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Originally Posted by unclesam099 View Post

You're right, you could potentially own this shoe for 30+ years. If you're having doubts, return it.
However, I think that those spots are temporary and you won't see them after wearing these for some time. Plus, you're bound to get something on them in the meantime during normal wear. How obvious are those spots indoors? Outdoors?
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

they'll crease differently at first depending on the thickness of the leather, shape of your feet, etc but after a year of regular use, they even out. Both sides will become soft and wrinkly smile.gif
+1 Look up the pencil trick for more controlled creasing.
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Originally Posted by k11 View Post

Hi, This pair is so beautiful. I have some pairs of whiskey cordovan. but My pair is stained not like your pair.
Is this pair the whiskey cordovan? and How did you treat the pair from the new ones? just wax? frown.gif
They look like cigar or possibly very old #8, but I would bet on Cigar.

As for whiskey I would just brush. Brush a lot. I would not put wax on for months. I have whiskey and the wax seems to attract dust which then gathers and makes a darker areas. Just brush and wear and then brush when you take them off. I would also use a separate brush for my lighter colored shoes.
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

I feel like this place has been a bitch-fest recently. I'm starting to feel I would be (as well as Alden) better off if the complainers stopped buying Alden shoes. I know sometimes we can get caught up in the price of something, but considering these are things that are worn ON YOUR FEET, maybe they don't need to be fucking PERFECT. After all, part of their lives will be spent trudging through streets, subway stations, dirt, below urinals and toilets. Now I'm not talking about construction flaws (which Alden has ALWAYS fixed), but these spots, color variations, and stretch marks comments make us sound like a bunch of menopausal women. Sorry, just had to get that off my chest, carry on.
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It is not like there are no alternatives. I understand that some people have legit problems but when people come here to cry on my shoulder about every little issue it gets old. I am not your mommy, do not come crying to me, I have REAL problems.

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Originally Posted by mugatu View Post

hey alden peeps, quick question on indy tru-balance sizing: my brannock size is 8.5D, clarks db 9... i tried on a 8 & a 8.5 yesterday and couldn't decide which would be better!
the 8's fit real snug, the 8.5 were a tad roomy with thin socks, but is it ok/better to have a little bit of room at the end? just trying to avoid massive creasing while breaking-in ..
Hi, I wish I had a better answer for you. Some lasts will never work for you. I am not sure if this is the case here but I had the same problem with the Darlton Wingtip where the 10 was really tight and the 10.5 was a little loose. I went with the 10.5 and though I wear the hell out of them I do notice they are looser. Since the boots you are looking at are calf(?) and a boot I think the situation is different.

I feel that the calf with stretch a little more BUT because it is a boot that the looser fit will make less of a difference. If you go the size up you could put some inserts in to possibly snug it up a little. There may be another option. Look for the boots you are looking at in Barrie. They are slightly different lasts. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by Dewey View Post

Trubalance and Barrie are round-toe lasts. Compared to the Tru-b, the Barrie is huger all around the front, but not so much at the ankle; in my experience the fit at the ankle is the same on both. The Park Avenue is not a good AE to translate to the Trubalance or Barrie because the last shape is so different. The Park Avenue size would be a better benchmark for an Aberdeen-last Alden dress shoe. Both are long and narrow without a lot of toe room.I like the Clark's Desert Boot because I get a great fit from them. They are round-toed as well. Round like the Barrie and the Trubalance. I need the extra toe room because I have long toes. I have trouble getting a good fit in a shoe that does not have a lot of toe room. There's no size of the Park Avenue that fits me well.My Clark's Desert Boot size (10D) is the same as my Barrie size (10D) and my Trubalance size (10D). If the Clark's fit you real well, that might be your size in an Alden Barrie boot or Trubalance boot. As always, your mileage will vary; I hesitate to post this kind of information and it should not be read as any kind of guarantee or as any kind of professional wisdom. I do so because it's better than "size down 1/2," which is nonsense. 1/2 from what? Even the Brannock is not a good universal benchmark. It's better to compare the fit of the shoe to another shoe with a similar shape. If anyone knows of a better comp than the Clark's original DB, I'd like to hear about it. Likewise does anyone with Alden boots and DBs wear them in different sizes?

Would like to add to this, I wear clarks in a 9.5 UK - Desert boots and Desert khans- and I got my Aldens in 9.5 UK, Trubalance last and fits perfect. I tried on the 9 but felt that bit tighter. The 9.5 fitted like a glove. I guess this advice will be helpful to the clarks heads.
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

After all, part of their lives will be spent trudging through streets, subway stations, dirt, below urinals and toilets.

Personally, I never trudge "below urinals and toilets" in shell cordovan (and especially in the lighter shades...); that's what chromexcel was made for. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

I feel like this place has been a bitch-fest recently. I'm starting to feel I would be (as well as Alden) better off if the complainers stopped buying Alden shoes. I know sometimes we can get caught up in the price of something, but considering these are things that are worn ON YOUR FEET, maybe they don't need to be fucking PERFECT. After all, part of their lives will be spent trudging through streets, subway stations, dirt, below urinals and toilets.

If you're trudging "below urinals and toilets," don't you think sloppy and errant Alden needle holes (like those below) might allow such unwanted liquid matter into the shoe?

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Originally Posted by HorseHide View Post

Personally, I never trudge "below urinals and toilets" in shell cordovan (and especially in the lighter shades...); that's what chromexcel was made for. biggrin.gif

You never piss when you wear shell cordovan?
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Originally Posted by Grayland View Post

You never piss when you wear shell cordovan?

Shell cordovan has many magical properties but limiting your urine production (and the corresponding need to evacuate said production) isn't one of them. I just try to avoid the "trudging below" part. Speaking of "trudging below", where is Larry Craig these days?
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Originally Posted by nurktwin View Post

If you're trudging "below urinals and toilets," don't you think sloppy and errant Alden needle holes (like those below) might allow such unwanted liquid matter into the shoe?
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Does it make me menopausal that I laughed (out loud) at this?
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Edited by mens gaga - 10/5/11 at 11:49am
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just bought this off the bay. shell for low 200+usd shipped to asia? just hope its in good condition!

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Originally Posted by mens gaga View Post

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Modified last FTW.

BTW, the Trubalance is wider at the forefoot than the barrie, and slimmer in the waist and ball. The Barrie is not "huger" all around - not even close. I am a perfect 10 in TB, and really an ill-fitting 10D in barrie. I will be selling two very special Pitt boots because of this, sadly.
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

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What are these? Cigar? Barrie last? Really dig these.
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Originally Posted by Grayland View Post

You never piss when you wear shell cordovan?
If you read some of his posts you may assume he sits when he pees. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Roguls View Post

What are these? Cigar? Barrie last? Really dig these.
Those are a 100% pure awesome with a little sweat and outdoors thrown on top.
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Originally Posted by unclesam099 View Post

You're right, you could potentially own this shoe for 30+ years. If you're having doubts, return it.
However, I think that those spots are temporary and you won't see them after wearing these for some time. Plus, you're bound to get something on them in the meantime during normal wear. How obvious are those spots indoors? Outdoors?

Most of you guys should just stay away from Shell Cordovan. It is an imperfect material which has natural spots of discoloration. If you can't handle this you should purchase only shoes made of calf. As to the stitching issues which Alden is famous for, this group gives them way too much of a pass.
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