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Looking great as usual, Uncle! 

nephew,
thank you
post #69617 of 122416
Sftg, imo one of the most educated Alden connoisseurs on this thread, suggests large trees for anything north of Barrie 9D. I started with mediums for all my Barrie 9.5Ds and later switched to larges. While Alden's guidelines differ, I think medium is far too small for 10D.
post #69618 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Merry Christmas to all.

Maybe some folks will be unwrapping some Alden shoes, valet boxes or other shoe gifts today.

Wearing black tankers on an airplane right now. Snuff suede chukkas in the carry on bag.

nephew,
safe flight
post #69619 of 122416
I'm 10E or 9.5E depending on last and use large in most of my shoes. I use medium in certain shoes - loafers, suede chukkas, unlined PTB, etc
post #69620 of 122416
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Gents,
Merry Christmas to my fellow forum members! Thought I'd share a few pics of my shell "family" with the other guys out there who appreciate their shell "families" just as much. Please excuse the sock fuzz on the carpet.



Cigar Indy from TSM (starting to look closer to Color 8 with age)



Ravello chukka Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Shell "family"



Black wing tip from TSM



Color 8 Brixton wing tip from Epaulet



Color 8 cap toe from Alden DC



Color 8 comparison

Hope everybody had a great 2013.  Here's to an even better 2014 filled with your favorite Aldens.
Dave

nephew,
nice family porffolio
post #69621 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I'm 10E or 9.5E depending on last and use large in most of my shoes. I use medium in certain shoes - loafers, suede chukkas, unlined PTB, etc

9.5E in Barrie...I assume?
post #69622 of 122416
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Originally Posted by thebeebs View Post

Sftg, imo one of the most educated Alden connoisseurs on this thread, suggests large trees for anything north of Barrie 9D. I started with mediums for all my Barrie 9.5Ds and later switched to larges. While Alden's guidelines differ, I think medium is far too small for 10D.

If I may ask, what was your logic behind switching to large-size trees?
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brown horse bit
argyles otc
post #69624 of 122416
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Originally Posted by johnH123 View Post

If I may ask, what was your logic behind switching to large-size trees?

My logic was that medium trees didn't do an adequate job of keeping tension along the creases in the shell, thereby not allowing my shoes to maintain their shape. Shell is very tough, and while "stretching" per se can cause it to crack, a certain degree of tension is helpful to maintain the integrity of the last shape. Others may disagree, but I have tried both and think this is a better option.
post #69625 of 122416
Great looking casual shoe.
post #69626 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ironclad View Post
 

Gents,

Merry Christmas to my fellow forum members! Thought I'd share a few pics of my shell "family" with the other guys out there who appreciate their shell "families" just as much. Please excuse the sock fuzz on the carpet.

 

Shell "family"

Hope everybody had a great 2013.  Here's to an even better 2014 filled with your favorite Aldens.

Dave

dave, that is a great picture. well done sir. i still need 4 of those models.

 

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Finally decided that it was time for my first Alden. So I went to the Alden shop in SF and got me my first Alden Indy CXL's.

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Given that this is my first pair of Aldens, I was wondering about these two spots on the boot, are they normal?

Also, I have some AE cedar shoe trees in there right now will it be okay to use? And how do you care for Alden Indy's?

i think your indys look great, even with the two small "flaws". you won't think of those marks after a wear or two. i am very careful with my shoes, but they end up getting scuffed within minutes due to driving a stick shift and don't get me started on that damn desk chair of mine.

 

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What size shoe trees do people use for Barrie lasted Alden's in a 10D? I buy my shoe trees at a nearby store and they are all from Rochester Shoe Tree Co. (that's all I can get locally). Their size charts indicate that a size L tree is good for 10W - 12D, these are what I usually buy as all my footwear is in the 10-10.5D range and as the Barrie last runs large, in my mind a 10D Barrie equals a 'normal' 10D.

I only ask because the fit on a Large tree is snug (it takes a small push to get the heel in, but I believe that to be a result of stiff springs as opposed to a bad fit) and I'm a bit worried about stretching the softer calf in my bluchers.

i wear barrie 10d. i prefer large shoe trees. i have a couple of mediums, they don't seem to fill the shoe properly. i want my trees to push the creases straight, mediums don't do it enough. i use alden and Nordstrom plit toe trees.

post #69627 of 122416
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brown horse bit
argyles otc
A very nice and comfortable looking Christmas combo Uncle.
post #69628 of 122416
I have a question, when I went to the Alden store in SF we were trying to find the right size. The sales rep and I decided that the 8ee was the best size since my toe is right at the edge of the white stitching. Now I'm wondering if I should have gone down .5 more? What do you guys think?
post #69629 of 122416
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Those are your only two options given a defective pair of $800 boots?  Store credit or keep them?!
I would personally raise hell over something like this.

+1

Leffot's policy is store credit for returns - like you don't want them. Those are defective. You should not have to pay for those and Iif someone tried to make me, I would raise hell. 
post #69630 of 122416
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Great looking casual shoe.

nephew,
thank you
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