How in the heck did you find these on ebay with that terrible item headline, "mens shoes." They didn't show up on any of my typical search items (alden 10, alden shell, shell cordovan, etc...). I am awfully tempted to give whiskey shell a first try!
Repp - I gave into the whiskey temptation. Just waiting for my whiskey LHS from Alden DC to arrive. Will post pics soon.
Not sure the picture shows the shine well, but I feel as though the Mac method does well to shine my C&J-(RL) Marlows up nicely. These are about a month old and I haven't applied anything to them but a horse hair brush and a flannel buffing rag. I think they look better than my Cigar LWBs with the same treatment.
I wear the same size (10D) with Marlow and the Barrie last, however the Marlow's are definitely more narrow. I have read on several SF threads that some prefer to go up a half size, but for me the Marlow in 10.5D was enormous and entirely too long. I think the comparison is similar to the sizing between BB PTB (m58 last) and Alden's 990(1). Some size up for the BB version but I couldn't do it. Hope this helps...