Luckily I just dropped a ton of my post-Christmas dollars to fellow thrifters here and Ebay on suede shoes. And all of these are my size. So....
Center pic = Brooks brothers older (gold script on blue) label herringbone tweed, USA made, canvas (at least half), ticket pocket, hacking pocket, dual vent, throat latch = = 41R = GODDAMIT! Anyway, plan to rock this thing until I gain the next inevitable 5 pounds.
Shoes, counter clockwise from 10:00:
J Crew Officer boot
Paraboot made in France norwegian toe in chocolate suede. Haven't done research to determine if this is brag worthy. Welted rubber sole
Peal & Co for BB, made in England black slip on. Generally good condition but some cracking at what I think is called the vamp
PRL Made in Italy choc suede penny loaf. Will need new soles.
J&M Aristocrat monk boot. Pretty thrashed, but figured I could try to bring them back to life. Turns out, the 11 AAAA (!!) width makes them juuuuuust a bit tight. So I may decide it's not worth it.
And the coup de grace: Alden shell longwing. My. First. Shell. DON'T EVEN ASK. Not available.
If I can vent for a minute: The store where I bought the shells was the store we Nutmeggers all love to hate. You ALL know of which I speak. Well, after sifting through the $150 ancient Burberrys and $45 Bill Blass SCs, I found an absolutely killer PRL tweed suit. USA made, all the bells and whistles. BUT: Destroyed. Tears in the lining, stains all over, including a HUGE urine stain at the OUTSIDE of the crotch, and a small hole on the trou. Now, at normal thrift prices, this is a great project suit, and gives a fantastic sense of accomplishment when its brought back to life. They wanted $60. When I pointed out the pitiful condition of the suit, I was told, rather than sell it to you for what it's really worth so you can make a sensible investment, we would rather cut it up for rags and throw it out. Unbefreakinglievable.
I think I'm finally done with that place.