Dandie, the Cavendish loafers look beautiful - are they in shell cordovan?
On a whim, I decided to do a comparison of my C&J's since they use a number of different lasts. I've been getting a fairly good feel for the lasts that suit my feet. This is the aerial view:
Forgive the crudeness of the photos:
Top row - Connaught (236), Peal and Co. (C&J for BB - 240), Marlow (C&J for RL - 314), Pembroke (325)
Bottom row - Weymouth (337), Westfield (341), Guildford (348), Monkton (348), Lowndes (348)
All are in 9.5E (medium) except for the Connaught which is a size 10 (they were a bargain so I bought them and they fit very well with an insole). The Marlow is a 10D which is the equivalent of a UK 9.5E according to the sizing table on the box.
337 and 348 are very similar in terms of elongation and narrowness (and the way they feel to my feet). The 341 is also along those lines but not as narrow or pointy and definitely feel a little roomier than the 348 for my feet. The 236, 240 and 325 are definitely more traditional in their toe roundness and length. The loafer on the 314 feels a little tight as soon as I put them on but after about 15-20 minutes become extremely comfortable - I don't know if it's the shoe adapting to my foot or the other way round but I certainly enjoy wearing them.
Of those on the 348, the Lowndes feels the most comfortable but I expect this is due to the material more than anything else - I've been told that suede 'gives' more. I wore them for a recent 3 week trip overseas and they were very comfortable no matter how long I wore them.
One thing that I've come to realise is that material and type of shoe matter as much as the last. It shouldn't be news to me - the experienced members of this forum have said it many times but it's only now that it's sunk into me.