just google this: French Tannery in Demand as Source of Top-Notch Leather
and then follow the link to online wsj.
Thank you for taking the time to respond to my thoughts, 7FTG; I always value your input here and in other threads. I wholeheartedly agree about how one's shoe collection is largely shaped by one's vocation. Therein lies my problem. As a private practitioner, I answer to no one but myself--which is great in terms of professional autonomy and the setting of my schedule, but at times trying in terms of figuring out the dress code for the day. There are days that motivate me to wear suits, but I try to dress them down or wear them a bit more playfully (e.g., with colored laces perhaps or a fun pocket square). Accordingly, I go for barrie lwbs at times with the suits, given that their bulkiness looks less formal and that no one really knows much about the indications for bals vs bluchers. I'm still in the process of trying to clarify some style questions and evaluate them outside of my pre-existing, arbitrarily-arrived-at rules of thumb (e.g., although folks here have said ptbs are ok with suits, I sometimes feel like my ptb is more of a naked, incomplete lwb or something). Same goes for boots, even Plazas, with suits; can I really pull that off? I certainly get style compliments from both patients and colleagues, but I feel like a complete novice compared to some of the veterans here with their deep collections and rakish outfits (DonL easily springs to mind with his wonderful combos of shell, tweed and color).
I agree about the shell shoes and boots. Alden is a no brainer with regard to shell quality and their all around design and construction (see, e.g., Michigan Planner's earlier post in response to my original questions). As I've said, I thought about flirting with Carmina, maybe Vass and some C and J. I'm just not sure if there is much of an added value that is likely to come from me learning more about their lasts and idiosyncracies. Re the C&J Lindrick, is it Horween?
Alden suede is lovely indeed. I especially love my unlined suede models. Super comfy, like slippers. Re Edward Green: I've never held one in hand, but wonder if their suede models are as soft and tender in person as they look in person, almost too delicate?
I know there is more to learn about calf shoes. Having drunk plenty of Kool-Aid from this particular thread, I think I've come--with admittedly little self reflection--to a bias that shell is always a better option than calf. However, I read on another thread that, e.g., some British folks prefer calf models. EG again comes to mind, as I think about folks extolling the virtues of French calf. Qu'est-ce que c'est ca? And is it worth the premium price (in other words, how much better is it than Alden's calf)?
I love loafers, but hate trying to nail the fit for loafers, so I may stop with my deuce from Alden: the unlined snuff upls and cigar shell lhs's.
Time to contemplate whether to keep saving toward the grand plus for those EG Westminsters or whether to prematurely blow a wad of cash on today's gem of the day, the Leffot natty perf toe boots. Anyone pull that trigger yet?