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Thank you! Those look pretty nice in that overcast light. Definitely has the potential to look gray, just as the loden suede does.

No one has really talked about the PA in marbled, but the photo Ashley shared looks amazing. If I do participate, I'm now torn between a Strand or Higgins.

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Last shell TS I picked up a marbled pair of Parks, thinking the lack of broguing and more relative open space would help show off the marbling. It does, to an extent, but I think the marbling is casual enough that it really clashes with the Parks' inherent formality. Then again, the marbled black comes with black welt, and in the sample photos looks quite dark and sleek. You can't go wrong with the Higgins in marbled black, but Strand has a lot of potential.

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I think, despite the formality issues, the PA is a better platform than the Strand for this material. The HM is also a solid choice. Given your apparent preference to shoes over boots, that might be your best bet.
I've never owned a pair of shell boots -- do they get hot in the winter? I notice shell shoes get pretty warm in the summer, but are pretty nice to wear in the cold months?

I originally thought the marbled burgundy would look too messy on the Strand. BFT's pair proved that I was mistaken.
 

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I've never owned a pair of shell boots -- do they get hot in the winter? I notice shell shoes get pretty warm in the summer, but are pretty nice to wear in the cold months?

I originally thought the marbled burgundy would look too messy on the Strand. BFT's pair proved that I was mistaken.
Obviously I'm biased, but I don't think the decorations on the Strand detract from the material. Having said that, I think a boot is probably the ideal shoe for marbled shell, since you get so much more shell to show off.
 

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Thank you! Those look pretty nice in that overcast light. Definitely has the potential to look gray, just as the loden suede does.

No one has really talked about the PA in marbled, but the photo Ashley shared looks amazing. If I do participate, I'm now torn between a Strand or Higgins.

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I'd considered that as a really interesting option. However, they posted pics of the shells they'll be using a little while back and that made me shy away. Could be really amazing but it could also turn out to be really not.
 

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Went with the country lawyer Brooks Brothers look today, and the shell Mac Neils which are making my other shoes jelly.
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Always great to see you pop in with your special pairs!
Thanks man. I should post more often, still not wearing my nice clothes regularly yet.
 

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Welcome to the Mac Neil Club (MNC), we are a well dressed but desperately nostalgic group, longing for the days before these wonderful shoes were discontinued. Aaahh 2019, the good old days, when you could go on to AE.com and pick up a pair of Mac Neils at significant discounted and the mere thought of paying full price was met incredulity and even contempt.

Those are absolutely gorgeous. The classic burgundy shell and I'm guessing a pre-JR sole?

Size 14 E - please don't ever step on me!

Please let us know how they fit. I'm a perfect 9D in calf Mac Neils but my shell Macs are a little big, which reminds me I need to pick up a leather insole tomorrow.
no FD Club? 🤭
 

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The weight is distributed over a larger area, so if you’re going to be stepped on, better that it be someone with big feet. What you really don’t want is for a woman to step on you with stiletto heels.
My friend had his balls under a woman's pair of heels. He had to retire for the rest of the night forthwith.
 
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