I have a next purchase question I'd like your opinions on. Apologize in advance for the length.
I have to choose one boot to get from my fiance as a gift and she knows I've been wanting a pair of Alden boots. I am thinking about getting the Innsbruck Indy but also considering the TSM #8 grant lasted shell cordovan perforated captoe.
The reason it's between those three is because I live in NYC so anything from Epaulet would cost me sales tax and that makes the Innsbruck Indys somewhere around $650, compared to the grant shell boots which would be only ~$700 since TSM won't charge me sales tax, making the prices pretty comparable. They aren't comparable shoes in terms of style which I understand, but both have been pretty high on my want list for over a year now.
Which would you guys think is the better choice? I understand it's really up to me, but would like to hear rationalizations that maybe I'm not considering.
For context I generally wear wool slacks and a blazer to the office from Fall to Spring so I wear jeans and chinos maybe 3 days out of the week. I have 1 pair of saddle shell captoe boots from Carmina and one pair of golden brown (tan) CXL boots from AE that don't fit too well. I have two other pairs of #8, austerity brogue boot from Carmina and the Alden antique LWB.
I think the grant is dressier looking and would not wear it with casual clothes so that would be out for me most likely especially with the double leather sole and dark edge dressing - I would have the edge dressing lightened and a mini lug toppy added to them if I was choosing them especially living in NYC as you are.
of course this is a nice compromise