What combination of last/leather/sole did you get?
My "Hallifax" are in mahogany country calf, last 808, with a double leather sole, narrowly cut; set-in iron on toe, and Â "Ralph Lauren Special" heels (straight rubber edge and lots of brass nails). The overall look is a very elegant town boot not the country look featured in the catalogue.
The Halifax is a great boot. Â Not getting it wet is like the owner of a retriever show dog who is afraid to let it swim.
I have no problems with shoes becoming wet, but you are supposed to start wearing new leather soles in dry conditions, for the fibres to compress and the pores to collect grit and dust. That's what all the guidelines about shoe-care say. Who am I to argue?
Burlington Arcade store, and I'm probably going to deal with them for special orders from now on
I can only recommend dealing with the London shop. They are very accommodating and allow you to change the details as you please. All right they probably will not make a new pattern for you, but if you like the "Stowe" with a medallion, a toecap, or an additional row of broguing they will do it. I once discovered a (Japanese, of course) site with EG special orders where they had at least 3 variations on the "Stowe". I never saved, only book marked, the site and it's gone now.
As for sizing, in Green 606 I take a 8.5 E, 202 I take a 8.5 F, and in Weston 8.5 E.
The enigma of JMW's lasts continues. EG size 8 E fits nicely in the circumference, but is a touch too short in the toe. I look now for 8 Â½ D, that just gives a bit (4 mm) of extra length. A few weeks ago I saw a (second hand) pair of JMW signature loafers, size 6 Â½ D. Normally I would never bother with that size, but as they looked big, so I tried them on. I could get in, but they were too short in the toe, but the width was fine. I would have needed them a whole size (8 mm) longer, but not wider: i.e. 7 Â½ B. Strange. Maybe the loafers are made on an entirely different last to the dress shoes. Definitely this spring I will go to Paris (if it's only for the day on the Eurostar train) and check out all the shoes, which are not available in London: J M Weston, Aubercy, Corthay and Albaladejo. I'll report back here.