Originally Posted by DCwaxedLWB
Wish I found you guys sooner. Bought a pair of black Alden shell PTBs in my size, 8D, in a local shop that is no longer a dealer. When I realized within a day they were a little too big, I started poking around the Interwebs and found you guys and read about the Barrie last and how my size should be 7.5. Store doesn't have my size and won't take 'em back.
And after seeing Mac's pictures, I was blown away with the beauty and range of shell.
So, where should I start? I have a pair of Alden waxed LWBs from J Crew and some nice light brown bluchers from AE, so thinking whiskey and Ravello should not be the place to start. I have a pair of relatively new black, pebble-grained Florsheim Imperial LWBs (cheaply made, not recommended) and burgundy Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger boots.
Thinking #8 LWBs (which seems the usual answer on this forum), #8 chukkas (love the shell rolls on chukkas) but figure they will show up as seconds soon on TSM because of J Crew volume, or #8 PTBs.
So much shell, so little $$$.
Color 8 LWB should absolutely be your next purchase, IMHO! It's funny how similar your collection is to mine. Without J Crew I'm not sure I would have discovered Alden. The following is the order of my purchases.
Florsheim Pebble Grain LWB (crap), Cole Haan Jayhawk - brown pebble grain (even crappier), J Crew Tobacco LWB, J Crew Dark Brown LWB, Black Shell LWB, Cigar LWB, Color 8 LWB, Ravello LWB, and Color 8 PTB.
Wish I had never spent the $ on the Florsheim and Cole Haan LWBs. They look pretty good but are terribly uncomfortable and won't last very long if worn regularly. The $400 could have gone to my next shell purchase! I suppose I've learned a valuable lesson.