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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

First lets define versatile. To me, versatile means sleek enough to be worn with a slim gray or navy suit and also casual enough to be worn with some jeans or chinos. Automatically I eliminate Barrie last and a 360 degree welt. Style wise, I think a captoe is very versatile and the grant last is both casual and dressy. I prefer boots so I my choice would be the black sheel or #8 captoe boot on the grant last. http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens_cap_toe_boot_shell_cordovan_black_shell/pvc-ald-mxs-4065_ald_m_cap_toe_boot_shell_cordovan.html
The most important consideration, imo is the last and welt. Stay away from Barrie and 360 degree and youll more than likely find what you are looking for.

The appropriateness of the last is dependent on your own body shape and how dressy one wants to be. The Barrie last is a classic American last and looks great with both suits and jeans. I have tried other lasts and they usually don't fit my wide feed and wide frame. I would gather that is true for a large chunk of this forum and is the reason Barrie seems to be a common denominator.

Namor, if you prefer another last, good for you please continue posting how you enjoy them. Let's leave the Barrie issue at different strokes for different folks. If you enjoy the "sleek" look I can think of at least 3 or 4 other shoe companies that cater to that type of look. Complaining about the Alden Barrie looking "clunky" is like complaining about Harley's having that charismatic and particular sound from it's motor. It's part of the package.
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^ point taken. I completely agree with your sentiments
post #17223 of 94511
Just a heads up: I talked to Joe at Shoemart and he stated that their cigar shell PTBs should be coming in soon, about a month or two. Alas the smallest size they will get in is a 8.5 so I'm out of luck. I will have to wait quite longer for my pair.
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Plaza Captoe From Leathersoul

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^Or you can buy them from Alden (I think both DC and SF) now...
post #17226 of 94511
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post


this is news to me. Could you post pics? Sounds like an awesome makeup


Seriously. I have the #8 captoes from J.Crew and had to get in a D width, but I'd much prefer to have them in a C width.

post #17227 of 94511
[/quote]This is why I went this route. I have the Pitt boot in black shell that I'm selling - the Grant last is just better. Hopefully special boot makeups will start to stray away from the Barrie. [/quote]

from a retailer's (Unionmade) perspective, Barrie last sells way better than other lasts. However, this is primarily for a customer who wants boots to wear with jeans.
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Picked up two pairs of Aldens lately, Indy 403 and PTB both in size 8.5. The 403 felt like the right size at first but after loosening up, the toe area is tight and my toes get pushed into the front with every step. I have no worn my PTB in cordovan yet but worried about the same thing happening. I don't know why but in the Indy boots, they were nice and tight at first and my feet did not slide forward but after breaking in, my feet started to slip around a little more and it seems like the shoe got tighter. Should I try to get a shoemaker to stretch the indy boot? Should I worry about the PTB doing the same thing? 

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Here's are some pics!

 

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if you're sliding around too much, try a thin insole. my indy boots got way too loose (despite being tight at first) and I stuck in insoles and it helped.
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Well, I'm sliding around so I feel like the shoe loosened up side to side but seems to have gotten shorter some, causing my toes to touch the front. I am really frustrated because I love these shoes. 

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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

Plaza Captoe From Leathersoul
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nephew,
you are enjoying wearing your good looking boot
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Those cap toe are very nice. I think that will be my last Alden boot I purchase.

BinZ try thicker socks and an insole. You might be eating too much sodium. You would be surprised how much feet swell right after a high sodium meal. I have to unlace my trainers sometimes during the middle of a jog because it swells. Maybe this is what is happening with your toes?
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anyone aware of any cigar captoe boots available in size 10 D in either barrie or grant? probably give SF/NY/DC a call but thought I'd ask here first...
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Originally Posted by uninkco View Post

anyone aware of any cigar captoe boots available in size 10 D in either barrie or grant? probably give SF/NY/DC a call but thought I'd ask here first...

Alden DC had a pair about a week ago.
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