I haven't been a huge fan of slip-ons, but I recently acquired a new, first quality shell LHS. I bought a 9D in the Van last, which is my normal size in the Barrie (TTS is 9.5D). I would appreciate hearing from the slip-on guys out there in regards to sizing, heel slippage (none?; first few wears?, numerous wears?), general break-in time, etc. Thanks gents.
Yeah, I have a wide foot but a high instep, so the vamp kills me on the cordovan LHS. Does anyone find the vamp getting more comfortable over time? I have the unlined LHS in suede, the vamp was very tight on it as well, and I had some pain at first, but now the vamp is loosening up a bit (I wear it sockless).
I have 2 pairs lined, 1 pair BB unlined. The BB fit TTS and the lined Alden versions I went down 1 half size and 1 width. (9.5D TTS - 9C Van) It seems counter intuitive that the unlined version would be smaller, however, I suspect BB may have changed their sizing scale so that people can just buy their TTS. Maybe they were getting a lot of exchanges. Just a theory. I find most BB products fit TTS.
The unlined version didn't take long to break in at all (and is much more comfortable), but the lined versions did. Like 25 wears before the heel slipping went away. It was very irritating. They were a little tight across the vamp at first, but are fine now. Not sure if its because one of the threads broke. I have posted about all this before.
In fact, the right shoe still does slip a little. Maybe its due to inconsistencies in their production. My other pair of 9C LHS fits much snugger. One pair is flirting with too small, while the other is flirting with too big and they are the same size.
Hope that i have been of some assistance.