So I'm about to finally pull the trigger and order a pair of Strands from Nordstrom. My only hesitation is that, although they fit fine, I'm not a huge fan of the overall shape of my McAllisters (which are shown below, in 9.5 E next to my 9.5 E Lasalles). I prefer the 8 last to the 5 last, and although I realize they are completely different shoes, the 8 last seems much more streamlined and the shape is overall more aesthetically pleasing to me than the McAllister on the 5. Is the Strand essentially the exact same shape in 3 dimensions as the McAllister?
I have Delrays and am a huge 8 last fan and am not the biggest fan of the roundness of the 5 last. That said, there is something special about my walnut Strands - I love the color and the silhouette of the shoe. With the medallion cap toe and brogues, they look much sleeker than other 5 last shoes. With Nordstrom's generous return policy, I would buy the Strands and wear them around the house on carpet and see what you think. Otherwise, my prediction is you are going to be kicking yourself in a few weeks for not picking them up for $220.