Brilliant Uncle! If you, (or anyone else) were looking to acquire a black or #8 shell bal oxford… having neither in your wardrobe … which style/color would you choose?
1. Straight tip
2. Perf. Cap
3. Medallion Cap
4. Wing tip
… almost pulled the trigger on a black AE Park Ave on eBay, but came back to the light
I too do not have a shell bal, but would probably go with a straight tip. It's interesting that the perf tip is the stock/most common style for Alden bals, whereas the straight tip is the stock style for Alden bluchers.