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Now, it's been a while since I've worn shell - and this is the first time I gave the Barrie last a second chance after all these years... anyhow - the fit was spot on when I first put them on this morning and obviously I've since settled into the shoe and it's become much roomier. What are some things you Barrie experts usually do? I noticed this is more evident in my shell shoes. My grants felt really big too....
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Originally Posted by david3558 View Post

Now, it's been a while since I've worn shell - and this is the first time I gave the Barrie last a second chance after all these years... anyhow - the fit was spot on when I first put them on this morning and obviously I've since settled into the shoe and it's become much roomier. What are some things you Barrie experts usually do? I noticed this is more evident in my shell shoes. My grants felt really big too....

On some barrie LWB I can double up on thin dress socks to take up the volume. If you have slightly thicker socks this would work also. I find this preferable to insoles as it does not cause the heel to slip up. Tape a tongue pad in there as another experiment.

post #46563 of 122416
On the subject of C&Js vs. Alden cigar...

C&Js seem to lighten dramatically in comparison. No cigar in my collection yet but here's a natural light shot of my Marlows. They are much closer to a Ravello or wiskey now

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Always nice to see the UPS dude bearing one of these at the end of a long work week...

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PERFECT, speaking of C&J... (xpost)

So I have some fit questions to come to you pros with...
I am typically a 9D - flatter, somewhat wide feet due to a lower arch. Low volume foot too, as in it's not super thick!

Anyhow enough about my feet - today I went to RL to try on Marlows and I tried on the 8.5 and 9 in the PTB offering, and a 9 in the SWB.

While the 9's both fit pretty well as far as width goes, the length was a bit much my foot slid forward. However in the 8.5 everything BUT the width was perfect. I just felt my pinky toes were a bit cramped. I don't know if that's something that will be able to somewhat get stretched out with wear, what do you all think?

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post #46566 of 122416
^ I doubt that will stretch. The Marlows do have a slightly smaller toe box.

For what it's worth, I'm an 11 in Marlow and 10.5 in Barrie
post #46567 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Countingsheep View Post

On the subject of C&Js vs. Alden cigar...

C&Js seem to lighten dramatically in comparison. No cigar in my collection yet but here's a natural light shot of my Marlows. They are much closer to a Ravello or wiskey now

aje8yde7.jpg
These Marlows are starting to rent space in my head. How would you rate the comfort level on these shortwings?
post #46568 of 122416
Damn sounds like I might have to snipe a 9 huh?
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Thinking of pre-ordering the Tobacco Chamois Longs from Leffot.

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Those are nice. Did you notice the "single heavy leather outsole?" What is that?
post #46571 of 122416
I don't think it will work out. Shell is more dense and less likely to stretch. If it were any other part but your toes, maybe it would be worth it. I have some that are tight in the morning around the ball of my foot but they relax with the heat of my foot and are fine after an hour, but toes are a different story.

My toes are far too sensitive to be mashing them up against the inside of a shoe.

This is the exact reason I'm selling my 11.5C #8 LWB on the classified section. I tried the C because of the better heel fit, but after several hours of wear and natural foot swell, my toes starting rubbing in the exact spot you illustrate. It's terrible.

Don't do it, man! Your toes aren't worth the sacrifice of the beautiful shoes!
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Originally Posted by Countingsheep View Post

^ I doubt that will stretch. The Marlows do have a slightly smaller toe box.

For what it's worth, I'm an 11 in Marlow and 10.5 in Barrie

Yep

Barrie 9D
Marlow 9.5D
post #46573 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Countingsheep View Post

On the subject of C&Js vs. Alden cigar...

C&Js seem to lighten dramatically in comparison. No cigar in my collection yet but here's a natural light shot of my Marlows. They are much closer to a Ravello or wiskey now

aje8yde7.jpg

My Marlows are considerably darker than those. Interesting .....
post #46574 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I am a big fan of the RL cordovan line but these Cigar brixtons have this battle won
The best of this bunch is the snuff Conley boot. I have previously not purchased these because there were no E widths - that's no longer an issue...
I have sold my marble suede Indy boots, but they did get a lot of compliments when I did wear them.

On the whole I easily prefer Alden shell to any other. However, here I'd give the nod to the Lindrick, if on nothing but fit alone. I have a love/hate relationship with the Barrie - some models great; some not so great. Put the Brixton on the Plaza and we'll revisit this issue. biggrin.gif
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I can wear 10D in Marlows and wear 9.5E in Barrie...

My Marlows were tighter initially but have broken in to be a pretty comfortable shoe. However Barrie shoes are more comfortable out of the box

I've said it multiple times, I highly recommend Marlow wingtips, I wear them probably the most out of all my cordovan shoes.
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