- Jan 16, 2018
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I also think a Nomad in shell would be nice, but really what I want is the XLite sole to be offered with a shell shoe. Now, what would you say to a Williamsburg in shell?Now this is a great question, Ashley.
My favourite shoe from you is undoubtably the Strand. I love half-brogues, and I honestly believe that the Strand is the most handsome half-brogue on the market. I mean this across the board: I think the Strand at least equals, if not exceeds, any half-brogue on the market at any price point, absent one of a kind bespoke masterpieces. Nevertheless, we know the Strand is also pretty much AE's favourite shoe, as it is available in every combination under the sun. We don't need more Strands, save perhaps if you want to introduce even more colours as standard (like green and navy calf).
So I am going to focus on styles which I like a lot, and those which I specifically would like to see in shell.
I think the Kenilworth is one of your most underappreciated styles. It is a really excellent three-eyelet derby. I could see it looking quite elegant in shell. I don't like the Kenilworth in black, but it is beautiful in brown, and I think it would look splendid in an oxblood/colour 8 shell.
The 5th Avenue is not represented at all in shell. Given the 5th avenue is one of your QUINTESSENTIAL shoes (up there with the Park Avenue), why would you not offer this in shell? It would look great!
Though I prefer the Dundee, the Nomad chukka in shell would be quite nice.
The Landshark has shown that the Landon looks great in shell, too.
The Delrey might not be as nice as the Bradley, but I think it could look good in shell, too.
I know you said CURRENT styles, but the Sullivan street boots in cordovan would be be amazing, especially with a grain impressed on the shanks. You know what I want next trunk show? A pair of green shell cordovan sullivans, that's what I friggin' want.
Unfortunately, the Cornwallis is no longer current. I think the Lake Forest is also being discontinued.Maybe I've been away too long - some interesting trunk show choices going on - Nomads, the Kenilworth, the Venture....not gonna comment lol.
Current: Cornwallis, Strand, Cambridge, Hamilton , St. John, Dalton, Lombard, Lake Forest
Older: Manchester, Eagle County, Larchmont, Rogue, MacNeil, Ascher, Norwich, Player
I had a pair of Alumnus for a while - I found that the 2321 had too much room in the forefoot. I felt a "whooshing"In the interest of pedantry and clarity - I stand slightly corrected. The Academy (and Alumnus, another nice shoe) are on the 2321, while the HM is on the 1757. In the immortal words of @Neo1, the 2321 "appears to have characteristics in common with the 1757."
Anecdotally, this seems true. I'd go with your HM size. This is the listing I mentioned earlier (not my listing;no affiliation whatsoever):
Style 1591. Color is Natural. New in box.www.ebay.com
Also lots of used pairs out there.
Best of luck.
In shell, what would get my attention from current offerings are:What CURRENT styles are most appealing to you? What would you like to see in shell?
Good boot… I’d be hesitant because it has no quick laces
Im not a fan of PTBs or the Leeds, but this looks good to me