All - I hadn't seen this stamp before on shell - is this a new thing? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
That is the secondary stamp they put on the Shells....
Thank you gentlemen; small world Budapest! I was definitely sold on the color
It's been a busy couple of days for me in the Alden world, and I've pulled the trigger on two pairs of boots. One will be here this Spring, the other comes next week! It is very hard to find "the" boot in Alden - as much as I like the fact that there is variety, it is really, really hard to demystify the details of each boot.
That said, I'm very, very excited.
Congrats on your purchase; sorry about your discomfort. I'm an 8.5d barrie/van/tru. I have these in snuff and dark brown suede, as well as in whiskey. In my experience, they all started out super painful across the vamp. I took several weeks with each pair and wore them around the house like they were slippers. No socks, just tolerating the discomfort for as long as I could. The cork eventually settles in and your foot sinks in significantly after a few weeks. The vamp will relax a bit too. If anything, my snuff loafers almost feel too loose now (although they are now fully slipper-like). The shell loafers, which I thought would always be too tight, are now perfect. I would stay the course. If you just wear them at home for a few weeks, you can always sell them later if they don't work out. Fingers crossed that you achieve the same result!! Enjoy in great health!