Bal Boot Feedback
In terms of the shell bal boot, I've got a few points:
1. I haven't seen or tried on the Robert last in person, so I'd prefer to wait until my Pitti meeting before we finalize this. That way I can see the last and provide you guys with as much information about it as I can.
2. If I didn't already mention it - this concept completely kicks ass. I don't say "epic" all that much. But this will be an epic boot. Antique edge trim will really make that shell color pop. We actually just need five people, as I'm completely ordering a pair of these for myself.
3. Just to be totally clear on colors - there's only two shades of brown that are available:Saddle
We can't order Ravello, Cigar, or Whiskey. And it's not possible to order a Chestnut that looks more like Cigar. As with Alden, these shell colors have some variation and some come in darker than others, more saturated than others, etc.
All things being equal, I'd recommend Chestnut. It's a BEAUTIFUL color, and our Chestnut shortwing was the best seller of the Carmina collection. It's seasonless and easy to match. As it's darker, any imperfections in the leather (scratches, color variations) are going to be much less apparent.