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post #15946 of 122416
barrie is the normal go to because it fits the widest range of feet. i like the grant. a lot. it's ironic that these posts are up now because i messaged kgmessier earlier about his thoughts on a wingtip special makeup on the grant as he successfully got 2 group orders together for other shoes. i am thinking about a shortwing boot on the grant, preferrably in ravello or cigar. i'm open to one in some type of interesting calf if the shell won't work. my feet may be wide, but i don't have cankles, so the barrie is brutal without tongue pads.

you can google pics of wingtip grant last shoes. leathersoul did one a few years back that looked really nice. brooks brothers shell longwings were also on the grant.
post #15947 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post


my best fitting Barrie shoe turned out to be a chukka in black shell. I sized down one whole size and increased the width to E. fit like a glove

My worst fitting was a Chukka! I sized down .5 and went with a D. Then I went down 1 and went with a D. Neither fit.

If your heel slides side to side in a shoe, it's not a stiff sole that's causing it. It's the fact that you could fit a regulation softball in the heel counter.
post #15948 of 122416
Namor, I did size down half a size and if I remember correctly, Tom @ LS was saying they didn't do any E widths for this run.

Guess I'll just chalk this up to a learning process that tells me I need bluchers lasted on something else besides Barrie. confused.gif

EDIT: The weird thing was that I tried on a pair of 975's in the same size at Leffot this past April and didn't have any problems with slippage.
post #15949 of 122416
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this method will still result in random creasing, sometimes more than if the pencil wasn't used. the creasing depends on the shell and your gait. if your creasing looks a little wild, just chalk it up to your individual feet and move on. the problem with using the pencil is that if your gait doesn't coincide with the way you creased the shoe, the other creases will develop in addition and could look bizarre. if you don't like the way shell looks broken in, stick to calf or some other exotic leather.

Off Topic but Marg i just wanted to tell you that your sig pic cracks me up every time i look at it. i have no idea what the story behind it is, and i don't really want to know as it may spoil the enjoyment for me. It's just weirdly funny!
post #15950 of 122416
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NAMOR, yes I did go down half a size. They did fit, more or less, but the instep was a bit tight across the penny strap and never loosened up. For a long time they were my only pair of loafers, but I picked up the brown cordovan loafers by Crockett & Jones for Polo earlier this summer and haven't worn my Alden LHS since. They're both great loafers but the C&Js just work better on my feet, plus the darker shade of brown is a little more versatile.

The C&J for Polo:
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i have a pair of those and they have broken in nicely--if the fit is right it's a fantastic shoe!
post #15951 of 122416
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Originally Posted by gfreeman View Post

Would it be possible to order a shell longwing on a different last from the usual Barrie? I assume I could do this MTO through Alden, but it would probably cost an arm and a leg, amirite?

I believe the Brooks Bros Black Fleece black shell longwing is on the Grant last.
I've seen several Leydon last longwings but I don't recall ever seeing any in shell.
post #15952 of 122416
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Originally Posted by burningbright View Post

I'm starting to wonder if the MTO route is the way to go with bluchers where your only option is blobby Barrie.

EDIT: just saw the post above me. Did SF request to put these Leather Soul shortwings on the Barrie last or was that out of SF's hands? I would definitely be all for a longwing shell order that solves the heel slippage problem caused by the Barrie last. How does the Grant last measure up in the heel?

Tom @ LeatherSoul--can you lend any insight into Alden's Barrie last and why it is so "popular" with these special make-ups? The last looks like a squished hot dog IMHO, and apparently has serious fit issues with us skinny heeled gents.
post #15953 of 122416
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Originally Posted by g.michael View Post


i have a pair of those and they have broken in nicely--if the fit is right it's a fantastic shoe!

they don't fit me right :(they don't fit me right frown.gif
post #15954 of 122416

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Tom @ LeatherSoul--can you lend any insight into Alden's Barrie last and why it is so "popular" with these special make-ups? The last looks like a squished hot dog IMHO, and apparently has serious fit issues with us skinny heeled gents.


 

I'm not Tom, but I can tell you that the Barrie has few fit issues if sized correctly. There may be slippage here and there, but if everything was made on the Aberdeen, for instance, tons more people would complain about it being a constricting last, as it is quite slim (for Alden at least).

 

That being said, if everything was on the Aberdeen and Grant lasts, I'd be a happy camper.

 


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Originally Posted by gfreeman View Post

Would it be possible to order a shell longwing on a different last from the usual Barrie? I assume I could do this MTO through Alden, but it would probably cost an arm and a leg, amirite?

 

gfreeman, this has been my quest for ages. Join the club. As was mentioned, BB does their longwings on the Grant, but they're most often offered in calf (especially black pebble grain). The only shell shade I've seen of theirs has been black.

 

(Also FYI Epaulet does their suede and natural chromexcel longwings on the Leydon.)

post #15955 of 122416
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Originally Posted by CTYGGG View Post

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Alden x LS NST Saddle #8. Thanks Tom, I love the makeup on the Leydon last.

nephew,
looking very sharp
post #15956 of 122416
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cigar ptb
argyles otc
Absolutely superb uncle…outstanding shine.
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Absolutely superb uncle…outstanding shine.

nephew,
thank you
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whiskey wt
argyles otc
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post #15960 of 122416
So close on sizing, yet so far away frown.gif
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