I don't want to dilute the shoe-porn thread so I'm bringing my request for advice here. I find that my shoes no longer match my wardrobe and they are in serious need of an upgrade. I'm planning my shoe purchases over the next few months and am looking to get a good rotation of very attractive shoes going! Unfortunately, I can't spend more than 5-6k cdn over that time-frame because I'm working on other parts of the wardrobe at the same time. Of my current shoes, the only two that I really like are my black Canali monkstraps, and the sand pebblegrain Certo monkstraps (both with chiselled toes). So that's what I'm starting from (I'm discounting the others). Obviously, I like sleek shoes with a chiselled toe. It's worth mentioning that I can't stand flat finishes. After seeing EGs and a pair of wholecut Mantellasis in antique cognac in person, I never want to see another plain looking shoe in my life. It's also worth noting that I don't need shoes for business, these are purely for my own enjoyment, so please don't suggest business staples like black cap-toe oxfords because I don't need them. I'm also not really in to boots. And keep in mind that I'm 26 if you make suggestions! So, how can I best spend 5-6k on shoes? As I've already brought-up elsewhere, there's an EG trunk show coming-up in April. I intend to purchase my first 2 pairs during that trunk show. I wish I could spend more of the total 5-6k next month, but I have about 10 garments being made that need to be paid for between now and then. The shoes I know I want are: #1: EG Ladbroke on 888 last in antiqued chestnut or burnt pine #2: Possibly an EG 3 Eyelet based on Newbury special order, undecided on last and color #3: Vass London 3 Eyelet on U Last, undecided on color although I like the color of the one shown on their website. (can I mail-order it from somewhere? how would I size it? and how much can I expect to pay?) #4: Would like something with a norwegian construction, although I don't have any particular shoe in mind. There was a stunning light beige Brioni (made by branchini) on ebay a few months ago but i didn't have the cash at the time #5: Also considering the Berluti Alessandro, but have read Berluti aren't of welted construction so that's a bit of a turn-off. Is this true? This could be my first wholecut instead of #2. #6: I really like the EG Inverness in burgundy but am wondering about it's versatility in my current wardrobe. I'm going for quality over quantity but I do need to have enough shoes to complete a varied wardrobe. Concerning #2, I was thinking a CJ Weymouth might be a good substitute, but in the catalogue it seems that the only options are black and dark brown antique. Is the weymouth really only available in those two colors? I prefer lighter colored shoes, especially for wholecuts. Also, if I were to get a 3 Eyelet "Newbury" with no medallion, which last and in which finish do you think it would look best on? I'm thinking something really light like a tan/beige or antiqued cognac (which i don't see on the Sky Valet site). I also feel like the 82 last might be a better choice than the 888 for such a shoe. Any opinions on this? And are there any other wholecuts I should take a look at besides the EG and Berluti Allessandro? Please make suggestions!