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[Poal] First Shell Shoe: Darlton or Whiskey PTB?

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Well there you have it. Looking for my first experience with 'the horse.' At first I was leaning towards Whiskey PTB... but then I saw Moo's Darltons and changed my mind. But I am struggling. It is definitely not an easy decision. Price differential is not really an issue. Please feel free to weigh in, before I make my decision.
 

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I voted for the whiskey, but it probably depends on what your shoe wardrobe looks like already. Whiskey is just such a unique color.
 

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Darlton is a very beautiful design, and the color is more versatile than whiskey. However, Aldens are available in widths, so it's easier to get a proper fit.

If the Darlton fits you, that's what I'd go for.

Edit: of course the Official SF response is: both!
 

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I can try the Darltons on if I decide to go that direction, so that is not really a problem. As for my shoe wardrobe, it is mainly comprised of various shades of brown (about 10 pairs) and a burgundy. Do not have any bluchers, only oxfords and monks.
 

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I have Darltons and I have Alden Whiskey longwing, but I'm not such a fan of PTB. Maybe because I have big feet (12.5-13) is seems like too much plain hide out there creasing, I actually got rid of my only pair in #8. I love whiskey shell, and I'd definitely take the Alden longwings over the RL wingtips if I could only keep one, but of your choices, I'd go Darltons.
 

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I'm probably the ONLY one on the forum who does not love the Darlton.

And yes, I do have a pair, so am speaking from personal experience.
 

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whiskey or the cigar-esque color of the Darlton is kind of a strange either/or. they are very different. Ravello or Darlton would be a better either/or. Leathersoul had these for instance, in store only. amazing imo
 

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Originally Posted by DocHolliday
Have you tried 'em on? The Darlton didn't fit me at all, much as I like it.

I'd probably go with the Darlton, all else being equal.


Darlton is next on my list. Beautiful shoe.
 

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I have both the Darlton and the PTB in whiskey. The Darlton is much more versatile as the whiskey is essentially a spring/summer color.
 

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Originally Posted by makewayhomer
whiskey or the cigar-esque color of the Darlton is kind of a strange either/or. they are very different. Ravello or Darlton would be a better either/or.

Leathersoul had these for instance, in store only. amazing imo



It is a pretty strange either/or... but let me see if I can explain my reasons quick.

I really just want a shoe to bum around in. I am going to be wearing them casually, so I guess the color does not really matter as much. Versatility is not really much of an issue.

And I saw those ravello short wings... In retrospect, I really wish I had picked a pair up, but I guess you snooze you lose.
 

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Do you mean the darlton wing or the plaintoe? If the latter, go with whichever fits better. If you mean the wing, the wing definitely looks better and more unique.
 

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Originally Posted by Newcomer
Well there you have it. Looking for my first experience with 'the horse.' At first I was leaning towards Whiskey PTB... but then I saw Moo's Darltons and changed my mind. But I am struggling. It is definitely not an easy decision. Price differential is not really an issue. Please feel free to weigh in, before I make my decision.

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