Lovely shoe BC! Wear in great health...
Edited by ReppTiePrepster - 4/25/13 at 6:22pm
+1, I don't think its the lack of a storm welt that makes the cadet look awkward. I think this particular perf CTB seems like it should be a boot (looks too fat and bloated). Maybe the aberdeen last would be more suitable.
I'm not sure if my experience would generalize to the 11/11.5 sizes, as my foot is smaller than yours. However, facing a parallel dilemma (my shell, calf and suede lwbs were all 8.5D and the shoe of interest was an 8E), I ended up taking a chance on the Citishoes whiskey lwb's mentioned a couple days ago on this thread and am now pleased to report the pleasant surprise of finding out that the 8E was just fine. Voltaire at Citishoes indicated that the difference in length between an 8E and an 8.5D is negligible ("just a few millimeters"). Before pulling the trigger, I tried to make sure I thought about the factors that might manifest themselves after the high of finding an exciting shoe. Accordingly, I checked to make sure there was adequate room in the toe box in the event of brisk walking or running (e.g., as one would encounter if trying to catch a subway), no discomfort or tightness upon walking up or down stairs. Voltaire pressed down on my big toe and pinky toe to make sure they were in the right spots. No perceptible rubbing on the pinky side.
Of course, YMMV. The parameters that may be particular to my particular example include: I have relatively wide feet, but a narrow heel.
In my humble opinion, it's worth trying, especially if you won't get killed on return shipping (Kathy at Alden DC, for example, has let me take advantage of free shipping for returns). I was excited about this little experiment, as I actually found the shorter E width shoe more comfy than the longer D width shoes I had always assumed were the exact size my feet required. (The strange thing is that I had the Citi guys measure me with their brannock and they claim I came out a 10C; this made no sense to me, as the AE SAs claim I'm a 9D).
I'm all for trying it and seeing if it works for you. Of course, that may be the sickness talking.
A quick PSA for anyone who is a ~9.5: Voltaire busted out a pair of "Plaza last Ravello shell bal wingtips" that looked to be old/dead stock. Told me I could have them for a significant discount, as in 40% off their list price. I'll see if I can find a pic of it on google images or the thread. The only hesitation I had about them (besides the ill fit for me) was that they had what struck me as slightly strange curlicue-shaped perfs on the vamp. That said, shell is shell...
Either way, kwhitelaw, I hope you find what you're looking for!
I'm a big fan of how the color 8 makes the green pop.
Do fellow colored-laces guys care to share your favorite Alden/lace combos? Dear wife asked me to clean up the mess of laces in the walk-in closet the other day, which led me to wonder which other colors I should pick up.