Durability (sturdiness) will be of pretty high importance to me, because the climate here is rather crappy, it rains all the time. I'm torn between a pair of Aldens, C&J's, Marteganis or Gravatis. Â I feel stuck. Â Ugh. I was at plal.com, and looking at the C&J's. Â I liked both the Cardiff, Clifford and Finsbury. Â Tough choice. Â I have no idea what separates them, or which would be better, or how they might fit. Â I hate buying shoes online, but here in Seattle we have very little selection. Are open-lace better than close-lace?
Not sure of terms, open and closed laces? Sort of like derby and balmoral? If so, I like the open for wingtips that you showed us, and the closed for something like a captoe black Brooks Brooks Peal dresss shoe. I know that there were several discussions about this previously, and Old Manton and others made some helpful observations and suggestions.