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I put liberal amounts of acetone on cotton round pads and rubbed the finish off the entire shoe. If I did it again, I'd use renomat.

Once they're stripped, I put liberal amount of lexol on them to condition the shell.

I then applied Renovateur per the normal method, and then cordovan creme for the soft shine with a cotton rag (old tshirt) using fingers and just a small amount, really rubbing it it.

I let that dry then brushed.

Here are some photos from the process on my dovers: http://imgur.com/a/OriU7

 

^ Not for the faint of heart :)

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Originally Posted by gsgleason View Post

I put liberal amounts of acetone on cotton round pads and rubbed the finish off the entire shoe. If I did it again, I'd use renomat.


Once they're stripped, I put liberal amount of lexol on them to condition the shell.


I then applied Renovateur per the normal method, and then cordovan creme for the soft shine with a cotton rag (old tshirt) using fingers and just a small amount, really rubbing it it.


I let that dry then brushed.


Here are some photos from the process on my dovers: http://imgur.com/a/OriU7

^ Not for the faint of heart smile.gif

Not indeed. I only did this with the shoes I wasn't happy with. The unlined dovers creased so much that the creases really had different color and glossiness compared to the rest, and I didn't like the way it looked. Same for the whiskey. The vamps are very thin shell which creases a lot.

I would never do this with my 975:

post #113328 of 122416
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Not indeed. I only did this with the shoes I wasn't happy with. The unlined dovers creased so much that the creases really had different color and glossiness compared to the rest, and I didn't like the way it looked. Same for the whiskey. The vamps are very thin shell which creases a lot.

I would never do this with my 975:


Holy hell. Yeah that's gutsy.... Thanks for the step by step.
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@BenLeaman I brought a "weekender" bag on my 5 week honeymoon.. No Alden's, but I still feel like I over packed!
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@BenLeaman I brought a "weekender" bag on my 5 week honeymoon.. No Alden's, but I still feel like I over packed!

Yeah but you need to allow for room to bring Aldens back bud smile.gif
post #113331 of 122416
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Alright guys, this stuff gets asked at nauseam but please bare with me...trying to nail down my size in Barrie.

I wear
Trubalance 10.5D (roomy everywhere -- almost too much -- but it fits comfortable and good with thick socks)
Hampton 11D - very comfortable
Van 10.5D - very comfortable
Barrie 10.5D -- good in length but tight in toe box
Grant 11D -- good in length but tight in toe box

I have a high instep and it seems like most of the shell boots and shoes I want are typically made in Barrie last. Would taking Barrie in 10.5E be a possibility or does the E vs D become really big everywhere?

I don't really have good options for trying them one. There is one shop in Toronto that has limited stock that I may try but interested to hear.

And if I get no responses no worries. I know this topic is so subjective and I've read numerous posts online with similar questions.

Thanks guys...

It's odd that Barrie is tight in the toebox and the van isn't. Where is it exactly tight? Laterally on the pinky, on top of the toes, or the big toe? Both foot or just one?

One hypothesis I can think of is your high instep allowed the entire foot to be pushed back in the van shoes, making more room in the toe box. Before buying Barrie in a larger size, I would try to lace/tie your Barrie Aldens differently. Make the laces closest to the toe looser than ones close to the ankle. This will prevent the sides on the toe box from being pulled together and securely hold your instep back towards the heel of the shoe.

With that said, there is minimal difference in D vs E. Most people notice more heel slip if th D is perfect or loose. This is an nonissue with boots and usually tolerable with laced shoes. Loafer is a different story, but I'm not aware of any Barrie lasted loafers.

If the lacing change doesn't help, I would go for 10.5E. Our arch will collapse and 'widen' over time anyway so more width shouldn't hurt. =)

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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Quick sizing question. For those who own Van and Barrie, do you size differently?

Same size for me in both lasts, however I do like more room in the toebox.
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Alden DC Joseph boot

That looks SO good! Time to petition Kathy for a new run.

-D
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Snuff's snough...




post #113333 of 122416
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Originally Posted by schmallo15 View Post

I sized the same. But I found the Van last didn't work very well for me. Heel too wide, toes too squished. But YMMV.

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Originally Posted by shoetree View Post

I also size the same.

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Originally Posted by HenryIII View Post

I size the same as well.  A little tight for the Van, but ok as its a loafer.

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Originally Posted by Allen Dreadmon View Post

My Barrie shell LWBs fit snug.  CXL Dovers are perfect in the same size (I think they stretched a bit).  I take a half size up for my Van shell LHS.  I may add tongue pads for superior fit, but I think I sized correctly for my feet.  On a related note, I've found tongue pads work for loafers but not lace ups in regards to heel slip.  Anyone else have the same observations?

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I size tts for Van (10.5 C) , 1/2 size down for Barrie (10 C)

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It's odd that Barrie is tight in the toebox and the van isn't. Where is it exactly tight? Laterally on the pinky, on top of the toes, or the big toe? Both foot or just one?

One hypothesis I can think of is your high instep allowed the entire foot to be pushed back in the van shoes, making more room in the toe box. Before buying Barrie in a larger size, I would try to lace/tie your Barrie Aldens differently. Make the laces closest to the toe looser than ones close to the ankle. This will prevent the sides on the toe box from being pulled together and securely hold your instep back towards the heel of the shoe.

With that said, there is minimal difference in D vs E. Most people notice more heel slip if th D is perfect or loose. This is an nonissue with boots and usually tolerable with laced shoes. Loafer is a different story, but I'm not aware of any Barrie lasted loafers.

If the lacing change doesn't help, I would go for 10.5E. Our arch will collapse and 'widen' over time anyway so more width shouldn't hurt. =)
Same size for me in both lasts, however I do like more room in the toebox.
That looks SO good! Time to petition Kathy for a new run.

-D

Guys - thanks so much. I always appreciate those willing to help. I'm a tweener with Barrie (could probable go down 1/2 size if I went to wn 'E' width), which leads me to believe that same size van might work. The only concern is that apparently I have a high instep which might beroblematic with the LHS. All the responses were quite helpful.
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Alden DC Joseph boot


killer boot, nice work!

post #113335 of 122416
AoM wingtip monks.......





I love these. With my old monks, the strap/buckle were the focal point of the shoe and that made me a little uncomfortable (hard to explain, but like I was trying too hard). With these, what you see is a nice wingtip, on a great Last, and oh, by the way, they are also a monk strap. Couldn't be more pleased.
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ravello x dc


Just perfect!

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Been a few months since these babies stepped outside. Perfect day for it.

Oh my, very nice. Haven't taken mine for a spin just yet, but I would thrilled if they patina'd like these.

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Originally Posted by RSR3 View Post




#9016 today.

Black shell. Gotta get some.
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Originally Posted by gsgleason View Post

Alden Madison whiskey shell, deglazed last night then treated with Lexol, Reno, and Saphir cordovan creme.


I like the Alden glaze but these look really nice.

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Originally Posted by BenLeaman View Post



Alden DC Joseph boot

Black shell. Gotta get some. I see you're a peaty person. Lagavulin is in my top 3. I like Balvenie, but have never tried the one you list. Given your expert advice on 4 seasons, I'll have to pick some up.
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ravello x dc


Great Odin's raven!
Edited by HenryIII - 7/16/15 at 6:06pm
post #113338 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Allen Dreadmon View Post

My Barrie shell LWBs fit snug.  CXL Dovers are perfect in the same size (I think they stretched a bit).  I take a half size up for my Van shell LHS.  I may add tongue pads for superior fit, but I think I sized correctly for my feet.  On a related note, I've found tongue pads work for loafers but not lace ups in regards to heel slip.  Anyone else have the same observations?

I feel like we have similar sized feet. My Barrie shoes fit a bit snug in a 7.5D and I went with the same size for my Van loafers in cordovan and suede to wear sockless or with thin sock liners. The van fits pretty snug across the strap and I am curious now what a size 8D would feel like.

I have tongue pads in both my CXL OSB loafers and my Lindrick boots and they work great on both applications. They are really great for my loafers as they seem to have stretched out a bit over time and do seem to help in keeping my heel back.
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Been a few months since these babies stepped outside. Perfect day for it.


By the hammer of Thor!
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Ravello Thursday
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