Originally Posted by Olifter
I have five Alden shells, two black, two #8 and one cigar. Of course, personal preference and needs enter into these decisions. For me, the cigar is more versatile than a whiskey would be. Mine is a LWB.
I have a whiskey LWB on my own wish list, also a cigar cap toe balmoral. Not sure which one I'll go for next, depends in part on availability and any deal, but I'm leaning towards the LWB whiskey as I have a pair of brown J&M cap toes that are really fine, made in USA, look good and are comfortable. Also, another issue for me is that I don't know how much use I'd get from the whiskey LWB, I just want a pair because they look like real cool shoes.
Eventually, I'll probably have both, another cigar and the whiskey.
This is exactly the slippery slope I trip on just about every time. It started off for me with, "I'll dive into the Alden scene, but only if I can get a J.Crew discount." Then it was, "Oh, LWBs are nice. The cool styleforum guys are talking about shell. I obviously need some shell action." Got a color 8 LWB then decided not only that I needed a shell boot, but also more shell in other places. "I'll go ahead and get that Grant lasted cap toe boot; Kathy from Alden of DC is so nice and accommodating after all." "Oh, wait, summer is coming. I obviously need a loafer. Cigar it is." Wait, what about those Indy boots everyone is talking about? Oh, if I pass up on the Leffot presale for black shell naval boots, there will be a big hole in the color spectrum in the closet." You catch my drift...
Olifter, congrats on a diverse shell collection and best of luck in the hunt for whiskey...