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Question on the double oak leather outsole, what is everyone's experience on the break in time? I've seen it mention that many experience heel slippage until the shoe breaks in, and others say they've never had an issue. Just got a pair of 975s, and compared to my suede ptbs on the barrie, there is a good bit of heel slippage.
post #21092 of 122416
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Originally Posted by 100 yrs View Post

Question on the double oak leather outsole, what is everyone's experience on the break in time? I've seen it mention that many experience heel slippage until the shoe breaks in, and others say they've never had an issue. Just got a pair of 975s, and compared to my suede ptbs on the barrie, there is a good bit of heel slippage.

Double soles take a good long while to soften up. Shell uppers take a similarly long time. I think the comfort would improve for at least the first 20 wears.
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Originally Posted by 100 yrs View Post

Question on the double oak leather outsole, what is everyone's experience on the break in time? I've seen it mention that many experience heel slippage until the shoe breaks in, and others say they've never had an issue. Just got a pair of 975s, and compared to my suede ptbs on the barrie, there is a good bit of heel slippage.

Take the shoe and bend it in half. Well, not all the way in half, but to like 90 degrees +. It sounds more abusive than it is, and I've done it to numerous pairs of shoes with no adverse affects. The stiffest soled shoes I've ever encountered out of the box have been Carminas, Red Wing GTs, and Polo Darltons (C&Js). With these, I almost felt like the sole would crack by doing this, but it made them wearable immediately.
post #21094 of 122416

thanks for all the feedback guys on theshoemart customer service. I had effectively communicated with them via email when I had purchasing questions and it just seemed like once I had a problem the email communication ceased. I will give them a call.....

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Recently purchased a pair of Color #8, cordovan PTB's and fell in love.  Found this forum and read almost all of the 1400 pages.  Filled with envy, went to ebay and purchased a brand new pair of Scotch Grain PTB's with commando soles, originally from Shoemart for about $320.  Some pictures below.  Question: Did I get a good deal price wise or did my envy get the best of me?

 

 

 

 

 

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Recently purchased a pair of Color #8, cordovan PTB's and fell in love.  Found this forum and read almost all of the 1400 pages.  Filled with envy, went to ebay and purchased a brand new pair of Scotch Grain PTB's with commando soles, originally from Shoemart for about $320.  Some pictures below.  Question: Did I get a good deal price wise or did my envy get the best of me?

 

 

 

 

 


From the pictures the leather looks more like scotch grain and I do not know if cordovan has ever been done with that finish. It looks more like calf leather...

But ill admit my knowledge is not as extensive as others so a second opinion may be in order.
post #21097 of 122416
^yeah, he said they were Scotch grain.

Seems a good deal for what looks like brand new shoes, love the commando sole on them too.
post #21098 of 122416
Umm, he said he bought a pair of #8s and then he bought the scotch grains.
It's rare, but they have made scotch grain cordovan.

$320 seems a fair price for those calf ones.
Edited by zippyh - 1/9/12 at 7:29pm
post #21099 of 122416

Definitely not shell.  Found archived page from Shoemart before bidding.  Were originally $491 in mid 2010.  Love the commando sole too.  Of course, had no idea what a commando sole was until I found this forum.

post #21100 of 122416
Envy might have gotten the best of you since you already have a PTB in color 8 and now another PTB in burgundy scotch grain. Two "burgundy" colors in PTB does seem like overkill. I might have put that $320 towards a different Alden make-up.

Speaking of color 8 PTB-- iphone photo from Saturday.467
post #21101 of 122416

Interesting.  Until you said that I thought they were brown. Will have to wait and see.  Btw- Shoemart ad says these are a "custom bookmaker edition."

Does that mean anything?

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Originally Posted by Dbc0919 View Post

Interesting.  Until you said that I thought they were brown. Will have to wait and see.  Btw- Shoemart ad says these are a "custom bookmaker edition."
Does that mean anything?

Maybe it is the photo but they seem burgundy to me. I think the custom bookmaker edition is a fancy way of saying they Alden made that make-up for them specially. by just putting on the commando sole I think might "qualify" them as a "special make-up". However they are a good looking pair of shoes and I do love a commando sole.
Edited by wrinklefree - 1/9/12 at 8:57pm
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sizing question: How do 8.5C and 9B compare in widths to 8D? I have some 8D Barrie chukkas that are, in the heel, close to fitting but a tiny bit loose, but a little too short overall (some pinky toe squishing.) I measure a 9B on the brannock and I'm doing a preorder.

i've called the alden sf store with similar questions and they've been able to rattle off size and width measurement differences no problem. give them a call, always more than helpful on the phone.
post #21104 of 122416
Any boot tree recommendations for a 10.5 on the Barrie last?
post #21105 of 122416
^ Alden tree size Large should get it done
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