I agree with you and if I went MTO I would buy ridgeway soles. When I recreaft these it will be with ridgeway soles.
To be perfectly honest the only safe thing on ice/snow is Yaktrax.
I bought (and returned) the cardigan 4 in scotch grain a couple years ago, and I remember the brogueing being larger than most other models, but about the same size perforations as the Skye (dunnno how the skye II is different from skye). They (cardigan 4 and skye) are also both on the same last (335)
I don't think you'll like cordovan in warm climate since it's fairly dense compare to calf.
I purchased my first C&J, hand grade selbourne 358 last, in size 9E US on my recent visit to DC. I sized down from my regular RTW size 9.5 US because it seemed to fit better in the shop. However, after returning home to Chicago, it felt too tight in the toe area. As a result, I have returned the shoe. The store only allows exchanges, not refunds. It carries few other hand grade shoes on lasts 337 and 363. It also has cordovan leather shoes on lasts 325 and 341 and few boots on last 348.
Now as I won't be able to try all these other lasts in person, I would appreciate if I could be given a recommendation of my size on the following lasts
Hand grade 337
Hand grade 363
Bench grade 325
Bench grade 341
Bench grade 348
My size on the brannock device is 10.5B US. However, I have never tried a 10.5B or 10C shoe. My size on other manufacturers and lasts is given below
EG last 82 width D : Size 9.5 US
Ferragamo Tramezza: Size 9 US
AE Park Avenue/Fifth Avenue: 10D or 10C
AE First Avenue Boot: 9.5 D
Thank you so much
^ It's hard to suggest a size/last combination when you acknowledge that you don't usually wear your true/brannock size.
Why not ask the C&J store people for a recommendation? You visited the store and the salesperson would at least faintly remember something about your footshape if the visit was recent