Did you hear back from Katie about the sizing question? What size did you go with in the end?
I'm in the same position of trying to decide what size I am in their shell cordovan having only owned a pair of their CXL shoes.
I believe you should order the same size wether shell or CXL. At least that is what Rancourt recommends.
It's a little nerve racking to place orders for $500+ non-returnable shoes without knowing exactly how they'll fit...
If this is your first pair of Rancourts I would suggest the "made to fit" program. It will cost $50, but you will get a $50 gift card in return. It will take the guesswork out.
Any new shoe is exciting! Nice choice!
I've actually done that prior to ordering a pair of CXL ranger mocs earlier this year.
It's a great idea in theory, but given how much my CXL shoes stretched, it doesn't fill me with confidence. I guess I'll have a second data point when my orion suede rangers get here in a couple of weeks.