I am a big fan of the Hale as well. Agreed that the plain toe shows shell better and is technically more formal, but some part of me falls into that category of folks that thinks shoes are "dressier" because of the heavy brogueing.
For me, the Hale (and the Fairfax) offer a great point of compromise between the Leeds/Park Avenue (no/minimal brogueing) and the McAllister/Strand (heavy brogueing).
If a bourbon shell is offered or they bring back cappuccino shell, I would be very tempted to get a MTO in Hale or Fairfax if available.
As long as we're on a Hale lovefest, here r mine in black. I didn't know they were discontinued.