All this discussion about the AF9 NST slip on got me to pull out my Cigar shell model 1031 NST slip on. I've got them in black shell too!
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@Matty123 Shoe Tree's and Dust Bags all the way.
You should certainly take great care in packing them if they are dear to you.
Shell should be fine as long as they are properly packed.
Thanks Guys! I really appreciate all of the information!
If the weight of the tree's becomes a concern, I have had great luck with packing my Alden's with the smaller soft goods I am bringing i.e. socks, undershirts, etc. like you would newspaper after it rains. Not only does this help provide support for the shoe, but the "give" of these allows the leather to flex a bit more than a tree allows, so you avoid the danger of luggage mishandling.
Always in felt bags after stuffing....
my friend i wasnt bent out of shape i was griping that i cant fit into a grant. i suppose that was lost due to the fact its all written word here.
i would love to try on the barrie in a 9.5 eee. alas there aren't any available in any of the stores near me. AoM or TSM. hence why i asked for peoples experience. i was hoping to hear from someone who owns shoes on both of those lasts.