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I've never been interested in snuff let alone snuff suede, but these are compelling!

 

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Cigar short wing x AoM today.

 

Great pairing every time, JSO1.

 

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Maiden voyage... paired with Studio D' Artisan chinos

 

Turning heads left and right, no doubt.

 

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Ocho NST
 

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My latest acquisition - Frans Boone black shell NST boot on Barrie, lace on leather eyelets, Commando sole.  This was my first purchase from Frans Boone and likely won't be the last.  Terrific service - three days from order to delivery in NJ.  They also included Alden shoe trees at no extra cost.  With the favorable EUR/USD exchange rate, the all-in price including shipping and clearance costs was $55 less than what Context is charging for a similar boot.

 

 

The dark arts. 

 

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Ever find yourself pumping gas with nothing else to do while you wait? Well, that is a perfect time to take a picture of your shoes in the morning sun while you pretend you are checking email.

 

 

Smfdoc, slaying it at the pump.

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Alden noob question:

 

Is a cordovan boot with the Barrie last any roomier at the forefoot than a same size blucher with the Barrie last? Or exactly the same.

 

I sized down one full size(11.5 narrow side of D to a 10.5 Barrie) on my #8 cordovan Alt Weins and it's not tight but close. I'd like a hair more room on a boot.

 

Thanks!

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Alden noob question:

Is a cordovan boot with the Barrie last any roomier at the forefoot than a same size blucher with the Barrie last? Or exactly the same.

I sized down one full size(11.5 narrow side of D to a 10.5 Barrie) on my #8 cordovan Alt Weins and it's not tight but close. I'd like a hair more room on a boot.

Thanks!

My experience is slightly less room in a boot. Although I'm sure others have experiences that vary.
post #7864 of 10584
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My experience is slightly less room in a boot. Although I'm sure others have experiences that vary.

Wow. Well if that is the case, I def. need to size up to an 11 Barrie cordo boot.

 

Thanks.

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Originally Posted by metranger8694 View Post
 

Alden noob question:

 

Is a cordovan boot with the Barrie last any roomier at the forefoot than a same size blucher with the Barrie last? Or exactly the same.

 

I sized down one full size(11.5 narrow side of D to a 10.5 Barrie) on my #8 cordovan Alt Weins and it's not tight but close. I'd like a hair more room on a boot.

 

Thanks!


You'll likely get many different answers here. I love the Barrie last and find that their boots run just a fuzz smaller than their bluchers. For example, my size 9D Barrie lasted boots (tankers, plain toe boot, multiple short wing boots, etc.) fit light a champ. But I legitimately can't fit a size 8.5 boot without major problems. That being said, my size 8.5D Color 2 barrie lasted longwings fit me great. Conversely, my Barrie lasted Whiskey PTBs fit amazing in a 9D. 8.5D were too small.

 

Shoot, I don't think I really helped you here. The best advice (which is the most difficult and requires the most work and potentially travel) is to get fit at an Alden store like Alden DC or SF.

 

Playing the Alden Online Sizing Guessing Game will cost you quite a few more ducats than is otherwise necessary. Bunch of guys here, including myself, have learned this the hard way. I wish I listened to the veterans when I first came to this forum and heard those words ("get fit at an Alden store"). And if you don't live near and Alden dealer, I promise you the cost of a round-trip flight and hotel room will be cheaper than buying your way through various sizes and having to flip them.

 

Best of luck!

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You'll likely get many different answers here. I love the Barrie last and find that their boots run just a fuzz smaller than their bluchers. For example, my size 9D Barrie lasted boots (tankers, plain toe boot, multiple short wing boots, etc.) fit light a champ. But I legitimately can't fit a size 8.5 boot without major problems. That being said, my size 8.5D Color 2 barrie lasted longwings fit me great. Conversely, my Barrie lasted Whiskey PTBs fit amazing in a 9D. 8.5D were too small.

 

Shoot, I don't think I really helped you here. The best advice (which is the most difficult and requires the most work and potentially travel) is to get fit at an Alden store like Alden DC or SF.

 

Playing the Alden Online Sizing Guessing Game will cost you quite a few more ducats than is otherwise necessary. Bunch of guys here, including myself, have learned this the hard way. I wish I listened to the veterans when I first came to this forum and heard those words ("get fit at an Alden store"). And if you don't live near and Alden dealer, I promise you the cost of a round-trip flight and hotel room will be cheaper than buying your way through various sizes and having to flip them.

 

Best of luck!

Awesome answer. Thanks.

 

There is an Alden store down in Miami. But I'm lazy. I have one pair of SF GMTO Viberg chukka boots that may be 1/2 size large(110 last) and I put on heel pads and they are good.

 

As I said, I have the #8 cordovan Alt Weins which I love and am considering those Brogueshop Alden V-Tip boots if I can find them on the order form. But I don't know if I'm overdoing the #8 shell cordovans as the Alt Weins work with everything.

post #7867 of 10584
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Awesome answer. Thanks.

 

There is an Alden store down in Miami. But I'm lazy. I have one pair of SF GMTO Viberg chukka boots that may be 1/2 size large(110 last) and I put on heel pads and they are good.

 

As I said, I have the #8 cordovan Alt Weins which I love and am considering those Brogueshop Alden V-Tip boots if I can find them on the order form. But I don't know if I'm overdoing the #8 shell cordovans as the Alt Weins work with everything.


Happy to help, Met. Alt Wiens are stellar and they go with a ton of stuff. I rode the giant bell curve of #8 as my gateway drug, then move into exotics, and have now whittled my collection down to the most-worn and most-adaptable models and colors. Turns out #8 is way at the top. I don't think you can overdo it with too much #8, but you may want to consider an 8 with dark edges as opposed to antique. I don't know what Brogueshop is pitching. #8 with black edges paired with charcoal/grey simply kills. #8 with antique paired with browns kills in a different way. Nobody on this forum will ever encourage you to buy less. They'll simply suggest to acquire more diverse lineup.

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... And if you don't live near and Alden dealer, I promise you the cost of a round-trip flight and hotel room will be cheaper than buying your way through various sizes and having to flip them.

 

Best of luck!

 

 

Great advice. It almost seems crazy until you realize shell boots are coming in at $7-800 a pair.

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My Barrie LWB's and Wingtip Boots fit very similarly.  I've always wondered if the differences people talk about are due to the welt - it seems like some of the AE variants I've tried on that are the same last and pattern have more room on split reverse welt versions than flat welt versions.  Anyone know if that is possibly true or just luck of the draw?

 

The other thing to consider is the cut of the pattern itself.  I fit very well in my AE 65-last shoes in my bal-closure McTavishes (I have three pairs... :embar:) and my derby-closure shoes on the same last.  **BUT** I can't find a size/width combination that works on the 65-last, bal-closure Strand for anything.  

 

 

In any case, I wouldn't size down further than you already have.

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It almost seems crazy until you realize shell boots are coming in at $7-800 a pair.

 Patrick_b batting cleanup! 

 

Those prices keep reaching for the sky.

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 Patrick_b batting cleanup! 

 

Those prices keep reaching for the sky.


I tell ya', after buying 5 pairs of Vibergs at $725+ for various leathers not shell, I've become desensitized to that price range.

 

I think I'm sounding like Imelda Marcos.

 

Thanks for your help guys! If you, ironclad, can point out places to purchase your advised models, I'd love to see them.

 

These are my #8's from Epaulet. Same as Don et. al..

 

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Hrmmm... Brogue has a pre-order for Color #8 V-Tips on the Barrie with antique *reverse* welt with commando soles. One of the most completely-different-than-everyone-else styles I've seen in color #8. I'm thinking about pulling the trigger, but hesitant about the reverse welt... that said, I would love to get a v-tip, especially on an antique welt.

 

 

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what about the reverse welt gives you pause?

 

 

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I agree. In my mind: shell + blucher + commando + contrast welt = casual. Reverse welt is most appropriate here. I'll never understand the compulsion to mismatch formality elements on dress shoes.

 

Agree with others that the reverse welt is the better option here.

 

Frankly speaking, I am glad that someone finally decided to make a shell Vtips with reverse welt. I have a suede Vtips with reverse welt and I think they look better than the flat welted Vtips. I think Brogue's shell Vtips will be a signature make-up, don't hesitate, jump on it!

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Agree with others that the reverse welt is the better option here.

 

Frankly speaking, I am glad that someone finally decided to make a shell Vtips with reverse welt. I have a suede Vtips with reverse welt and I think they look better than the flat welted Vtips. I think Brogue's shell Vtips will be a signature make-up, don't hesitate, jump on it!


All I see on the Brogue pre order page is a V-tip blucher(#7) and a wing tip boot(#8). No V tip boot. Am I missing it?

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All I see on the Brogue pre order page is a V-tip blucher(#7) and a wing tip boot(#8). No V tip boot. Am I missing it?


No....only Vtip bluchers, no Vtip boots!

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Originally Posted by M635Guy View Post
 

My Barrie LWB's and Wingtip Boots fit very similarly.  I've always wondered if the differences people talk about are due to the welt - it seems like some of the AE variants I've tried on that are the same last and pattern have more room on split reverse welt versions than flat welt versions.  Anyone know if that is possibly true or just luck of the draw?

 

You might be on to something. I've noticed the same 'slightly smaller Barrie boot' trend with my WTBs vs my Dovers, and yep- the boots have a flat welt vs the split reverse on the derbies.

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