My friend, it sounds like it's time for a visit to your local optometrist
Thanks for finding and posting that kentyman!
I took advantage of Mr. Grangaard's post a couple weeks back and have been in communication with him/AE on getting a special color of Shell Cordovan in a pair of McNeils or William Williams, a longwing. Not sure which I am going to get yet. They are sending me swatches of what colors they have available... $$$
My first thought was the same as yours and dancingbear. I still do not own a LWB But not sure how the 7 last fits me. The 8 last just does not fit me at all despite several people saying it is their best fitting last. So I was afraid to take a chance. If I thought it did then I would have the MacNeil made in Dark Brown shell which from what someone said the other day is almost identical to Alden Cigar. But I want to get the MacNeil in burgundy shell first.
Yes and they have some walnut and cappuccino but very limited and no more available at this time. And of course the standard burgundy, brown, and black are available. When she said that she would send me a swatch of walnut and cappuccino I told her there was no need to as I still had the one she sent from last July. But they want each of us to know exactly what the color will look like because of the variations that exist in these more exotic colors. They will cut a piece out of a hide to send us and mark the hide to match so that when you get your shoes it will be an identical match. One of the things I like about AE is the attention to detail which helps in customer satisfaction IMO.
All 3 boots and shoes from Left to Right are walnut shell. But you can see the difference in color between them. Time plays a roll in color too as the lighter shell ages it tends to darken IME.
Or maybe he will actually answer the question rather than try to skirt around it as he has.
Yeah there are many of us waiting for shell boots. Normally the new styles come out in the fall however with the worldwide shell shortage will have to wait and see. There are too many shell heads running around these days! ;-)
AE still offers the Dundee which is a chukka. And a man can never have too many shell chukka's IMO:
Although the colors are more limited now. If a suede Dundee comes out in snuff I am all over it.
What is the break-down again on the above colors? Clockwise - cappuccino, brown, burgundy, black, and walnut?
WOW! You have wanted those for years Adam, congratulations!! I'm really excited for you, that is awesome.
Now you do know that due to your foot size you are well outside the range of Gunboats. In fact I think your in Aircraft territory here, something like the USS America:
Taking her through that ditch in the sand known as the Suez Canal on the way to fly sorties in Desert Shield which turned into Desert Storm. She was the finest ship to ever sail and with a name like America she had damn well better be. Just as I'm sure your USS (United States Shoe) MacNeil's will be the finest shoes you will soon own. Congratulations once again, Bravo Zulu.
For your reference, I am an 9.5E in the 5 and the 7 last. The length is very good in both, the 7 is just a touch more generous in the ball of the foot, which I actually prefer (the 5 last is pretty snug). I wear a 10D in the 1 last, but i'm sure a 9.5E would fit in that last as well.