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B. Nelson for welted shoes are definitely recommended by many. But I haven't seen anyone discuss their ability to do non-welted/handsewn/moccasin-style shoes. Requires different machinery, and you need someone trained in handsewing.
Did I say that the flex point of the TruBalance was 1/2 size different than the Barrie? I guess I did, but I don't think that's what I meant. I find that with boot socks, I wear both the TruBalance and Barrie in a 10D. I find the flex point is in the same place on both, but that the TruBalance has more toe room, which is preferable. In other news, I won these on eBay today. 10D New In Box 721s, first quality? Yes please thank you.
Those are definitely cordovan, they've been on there at that price (and actually occasionally lower when DSW has a discount). The only thing that stops me from buying them is that they don't say Rancourt on them, which means they are ineligible for Rancourt recrafting and there aren't many places (actually, I don't know of any) I'd trust a pair of shell handsewns to for a resole/restitch. Not necessarily critical for everyone, but since I have natty shell beefrolls and...
Shell seconds started this morning. Already picked up a pair of black shell PAs in 9.5EEE for a black tie wedding I'm going to next week. So much better than the slightly too small (9EEE) pair of McAllisters I was wearing before. I wish I had never gone through the phase of sizing down my shoes.
So, I bought a pair of the AF53s from AoC and unfortunately they are going back. But the boot came with a speedhook that was half out, and a portion of the quarters, right on the eyelets, that was definitely made out of the non-shell leather that surrounds the shell. Between those two things, I just realized I'll be unhappy with the boots at the price, and have to send them back. Adam there was quite helpful, and definitely offered to take them back. The pic shows the...
My favorite rule of thumb is whether as you take a step, which occurs first: Does your heel completely stop touching the shoe, or does the shoe start to flex and the rear lift off the ground. If you take a step and the shoe comes up and *then* your heel stops touching the shoe, it will very likely break in so that the slip goes away. If your heel leaves contact with the shoe (a little lightening of pressure is fine, but losing all contact is bad) first, then the shoe isn't...
neilz4, your foot sizing sounds just about exactly like mine. AE 5 I'm a 9.5EEE, Modified I bought 9.5E and after they broke in they were a bit too big, though my determination was actually that the E was the problem, and I should have gone for a 10D instead. On Viberg I am a 10 for the 2030. So my expectation is that the size 9 is probably the right size for you. You are wearing proper medium or heavy boot socks for the boots, right?
Well, I don't know a single pair of shoes that fits according to my Brannock size. No one claims Barrie or AE 5 last shoes are UK sizing, but they tend to also be about 1 full size larger than Brannock. For me, Viberg and TruBalance fits about 1/2 size larger than Brannock. All of those other lasts you'd call US sizing, so I'd call Viberg that too. Whereas UK is about 1.5 sizes larger than my Brannock. Anyway, I don't know about Palmer doing that, but my guess is they did...
Viberg sizes are all US sizes, without exception. They are sometimes misidentified as UK sizing, but the numbers are never changed on you. All of their lasts are made and numbered in the USA, and all retailers are using the numbers stamped on their boots for selling their boots. The only reason they are listed in some places as UK sizing is because brands assume they must be, because they are a Canadian company.
What socks on the TruBalance? I'm a 9.5B/D in the Barrie with dress socks, and a 10B/D in the TruBalance with boot socks. That said, I'm a proponent of no such thing as too much toe room, focus on where the flex point in the boot/shoe is. And in my experience, the flex point of the TruBalance is in a position where you should buy it in 1/2 size larger than Barrie (i.e. how I sized it). However, people focus too much on the fact that the TruBalance is very generous in the...
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