Wanted a pair of Natural CXL boots, ordered the Need Supply Gamble's Hill Indy boot and the JCrew PCT boot. Decided on keeping the Indy over the PCT.
First...nice cigar. I am fine going TTS on Aberdeen. I also find that the Hampton is too snug in the same size. It is the only Alden I have to go up a half size.
I usually prefer moc to cap toes, and really like the non-contrast hand stitching on these Indys. Figured I could grab a PCT boot down the road much easier than finding something similar to this Indy make-up.
Since we only usually get pant cuffs and shoes in the pics I figured I would include some shirt so you can get a feel for the whole outfit. Went with my wife's outfit suggestions today, I think she picked out a hell of a casual Friday look and even included one of her fav pairs of mine, natural CXL PTB.
I tried some no show socks the other day with my LHS and didn't really like them. Kept slipping off my heel, shoe felt too snug and to top it off the sock showed a bit lol. Unless I can find a thinner version that actually doesn't show I think I am fine going full sockless. Clean your feet, use shoe trees after each wearing and don't wear on consecutive days. Never really had a smelly shoe problem yet.
I have used these terry cloth insoles in the past in my sperrys and OSB loafers when going sockless, but they only work if you size up a half because they take up a bit of room in the shoe. My LHS are snug sockless so that could be an option once the cork settles and I have a little more room.
Thanks guys - looks like a reasonable split between sockless and thin liners - I also considered something like a tacco woody liner (similar to Burzan's post), I tried some liners from J&M but they just ended up balled up under my foot due to no "anti-slip" feature.
I'll get some liners and give au-natural a shot as well...
They will probably look like the left shoe here: