In my search for some nice casual shoes to wear with trousers/chinos and jeans, I've decided to pick up a nice pair of chukkas. I went to Leather Soul in Beverly Hills the other day and tried on the Alden Chukka (unlined flex-welt I believe) and loved them. I am not willing to spend $460 on a pair of casual shoes, however, so I'm hoping that one of these pairs of Loake's will do the job. What I liked about the Alden was that it was minimalist, the eyelets didn't overlap when the laces were tied, and how they were fairly sleek (I'm used to chunky chukkas).
So, is the Kempton or Pimlico better for me?
The only difference in the descriptions seems to be the last. Pimlico is on the capital last whereas the Kempton is on the 026 last. I have done a search of some past threads and there was some mention that the capital last was a bit narrower/sleeker. Do people agree with this? Is there anything I should know about to make the decision with these?
For sizing on the Loake's, I have read that it would be appropriate to size down a full size. I wear an 8D in the AE 5 last. Keeping in mind the switch to UK convention and the fact that both boots are F fitting, would the 7 be good in your opinion?
I am open to recommendations for other options in the $300 range.
Thanks in advance for any help.