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post #10231 of 12485
Any suggestions for conditioning, resisting scuffs, and water-resistifiying (new word) horween chromexcel WITHOUT darkening it?

I have some alden 403 boots on which I used saphir dubbin grassie. It worked well but they are quite a bit darker than they once were.

I ask because my original ones have ended up being too short and sloppy, so I went with a longer, narrower version.

post #10232 of 12485

Sorry, mistaken post!

post #10233 of 12485
I posted this in the Carmina thread but I thought I'd check here as well. Have tried these on but not worn them out yet and trying to decide if this was something that could have happened during me trying the shoes on or if it's a manufacturing defect. I've never seen that stitch tear through before but just checking before I email Betty to exchange them.

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post #10234 of 12485
Hard to know. If it happened after you got the shoes, it could indicate that the vamp point is too high on your foot and you are not getting into the shoes easily. Or if the shoe had been previously tried on...in a showroom for instance....by someone who was working hard to get them on.

Equally possible, however is that this happened in the factory...perhaps as they were pulling the last. In fact, there is some indication that a finish coat of was was applied after the damage was done.

Thing is...if the top line had been reinforced with topline tape and if the tape had extended (as it should, in my opinion) to the bottom of the facings, the chances of it happening at all would have been reduced substantially. In fact, I generally run that stitch through the tongue as well, so it's even more secure/anchored and a lot less apt to rip out.
post #10235 of 12485

As a relative amateur on the shoe front, I am curious as to why the stitching at the bottom of the oxford lacing is so fragile. Would it not be possible to make this much more secure? Or would this make lacing or shape of the shoe more difficult? I often think that the pressure on this stitch is overwhelming and asking to be broken. 

post #10236 of 12485
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As a relative amateur on the shoe front, I am curious as to why the stitching at the bottom of the oxford lacing is so fragile.[

It isn't...or shouldn't be. See my post above. Simple techniques originating from precaution.
post #10237 of 12485
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What is this all about, then?  I popped into my local good-shoe shop. Up until now, I have been buying 8.5 shoes from the F last. I explained that I was still having problems with fit. After measuring my feel again,  said 'try these' and helped me put on another pair of shoes. They fitted very well and didn't feel as though they would need the arch supports I use with most of my shoes. The shoes he gave me were size 8 and G fitting. What's going on here? Shorter shoes that are wider and yet they fit? I think I may take to wearing old sacks on my feet. 

 

Further to DW's wise words, as a mere mortal who also buys shoes ready to wear, I understand the issue.  I would give this salesman credit for recognising that different lasts fit different people differently, and not relying solely on what you say is your "usual" size.  Every last is different, and taking a different width fitting in different lasts from the same maker is perfectly common.  Also, theoretically, the 8G will be exactly the same width as the 8.5F, just slightly shorter.  I suspect that if you've been sold a 8.5F on the same last before, it's because they didn't have wide fittings and simply sized up to accommodate width rather then length.  This is not usually a good thing to do - the toe cap could end up hinging uncomfortably over your toes, among other thigns - but it's very common.  Especially as most shops only stock one "average" width - longer or shorter is the only way they can go to get the nearest fit.

 

So the moral of the story is take this guy's drink, and try on different lengths and widths every time when you can!  Also, make a note of the last number/name in which you took the shorter/wider fit.  It will help you later, and you might be able to order the correct size online in another shoe once you know the last, rather than rely on whatever is in the shop.

post #10238 of 12485
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Originally Posted by Shawl Lapel View Post

I posted this in the Carmina thread but I thought I'd check here as well. 

 

Definitely a second, and it's disappointing that Carmina would finish and ship a shoe with such an obvious (and fixable!) defect.  Send it back, and sound angry.  They should grovel and give you free stuff.

post #10239 of 12485

Thanks for your wise words, Mimo. I will remember them in future. 

post #10240 of 12485

I'm not sure if I have asked this question before, or not. Can your shoe size drop when you lose weight?  I have lost a stone and half (not sure what that is in American), over the past couple of years. My shoe size seems to have dropped from 9 to 8. Is this down to losing weight or to the vagaries of shoe sizing?

post #10241 of 12485
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I'm not sure if I have asked this question before, or not. Can your shoe size drop when you lose weight?  I have lost a stone and half (not sure what that is in American), over the past couple of years. My shoe size seems to have dropped from 9 to 8. Is this down to losing weight or to the vagaries of shoe sizing?

Munky i dont think that the loss of weight (at that amount of pounds you lost) can lead to 1 size drop down!! more of  roomier last i think is the reason!!

post #10242 of 12485
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post
 

I'm not sure if I have asked this question before, or not. Can your shoe size drop when you lose weight?  I have lost a stone and half (not sure what that is in American), over the past couple of years. My shoe size seems to have dropped from 9 to 8. Is this down to losing weight or to the vagaries of shoe sizing?

 

My foot has gotten bigger...from 11 then about 10 years of size 12 then 10 years at size 13....my shoes sizes that fit perfect range from 12 E(AE last 65 blutcher) to 13ee - Handsewn shoes from Sebago, Rancourt, Alden, and AE make up my shoes.  So my guess is it could be the shoes and perhaps a new feel for what a perfect fitting shoe should be.

 

My 13e AE last 65 balmoral shoes I thought were perfect until I got a pair of 12eee in the same and then could not even wear the 13E's ..I replaced the ones i wanted to keep with 12eee

 

Hopefully I will experience weight loss at some point....to verify.

post #10243 of 12485
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

I'm not sure if I have asked this question before, or not. Can your shoe size drop when you lose weight?  I have lost a stone and half (not sure what that is in American), over the past couple of years. My shoe size seems to have dropped from 9 to 8. Is this down to losing weight or to the vagaries of shoe sizing?

Losing weight can make the foot lose girth which in turn affect the width sizing on any shoe you buy. I doubt seriously it would affect length.

I suspect, as I suggested earlier in this thread, that if it's the same maker and the same model and ostensibly on the same last, that the lasts have been redesigned or replaced with a new size grading. Lasts do wear out quite quickly in factory settings. Often the maker will take the opportunity to make changes to the model.
post #10244 of 12485

Having now experiment with and used Saphir Medaille D'Or Pommadier Cream Polish , Saphir Medaille D'Or Renovateur, Saphir Mink Oil Lotion and Saphir Medaille D'or 'High Gloss' whatever it is - but frankly, garbage - over the duration of one year I'm left with the opinion that I wouldn't bother with any one of them again.

 

In my opinion it's all unnecessary and provides no value over actually looking after your shoes properly in the first instance with a damp wipe or dry brushing as necessary and the application of shoe polish when required.

 

All this mythical shoe treatment is marketing mumbo jumbo and internet fascination which quite frankly borders on hysteria at times, certainly nothing that kept good shoes in good condition before the advent of the internet. 

 

Personally, WS Robsons shoe polish is the best I've found, and I'm sticking to it. Job done.

post #10245 of 12485
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Originally Posted by Munky View Post

I'm not sure if I have asked this question before, or not. Can your shoe size drop when you lose weight?  I have lost a stone and half (not sure what that is in American), over the past couple of years. My shoe size seems to have dropped from 9 to 8. Is this down to losing weight or to the vagaries of shoe sizing?

I lost 100 pounds and went down 2 shoe sizes. So, yes.
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