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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

I say keep them.  As you wear them more often, your feet will ever so slightly sink into the cork bed.  Shell cordovan does not stretch, but that sinking of the cork bed will make it feel as though it has stretched a little. That's been my experience with shells that felt a little snug out of the box.  As it turns out, it's been those shoes that have felt a little snug early on, that have been the most comfortable over the long run.  My calf LWBs felt awesome out of the box.  Now they feel a little too big, but still pretty good.

Has anyone here had a similar experience?

Not exactly, but the bone on my on instep protrudes a little further than normal which sometimes causes a tight fit in normal 'D' width shoes (I love Barrie). I don't know if I would try this on shoes I paid full price for but I got a really great deal on a pair of shell AE's that were a little snug on the sides. I sprayed Kiwi shoe stretcher inside the shoes and then (this is where you're going to cringe) reversed my shoe trees (i.e. left tree in right shoe vice versa) and left them that way for the night. Fair warning, when I first put the trees in, the shoes didn't look good. It looked like I was destroying the shape and look. But I had nothing to lose as I couldn't return the shoes. Woke up the next norning and the shoes fit perfectly and look good as new. They are as comfortable as any non-commando Alden's in my rotation.

Again, I don't know if I would try this with a pair of $700 new boots but for exotics that you seem to really like, it may be something to consider.
post #62117 of 122416
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

I believe he states early 2014 for this round. Usually 4-6 months. Which in Alden world is pretty short...

+1. Just got an email confirmation a few days ago on early 2014.
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

isnt it bizarre? i had this notion that because they were unlined they would be more forgiving but ive experienced the opposite. its almost like they are made on different lasts

FWIW - Every unlined Alden I own or have tried on, shell or suede, has been tighter than its lined brother.
post #62120 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

Hands down, Alden's best boot make-up... plaza, any shell, on commando.  Well done DonL!!
 worship.gifworship.gif

I concur in the Judgment.
post #62121 of 122416
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Originally Posted by vettemike View Post

Can you post photos of your shoes? From the photos they looked like double waterlock soles. I was interested in getting a pair myself, but only if they are double waterlock soles.

This pic is from a few weeks ago, it doesn't really show the sole all that well. I'll try to get a better one up later:

post #62122 of 122416
thanks 7FTG. i concur. I had a similar experience with my unlined lhs
post #62123 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

More cigar captoe pics. No reason this shouldn't be my go to brown formal shoe for several years
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Yours almost look like a dark Ravello.  Mine are a dark cigar.

 

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post
 

 

They look very good. I am actually surprised to see the black edges on them though, but it definitely helps to dress them up. My Cigar Captoe Balmorals have the light antique trim on them.

 

-Mike

These are from CitiShoes.  TSM's version has the antique.  Voltaire says the black edge is exclusive to him.

 

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Originally Posted by Dbc0919 View Post


Sounds like "No soup for you."

Such an appropriate analogy

post #62124 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

This pic is from a few weeks ago, it doesn't really show the sole all that well. I'll try to get a better one up later:
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flex welt? icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

and yes I sold the c width ravello boot. i was in my "fuck Alden" phase but have seen the light. ive regretted it ever since but i just want everyone know that shoe god forgives and he loves all his shoe children no matter if youre black shoe lover, yellow shoe lover, prefer the horse butt, or tend to lean english, the point is shoe god forgives
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It's not that difficult, it just takes an extra few seconds. I mainly check SF on my iPhone and to add a spoiler you just have to type [ spoiler ] before the image and then [ / spoiler ] after the image. I had to add spaces in there otherwise it would have spoiler'd the middle of that sentence. When you type on your mobile device, don't include any spaces between the brackets or back slashes and it will work:
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like this! Typed out on my phone. I'm not actually expecting anybody to take the trouble to do this in this thread, but it couldn't hurt to pass some knowledge along smile.gif

Well when you put it in those terms.......smile.gif
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thanks Beatlegeuse!
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

flex welt? icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

and yes I sold the c width ravello boot. i was in my "fuck Alden" phase but have seen the light. ive regretted it ever since but i just want everyone know that shoe god forgives and he loves all his shoe children no matter if youre black shoe lover, yellow shoe lover, prefer the horse butt, or tend to lean english, the point is shoe god forgives

Yep to the flex welt, these are probably my most comfortable shoes, even more so than my unlined suede chukkas. I've been going through a similar phase with Alden lately, but I'm sure it will pass and I know I'll regret it if I sell any of my shoes.
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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

RTP, what color is the sky your world? The most self delusional words any married man can think, let alone say, are "my wife doesn't know". Believe me, they always know. Otherwise please invite me over for a barbecue at your palace on the river D' Nile.

Quoted for truth!
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Alden 4060 and a bonus in the background
post #62130 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Well when you put it in those terms.......smile.gif

Haha, I was trying not to be too much of a dick with that post, but this thread usually has the worst offenses of non-spoiler'd quotes, and it's mostly just accepted that it won't change. Go into the WAYWRN thread in CM and guys lose their shit when people don't use spoilers.
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