Beautiful but too narrow for my feet unfortunately.
Dunno if you saw my comments in the Crockett & Jones thread, but I found out last week that C&J specifically advise against using shell for any boot that is designed for poor (as in wet) weather...
Wait...so what the hell am I supposed to wear in the rain? I have shell boots on the way, and thought that they would be ideal for wet weather.
A normal waxy and/or grained calf leather, if you want something that doesn't need any special attention after exposure to rain, snow or dew.
Crockett & Jones didn't say that you can't wear shell in the rain, nor did they dispute that it's an extremely robust leather, just that they couldn't recommend it as a material for a boot or shoe that was designed to be all-weather due to potential blistering and the maintenance needed to keep them looking smart after getting wet. This was in response to an MTO winter boot query and they effectively lost an £850 sale as they wanted to be completely honest with me.
I stand by wearing shell in the rain. I think darker colors tend to have more noticeable whitening. It takes all of (literally) six minutes to slightly dampen a rag, wipe them down, and then buff them up with the dry part to bring out as much of a shine as I want. Maybe 5 minutes if you get them while they're still wet from the rain. I think that's pretty good.
Actually I have an opposite experience with shell.
This year I was wearing my AE shell loafers under the rain storm twice, and both time they got a real deep wash. After a 24h on the trees and intencive brushing they looks like new.
I think that every shoe looks not pleasant when wet, calf or shell doesn't matter, but shell is more easy to revive (imho of course).