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Thanks for the info, I sent the shoes back today after talking with Tony
I've had probably 15 pairs of CXL shoes, nothing creased anything close to this even in areas of wear. This creasing is an issue that has been discussed quite a bit on this forum and for all kinds of leathers. The creased area definitely felt thinner and is quite a large area. If it was a small section that would be understandable but I feel this should have been noticed when the leather was cut for the shoe. Maybe I'm just overly picky.

Service has been great so far, but one shouldn't have to deal with the service if shoes didn't have an issue in the first place. I'm sure this is an isolated issue as most other shoes in this thread look amazing but it's an issue nevertheless.

A recent post with some good info:
http://www.styleforum.net/t/228153/the-official-shoe-care-thread-tutorials-photos-etc/6100_100#post_6451623

I've yet to come across a boot/shoe manufacturer who have no issues with their products from time to time, that is a given when working with leather but there is a way to go about things when a rare problem does arise.

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Saw the posts on instagram.  George you got some explaining to do....

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Saw the posts on instagram.  George you got some explaining to do....
Haha, saw that too- gotta be natural shell, no?
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I want to know what's up with the PTB's as well. That brown (possibly CXL pair) looks sick
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Haha, saw that too- gotta be natural shell, no?

I have no clue, but for some reason my comments disappeared...
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I have no clue, but for some reason my comments disappeared...

Figured that'd happen to me as well considering George's "email me" reply biggrin.gifwink.gif
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#8 Cordovan Penny Loafers are back in stock at HW Carters AND they just got Black Codovan Loafers - basically, the last loafers you'll ever buy. There's a type on the price, so snag them for $30 off before it's fixed devil.gif
And yes - cordovan loafers for mid $400s


http://www.hwcarterandsons.com/product/footwear/oak-street-bootmakers-beefroll-penny-loafer/black-cordovan.html
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Hey guys,
Tomorrow (Wednesday) we'll be at Siena Tavern in Chicago during lunch - Chef David Blonsky will be showing the "From Scratch Method" - then we'll enjoy some food

If you're around, come on by!

post #1389 of 2989
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Originally Posted by planetarium View Post

Unless you never crouch or really live in your shoes, keeping those will be a bad idea. CXL stretches a ton in width, but won't likely budge much in length. Even if it did, the sole and welt aren't going to get any bigger.

Edit: Just noticed that you're referring to loafers. Might not be a problem then as you likely won't be doing much physical activity in them.

thanks for the reply. I think I'll pass them along. A good deal isn't so good if they aren't quite right.
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Hey everyone, I just got my natural trail oxfords from Independence, and they look awesome. However, I have one concern over sizing. How much does the toe box loosen/stretch? They seem to fit tight/snug (as recommended), but are only slightly uncomfortable on my left big toe when I bend my foot to walk. It feels like my toe is being pinched from above a bit. It's not painful, just a bit uncomfortable. Will this stretch out or should I go up .5 size? Thanks for any advice.

Edit: This occurs even when I'm not wearing socks, but I'd like to wear thin to medium socks with them eventually.
Edited by deem - 7/10/13 at 6:41pm
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Hey everyone, I just got my natural trail oxfords from Independence, and they look awesome. However, I have one concern over sizing. How much does the toe box loosen/stretch? They seem to fit tight/snug (as recommended), but are only slightly uncomfortable on my left big toe when I bend my foot to walk. It feels like my toe is being pinched from above a bit. It's not painful, just a bit uncomfortable. Will this stretch out or should I go up .5 size? Thanks for any advice.

Edit: This occurs even when I'm not wearing socks, but I'd like to wear thin to medium socks with them eventually.

In my experience the part where your toe is rubbing/pinching is the area which stretches the most. I have slightly wide feet but went with my normal size in both pairs of my trail oxfords and after a couple of wears the rubbing ceased for me.

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My trail oxfords were a tight fit when I first got them (sizing down .5 from normal show size) but after a few wears they started to loose up -- now they are the most comfortable pair of shoes that I own.
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mine were tight as well.  stretched out nicely after awhile.  now they're my everyday/favorite shoes.

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Thanks for the input, guys. Its great to hear that they stretch in the toe area. I'll start breaking them in asap.
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I don't know if I'd be so certain about stretching on the trench boots/oxfords. While the moc-toe shoes stretch in the toe (like boat shoes, ranger mocs, loafers) the boots/oxfords will *not* be so forgiving. They have a piece of plastic in the toe to help it keep shape, and also to add a bit of durability/protection to the toe as well. My left foot is absolutely perfect, but my right big toe keeps getting sore from being too close to the end of the boot. Sometimes lasts just don't work. I'm probably going to put my TBs up for sale closer to the fall/boot season. Slightly too wide, but also a bit too short (and I'm usually an extra-wide)

I think that my pair would be more comfortable if it had an unstructured toe, that piece in the toe is just killing me (though of course it's why the boot looks so beautiful). If it were easily removed, I'd have it removed in a second.

Actually, I just sent this idea to George, to see if it's a modification that's at all possible. Probably not, but who knows.
Edited by wdahab - 7/12/13 at 11:46am
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