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post #33541 of 98994

Fellow mac method users:

 

I was practicing the method on my #8 LWBs and RL Marlow shortwings a few days ago. Worked great as always on the LWBs, but I noticed these significant creases developing on the Marlows; similar creases are nowhere near as prominent on my #8s. Rubbing them didn't help much.

 

FWIW I was caught briefly in a thunderstorm while wearing the Marlows earlier that day, but the water just rolled off the shell and I pat-dried it afterwards. Suggestions?

 

 

post #33542 of 98994
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

I'm considering a pair of Alden loafers for the first time. Do any of them have a cork innersole? If so, which ones?
I'm looking for comfort and not just plain leather inner soles of a typical moccasin type construction.

Cork insole with leather footbed. I have allen edmonds shoes with a cork insole, and my aldens have all molded as well or better. In my experience, they have taken longer to break in that AE.
post #33543 of 98994
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Originally Posted by violethour1951 View Post

Fellow mac method users:

I was practicing the method on my #8 LWBs and RL Marlow shortwings a few days ago. Worked great as always on the LWBs, but I noticed these significant creases developing on the Marlows; similar creases are nowhere near as prominent on my #8s. Rubbing them didn't help much.

FWIW I was caught briefly in a thunderstorm while wearing the Marlows earlier that day, but the water just rolled off the shell and I pat-dried it afterwards. Suggestions?

Looks like welting from the water. Shell is unpredictable - water may do nothing or can cause welting on the membrane. My first LWBs have a similar problem on one of the shoes when it gets wet. Try using saphir renovateur and brushing.
post #33544 of 98994
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

I'm considering a pair of Alden loafers for the first time. Do any of them have a cork innersole? If so, which ones?
I'm looking for comfort and not just plain leather inner soles of a typical moccasin type construction.

I thought that every Alden shoe has a layer of cork in the insole, no?

post #33545 of 98994
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Anyone know where I might find a 10.5 E cigar LHS? Shoemart has 11 D (too much heel slippage) and 10.5 D (too tight in the front), but not 10.5 E -- which I think is the next size to try. They have it in color #8, so I might go with that if I can't find cigar.

I would think 11C would be the next size to try, assuming that the 11D was perfect length wise. (no space behind heel).  If its just a matter of the heel being too wide on the 11D (a common complaint for Van last), than that's what I'd do.  If the widest part of your foot fits in to the widest part of the shoe, than you probably have the right length and just need to go narrower.

 

What do you mean too tight in the front?  Your toes? or the top of your foot under the strap?  Slight tightness over the top of your foot is common for this model at first, and will go away after a few wears.  However, for some it is just so tight that the last won't work for them in any size.

 

Also, you can email Alden and they can usually tell you if anyone has the style in that size in stock.  That's how I found my 9Cs.

 

general@aldenshoe.com

 

Good Luck.

post #33546 of 98994
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Wanted to say, like another guy a few pages back, that I appreciate this forum and have learned a lot from reading this thread. By way of thanks, I offer a story and pictures.

Imagine this: you find a great cordovan makeup in a rare color that matches just what you have in mind. It happens to be an old makeup from a shop known on here, so it's not still available, having been long sold out. The website says there's another order for the coming year, so you decide to go to the store and put down some savings (think graduate student income) as a deposit to hold a pair in your size from the pre-order. You go, the people at the shop are nice and helpful, and you reserve a pair of the cordovan shoes. Things are going pretty well, and it's just a matter of the waiting game.

Now comes the twist in the tale. A little more than a month after putting down the deposit, you get an email from the shop saying that one stray pair, which was being held for a particular customer from the last order of the same shoe, has been released, since the other customer changed his mind and said he didn't want it. The pair is your size, and the shop offers it to you, if you just pay the balance minus your deposit. 

These are the shoes (which also demonstrate the variation in color of Ravello when photographed in different light, with or without flash):


enjoy wearing in good health
post #33547 of 98994
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Originally Posted by marg View Post


Looks like welting from the water. Shell is unpredictable - water may do nothing or can cause welting on the membrane. My first LWBs have a similar problem on one of the shoes when it gets wet. Try using saphir renovateur and brushing.

Yes, feed it some reno. I've had a similar issue on some #8 shoes and it helped quite a bit.

post #33548 of 98994
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Learning to love whiskey...
Alden DC Whiskey Indy
RRL low straights, soon to be hemmed for the peak denim season.

Alden DC Whiskey balmoral wingtips. 10E fits perfectly in this (FWIW my 9.5E barrie longwings look essentially the same size as this shoe)

I feel like whiskey is the toughest color to wear but also offers the most upside

nephew,
good looking whiskey
post #33549 of 98994
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

I would think 11C would be the next size to try, assuming that the 11D was perfect length wise. (no space behind heel).  If its just a matter of the heel being too wide on the 11D (a common complaint for Van last), than that's what I'd do.  If the widest part of your foot fits in to the widest part of the shoe, than you probably have the right length and just need to go narrower.

What do you mean too tight in the front?  Your toes? or the top of your foot under the strap?  Slight tightness over the top of your foot is common for this model at first, and will go away after a few wears.  However, for some it is just so tight that the last won't work for them in any size.

Also, you can email Alden and they can usually tell you if anyone has the style in that size in stock.  That's how I found my 9Cs.

general@aldenshoe.com

Good Luck.

I concur in the judgment of Bakes11771. nod[1].gif

For the van last, i have to go with my barrie size minus one width (9D to 9C).
post #33550 of 98994
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nst ravello boot
argyles otc
post #33551 of 98994
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Originally Posted by ambivalence View Post

^ if only it was 7.5d...

you and me both
post #33552 of 98994
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

I thought that every Alden shoe has a layer of cork in the insole, no?

Does anyone know for sure?
post #33553 of 98994
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
1jnod3.jpg
2a9pdts.jpg
nst ravello boot
argyles otc
icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif They look great!
post #33554 of 98994
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

Does anyone know for sure?

Some of the "cape cod" loafers like the beefroll moc may or may not have cork, but the three main models (leisure handsewn, tassels, full strap) all have cork
post #33555 of 98994
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post


Does anyone know for sure?

 

That's what they infer on their website, but I agree that it is possible that some models may not.

 

Edit: HolyShit you have a lot of posts!  Probably the most of anyone on SF!

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