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I'm sure I'll get crucified for this, but the seconds from The Shoe Mart are simply just overstock or do they usually have a defect?  Is there a reason they don't list the last & product info?  How do you guys usually know exactly what it is when you order?  

 

I'm contemplating what my first Aldens should be (thinking Short/Long wing #8 Shells) and although the Barrie is so highly talked about I have a narrow foot so I'd prefer the Leydon or Grant last.


They do list the last FYI.
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Taking shells hiking? I love how this guy mind works.... I say go for it. Please post pics afterwards....

I think it's important to look good in case you run into any hot hillbilly chicks. If it comes down to the dude wearing sandals with socks or the smart fellow sporting shell cordo Indys...come on. You're in like Flynn.

+1
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^ Cue the banjos (RKD, do not see Deliverance before your "adventure")
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Another sizing question - if I wear a 12C in the Trubalance (I have a pair of brown chrome excel Indys), is there any way I could fit comfortably into a 12D boot in the Barrie last? From what I've read, the Trubalance is the widest last. The Barrie is wide as well, but might be slightly narrower than Trubalance. There's a pair of 12D Ravello wingtip boots I really want, but I'm afraid the D width might be just a little too big. I wouldn't even mind wearing thicker socks with these, but I definitely don't want my foot sliding around when I walk.
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

Another sizing question - if I wear a 12C in the Trubalance (I have a pair of brown chrome excel Indys), is there any way I could fit comfortably into a 12D boot in the Barrie last? From what I've read, the Trubalance is the widest last. The Barrie is wide as well, but might be slightly narrower than Trubalance. There's a pair of 12D Ravello wingtip boots I really want, but I'm afraid the D width might be just a little too big. I wouldn't even mind wearing thicker socks with these, but I definitely don't want my foot sliding around when I walk.

sounds like theyll fit length wise but will more than likely be too wide. However its nothing a thick sock cant remedy
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Someone sell me a pair of size 9 Alden boots spam[1].gif
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

sounds like theyll fit length wise but will more than likely be too wide. However its nothing a thick sock cant remedy

cool, thanks for backing up my thoughts! i think i may have to put in a pre-order for these boots now.....
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excuse me for beating a dead horse, but this issue continues to rattle me.
i agree that cordovan can be restored but thats not my point of contention. my questions is, if you have other options, why would you wear relatively new $650 non-hiking boot on a hike? because you want to beat them up and then be able to restore them?
this is different from wearing your boots to work in somewhat muddy, wet conditions where your primary obstacles are puddles, salt, snow, etc. ill post close-ups pics of my tobacco chamois indys that I use for hiking. I purchased them as hiking boots because a) they were purchased second hand and thus were already broken in, scraped, etc and b) the boot looks great while providing hiking utility. But shit, they arent $650 shell boots!

I think it's alright...when the methodology of tanning shell cordovan for footwear purposes was developed in the early 20th century, the focus was on work boots.
In other words, the modern shell cordovan as we know it started life as upper & sole leathers for boots that were meant to be beaten up.
Anyway, Viberg's actual hiker boots are around the $700 mark :P
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 The Swiss team up with the US

 

 

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I got a pair of awesome waterproof Solomon hiking boots for about $150. I've used them about 3-4 times a year over the past few years for strenuous hiking and they've held up really well. I would definitely suggest this route rather than wearing shell boots.
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Alden for Epaulet Brixton Boot in Color #8 Shell Cordovan and Light Sole

Our first Shell Cordovan Alden makeup has arrived! Upper is Color 8 shell, and we used a medium brown sole to give it a cool contrast. Barrie last, double leather sole, flat welt, all round eyelets. There's 22 pairs available.

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Alden for Epaulet Brixton Boot Color 8 with Light Sole: $680
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Here's some photos of my Unionmade grant last captoes. Daily motorcycle riding. Its pretty amazing actually how little damage there is from riding. If you click the photos for close ups you can see it better. I took these today after riding in the rain. I'm pretty sure I could polish out 90% of the scuffs in the photos. Maybe I'll do it later and post some before and after shots. Shell is some seriously resilient material.

Nifty pics, thanks! You ride a Norton?

And the captoes are definitely on my list. The plain toe Indys, as well. I'm afraid the shifter will destroy the stitching on the trad Indy.
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good looking boots with an excellent shine
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Alden for Epaulet Brixton Boot in Color #8 Shell Cordovan and Light Sole
Our first Shell Cordovan Alden makeup has arrived! Upper is Color 8 shell, and we used a medium brown sole to give it a cool contrast. Barrie last, double leather sole, flat welt, all round eyelets. There's 22 pairs available.
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Alden for Epaulet Brixton Boot Color 8 with Light Sole: $680

outstanding!
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