A couple of models got me interested.
I have not heard much about Sanders, and I have not seen them in New York.
Any experience, recommendations, etc.?
I've owned a pair of Sanders wholecuts for a little while. They are extremely comfortable, and their Diplomat line is very well put together. The Goodyear welted sole means that they make a very good investment for the future.
My wholecuts are up for sale currently: http://www.styleforum.net/t/343333/for-sale-sanders-paris-oxford-wholecut-style-shoes-size-9f-last-ken-black-195
Just to add my 2c worth.
Was looking for a wider Chelsea boot and decided to give the Sanders Thirsk a go. Now its been a while since I last wore boots of this style, and while I find them an absolute pain in the butt to put them on and take them off, I can say that I am happy both with the look, as well as the very high level of comfort. Even on first wear, didnt need to break them in at all.
I've been looking at Sanders shoes as well, the Monaco boot which looks nice and sleek. From what I've seen, Sanders does make all their shoes in the UK.
The Newmarket boot is made with polished leather, which is essentially corrected grain leather, while the Newbury boot is likely made from higher quality, full grain leather, which will look better over the long run.
I've looked at the Newbury from different web shops, some say full-grain leather and others say it's calf leather.
IIRC, corrected grain leather is better at resisting water.
In your position however, I'd use the Newmarket boot as beaters.