My current seven favorites:
1. Strand - bourbon
2. Rush Street - olive
3. Flatiron - brown
4. First Ave - walnut
5. Dalton - oxblood
6. Cronmok - brown
7. Clark Street - brown
I probably wear the Clark Streets more than any others.
Lasalle looks out of place when I wear jeans. I personally think the walnut Strand would be a better choice with jeans.
I'm not planning to buy anything for a while, but I am carefully looking at everything and trying to determine what my next one will be. Since I don't own any cap toes, it might be time to try to push my limits. The Hopkinson in merlot might be something I try. I also don't own anything in walnut yet.
+1 to Neo. I owned the gray saddle shoe in the #3 spot in this photo and two pairs of the Black Hills in the #2 spot. Picked all of them up on clearance at Burlington, so that tells you something about how popular gray was. The Black Hills, size 15s, were marked down to $12.99 each.
The shell shoes are certainly looser than the same shoe on the same last in calf. They just can't pull the shell as tightly as the calf. It does not make me alter the size of the shoe I order, but I do know they fit me better than calf.