That really is a matter of taste....Personally I would not want any of my Vibergs with tonal stitchdown and those certainly are not cheap...in fact wearing a pair today!
And no offense taken.... we all like what we like...
Wore mine today, too. I distinctly remember them being the most comfortable of all the shoes I tried on the day I first stepped foot into an AE store a year and a half ago.
Speaking of McT's, my Cognac brown pair from the shoe bank showed up earlier in the week. Just now getting around to snapping a pic for you enablers. @M635Guy included. Sock thickness definitely makes a difference with these. I am shocked at how much less room I have across the top of my foot with these vs. the Black Hills. Bal vs. blucher fit is much more pronounced with this thicker rough leather. Funny thing is, they are also lighter than my Black Hills, which apparently have darkened quite a bit. I expect the McT's will eventually darken nicely as well. I'm glad I went with these instead of the lighter tan. Gonna be a nice fall shoe.
I've been labeled...
It never occurred to me how much variation exists in the shape of feet. For me, my 11.5D McT's are super-comfortable.
It's called the McKinley.
This site has a description and does not mention specifically CXL: http://reviews.allenedmonds.com/7512-en_us/SF50438/mckinley-penny-loafers-reviews/reviews.htm
However, this does:
So does this:
Thanks, guys. I will put a saved search on ebay to see if my size comes up. The BCF ones were too big.
Pardon me for my micro-aggression (bwahaha, I just found out this is a "thing")
Indeed, although it occurred to me the comparison to my well-worn Black Hills isn't really a fair one. The double oak sole on the McT's felt a bit stiffer, but I imagine as my foot wears into the cork bed, these'll be just as comfy. I was standing most of the morning and can already feel gravity working its magic.
Edit: Also wanted to mention Jeff at the Charleston store was awesome in getting these for me. From dealing with me returning brown grain 2.0 Dundees that I just wasn't comfortable in, to securing this pair for me when their store's only pair was on hold for someone else, Jeff was fantastic and friendly with his service!