the brown MacNeils anyway, but I don't think they would suit this particular purpose. Hence, the pebble grain Dundee. That Jesse Thorn of Put This On raved about the pebble grain chukkas he wore on his recent trip to Scandanavia definitely influences my decision. (He wore Doc Martens, because he didn't want to shell out $600 for Crockett & Jones, but that was before Dundee seconds were available).
A country brogue would be great -- something with larger perforations and a hearty rubber sole, like the tan pair that is featured in the new Brooks Brothers catalog. But Brooks (and, for that matter, most other companies) stop at size 12 or 13.
Wouldn't the (also $219) Golden Brown CXL Long Branches fit the country brogue description? The Dundees are more on the dress side, but either would look great with jeans and flannels.