I could probably be convinced to splurge a bit on a C&J Marston or Bury, but I can't find those online anywhere (I live in the US). With the C&Js, I just really dig those lasts. I realize they're more formal loafers than the Oak St./Aldens, but that's not necessarily a negative for me; I wouldn't mind something that's a bit more formal (i.e. passable with a suit).
I'd also be open to something cool/more outside the box, so to speak, e.g. a wholecut, but I think those tend to be more expensive (but definitely correct me if I'm wrong).
So, here are my questions:
1) Does anyone have an opinion on Oak St. vs Alden in terms of overall quality?
2) Among Alden loafers, is the LHS my best bet?
3) Are those C&Js for sale anywhere?
4) Am I missing anything good in the approx. <$500 price range? (I could probably go higher if they're really TDF)
If it matters (especially if anyone has something FS) I am a 13D in US sizing.
Thanks for your help!