1) I've got brown dress SDs with a celastic toe and brown dress BHs without. Not a huge difference between the two, but I like the feel of the noncelastic toe best. The toes haven't collapsed but I would admit that the celastic toe looks a little dressier.
2) For me brown dress looks great with the brown edge. I can't really imagine black would go well, but like you haven't actually seen the combo (maybe there's a reason).
3) The heel is really a matter of taste and preference.
I think the build looks great!
woah! 10% off on custom builds at Baker's this Monday is making me put together an order fast. Would like this pair to be a bit dressier than my Smooth Distressed no-celastic captoe 6" Swing Last Bounty Hunters I wear at work daily.
Thinking all Brown Dress SDs on Swing Last (feet bones hafta wear that, sorry Haters), all antique brass eyelets, close trim, Cuban heel dropped 1/4", 700 sole (the 430 soles on my BHs have begun to squeak like hell, very annoying, would like to try a composite sole instead).
1) Celastic or no? Not sure how the Brown Dress collapses over time, if celastic caps even fit the Swing Last, or if the edge of the celastic cap will make itself visible over time in the way the Brown Dress patinas.
3) Do the 1/4" dropped Cuban heel, or have Baker's close-trim a 1/4" dropped block heel? (kind of like East-West's brown dress White's boots)
All your thoughts are appreciated, the clock ticks! I figure better to drop $400 & 6 weeks on a custom pair than $522 on a factory set of Alden Indys this weekend... Gotta get a backup pair of boots ASAP before I send my only White's in for a possible resoling/definite re-heel-capping