Originally Posted by grendel
Argh! Planning my purchases for Spring and it's driving me crazy.
I want to get some of the Venetians in Brown CXL, but not on the super-thin leather soul. I'm trying to decide if the RLH sole will look too clunky on them? Thoughts? The other option is the siped camp sole in honey.
I'm also torn on a 2nd shoe to get... Not because I can't pick one but because it's tough to pick ONLY one... I had been thinking about a ranger moc in peanut suede... or green shell... or latigo / other pebble grain...
But now I'm thinking about a #8 shell beefroll penny loafer... I want to get a RLH sole on one pair, but I'm not sure which. I'm not sure the RLH would go with a #8 shell penny loafer, so I could go with a CXL penny or back to the ranger moc choices...
Does anyone know what last they send if you do the Made to Fit program? I usually wear a 10 in most things (10D Alden Barrie last, 10D AE 5 last, 9UK in Alfred Sargent) but I just got 9.5E in White's boots and they fit well. I've got the Eastland Made in Maine olive CXL size 9.5D that were a bit tight at first but loosened up to fit well. I'm not sure shell would do that, and I'm not sure which lasts they put on which shoes by default, so I was thinking of trying their fit test shoes for a 9.5E.
I like this post!
All the following opinions are simply what I'd do if I were ordering the shoes:
Venetian: Honey sipped camp sole.
Ranger moc should look great in peanut suede (really like how that looks online) or the latigo, I think. I'd like something in both of those, but would then have find extra feet to wear them...
Both should be sturdy for that shoe. Own the green shell, of course, and love it. So that is a tough one.
I think RLH with #8 shell would be an interesting casual look. Definitely different for a shell loafer, but workable.
Interesting that you wear .5 size smaller in Eastland than in AE 5 and Alden. I'd think you'd wear .5 larger, but if you have the shoes and they fit, then that's that.
CXL is definitely going to give some, particularly if it is unlined. My feeling is that unlined shell has some give too. Lined it does not.
Trying to keep myself from placing a Rancourt order...