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If it's just shoe trees, or anything else they definitely have in stock, I'd say do it.   But in my "transaction" for their "limited edition" aldens, they were a bunch of hot air that turned downright deceptive.  After 10 months I was pulling my hair out, and had to get a refund for shoes that arrived (wrong size) many months after a "six weeks, confirmed" assurance.  AFter I returned them , they told me they had sold the pair I had actually ordered.  Refund was initially...
 They would have to offer that card somewhere in the range of, say, $12 to get me back to the NRO table.   >shudder<  What an awful experience that was.
  Indeed--thanks gents.  Though a bit more limited style-wise, they do look daintier.  I'd love to see them in person.  Next NY trip...
Right — I remember my search did come up with others, but I thought Carmina had a nice feminine touch for shoes with traditional roots.  And, sorry to hijack — I go nowhere else where I can share such things.  
My wife spends a lot on shoes, and she appreciates that what I buy is carefully considered and basically for life.  I went on a search for women's goodyear welted shoes, and only came up with Carmina.  I have picked up three pairs for her, and the quality of build (stitch vs glue) is far beyond the Italian mules she usually wears.  I buy them with loving generosity, for sure, but I don't kid myself that they don't reinforce the habit for both of us.   [[SPOILER]]
 I'm expecting recrafted 975s back from B Nelson any time now.   I assumed the original black welt would remain, but Nick emailed me to confirm what color edging and welt I wanted.  I'd be thrilled if he replaced the welt as well...we'll see.  I will post pics when they arrive.
Thanks.  Leffot, as you learned.  I am waiting for the their naval boots as well, and seriously debated whether to pass on these, thinking they were too closely related.  Once these arrived, there was no debate.  I chose....wisely.   A sidebar re: Leffot.  I really like a lot of the shoes that come round on this thread, obviously.  But something about Leffot's makeups really grab me.  When they offered the Day Tripper, that was the first time I said I have to have those....
First day out with new #8 Dovers.  Unlined 9Ds feel pretty close to my old 975s in 9C.  Very comfortable right out of the box.     Looks like the beginning of great friendship....    
   Yes--that helps a lot. The 270/260 refers to the stitching only--not the actual welt.  This photo shows it clearly.  And now that I know what I am looking for, I can see it in the J Crew shot as well.   Another difference I just noticed is the stitching along the eye stay--on the J Crew version, it continues to the back of the boot, and Leffot's ends at the vamp.  Amazing--given the relatively small range of base styles, the small details create a dizzying number of...
  Then my understanding of welts is off.  I don't see the difference between J Crew's and Leffot's welts here (what I thought was a flat welt).  And I'd call the Indy's welt a 270 and the 975's a 360/storm welt. 
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