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post #12211 of 12602
and the hair, don't forget his hair!
post #12212 of 12602
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post


Absolutely - at least to a degree. But it still doesn't support any generalized claim that bals are more comfortable than derbies.

My high instep makes loafers and Chelsea boots a difficult fit. As a consequence, I own none of the former and only one of the latter. But it wouldn't be the least bit valid for me to generalize that "derbies are more comfortable than loafers".
 

 

I completely agree with this!

post #12213 of 12602
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Originally Posted by Gerry Nelson View Post
 

 

I completely agree with this!

 

Cheers.

post #12214 of 12602
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post

That's what I do with my shell boots and consider it money well spent (though, admittedly, I bought mine on sale.) It's a coarse material suited to such tasks. They've been quite resilient to the abuse, though I found the shell met its match when up against a shovel.

Right now my shell boots are sitting outside without trees, the poor things. It's a sad life for nice boots.

My experience is that shell looks like shit when wet. Welts up and such, gets marks.
post #12215 of 12602
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Originally Posted by YRR92 View Post

Curious as to how you specced these out / what they look like.

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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Not good taste thread worthy. They are skull crushers. Come up very high with double buckles.

Was flipping through pictures and found this oldie:

post #12216 of 12602
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

My experience is that shell looks like shit when wet. Welts up and such, gets marks.

Mine does, to a degree, but then they dry and look OK again. But I'm in the minority here in thinking shell is a coarse material not well suited for dress shoes in general. Wouldn't consider another pair except for work boots/casual wear/abusive use.
post #12217 of 12602
I'm the opposite. Here are my two pairs of shell shoes:



post #12218 of 12602
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

My experience is that shell looks like shit when wet. Welts up and such, gets marks.

plus one. i feel like my marlows will never look as pretty as they did before i was caught in the rain with them. frown.gif
post #12219 of 12602
Shell in general never looks better than before it's worn.
post #12220 of 12602
well that is good to know. i still has a sad that they dont look as awesome as when they were fresh out of the box.
post #12221 of 12602
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post

Shell in general never looks better than before it's worn.

I agree Doc. I find I wear my shell penny loafers the most as I favor them to be on "beat-up" looking side.

I've also found that the break-in time for shell (boots in particular) is intolerably long.
post #12222 of 12602
Thread Starter 
I like shell confused.gif

Wearing some today.
post #12223 of 12602
My interest in shell has waned the longer I've had mine. The ripples are coarse and only get coarser, the blooming is ugly and requires removing, the shell itself is erratic, the potential for water marks is unfortunate and unpredictable, and, for some reason, my boots have required a lot of moisturizing. Too much hassle. I can see why shell was saved for the servants back in the day.
post #12224 of 12602
Thread Starter 
I still wear a pair of BB shell loafers bought in college. They look ... well, not new, but not nearly as bad as it's being made out here.

The water spotting, to the extent that happens, polishes out easily.
post #12225 of 12602
To be fair, I still like shell. Sometimes it's quite beautiful. Just not for me, at least for elegant shoes.
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