My current shoe collection consists almost entirely of Allen Edmonds, and I am looking to get a new pair that is an upgrade from them. Alden seemed a little too close/similar, so the next stop seemed to be Crockett and Jones. I am looking for something in a light brown, sort of a "cognac" color. As a reference, I would prefer if it were lighter than Allen Edmonds Walnut.
I have narrowed it down to a few options: Dover, Drummond, Westbourne, and Rosemoor. I would like something on the sleeker side, lace-up, with a leather sole. I am OK with either Derby/Blucher or Oxford/Balmoral.
Can anyone shed some insight as to whether or not those models would be what I am looking for, or suggest some others? Also, what is the best way to buy these? There is a Crockett and Jones store in NYC, but it looks like I can get them cheaper on Pediwear. The current exchange rate puts them at about $500 for benchgrade. Does the NYC store have any upcoming sales? I am not in a hurry, so I don't mind waiting.
Edit: What upgrades am I looking at coming from Allen Edmonds? Will the leather and build quality be better or about the same? The styling definitely seems sleeker, at least on some of the models I have seen.