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BUT... what I am really doing is giving my new Bob's chili one last spin on carpet before deciding if I can live with the puckering just below the laces. (This is my third pair that have done the same thing, so my guess is this is a design flaw that gets exacerbated by my low arches/volume foot.) Considering there aren't many of these left and how much I love the dark chili... I think I will hang on to them. Tonight or tomorrow I'll try and post a side by side with the bourbon pair.


   

Looks like there is a lot of puckering below the laces on those Gobi boots too; what's the difference? The Bleecker's look fine.
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No puckering on the gobi's, just the typical light creases that are expected with wear. The Bleeckers, though, puckered as soon as I put them on. I can live with either, I just worry the leather will worsen.

I've had two different SA's tell me this was the primary reason the shoe was discontinued (and so quickly). For anyone with a similar issue, has it gotten significantly worse with wear? Any solutions? Extra leather lotion/cleaner? Tongue pad down low to fill the room?
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Those with 5 last sizing experience, I need your advice

I have a pair of 9.5EEE strands I wear regularly and enjoy but they rub my left pinky toe a bit. It's fine so long as I'm not going for long walks. I previously purchased a pair of neumonks in the same size that were unwearable due to left pinky toe rubbing. i measure ~10e on the brannock and have boxy shaped feet (left very slightly wider)

My question- what size do you suggest on the current GMTO heritage being discussed w/ the Indy liner? All advice/help is appreciated
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The independence insole, which is padded, is added after the footwear is lasted with the regular brown leather insole. Essentially, the insole takes up space and make the footwear fit tighter. I personally go up a width with the insole. You being a 9.5EEE already, you can't go up a width, so I suggest going up to 10EEE.

 

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Those with 5 last sizing experience, I need your advice

I have a pair of 9.5EEE strands I wear regularly and enjoy but they rub my left pinky toe a bit. It's fine so long as I'm not going for long walks. I previously purchased a pair of neumonks in the same size that were unwearable due to left pinky toe rubbing. i measure ~10e on the brannock and have boxy shaped feet (left very slightly wider)

My question- what size do you suggest on the current GMTO heritage being discussed w/ the Indy liner? All advice/help is appreciated
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In my experience, the Indy insole doesn't affect the fit at all.
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My independence lined shoes fit looser than standard insole

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My independence lined shoes fit looser than standard insole
Really? Interesting. That seems counter intuitive.
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Walnut Shell Daltons today.

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How much variation are people finding among their same sized 5 last shoes in different models? Are others finding a notable difference between the independence line and non?

Thanks again everyone
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Really? Interesting. That seems counter intuitive.

The rest of the lining is also the softer lambskin which is more form fitting to my foot. The regular lining is a stiffer calfskin that is typically very tight over my instep. My shell strands have almost no lace gap while my Mcallisters in the same size (when I had them) had a bigger gap and really tight across the top. More so with my suede strands, but that might have been due to the insole. 

 

Edit: saw your post above. I hear the brogueing/pattern of the shoe also has some effect on fit. The Mcallister is a bit busier than the strand so maybe that's why it was tighter. 

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I've had a really good experience buying some barely worn AEs on eBay. Anyone else get lucky online?
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Finally got my navy suede ae's to wear with my black suit.
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Seeking some opinions. Which shoe would you wear with seersucker, golden Rush street or Addison? I'd love to add a woven for this occasion, but I've already hit my allotment for shoes this spring.
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Originally Posted by middlepP View Post

No puckering on the gobi's, just the typical light creases that are expected with wear. The Bleeckers, though, puckered as soon as I put them on. I can live with either, I just worry the leather will worsen.

I've had two different SA's tell me this was the primary reason the shoe was discontinued (and so quickly). For anyone with a similar issue, has it gotten significantly worse with wear? Any solutions? Extra leather lotion/cleaner? Tongue pad down low to fill the room?

I wore mine today. Not sure if mine are getting worse, but IMO a shoe is a shoe and it won't stay pristine as it gets worn. I love my Chili Bleeckers and just DGAS about that pucker. happy.gif

Keep 'em!
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I've had a really good experience buying some barely worn AEs on eBay. Anyone else get lucky online?

I did once. I very rarely have a need for a black cap-toe but wanted a pair on hand when necessary. I checked Ebay one day and a pair of Park Avenues came up with a BIN for $50. They weren't terribly worn, but one shoe did have a white scuff on the toe. I figured they were worth the gamble at that price.




While I tried less abrasive options first, I finally used nail polish remover to erase the white scuff, which left a visible haze:




After a few very light coats of AE black polish, the haze disappeared and color started evening out:






Finished, after more light coats of black polish and relentless brushing and buffing with an AE polishing cloth:




Very happy with my $50 Park Aves. smile.gif
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