not surprised to see the first update about the supposed #4 availability came from you
my 986's are one of my most worn pairs. They go with everything.
I have been searching for a pair with antique edge but have not had any luck. I was thrilled when Leffot said they had received confirmation and were moving forward, but now due to the scarcity of shell I guess they have decided to allocate towards something else.
Total personal preference but if I had to choose one, it would be both
Very different shoes. If you live in a climate with rain or a Winter, you will get more use out of the CXL shoes than the suede because the suede shoes will be essentially unavailable to you during that weather. If that matters, then that alone points towards the PTB.
The difference between a plain toe and the long wing and which color goes better with jeans and chinos -- both go with jeans and chinos -- is personal preference.
Most would give the edge in comfort to the suede, particularly if it is unlined, with the single flex sole, although both are very comfortable. The PTB will be more durable.
At bottom, I view -- and, of course, others will likely differ -- the suede as being more of a specialty shoe given its look and its limited ability to stand up to bad weather. Even though the weather limitation can be ameliorated with some suede care products, it is still is more delicate and a more of a particular look. personally, I love the snuff suede and if it were my choice between the two and this particular shoe choice was not needed to be a regular wear item, I would not even consider the PTB. But I think this statements and its "ifs" simply highlights that this is almost purely a choice of personal preference.