hmm... i just called the alden shop sf to ask if they had any sizing advice for the grant last. they recommended same size as barrie, (thus size down 1/2 from brannock). then i called the shoe mart and they recommended to go true to size unless you have a narrow foot. pretty much what i've been reading here, some tts some size down.
I bought a size 10 (same as my trubalance/modified size) in grant and it fits my foot like a glove. I like the fit but my 10 in trubalance/modified does have more wiggle room around the toe.
edit: I'll wait for my modest family pic until I receive my LWB color 8.
Any experts able to weigh in on which last for the new plantation sole j crew chukka? Looks like Barrie but they don't say and haven't replied to my email. I live outside us so visiting a shop is not an option.
Not sure if you got a response from J Crew but they confirmed that it is the barrie last as wj4 stated.
I sorta wouldn't want to risk it. You could get burned and receive calf since they certainly don't state it's shell anywhere. And, there are no returns or anything...
Yeah I ordered a pair of selvedge for a very specific orange selvedge line. Got standard red line and they told me it was a batch variation and that they sent me the item as the description didn't mention it. Said I could return for the $15 fee.
And regarding the question I posted earlier - is there supposed to be a bit of plasticy sound from the cordovan rubbing on the lace and softer tongue area?
I had the Shoe Mart ship directly to B. Nelson, having already alerted Nick to look out for them. Once they got there, it did not take long for them to do the work. There was a little delay while waiting for a new shipment of Dainite soles from England, but that isn't really an issue with B. Nelson. I found that Nick was very helpful, and he seems to be fairly knowledgeable. And in the end the quality of the work appears to be excellent. They've done two re-soles for me now and I would be very likely to go back. I think that if you are investing in nice shoes you want to make sure that they are in capable hands.
Originally Posted by mediahound
BTW, you are in England? The Dainite soles come from England. You could not find a cobbler there to do the sole replacement?
Originally Posted by zippyh
Curious if you've considered having the work done by Shoe Healer.
Anyway, I like how they turned out.
Yes, there must be shops here in England that could do this. But I didn't already know of one that I could feel sure of. I wanted to use a place that had some experience with Aldens and what works with the Barrie last. Perhaps it is not that hard for a skilled cobbler to figure these things out, but there was a comfort factor with B. Nelson. I hadn't thought of The Shoe Healer, although that is a good suggestion. It might have made this process a little less complicated and risky for me.
^ Thanks much guys! Been pretty much following the Mac Method on these, though I'm not sure it's necessarily recommended for Natural Chromexcel. I also did one application of Neatsfoot OIl when I got them (hoping to darken them up a bit). I like how they're turning out.
Also, you'll notice I left the word "Natty" out of the caption.