Originally Posted by Bakes11771
At some point I will probably acquire the 9070 and 9071 Straight tips as well, assuming I will again wear a suit daily. I have a pair of J&M Black Straight Tip Bals that I got when I was a teenager and have only worn a few times, so I guess I wanted to add some variety. Also, I was just really feeling the Perf when I bought the 9015 and 9016. I think it was the Thor Boot that first attracted me to perf tips. I don't really like a lot of brogueing, I have very plain/simple taste, and as Mike says below, these are simple but with a little flare. After growing so fond of the Hampton shape for balmorals, it is difficult not to find the Straight Tip cousins attractive as well. Plus, I have the Cigar Straight 9073 Tip from Citishoes, so that has only brought me closer to the 9070/9071. (Keep it on the down-low, but TasselsHK in the past did a cigar perf tip that I am going to try to snipe if they ever restock.) That way I'll have Black, Color 8, Cigar Straight Tip, and Black, Color 8, Cigar Perf Tips. Gotta catch 'em all!
I am just like you Bakes, in that the J Crew perf cap toe boot initiated an interest in the perf cap toe bal. I am leaning toward the black shell perf cap toe. I have never tried the Hampton last. Should I go with my aberdeen size?
Also, I was tempted to go a cheaper route and pick up a pair of AE Fifth Avenue (calf version)? Anyone have experience with both (AE 5 last and Hampton last)? The five last works fairly well for me.