Johnny, these are shoes that would not work with slim-fit slacks or suits, but work with pretty much anything else. Â They are fine with jeans, fine with wider-legged slacks, and IMHO (though I haven't tried this), fine with suits that are not cut in a really slim style. Â They are a heavy and substantial pair of shoes, but they are still somewhat graceful, and the very dark brown color makes them a good match for lots of clothes. Â If you want a fairly uneducated (cold weather-wise), Southern Californian opinion, I wouldn't wear these McCallums in salty/slushy conditions because I don't like the way cordovan deals with slushy/wet conditions. Â I had a pair of cordovans that went through rain, salt, and snow one winter, and they were pretty much dead after that, despite my maintenance efforts. Â They never really came back smooth after the moisture welted them up. Â Assuming you don't like to wear galoshes/overshoes, Â I'd guess you want to stick with something that has rubber outsoles, and just try to keep the uppers well-maintained. If you want chukkas for use in bad weather, I'd prefer a pair of calfskin Chepstows (C&J equivalent to the McCallum) instead of the cordovan McCallums, or maybe the Alden Fan chukkas with commando soles. Â Or these Loakes with Dainite soles, which cost about 80 GBP w/o VAT--a lot less than the Aldens or C&Js:
IMHO, the really nice thing about Dainite soles is that they allow you to get a Goodyear welted shoe, with a stacked heel, that has a rubber outsole for increased skid and water resistance. Â But you don't really notice the rubber sole unless you can see the bottom of the shoe. Â Take a look at the C&Js, Sargents, or Loakes with Dainite soles--I think they look nicer than some of the AEs with vibram soles, especially for use with suits or dressy slacks. Â Â Like these Loakes, for example:
Not that I'm pushing Loakes, these pics just jumped out at me as showing the bottoms of the Dainite soles as well as the side view of the shoe. Â And again, out here in LA, foul weather = rain, so I have zero experience with what salt/slush would do to shoes like this.