I'm planning for my next Alden purchase and hope to seek your advice.
I'm looking for a LWB/Wingtip boot in tan calf and considering these three options:
1. Tan Calfskin Wing Tip Boot from Brick+Mortar
2. Waxed LWB (18582) from J.Crew
3. LWB in burnished calf tan (979) from Lost & Found
My first question is: what's the difference between the "waxed" calf of the 18582 and the "burnished calf" of the 979? It really puzzles me that the 18582 shows a darker shade in the photos on J.Crew's website, but looks virtually the same as the 979 in other photos I found on Google......
The second question (a few sub-questions actually) is about sizing. I tried on a J.Crew PCT boot in 8D, which seemed to fit me well and not snug at all; and an unlined dover (with storm welt) in shell in 7.5D, which was a little bit snug but seemed to wrap my feet perfectly, I assume it would be my ideal fit after breaking in. However, when it comes to a lined calf shoe/boot, I'm not sure if my ideal size would still be the same. So I wonder, given the same last and size, is there a difference between:
(a) lined and unlined;
(b) calf and shell;
(c) shoe and boot; and
(d) storm welt and flat welt?
I apologize for asking so many questions, but I'm really curious to know whether there is any general consensus on these issues. Thanks a lot!
I happened to have the J Crew Waxed LWBs for a while, IMO, they were dark at first but really lightens up towards to yellow side which was too casual for me. I would go for the 979s because the color is slightly richer or the wingtip boot.
I found my J Crew PCT fit more towards TTS, I wear 9D in PCT and 8.5D in the calf LWBs