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I have the J Crew tobacco waxed blucher. It was my gateway to Alden shell. It is very similar to the tan calf LWB (if not the same). It is a fine shoe that I still wear frequently.
Post pics if/when you pick them up. Good luck...
Of course that is right. As I said, I understand the point about even the shell NST's (and the black and burgundy calf versions too) not being appropriate for suits and, from a tradition standpoint (and, of course, as a matter of personal taste), that is probably the correct view.
My first sighting of NSTs was many moons ago on a work colleague who trained me. He wore black calf nst's with navy and charcoal suits regularly. I was flabbergasted by the style when I first saw it: thought they looked like shoes that had not been finished being made. He explained that the shoes were supposed to look like that, and that the stitching was done by hand and took training and skill to create. The style grew on me, and I have followed suit (pun intended) in wearing with the suits as well as more casual dress. Bowing to great design, shoe-making skill and my version of good looks, I defiantly push the envelope of good taste with NSTs at the bottom of conservative suits.
No NST's as bedroom slippers. And NST's with tuxedos or white tie. I do draw the line there.