Much thanks my friend!
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The Dalton shell boot is nice, but it has an awkward looking design for a wingtip boot. Are shell Daltons really selling for more than $700 retail?? Seems like it's too much.
AE-Walnut shell Dalton versus Alden-Ravello LWB... not sure why the Dalton looks like the the wing and perforations have been cut too small. It's a good boot but looks awkward. For $415, I guess it's a good deal. You just need to decide for yourself whether or not you like its look. I got mine (first quality; I have a similar connection) for $400 with shoe trees, argyle socks, BNIB, and with shipping included. When my ravello wingtip boots arrive this fall I doubt I will reach for these AE boots much at all.
It does look awkward!!! Thanks for helping me make up my mind
I think you have to decide what you truly like and go for it provided the price is okay for you. I personally would rather $750 on a shell boot that I know I will love rather than a a great deal that has some issues. Great deals lead to a closet full of shoes and boots that you will eventually purge.
Good luck my friend!