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post #22936 of 122416
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Originally Posted by bellyhungry View Post

Noob question:
I normally wear size 10E or 10.5D for most dress shoes. If I am to get a Barrie-lasted LWB, what size should I order?
Thanks.

You are my size - 10D or 9.5E. in Barrie, 10.5D or 10E in narrower lasts

Also, who is that in your avatar
post #22937 of 122416
Its interesting to see that Kudu is getting a little love here. Many of the comments I've seen about it in the past have been negative. The kudu chukkas were one of my first Alden purchases. I liked them at first, although after I acquired some other models I found that I didn't want to wear them as often. Then after a while I just let them sit in the back of my closet.

But when packing for a recent trip to Morocco I realized that they might be the ideal "one shoe" for two weeks of travel through different terrains and situations. Here I am riding a camel with them:

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I don't think that the leather is great looking (although these have been complimented), but it is tough and you can abuse it if you need to. With the recent snow here in England I've made them my snow/slush boots.
post #22938 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

You are my size - 10D or 9.5E. in Barrie, 10.5D or 10E in narrower lasts
Also, who is that in your avatar

Thanks...

The avatrar is Charlize Theron.
post #22939 of 122416
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Originally Posted by bellyhungry View Post

Thanks...
The avatrar is Charlize Theron.

Thought so, wasn't sure though
post #22940 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Bateman87 View Post



Thanks, I was thinking that, too - that Cigar would go better.  Maybe I'll get a 403 and a Cigar Chukka.. if I can find one in my size.
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Originally Posted by Bateman87 View Post

What's a good casual boot that I can wear with chinos or jeans?  The Indy 403 or 405 seem to be the best choices (leaning towards 403), but the cordovan boots in #8 and cigar have me drooling.  I would think that, without a bit of aging, cordovan would be too much for khakis, however.

Shell is great with jeans and khakis. Cigar or #8 go with pretty much anything- they're probably the most versatile colors. If I had to choose only one, I'd go with #8, because it can be worn with jeans, or almost any color trousers.
post #22941 of 122416
Reserved a pair of Cigar Cap toe boots from Alden of DC smile.gif it'll be my last one for awhile.
post #22942 of 122416
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Originally Posted by fitchottie View Post

Hoping you guys can help me out.... Have a pair of Cordovan with weird wrinkles..... is there any way to get rid of them......i am talking about the small wrinkles or striations..
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Oh no...no...that's not good at all. That's what Horween calls "lateral canthal wrinkles". That's the breaking down of elastin in the shell cordovan. Those shoes are now garbage. Ship them to me and I'll dispose of them for you.





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post #22943 of 122416
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Originally Posted by advan031 View Post

Reserved a pair of Cigar Cap toe boots from Alden of DC smile.gifit'll be my last one for awhile.

Man, if i had a pair of shells for everytime I've read that in this forum I'd rival Uncle Mac.


Whatever helps you deal with the addicition and the fact that we spend $700 on brown boots lol.icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #22944 of 122416
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Originally Posted by bellyhungry View Post

Noob question:
I normally wear size 10E or 10.5D for most dress shoes. If I am to get a Barrie-lasted LWB, what size should I order?
Thanks.

The conventional advice on the forum is to size down 1/2 from your normal size since Barrie is a very generously-proportioned last. Having said that, I myself discovered I needed to size down an entire full size (from 10E to 9E) to get the perfect fit.

Good luck! Incidentally, I have a bunch of 9.5e shoes for sale on B&S.
post #22945 of 122416
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Originally Posted by advan031 View Post

Reserved a pair of Cigar Cap toe boots from Alden of DC smile.gif it'll be my last one for awhile.

Grant last and vibram soles?
post #22946 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post

Grant last and vibram soles?

The Alden DC captoe has a tradtiional Alden commando sole (leather and rubber combo), it's not Vibram though
post #22947 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Thor View Post

Alas, I am unfamiliar with the the "spoon trick"...can you enlighten me??

the spoon trick is where you slowly drag the backside of a spoon across scratches or textural irregularities (i get them in some of my creases) in your shell to make the scratch go away or at least be less noticeable. I actually use the flat of my fingernail instead of a spoon, but a spoon is probably a better call because you can scratch them with the edge of your nail if you aren't careful doing it my way. With the fingernail and, logically, with the spoon as well, you have to press down pretty hard. This is what we who don't want to spend $36+shipping on a deer bone do.
post #22948 of 122416
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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

Man, if i had a pair of shells for everytime I've read that in this forum I'd rival Uncle Mac.
Whatever helps you deal with the addicition and the fact that we spend $700 on brown boots lol.icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Well, I assume he means that he'll now move on to buying AE and Carmina shell before returning to Alden. smile.gif
post #22949 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ninja07 View Post

good day for cigar. must say these are really great fitting
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Those pictures are making me miss them now. I'm glad you took the jump and they worked out, wear the in good heath.
post #22950 of 122416
I find the grant last to be the best fitting of all lasts.
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