First time post here. Thanks for all of yours.
I've read about as much of this thread that I can but have had some difficulties discerning colors in certain pictures. Unfortunately, the NYC store closed, so I will be ordering online and hoping for the best.
I'm trying to decide on my next RMW purchase (my first was a Gardener in dark brown). The next pair will be used primarily to wear to the casual office or dinner out in suburbia/NYC with dress pants, chinos, or, perhaps, nice jeans. I would also like them to be compatible with a navy suit for court. They should probably have leather soles for when I wear them with a suit, but I suppose the comfort/composite soles could work. This is a tough decision, and any advice is appreciated.
I'm presently considering a number of Craftsman or Comfort Craftsman options, and am open to the Yearling or French Veal Calf.
The colors are very difficult to assess, but I think the Chestnut, dark tan, or rum colors would work. I definitely want them to be lighter in color than my dark brown Gardeners, shinier, and otherwise different enough to justify the purchase.
Regarding the question/complaint about squeaky RMW Gardener or those with similar soles: one of mine squeaked for the first few months of wearing them, but that went away. I absolutely love my dark brown Gardeners, which I wear mostly with jeans or chinos in a casual office. I've never received so many compliments on a pair of shoes. They are very comfortable, and I don't have to worry about them in rain, snow, salted walks, etc. The toes have suffered some lightening and one nick from a bar stool, but I plan to order some Saddle Dressing, as recommended.
THANKS in advance!