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I've read a few times about breaking in shoes on carpet first (and not just in case one needs to return them). What's the benefit to doing this than say, just going outside with them? Not sure if it was just in reference to shell specifically.

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Sorry, duplicate. Damn iPad.
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I've read a few times about breaking in shoes on carpet first (and not just in case one needs to return them). What's the benefit to doing this than say, just going outside with them? Not sure if it was just in reference to shell specifically.

 

I know one reason is because while they are still stiff, walking on concrete results in accelerated wear on the toe of the sole because of increased friction from the way that one is caused to walk by stiff shoes.

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It's a good idea to get some flexing on the soles to loosen them up before hitting the pavement. Otherwise, a stiff sole on pavement will risk premature abrasion and added wearing down of the toe edge of the sole.

Marc
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I've read a few times about breaking in shoes on carpet first (and not just in case one needs to return them). What's the benefit to doing this than say, just going outside with them? Not sure if it was just in reference to shell specifically.
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Great boots uncle. My very similar looking ones:
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Does anyone know what last the Indy in Cordovan Color #8 from North River Outfitters is? Is it the blobby Trubalance last? Or is it a Barrie? Anyone have an opinion on how versatile this shoe is?

http://www.northriveroutfitter.com/alden-indy-boot-cordovan-limited-edition-style-40508h/

20% off from NRO with code "MAKEOVER" so undecided at the moment!
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Just in this week -- snuff suede short wings (flex sole, Hampton last) from Leather Soul. They are actually darker than the photo indicates. Snuff plain toe boots on the way from LS. It's a snuffy week.
Marc
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Socks? Great looking combo!
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I have the NRO #8 Indy boot and I'm pretty sure that it is on the Barrie.
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The email from NRO about this coupon said Alden is excluded. Given their history I'd be even more hesitant to use it.
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Does anyone know what last the Indy in Cordovan Color #8 from North River Outfitters is? Is it the blobby Trubalance last? Or is it a Barrie? Anyone have an opinion on how versatile this shoe is?

http://www.northriveroutfitter.com/alden-indy-boot-cordovan-limited-edition-style-40508h/

20% off from NRO with code "MAKEOVER" so undecided at the moment!

Style 40508 is on the Trubalance according to Alden NY
http://aldenmadisonny.com/SHELL4.html
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Thanks. Socks are Bresciani clock socks from Kabbaz-Kelly: http://www.customshirt1.com/Socks_M_Fun.html
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Socks? Great looking combo!
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I know one reason is because while they are still stiff, walking on concrete results in accelerated wear on the toe of the sole because of increased friction from the way that one is caused to walk by stiff shoes.

This is the main reason I've heard. That is, if the soles are stiff, they will not bend as much, which will create more wear on the toe portion of the sole. I've worn some AEs for the first time without much carpet wear, and definitely noticed some wear at the toes. So, I had taps put on, but now that they're broken in, it doesn't seem like the taps are getting much wear. This suggests that if I had just broken them in on carpet (or at least with minimal pavement exposure initially), taps would not have been necessary.
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Style 40508 is on the Trubalance according to Alden NY
http://aldenmadisonny.com/SHELL4.html

Thanks for confirming Zippy... really good price on it from NRO but since i spend 5 days a week in office wear i am probably better off getting something more dressy than the True balance last.
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^^^I love my whiskey indy boot, and if I didn't have a closet full of shoes, I'd jump on them. It's on a double leather sole and dresses up much better than the traditional one. Also, the hand-stitched moc toe looks sick as hell. Think hard on it. This would be fine for the office if it will blend with your standard wardrobe. Probably not the best fit with incotex super slim pants and the like, but it you wear slim fit or regular fit, get them. You will like.
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