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I've only handled Horween shell (have brandy shell Vibergs and Alden 975s) -- it seems reasonably close in thickness and texture. I believe Deusis (guardedgoods.com) remarked that Rocado is close to Horween for roughly half the price, and he's handled just about everything out there.
Just got my navy shell boots in. Unfortunately they came out structured when I specified unstructured. Mentioned this to Vince and he was quick to respond, will send them back to get rebuilt. The construction is quite clean, the stitching is a solid step above my 'bergs, pretty much flawless. That said, the right captoe is a bit longer/slanted. This is something that might not come across in photos in general so I included a top-down in the last photo. Is this...
Navy shell out for delivery!
Anyone talk to Vince/Truman recently with word on the shell Navy orders? We're pushing 12.5 weeks now and want to abide by their request "We appreciate ETA emails be kept to a minimum."
Just pulling this up from a search as the last bit of discussion on the black Walter. I'm on this one too. I last chatted with Leffot about a month ago and they're pretty mum. But it's nearing 9 months since I put in my order (August 13) for a boot which was quoted to take 4-6 months. Anyone know what going on @ Alden and when I might realistically get my boot?
Hmm... that's tough due to your arch length and the 2030 being a somewhat elongated last. I'm an 8.5c overall and an 8.5 arch (both measured on a Brannock) and have both 7.5 (cxl) and 8 (shell) on the 2030.My biggest problem is arch length. I have room to spare in both boots, but the 8 works better (have to use a thick sock) specifically because the arch length feels short on the 7.5. If I put on my 7.5s sockless my ball snaps in perfectly at the arch, but with a...
I love Aldens and I think the price adjustment from my Vibergs is about on par (ie. I feel about as justified spending $1100 for my brandy boots or $700 for my cxl boots as I do $700 for Alden shell or $550 for an Alden cxl boot).There have been many complaints on QC, but the half dozen Aldens I've handled have only had minor issues (also on par w/ my 'bergs). The Alden thread on this site is incredibly active fwiw. On the whole, very attractive shoes, plenty of...
We're a similar size - your measurement suggest you're around an 8.5 - 9 brannock. I'm an 8.5c. In the 2030 I have both a size 8 and a 7.5. The 7.5 is pushing a bit on the short side - still a good 1/2"+ left in the toe, but it's clear the structure of the boot is short when it comes to heel -> ball of foot, which is what you should be shooting for. The 8 is a bit better but of course I have to use fairly thick socks due to my foot being narrow. I'd say do the 7.5 but...
I'm an 8.5c brannock, 8.5 ball-heel, and find a 7.5 on the 2030 to be on the short side. It works for me but only after significant break-in. I also have a size 8 2030 and feel that it's a more ideal fit, although I wear pretty thick socks to make it work due to width.Personally, I think you should really go get your foot measured again and see what the ball-heel is. You should be sizing to your largest foot, and a whole 1.5 down for Brannock-Viberg seems crazy unless...
Those look really nice and I'm a pretty ardent stitch-down preferrer.... I think what may be catching me off in some shots is the size of the welt + the contrast of the welt against the leather. If the welt were only trimmed and/or darkened a bit... that said, it should darken up over time and in normal interior shots they look fantastic. I'm also happy to see that these have pretty sizable toe caps. The Brandy shell and last Leffot #8 run tended to have smaller toe...
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