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post #17806 of 122416
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Originally Posted by MSSneaker View Post

They seriously should not need to stretch that much. They're not raw denim for fucks sake. Sure they will be a bit uncomfortable at first, but if you are waiting for them to magically form to your foot you need to size up.

My 403's have stretched so much that I can now wear my orthotic insoles (which are a little bulky) in my 403's. When I first bought the boot in the summer I could not put them in.
Are they loose, yes.
I wear a size 10.5D and tried on a 10D when I was looking. The 10's were very tight to the point of uncomfortable.
The leather has since stretched and softened making them all that more roomier, which makes for a sloppy fit.
Maybe I should have stuck it out with the 10's if I knew the leather would have stretched that much.
post #17807 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

I'm sure they used to be worn as work boots, but I doubt anyone on SF is using them for that purpose...and any blue collar worker now is definitely not spending $400+ for a work boot.
Well, I don't think there are many guys on SF who do work in the manual labor sense, anyway.
post #17808 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mcbrown View Post


Also, it seems to me that your longwings appear to have been on the darker/reddish side of whiskey to begin with. When I saw your "after" photo I was shocked at how dark the shoes are, but in comparison to your "before" photo they don't seem so different.

There's a huge difference. The used to be light and orangish/tan. Now they're a very red/brown. My girlfriend asked me when I bought the new shoes. She couldn't believe they were the same pair
post #17809 of 122416
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Originally Posted by zissou View Post

Well, I don't think there are many guys on SF who do work in the manual labor sense, anyway.

lol8[1].gif good point
post #17810 of 122416
the last time i was at alden DC i was chatting with the manager and she mentioned that their best selling shoe was an indy boot, and that the average person buying it was a laborer/construction worker/fireman (who apparently buy 2-3 at a time)
post #17811 of 122416
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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

Ryan Plett from youhavebrokentheinternet was given a pair of vintage wiskey bals as a gift from a friend. He send them into Alden for "restoration" and the gave the shoes the exact same treatment. I know if it was me and they made my golden/tan whiskeys RED i would lose my sh*t!!!
The shoes before ...
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...and after the restoration
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I would NOT be happy with that finished product...
my $0.02




out of curiosity, was there any indication of "two-tone" ness when you first bought them? been seriously considering the whiskey lwb for some time now and would be good to know to stay away from this problem
post #17812 of 122416
yes, my whiskey's were 2 toned from the start.
post #17813 of 122416
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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post


Ryan Plett from youhavebrokentheinternet was given a pair of vintage wiskey bals as a gift from a friend. He send them into Alden for "restoration" and the gave the shoes the exact same treatment. I know if it was me and they made my golden/tan whiskeys RED i would lose my sh*t!!!
The shoes before ...
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...and after the restoration
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I would NOT be happy with that finished product...
my $0.02


the "new" version actually looks cool but I would be concerned as to how they will age with wearing and brushing etc. etc.

 

post #17814 of 122416
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Originally Posted by zissou View Post

Well, I don't think there are many guys on SF who do work in the manual labor sense, anyway.

I'm a heavy equipment hydraulics mechanic/weldor who owns a pair of Indys. I love my 403s (when i'm not working) but I'd have to say that the Indy would be useless in a true shop environment...unless you were working as a carpenter, shuffling around in sawdust.
Edited by blue collar - 11/11/11 at 9:57am
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ravello ptb
argyles otc
post #17816 of 122416
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Originally Posted by scb View Post

There's a huge difference. The used to be light and orangish/tan. Now they're a very red/brown. My girlfriend asked me when I bought the new shoes. She couldn't believe they were the same pair

In that case consider my comment moot.

Either way I am getting the impression that you are unhappy with them, and therefore I think you should send them back rather than "settling" for an inferior product.
post #17817 of 122416
Hello Alden Thread, I've got a sizing question. I'm admiring the new #8 monks from Leather Soul, but don't have any experience with the plaza last. What I have are all on the Barrie, where 11D is a little roomy and 10.5D works but needed some time to loosen up to a comfortable fit. Haven't had chance to try on 10.5E yet... So for someone who's generally an 11 but on the cusp between D and E, what suggestions are there? Of course, I assume LS won't have E widths stocked, so really the question is: 11D?
post #17818 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mcbrown View Post

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Originally Posted by scb View Post

There's a huge difference. The used to be light and orangish/tan. Now they're a very red/brown. My girlfriend asked me when I bought the new shoes. She couldn't believe they were the same pair

In that case consider my comment moot.

Either way I am getting the impression that you are unhappy with them, and therefore I think you should send them back rather than "settling" for an inferior product.

I need a wider width, so I am selling them. I sent them back to Alden because I didn't want to sell someone a pair of 2 tone shoes (and I wouldn't be able to sell them for much since they were 2 different colors). Now if I sell these, what do I call them? Will people see these as second-quality and pay less?
post #17819 of 122416
Against all odds, UPS actually delivered my new shell boots in three days. They look a little goofy fresh out of the box, but I bet they'll look better after some breaking in. I stepped into them, and they fit exactly like my LWBs, but minutely snug across the ball of the foot. I'm sure they'll loosen up for a perfect fit.

Bonus: These were advertised as having a single leather sole (and are pictured as such on the J Crew website), which was not my preference. I was happy to see mine show up with a double leather sole!
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Edited by zissou - 11/11/11 at 12:58pm
post #17820 of 122416
just got my ravello boots topied last week (toe part only), but the outer heels are getting worn out pretty quickly and unevenly; around 3mm just from 10 wears or so. My guess is that it is from the way I walk. Should I get heel taps installed? Anyone with similar experiences?
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