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For unlined suede chukka in leydon, did you order half a size smaller to account for the stretching ?
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Thinking about buying a cigar shell boot with the following in the shell.  Looks like a crack, but I have not idea how deep.  Is this repairable?  If not, is there any way to minimize the progression? 

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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

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black medallion cap toe boot
argyles otc

SICK BLACK SHELLS UNCLE.

SICK!!!
post #28264 of 122416
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Originally Posted by justsayno View Post

For unlined suede chukka in leydon, did you order half a size smaller to account for the stretching ?

 

I ordered TTS.  The Alden SA advised that the unlined suede will open up with wear.  I wore them for the first time today, and they are very comfortable.  The unlined suede is like wearing air conditioned shoes.  My feet were actually a little cold in the office.  FYI I was going sockless. 

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Does opening up mean that the leather stretched and the shoe feels looser ?
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

I ordered TTS.  The Alden SA advised that the unlined suede will open up with wear.  I wore them for the first time today, and they are very comfortable.  The unlined suede is like wearing air conditioned shoes.  My feet were actually a little cold in the office.  FYI I was going sockless. 
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SICK BLACK SHELLS UNCLE.
SICK!!!
+1 I think this may be my first time seeing such a makeup. The even bar lacing sends it over the top

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Just got my first pair of Aldens.  There are three Alden shops near where I live, but none had any offerings in Barrie and what they did have was quite anemic.  So I had to wing it (pun intended) and take a chance on 11.5 D in the LWB Whiskey Shell from shoe mart which is apparently the 'Bootmaker Edition' (I'm learning as I go here).  I was expecting the stitching on the welt to lighter in color, but otherwise it was perfect.  The fit was a little concerning.  The heel did not feel as snug as I would have liked, and the forefoot did feel slightly cramped.  I am a D/E width but I read here that the Barrie runs wider as well as longer, so I figured that should cover it.  Hoping it works itself out as it breaks in.  Apologies for the crappy cell phone pictures.

Already thinking about my next Aldens.  I'm looking for boots I can wear to work (think semi-formal, no suits, just a shirt, dress slacks and tie) but which would also travel well in all-purpose conditions (city walking, hiking, et) b/c I don't want to carry multiple pairs of shoes.  I'm thinking Indy Cigar Shells with Crepe Soles (I realize I would have to add the soles).  I don't like the look of Shell Chukkas (especially the waves), but I'm wondering, have any of you worn Indy Shells with dress pants, and if so, care to post full length front pics (not just of the shoe and socks). Thanks.


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Junebug, it sounds like the Barrie may not work for you. Seems to fit a lot of people well, but I'm also one of those for whom the heel is too wide and the corresponding forefoot is too cramped. I've learned this the hard way. You might consider testing those out on carpet a few times before deciding to keep. If already worn on hard surfaces, they should be an easy re-sell, in any event.
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Originally Posted by justsayno View Post

Does opening up mean that the leather stretched and the shoe feels looser ?

 

That's how I took it. I'm still breaking them in, but I see how the unlined suede would stretch and loosen more than a lined shoe.  The suede is very soft.  Even though the Leydon last is a little tight on my feet, the unlined suede is very comfortable.  These will be in my rotation once or twice a week through the summer.  I'll know more at the end of the season.  Even if they don't loosen up, I'm happy with the fit.  I will say that the stitching does rub my feet a little bit.  I also expect this to ease up as the boots break in.

 

I wore them with my dark jeans (deep indigo, almost black) and they went over very well at the office. 

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SICK BLACK SHELLS UNCLE.
SICK!!!

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Originally Posted by Junebug9122 View Post

Thinking about buying a cigar shell boot with the following in the shell.  Looks like a crack, but I have not idea how deep.  Is this repairable?  If not, is there any way to minimize the progression? 
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That does not look good. My vote is it is not repairable
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

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black medallion cap toe boot
argyles otc

Very nice sir. I have been thinking of a style of black shell boots that does not look too 'military' and I have been leaning towards wing tips but the medallion cap toe would be a nice option.
post #28272 of 122416
Irregular pair of Sand suede PTBs from Shoemart.


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post #28273 of 122416
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Originally Posted by AnOxymoron View Post

I'd like to get another pair of boots to cycle with my whiskey indys. It's between a used pair of black shell indys, or the classic brown indys. Thoughts?

My suggestion is to buy both boots. Specifically in a 9D. Then throw out the pair you don't want. Into the mail. To me.
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I've always found that the unlined, suede, flexwelt chukkas have been a good travel shoe. They are lightweight, pack small and look good (and are even versatile). I'll be in Barcelona next week and wonder if the 1494/suede chukka a good choice for long days on your feet? Thoughts?

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Eat at Ponoshio's in the Bocaria, on your right as you enter.  Sorry about the spelling.  You have to q up and wait behind the few stools. Love Barcelona!  Chukkas should be fine, but bring some tenny's if it's a casual tourist day and hot.

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