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Ravello NST (^ biggrin.gif)
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nephew,
looking good in your ravello nst boots.
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Having some sizing issue with my new natural cxl plain toe boots, and hope you all can help.

I purchased an 11.5d online. At first, I thought they fit perfect, but after about 10 wears, and perhaps a bit of stretching, I'm now wondering whether they might be too wide. When laced snug, the quarters are already nearly touching, as you can see in this pic.

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And there seems to be a lot of excess leather in the heel and ankle, per this pic.

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I live in Japan, and am unable to find my size anywhere. However, I did visit an Alden dealer in Tokyo before purchasing these. Although they didn't have anything big enough in stock, the very helpful clerk suggested that 11.5 d or perhaps a 12c in the trubalance last would probably fit me well.

I'm wondering now whether it would be best to try an 11.5 c or perhaps a 12 c. The 11.5d seems to be fine for length, so I am tempted to try an 11.5c. Any thoughts? Should I just go the thicker socks and/or insert route?

Also, I was thinking about going for an 11.5c in shell. How would the shell alter the equation? And, to throw in another question, what if I went with the Barrie last instead?
post #26403 of 122416
Gents - I have put up two relatively rare cordovan models up for sale - color 4 Atom (tremont, 10D) and whiskey chukkas (barrie, 10D). Check my signature for details.
post #26404 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Kashiwa View Post

Having some sizing issue with my new natural cxl plain toe boots, and hope you all can help.
I purchased an 11.5d online. At first, I thought they fit perfect, but after about 10 wears, and perhaps a bit of stretching, I'm now wondering whether they might be too wide. When laced snug, the quarters are already nearly touching, as you can see in this pic.
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And there seems to be a lot of excess leather in the heel and ankle, per this pic.
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I live in Japan, and am unable to find my size anywhere. However, I did visit an Alden dealer in Tokyo before purchasing these. Although they didn't have anything big enough in stock, the very helpful clerk suggested that 11.5 d or perhaps a 12c in the trubalance last would probably fit me well.
I'm wondering now whether it would be best to try an 11.5 c or perhaps a 12 c. The 11.5d seems to be fine for length, so I am tempted to try an 11.5c. Any thoughts? Should I just go the thicker socks and/or insert route?
Also, I was thinking about going for an 11.5c in shell. How would the shell alter the equation? And, to throw in another question, what if I went with the Barrie last instead?


I'm not sure about the creasing in the heel.  I have a pair of the Leather Soul faux cap toe boots in natural CXL.  I tried the 10.5C, 10.5D, 11B, and 11C in the 403 Indy before buying.  The 10.5C & 11B were too tight.  The 11C was much too big.  The 10.5D was also big, but not as bad as the 11C.  My quarters come together completely and I have creasing similar to yours in the toe and some creasing in the right instep (just a little).  Nonetheless, it was the best overall fit in the Truebalance last.  I wear boot socks, and I generally like the fit with or without orthotics.

 

CXL is a well oiled leather and is more supple than calf or cordovan.  They're my favorite boots.  I don't worry about the rest.

 

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nephew,
looking good in your ravello nst boots.

thanks uncle!
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My latest aquisition - I do hope you Alden Lovers will accept this post biggrin.gif
RL Marlow Wingtip Blucher by C & J Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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cheerio
Joachim

looking good, J. Glad you got yourself a pair. Like the Alden SW, its incredibly versatile. Could easily be a "one" shoe
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@PhiPsi32. Thanks for your thoughtful reply.

I also very much like the natural cxl and really hope to be keeping these boots. I'm not in any hurry to replace them, but was just wondering what others experience has been with this issue.

You said that you are "not sure about the creasing in the heel". Are you not experiencing that much creasing? Are you unsure whether this is a problem?

Highly envious of your opportunity to try on so many different sizes. Hopefully I will have the chance somewhere along the line to visit an actual store with actual shoes in my size.

I have a friend coming to visit in a few weeks and I was thinking of asking them to bring these with them in an 11.5c.

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I realize that the shell and cxl are very different leathers. My question was more about whether the less stretch of the shell would perhaps make the 11.5 d more my size.

But, I think for now I will just stick with the boots I have and stock up on some thicker socks. Although, it seems rather counter-productive to be buying (and wearing) thick socks as we move into spring-summer!
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Originally Posted by bl@ster View Post

Has anyone ordered Alden's from Moulded Shoe? They seem to have a pretty good selection of modified last stuff. How's the service?
http://mouldedshoe.com/

Anyone?
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thanks uncle!

seriously, the most awesome shoe. wish i had a pair.
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Originally Posted by amftx View Post

LHS = Leisure Handsewn (loafer)
LWB = Long Wing Blucher
PTB = Plain Toe Blucher
NST = Norwegian Split Toe
LSW = Leather Soul Waikiki icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
This is a good start. The search tool is your friend.

SWB - short wing blucher
WTB - wingtip boot (i've seen this but it could be confused with the swb)
Edited by closerlook - 6/18/12 at 8:56pm
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Originally Posted by AldenLuver View Post

Did the color of these shoes lighten over time?  It looks almost ravello-ish.  The ones I've been eyeing are much darker.  I like yours much more!

Thank you, AldenLuver. It's hard to answer your question about the lightening 'cause i bought them used at Ebay. Maybe you remember the guy who offered more than a dozen of Alden Shells (most on Aberdeen) and half a dozen of Lobb and E. Green shoes apprx. 4 weeks ago. Except the RL Marlow all of them were 1/2 size to small for me. So these Marlow in the right size showed up in mint condition with very very minor signs of wear. Thats why i guess the colour of the shell is just right out of the box.

cheerio
Joachim

PS pics were made without flash
post #26412 of 122416
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Originally Posted by bl@ster View Post

Has anyone ordered Alden's from Moulded Shoe? They seem to have a pretty good selection of modified last stuff. How's the service?
http://mouldedshoe.com/


 

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Originally Posted by bl@ster View Post


Anyone?


I haven't ordered from them yet, but I can vouch for their service: I stopped off there a couple of months ago to purchase a pair of boots on the Modified last. It would have been my first pair on that last; Unfortunately, they did not have my size in the boot that I wanted. However, they took the time to measure my feet, try on some alternatives to confirm sizing, and were generally very nice and accommodating. I would not hesitate to purchase from the the next time an opportunity came.  Just my humble opinion ...

 

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Originally Posted by AldenLuver View Post

Did the color of these shoes lighten over time?  It looks almost ravello-ish.  The ones I've been eyeing are much darker.  I like yours much more!

Thank you, AldenLuver. It's hard to answer your question about the lightening 'cause i bought them used at Ebay. Maybe you remember the guy who offered more than a dozen of Alden Shells (most on Aberdeen) and half a dozen of Lobb and E. Green shoes apprx. 4 weeks ago. Except the RL Marlow all of them were 1/2 size to small for me. So these Marlow in the right size showed up in mint condition with very very minor signs of wear. Thats why i guess the colour of the shell is just right out of the box.

cheerio
Joachim

PS pics were made without flash

Old vs new (with flash).
marlow2.jpg
post #26414 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Kashiwa View Post

@PhiPsi32. Thanks for your thoughtful reply.
I also very much like the natural cxl and really hope to be keeping these boots. I'm not in any hurry to replace them, but was just wondering what others experience has been with this issue.
You said that you are "not sure about the creasing in the heel". Are you not experiencing that much creasing? Are you unsure whether this is a problem?
Highly envious of your opportunity to try on so many different sizes. Hopefully I will have the chance somewhere along the line to visit an actual store with actual shoes in my size.
I have a friend coming to visit in a few weeks and I was thinking of asking them to bring these with them in an 11.5c.

I realize that the shell and cxl are very different leathers. My question was more about whether the less stretch of the shell would perhaps make the 11.5 d more my size.
But, I think for now I will just stick with the boots I have and stock up on some thicker socks. Although, it seems rather counter-productive to be buying (and wearing) thick socks as we move into spring-summer!


No, my boots don't crease in the heel/counter area.  The counters are actually pretty stiff and sturdy.  If you're not careful, you can crush the them pulling on the boots.  Open up the laces and use a shoe horn.  If you've been doing that, I don't know what to tell you.

 

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Anyone?


I have worked with Rafael in person in the store.  He was very knowledgeable, patient and helpful in finding the best fit on the modified last.  I have followed up with him by email on a couple of issues/concerns after my visit and his customer service has been excellent.

 

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