Originally Posted by Bakes11771
I would have said go 8.5C, but you can always exchange. Doubt she would have had the Whiskey in that size anyway. #8 She probably would. For #8 LHS you might want to check out the unlined Brooks Brothers version.
How bout some pics of your collection when the new shoes arrive?
Edit: Also, if you are looking for Beefrolls/Cape Cod type loafers and are not opposed to breaking away from Alden, check out Rancourt. They have a thread on SF too.
Thanks, Bakes. You're right. Kathy and most retailers can probably do color 8 lhs's in most widths with an approx 4-day turnaround time if Alden can get the shoe out to them right away. The whiskey situation was of course restricted to whatever she had in stock. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that sizing works out. If not, I guess we try for cigar then a color 8. Still hoping others will chime in about which shells are most versatile as lhs's. As I said in an earlier post, these will be pretty dressed down for spring and summer. Can I wear any of the shell lhs's with shorts or does a guy get banned from the thread for thinking like that? 🙈
Re the unlined Bb lhs, what are the pros and cons of getting an unlined shoe? (Reminds me I've been thinking about going for an unlined Alden chukka in suede--Leffot comes to mind) How does it do in terms of fit, shoe creasing and style versatility? How is BB o deal with in terms of shipping, returns and exchanges?
Will definitely think about the Rancourt, although the Alden bug makes it feel like buying another brand is tantamount to cheating on my lovely wife. I feel like I can barely look at all the poor AEs in the closet; they've been abandoned like Eponine from Les Mis!
I'll definitely work on posting pics of the Aldens I've come into. Might have to wait a bit: some of them have yet to be smuggled home yet so DW doesn't freak out about my little spree 😇
One last thought: does anyone ever argue for the Alden beef rolls over the lhs? I know it might sound nuts or maybe just the buyers remorse that one can't buy all models one is considering. Just curious to hear folks' take on loafer styling in general.
Sorry for the long post!!