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post #56131 of 122416
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Originally Posted by AR_Six View Post

Yo yo yo yo yo.

So.

I finally managed to get a pair of BBBF shell longwings which I've wanted for basically ever and they're awesome shoes and feel great. Fit is excellent, need a break-in but already quite comfy. However, after wearing them for one day (bought new in box), I have discovered a problem, depicted in yonder video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-yxkxm9srA

See how the right shoe creases perfectly, but the left seems to have one crease at the vamp, and then the next few inches of leather are stiff enough such that they do not crease and instead a crease forms in the middle of the toe cap over the broguing? Apparently the leather over the lower part of the vamp before the toe cap is unwilling to bend, and the path of least resistance is simply to push that patch of leather forward over top of the toe cap, creating a lump.

Any input or ideas on this? I already emailed aldenshoe.com but I have no idea what their email response habits are or if I even directed the inquiry to the right people.

 

Those are defective, get rid of them now.  I have a pair did the same thing, and it got really bad.  Alden confirmed that they are defective, but they have yet to replace them.  I'm not sure how they are planning to repair my shoes, but I don't see how they can reverse the damage that has been done to the leather.

 

Here is what it will look like eventually, these shoes where used for 4-5 months.

 

 

post #56132 of 122416
Sizing question:

On the Barrie last (1/2 size down) I can use a D width but it's a snugg fit until they stretch a bit,E works better on some models ,Trubalance D (very good fit), but I'm interested in a model on the Aberdeen last but I've never tried a shoe on that last , when going TTS with the Aberdeen widht wise does it feels narrower than Barrie 1/2 size down , wider or about the same?

The shoe I'm interested in only comes in D widths.

Thanks.
post #56133 of 122416
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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

ironclad - awesome boots! You are very lucky to have found these!

Thanks for the compliment, Sazon.  Very lucky indeed!

 

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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post


Wow, new Cigar boots. Your next move should involve a lottery ticket. Great boots enjoy!

I don't play the lottery, but maybe you are on to something...  Thanks.

 

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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post


welcome to the forum
wear the cigar in good health

Thank you, Uncle Mac.

 

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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

those cigar indys are amazing. I can grab a pair from fransboone right now but the crepe sole kills it for me..

 

great score from TSM icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

I considered the same thing from Fransboone, but I didn't want to go through the hassle of buying, shipping, then re-soling.  I got lucky at TSM -- right place, right time.

 

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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post


Congrats on a great find... wear in great health my friend!

Thank you, sir.

 

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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post


Great looking boots. I hope they don't go for sale online soon, I'm trying to hold out for plaza cigar boots. I know pipe dreamssss.

Cigar on plaza would be amazing.

post #56134 of 122416

Since I'm new to the forum, I figure I should post some pictures of my shell family.  Of course, it is quite small and young compared to many of your great and legendary collections.  I took these outside yesterday morning with my phone, so the color may not be 100% accurate.  But should be fairly close.  Not pictured are my 405 Indy and black calf Indy from AoC.

 

 

post #56135 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ironclad View Post

Since I'm new to the forum, I figure I should post some pictures of my shell family.  Of course, it is quite small and young compared to many of your great and legendary collections.  I took these outside yesterday morning with my phone, so the color may not be 100% accurate.  But should be fairly close.  Not pictured are my 405 Indy and black calf Indy from AoC.
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nephew,
thanks for posting your good looking boots
post #56136 of 122416
Whiskey Wednesday


Edited by Don L - 7/31/13 at 7:17am
post #56137 of 122416
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Whiskey Wednesday

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nephew,
+1 for gunboats and argyles
post #56138 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ironclad View Post

Since I'm new to the forum, I figure I should post some pictures of my shell family.  Of course, it is quite small and young compared to many of your great and legendary collections.  I took these outside yesterday morning with my phone, so the color may not be 100% accurate.  But should be fairly close.  Not pictured are my 405 Indy and black calf Indy from AoC.

 

 


Fine looking family my friend.  Welcome to the forum and wear in great health your beautiful boots!

post #56139 of 122416

I'm torn between getting the LWB in #8 or Cigar. Which one is the nicest/most versatile?

post #56140 of 122416
^ What size are you, and where are you finding a LWB in Cigar?
post #56141 of 122416
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Originally Posted by OlafG View Post

I'm torn between getting the LWB in #8 or Cigar. Which one is the nicest/most versatile?


You need  both.  But if you can only have one and versatility is the determining factor, King Shell VIII with dark/black edge is your royalty.  If you know you will acquire both, I'd pull the trigger on the Cigar if they are available and seek out the color 8 when the funds have been replenished.

 

Good luck my friend!

post #56142 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post


You need  both.  But if you can only have one and versatility is the determining factor, King Shell VIII with dark/black edge is your royalty.  If you know you will acquire both, I'd pull the trigger on the Cigar if they are available and seek out the color 8 when the funds have been replenished.

Good luck my friend!

What he said.
post #56143 of 122416
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Originally Posted by OlafG View Post

I'm torn between getting the LWB in #8 or Cigar. Which one is the nicest/most versatile?

I think for most people, cigar with dark brown edge trim is as versatile as #8 with the typical black edge trim. Cigar with antique edging is probably not as versatile, though it is certainly nice.
post #56144 of 122416

11E in Barrie, pretty sure about that. I have the Indys in 10.5EEE, 9432S in 11EE and unlined suede blucher in 11E.

 

I found the Cigar LWBs on eBay 11E. I think I'm going to kop them, slightly used but should still have a lot wear left in them.

post #56145 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ironclad View Post

Since I'm new to the forum, I figure I should post some pictures of my shell family.  Of course, it is quite small and young compared to many of your great and legendary collections.  I took these outside yesterday morning with my phone, so the color may not be 100% accurate.  But should be fairly close.  Not pictured are my 405 Indy and black calf Indy from AoC.





Your off to a great start with such nice looking boots.
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