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post #27991 of 97100
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post

do any of you guys have experience in stretching CXL shoes?
i bought a pair of 9.5D wingtip CXL boots (leathersoul) from B&S a few months ago, but they're kinda loose on me. as an experiment, i bought a pair of 9D CXL pitt boots last week, and while the length is good, the forefoot and toe area are a bit tight. based on this, i think my ideal size is 9E, but special edition makeups in 9E seem to be few and far between.
so, i'd like to stretch the 9D's, but don't know if this is wise, and don't know what the best way to go about it would be. any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

CXL is very soft, supple.  Even then, the shoes will only stretch so much.  I've experiemnted with do it yourself shoe stretchers, but I prefer to use my cobbler.  The fee is very small.

 

You say the boots are "kind loose".  Can you be more specific about the fit?

post #27992 of 97100
CXL stretches a lot. I have a pair of indys in CXL and in the standard brown color, same size. the CXL is def larger and needs to be laced tighter now. CXL stretches the most, followed by regular calfskin, and finally cordovan. My plaza lasted boots in black cordo barely stretched, and I'll probably have to try and sell them on here because they're a pinch too small.
post #27993 of 97100
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

My CXL Indy's have stretched a bit - I notice myself needing to lace them tighter and tighter so as to feel like they did originally. I'm not sure how this has translated to the toe box, if any, but all leather will have some give to it.

Same problem over here, I have the 403 Indy's and they stretched like crazy... I'm glad shell doesn't have as much give!
post #27994 of 97100
Hello colleagues smile.gif,

After reading this thread I've finally decided on getting my first pair of Alden shoes (boots to follow in the fall).

To wear with jeans/chinos, I'm thinking of getting LWB cordovan Ravello. Is this a good choice to go with as my first pair?

cheers
post #27995 of 97100
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Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post

Hello colleagues smile.gif,
After reading this thread I've finally decided on getting my first pair of Alden shoes (boots to follow in the fall).
To wear with jeans/chinos, I'm thinking of getting LWB cordovan Ravello. Is this a good choice to go with as my first pair?
cheers

 

 

Certainly a good choice. The problem will be sourcing it though. 

post #27996 of 97100
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Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post

Hello colleagues smile.gif,
After reading this thread I've finally decided on getting my first pair of Alden shoes (boots to follow in the fall).
To wear with jeans/chinos, I'm thinking of getting LWB cordovan Ravello. Is this a good choice to go with as my first pair?
cheers

Steel - you will not be disappointed with that choice. Try Alden of DC or Alden of SanFran.
post #27997 of 97100
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Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post

Hello colleagues smile.gif,
After reading this thread I've finally decided on getting my first pair of Alden shoes (boots to follow in the fall).
To wear with jeans/chinos, I'm thinking of getting LWB cordovan Ravello. Is this a good choice to go with as my first pair?
cheers

while that's a nice shoe, i think everyone who is thinking of taking the plunge with aldens should very strongly consider #8 cordovan longwings or wingtip boots as their first pair. easy to find at retail so you can try them on in person (and even available at discount in the B&S), extremely versatile, and would probably make a bigger difference in your shoe collection, which presumably already has brown shoes in it.
post #27998 of 97100
re: CXL stretching: thanks for the advice so far guys. the boots are at home, and later tonight i'll try them on again and try to give more details about the fit of the 9.5D boots.

as for having it done professionally: in the past, i've always just used shoe trees with socks on them. week 1: one pair of socks, leave in closet, try on at end of week. if still too tight, week 2: two pairs of socks. each week, i keep adding a pair of socks until the fit is right. if a cobbler does it, how do they know what amount to stretch the shoes by?

EDIT: fixed typo!
Edited by mexicutioner - 5/14/12 at 2:35pm
post #27999 of 97100
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post


while that's a nice shoe, i think everyone who is thinking of taking the plunge with aldens should very strongly consider #8 cordovan longwings or wingtip boots as their first pair. easy to find at retail so you can try them on in person (and even available at discount in the B&S), extremely versatile, and would probably make a bigger difference in your shoe collection, which presumably already has brown shoes in it.

 

I agree that if you can only have one shell cordovan, it should be Color 8. But it doesn't matter the order you buy them in if you plan to have more than one. ;)

post #28000 of 97100
Great responses, thank you all. I might actually got for LWB in color 8. According to SF Alden shop and what I've read so far I need to size down .5 size from my US size, correct?

regards
post #28001 of 97100
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post


while that's a nice shoe, i think everyone who is thinking of taking the plunge with aldens should very strongly consider #8 cordovan longwings or wingtip boots as their first pair. easy to find at retail so you can try them on in person (and even available at discount in the B&S), extremely versatile, and would probably make a bigger difference in your shoe collection, which presumably already has brown shoes in it.

 

Can't overlook #8 cap toe boots.

post #28002 of 97100
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Originally Posted by 0waterbouys View Post

Can't overlook #8 cap toe boots.

very good point. i especially like the j crew version, with the punched captoe. it was a really tough choice between those and the wingtip boots. both beautiful and useful, but they're too similar to realistically consider owning both.
post #28003 of 97100
t-minus 1 day till #4 wingtip boot arrives.....icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #28004 of 97100
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Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post

Great responses, thank you all. I might actually got for LWB in color 8. According to SF Alden shop and what I've read so far I need to size down .5 size from my US size, correct?
regards

While that is the general rule of thumb, the best advice is that you need to try the shoes on to see if they work for you. Ideally you will be buying from a retailer that has a return policy in case the shoes do not fit.

For reference, after two years of trying different barrie-lasted shoes, I just now found my best size. I wear a size 9 Nikes, 8.5 in AE Park Avenues, 8.5 in the Trubalance and 8.5 in Sperrys. And in the barrie I had to go with a 7.5E.

Best of luck with the purchase and make sure to post pics when they arrive.
post #28005 of 97100
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Originally Posted by johnnyrich7 View Post


While that is the general rule of thumb, the best advice is that you need to try the shoes on to see if they work for you. Ideally you will be buying from a retailer that has a return policy in case the shoes do not fit.
For reference, after two years of trying different barrie-lasted shoes, I just now found my best size. I wear a size 9 Nikes, 8.5 in AE Park Avenues, 8.5 in the Trubalance and 8.5 in Sperrys. And in the barrie I had to go with a 7.5E.
Best of luck with the purchase and make sure to post pics when they arrive.

 

 

Kinda strange that you wear a smaller Barrie last size than Trubalance as the Trubalance last is a larger last.

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