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I've ordered many times from the Bureau. They've always shipped via FedEx. I've never been hit with any customs or fees.
They declare stuff in a "customer friendly" way .
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Their site says FedEx Priority to US or you can request Royal. Thanks..
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Not sure there's a way to prevent that - looks like the natural way your foot moves inside that particular shoe. I wore my unlined 8 dovers sockless a couple of times recently and got a "hotspot" on the side of my heel area -- very similar to were this appears to be on your shoe (never noticed it with socks). Took them off before a blister actually formed. I'll probably get wear marks like this on my Barrie last shoes too.

Thanks man
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Their site says FedEx Priority to US or you can request Royal. Thanks..
Fedex high chances of getting hit your best bet is royal bud.
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Picked up my AoM (Sold out on preorder) Cigar LWBs today. Pair came out great. Cigar is on the dark side, but I don't mind it as all my dark cigar shoes have lightened up with wear. Essentially, incentive for more wear.



There is still NO update on Ravello. Alden still doesn't have the leather to even confirm any orders.

 


may i ask when did you receive the pre order email?
i just got one time for the rare shell pre order email from AoM 1year ago and it is the pre order for whiskey wing tip boot, cigar chukka and ravello short wing..
post #113961 of 122416
First day in my new (to me) leather soul plaza semi brogues. Now I know what it's like to walk a mile in mDubs' shoes.

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First day in my new (to me) leather soul plaza semi brogues. Now I know what it's like to walk a mile in mDubs' shoes.

These are outstanding Sir!!
post #113963 of 122416

I have said this once and I'll say it again:  Alden Balmoral Models are highly underrated IMO.

 

They do an excellent job, especially Plaza last and most importantly their shell cordovan offerings.

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+1
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#8 Monks




These are cool as hell Don. I always enjoy looking at these with all the rolls and patina. Lots of character .. a good thing in today's cookie cutter world. Well done!
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Yeah, funny you should say it, I was actually thinking earlier today that I "Needed" and Alden #8 monk strap....

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I'm experiencing some wear on the lining of a pair of my LWBs. I treat them right...cedar shoe trees, rest them at least a day between wears, etc. The last and size fit me perfectly, so there's no heel slippage. I'm growing concerned as I see the same thing developing inside some of my other more worn Aldens. Does anyone have any tips for how to prevent this from happening? Would a good cobbler be able to fix it or is the lining done once it goes?

Yes. A good cobbler can sew-on a leather patch in the heel area.

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Yes. A good cobbler can sew-on a leather patch in the heel area.

Thanks, good to know. I have a feeling all my shoes are heading in this direction. Still holding out hope for my boots.
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Quick question about first few wears of the cordovan boots: should I not lace up as tight as I need to for the first few hours? I'm planning to wear them an hour a day, two hours, three hours, and so on for the break in. But I feel like I recall somewhere reading about not tightening up too tight in order to give the cordovan a chance to soften a bit and otherwise the stitching can be too stressed. Am I making that up or is it true? Or can I just lace as tight as I want and go?
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Originally Posted by McQ7 View Post

Quick question about first few wears of the cordovan boots: should I not lace up as tight as I need to for the first few hours? I'm planning to wear them an hour a day, two hours, three hours, and so on for the break in. But I feel like I recall somewhere reading about not tightening up too tight in order to give the cordovan a chance to soften a bit and otherwise the stitching can be too stressed. Am I making that up or is it true? Or can I just lace as tight as I want and go?

 

I think that in general you don't want to crank the lacing down real hard on shoes or boots whether they be cordovan or not.

 

The footbed will usually settle down and mold to your foot and then you can tighten them accordingly.

 

And also, I would not worry about it too much anyway my friend.

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