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Got a question for you guys: I just picked up the unlined suede chukka on the leydon last in 1/2 size larger than my Barrie sizing, but same width. The retailer did not have additional widths. They seem tight, and I am wondering how much they will stretch? Do those of you that have them find they stretch to fit the foot a bit after some wearing, or am I looking at that tightness for the life of the shoe? 

 

Thanks for the help. 

I wear a 9C/9D in barrie, and got a pair of unlined suede chukkas on Leydon in a TTS 9.5D.  It's a low-volume shoe, but even on my low-volume foot, it felt snug not in width, but across the top.  Within one day, they gave a bit, and now they are the most comfortable shoe.  Had I gone E width to make them feel "right" in the store, they would be too loose now.  

 

By comparison, I just got a pair of unlined suede dovers, also a Leydon 9.5D, from TSM's seconds list.  They fit well, but I found it odd that they weren't nearly as snug as the chukkas.  Methinks it futile to try to fathom the method to Alden's madness.

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Vicious...could I get some pics of your creasing?  I've been looking through pictures to figure out if the ones I'm lingering on are going to crease correctly.  It feels like they are.  No creasing past the cap and it looks like the creasing may stop short of the facing.

I was looking through pictures on the forum and this pair seems to be an anomaly.  Creasing all the way back under the facing etc.  If it is somewhat out of the ordinary, what would cause this?



I'm not an expert by any means but the creasing on mine looks good to me. Here's a few pics without shoe trees so the creasing would be a bit easier to see.

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Same for me today MrDv - matching the new #8 watch strap for the vintage 1956 Omega Seamaster

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I'm not an expert by any means but the creasing on mine looks good to me. Here's a few pics without shoe trees so the creasing would be a bit easier to see. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


That creasing looks limilar to mine (above). Although I do have a bit of a crease in the cap. That's life.
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That creasing looks limilar to mine (above). Although I do have a bit of a crease in the cap. That's life.

It has been said that creasing and proper/improper sizing are not related.

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It has been said that creasing and proper/improper sizing are not related.
I think it just depends on your feet, personally. All my shoe's lengths are perfectly at the ball of my foot. Maybe I just have short toes/low volume toes! haha
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I think it just depends on your feet, personally. All my shoe's lengths are perfectly at the ball of my foot. Maybe I just have short toes/low volume toes! haha

me too. this is especially true for LWBs, they seem to be the worst for me even compared to a PTB on the same last

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I think it just depends on your feet, personally. All my shoe's lengths are perfectly at the ball of my foot. Maybe I just have short toes/low volume toes! haha

I too suffer from LVT

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I too suffer from LVT
It's OK...I think the FDA has just approved a new drug to correct it.
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It has been said that creasing and proper/improper sizing are not related.

 

I didn't know that. Is that true for all materials or just shell?

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I didn't know that. Is that true for all materials or just shell?

I think this is a bit of a blanket statement.  Certain types of creasing, IMO, can be related to improper sizing.  Certainly normal creasing is a common attribute of shell cordovan, but location/severity of abnormal creasing can be related to poor sizing.  It only makes sense.

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I'm in the market for an unlined Dover, but I'm torn between the chromexcel version and the snuff suede. I'm mostly a denim and button-down guy, and I feel like both would serve me well and be versatile options. Since buying both, however, is not an option, any thoughts?
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I think it just depends on your feet, personally. All my shoe's lengths are perfectly at the ball of my foot. Maybe I just have short toes/low volume toes! haha

 

Not only feet, but sometimes construction as well. I noticed out of the box the cap on one of my grant boots wasn't quite straight. It was very minor, but just enough for a fold to press into the closer side and crease the cap. And that is with the foot that usually never causes odd creasing.

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Originally Posted by SerialComma View Post

I'm in the market for an unlined Dover, but I'm torn between the chromexcel version and the snuff suede. I'm mostly a denim and button-down guy, and I feel like both would serve me well and be versatile options. Since buying both, however, is not an option, any thoughts?
Personally I would go with the CXL. I have them and I love them. With the CXL you can just wipe them and brush them and they are good to go. Easy to maintain and I wear mine in any weather.
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