Originally Posted by Zzen
Thanks for the insights all, it sounds like a fitting is in order. Unfortunately none of the stores in my area have a 10 or 10.5 in stock, the two sizes I'd be deciding between. BB CS did say I can work with a SA in store and have them pull from inventory to try the sizes on, which I may do after the holiday.
One other thing I wish I could get is a consensus on shell as a foul weather boot material. I read in places that it's more resilient and lower maintenance than calf, but then I also see people say it's a more fickle foul weather material with it's water spotting, etc. How does this specific Peal cordo boot hold up in the winter weather for you guys?
BB has a pretty good return policy, so another method (in case you can outlay the credit) is to order both sizes online and then see which one fits better at home, and return the one that doesn't work.
As for foul weather, I can just speak to Cordovan in general, as I don't have extended experience with the Peal cordovan specifically (although it is Horoween cordovan so it should act similarly to my Aldens). Yes, the cordovan will like spot after water, as it does to most of my shell. However, the easiest way to get rid of this problem is to use Alden leather defender (should work fine on Peal). Here's a video of the application process. It's very easy to put on, and works well!
You can get it at many Alden outlets, including Leffot and the factory stores in SF, DC.