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Originally Posted by edubs01 View Post

Anybody???

i think you will find people answering both ways. i went with barrie(r) size. depends on shape of your foot.
post #24737 of 122416
A new camera serves as an enabler almost as much as a new pair.

NatCXL Indy + PBJxx009

662

Brushed for 3-5 minutes a piece immediately after every wear, 2 months old.
post #24738 of 122416
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

A new camera serves as an enabler almost as much as a new pair.
NatCXL Indy + PBJxx009
662
Brushed for 3-5 minutes a piece immediately after every wear, 2 months old.

Natural chromexcel look great... but I think they'd look better less shined. They feel more casual of an Indy to me. Either way, nice shine you got there.
post #24739 of 122416
Does anyone know where the "Barrie" last name came from? I was browsing Ebay today and ran across this auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-BARRIE-Ltd-Custom-Grade-Genuine-Shell-Cordovan-Wingtip-Shoes-11-A-US-/220941300136?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item337120b1a8

It looks like there used to be a shoe brand called "Barrie Ltd" in New Haven, Connecticut. The shape of the shoe looks very much like the Barrie last to me. Perhaps the Alden Barrie last was named after this company? Anyone?

I found this little nugget of info via google about the company:

About Barrie Ltd.
Barrie Ltd., on York Street in New Haven, a Yale institution since 1934, closed its doors in October 2004. For some 70 years Barrie presented an impressive array of fine English shoe made to their own specifications. Their clientele of Yale students, graduates and faculty supported this family run business through three generations of the Barrie family until recently when Barrie Ltd. was forced out by Yale University’s Real Estate Department’s lease demands. Yale had been buying such commercial buildings on Chapel, Broadway and York Streets as became available, including the building in which Barrie Ltd was housed.
To be fair, much of the gentrification of Chapel Street in the last decade has been the result of Yale attracting “national” businesses. Even the old Barrie location is now occupied by a successor shoe business of quality. Still, for those of us who go a few years farther back in memory –rather say decades- the once noble decay of the area surrounding campus will be missed. As the Boarders, Bennetons and Burger Kings proliferate, as the area around campus comes to ever more resemble a mall, as quality and products migrate to some common denominator of market mediocrity, as shopping streets begin to be indistinguishable from one other, and as the wonderful disorder and diversity of former times is swept away with the passing of family owned business, to what will future generations of students turn, to avoid the rising tide of uniformity?
Still, Barrie Ltd., their excellent English shoes, their free shoe shines for old clients, and the Barrie family manning the store for all those years will be remembered by many an old boy. On a Reunion Weekend, you were as likely to run into an old classmate in the Barrie’s shop as on campus.
One old Yale graduate, David Chambers, writing about Barrie Ltd. and the old days remarked “When we were at Yale as students, we looked good (remember those coats and ties?) and the streets looked a bit shabby. Now the streets look good (all those "national" stores) and the students look shabby.” How very true.
post #24740 of 122416
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Originally Posted by edubs01 View Post

Anybody???

I went TTS. I tried my Barrie size and it did not fit well for me. It is one of the 'on the fence' last with regular width probably able to do the same size as the Barrie while those with wider widths (such as myself) do better with the TTS length. Just a hypothesis.
post #24741 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

nephew,
your whiskey is aging very well

Thanks Uncle Mac- they had a great start (wink) and hopefully have many more years to darken gracefully.

And welcome back- we're always happy to see your great shoes (and argyles)
post #24742 of 122416
can someone explain why everyone calls mcarthur 'uncle' and how its not creepy frown.gif
post #24743 of 122416
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Originally Posted by kippy View Post

Does anyone know where the "Barrie" last name came from? I was browsing Ebay today and ran across this auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-BARRIE-Ltd-Custom-Grade-Genuine-Shell-Cordovan-Wingtip-Shoes-11-A-US-/220941300136?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item337120b1a8
It looks like there used to be a shoe brand called "Barrie Ltd" in New Haven, Connecticut. The shape of the shoe looks very much like the Barrie last to me. Perhaps the Alden Barrie last was named after this company? Anyone?
I found this little nugget of info via google about the company:
About Barrie Ltd.
Barrie Ltd., on York Street in New Haven, a Yale institution since 1934, closed its doors in October 2004. For some 70 years Barrie presented an impressive array of fine English shoe made to their own specifications. Their clientele of Yale students, graduates and faculty supported this family run business through three generations of the Barrie family until recently when Barrie Ltd. was forced out by Yale University’s Real Estate Department’s lease demands. Yale had been buying such commercial buildings on Chapel, Broadway and York Streets as became available, including the building in which Barrie Ltd was housed.
To be fair, much of the gentrification of Chapel Street in the last decade has been the result of Yale attracting “national” businesses. Even the old Barrie location is now occupied by a successor shoe business of quality. Still, for those of us who go a few years farther back in memory –rather say decades- the once noble decay of the area surrounding campus will be missed. As the Boarders, Bennetons and Burger Kings proliferate, as the area around campus comes to ever more resemble a mall, as quality and products migrate to some common denominator of market mediocrity, as shopping streets begin to be indistinguishable from one other, and as the wonderful disorder and diversity of former times is swept away with the passing of family owned business, to what will future generations of students turn, to avoid the rising tide of uniformity?
Still, Barrie Ltd., their excellent English shoes, their free shoe shines for old clients, and the Barrie family manning the store for all those years will be remembered by many an old boy. On a Reunion Weekend, you were as likely to run into an old classmate in the Barrie’s shop as on campus.
One old Yale graduate, David Chambers, writing about Barrie Ltd. and the old days remarked “When we were at Yale as students, we looked good (remember those coats and ties?) and the streets looked a bit shabby. Now the streets look good (all those "national" stores) and the students look shabby.” How very true.

I'm not sure if the Alden last was named for them but I do know they were a prominent brand a couple of generations ago. They were next door to the original J. Press in New Haven. In an interview last year Richard Press mentioned that he bought his shoes there.

Here is a link to another story on the demise of the store:
http://alumninet.yale.edu/classes/yc1962/barefoot.html
post #24744 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Teger View Post

can someone explain why everyone calls mcarthur 'uncle' and how its not creepy frown.gif

I think it's a sign of respect. He's such a gentleman.
post #24745 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Teger View Post

can someone explain why everyone calls mcarthur 'uncle' and how its not creepy frown.gif

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post #24746 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Teger View Post

can someone explain why everyone calls mcarthur 'uncle' and how its not creepy frown.gif

I'm surprised they don't call him Mac Daddy instead.
post #24747 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Teger View Post

can someone explain why everyone calls mcarthur 'uncle' and how its not creepy frown.gif

+1
post #24748 of 122416
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Originally Posted by HorseHide View Post

+1


Every time I used to check this thread and read someone saying "thank you, Uncle" i felt violated.
post #24749 of 122416
Can someone post up any first hand info on the "flex welt sole" that Alden puts on the Leffot day tripper boot?

I'm wondering if there's any difference between that and the standard neocork sole that's commonly seen on the Indy 403 and 405
post #24750 of 122416
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Originally Posted by furo View Post

Can someone post up any first hand info on the "flex welt sole" that Alden puts on the Leffot day tripper boot?

I'm wondering if there's any difference between that and the standard neocork sole that's commonly seen on the Indy 403 and 405

Flex welt sole is nothing at all like the neocork sole.
It's an oiled single leather sole (although I think there's a double sole version).
It's rather soft and flexible as you may guess. Same sole is on the unlined chukkas.
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