Posted a crappy pic of these on the non-alden shell thread but took a better pic yesterday.
Mogano shell. I love the variation between the panels.
I was really on the fence about these -- now I regret not picking them up with cotto brogues. Awesome pickup!
I asked Pediwear and they can only give me a shipping discount. Perhaps I should ask Richard at ShoeHealer as well.
Yes, I mostly agree with the general sentiment about shoe trees but there is a big difference it seems between generic trees (I have more than I need from Woodlore) and lasted/semi-lasted trees. In one of my Tricker's PTBs there's a depression in the upper/vamp that the generic shoe trees aren't able to lift up or stretch out. The Tricker's trees look like they should be able to remedy that. And in turn if I got one I was thinking I might as well get a pair for each of my Tricker's shells if I got a discount.
Wowza, very nice! Where'd you get these?
I find it to be slightly wider than Barrie and definitely more volume. I wear 10D in Barrie (very snug) and UK 10 fitting 5 in the w2298. I like both lasts but I have way more shoes in the 2298 even with my low instep :-P
Not in my experience. I take 10 (10.5 with thick socks/insoles) in w2298 but 9.5 in 4444 and 4497s. The latter fits quite snug.
The length between Barrie and 2298 is similar, perhaps the 2298 is slightly longer than the Barrie. The normal advice is to go half a size down from Barrie for 2298. I wear the same size for both because I'm compensating for my split-sized feet. I would say go down half from Barrie if your regular Barrie size is a comfortable fit. If it's very snug, like mine is, I would say take the same size. Of course, as with all of these things, YMMV.
I sized down 1 full size from my normal US size. I wear an 8D in Barrie, 8.5D in Plaza, Grant, etc. I picked up a 7.5UK in the 2298 and it feels pretty spot on. I think they're a slightly better fit for me compared to the 8D Barrie, but very similar in shape.
Has anyone heard of or got any experience with Tricker's Berkley oxfords? I can't find them on their website or find any mention (or more pics) of them on the web – are they a discontinued style? I was thinking about picking up a seconds pair from the ebay factory shop: