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post #34606 of 94552
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

 

was hoping you'd chime in, I couldnt remember. 

 

hurry up and sell those natty boots before I have to take them off your hands.. on a preorder for leffot for natty indys the end of this yr, getting impatient lol

 

Hey herrmj, out of curiosity since I have a pair, why are you wanting to sell those ML natty CXL boots?

post #34607 of 94552
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

 

was hoping you'd chime in, I couldnt remember. 

 

hurry up and sell those natty boots before I have to take them off your hands.. on a preorder for leffot for natty indys the end of this yr, getting impatient lol

 

In this case, patience is not a virtue ;) I've been debating putting them up on the fleabay.

 

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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

 

Hey herrmj, out of curiosity since I have a pair, why are you wanting to sell those ML natty CXL boots?

 

Sure - my instep is really low, and modified is very high. As they stretched out, I needed to put insoles in the boots (in addition to tongue pads) to get a good grip. Insole took up too much space in the toebox, so it's just not working for me. I think I need to try a longer and narrower size in this last. Other than that, I really liked them. It was fun to see the natural cxl age.

post #34608 of 94552
Some ravello PTBs arrived yesterday from Alden NY. I took some quick, not-too-great pictures this morning. They seem to be on the darker end of the ravello spectrum and have the darker welt/edging, both of which I like. Two questions:
  1. The receipt says I can't return if there's creasing on the vamp. Do they really mean that I can't walk around in them on carpet to assess fit?
  2. The cordovan care guide cautions against using trees that are too large. These are 11 D. I assume a Woodlore Large is the right size? That's what I use for my 11.5 D AEs. I have to compress the trees a bit more than I do for my AEs, but I don't see how a medium would make sense.

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post #34609 of 94552
I am within 1/2 size of you and I use Woodlore Large. I have been happy with the results.

By the way, those are FANTASTIC.
post #34610 of 94552
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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

I don't own a pair of tankers but i do have shoes in both lasts. Most people are the same size in barrie and trubalance. However, some have said because of the hand sewn nature (gathering of material around the stitching) of the NST/tanker, it causes the barrie to fit a little tighter in the toe box than a ptb would. This should be considered if you are already tight, width wise, on the Trubalance.

Well, the Indy's are my casual, step above beater boots. I'm just looking for another boot so that I can rotate in the winter for when they get really wet or salted. I also don't want shoes that look almost identical as that gets boring. From the pictures they look pretty damn close. I guess my question is if in real life with the different lasts and colors if there is a more noticeable difference. I really would like the heel to be less clunky.

Here are my cigar Indy's ala Shoe Mart:



Here are the #8 tankers that I am considering for variety:

post #34611 of 94552
Nice. Are these the #9900 listed on the top row here: http://www.aldenmadisonny.com/SHELL4.html


Yours look MUCH darker than they do on the site and the ones I saw in person.
post #34612 of 94552
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Some ravello PTBs arrived yesterday from Alden NY. I took some quick, not-too-great pictures this morning. They seem to be on the darker end of the ravello spectrum and have the darker welt/edging, both of which I like. Two questions:
  1. The receipt says I can't return if there's creasing on the vamp. Do they really mean that I can't walk around in them on carpet to assess fit?
  2. The cordovan care guide cautions against using trees that are too large. These are 11 D. I assume a Woodlore Large is the right size? That's what I use for my 11.5 D AEs. I have to compress the trees a bit more than I do for my AEs, but I don't see how a medium would make sense.
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Great shoes.

ANSWERS:
question 1: yes
question 2: yes
post #34613 of 94552
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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

[*] The receipt says I can't return if there's creasing on the vamp. Do they really mean that I can't walk around in them on carpet to assess fit?

It means you need to be careful if you're not sure about fit. smile.gif Shuffle (don't walk), on carpet only, be careful getting your foot in and out (unlace completely and use a tree), and don't lace up tightly (it can cause creasing by applying a torque across the upper). Do that and you should be able to avoid creasing the vamp. In my experience it's the getting the foot in and out that is most likely to cause an inadvertent crease during try-on.

Those are great-looking shoes, by the way.
post #34614 of 94552
These are really comfortable:



Leathersoul PT boot snuff suede in barrie.
post #34615 of 94552
In all honesty, those will look very similar, except to an Alden afficianado.

While we might say "well OBVIOUSLY one is a color 8 NST and the other is a cigar Indy," most people will say "they're both dark boots with stitching on the toe...aren't they the same?"
post #34616 of 94552
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Originally Posted by mcbrown View Post

It means you need to be careful if you're not sure about fit. smile.gif Shuffle (don't walk), on carpet only, be careful getting your foot in and out (unlace completely and use a tree), and don't lace up tightly (it can cause creasing by applying a torque across the upper). Do that and you should be able to avoid creasing the vamp. In my experience it's the getting the foot in and out that is most likely to cause an inadvertent crease during try-on.
Those are great-looking shoes, by the way.

Sounds like good advice. Without getting into the whole issue of various retailers' "no crease" policy (which some of us like and some of us hate), I have had email correspondence with a retailer about this precise issue. And here is their policy:

1. They can be tried on (but be careful not to crease them).
2. Any walking (which will necessarily cause creasing) will make them unreturnable.

I have my own opinions on this type of policy, but this is not the time or place to voice them. biggrin.gif
post #34617 of 94552
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Originally Posted by RyanAnderson View Post

Nice. Are these the #9900 listed on the top row here: http://www.aldenmadisonny.com/SHELL4.html
Yours look MUCH darker than they do on the site and the ones I saw in person.

No, these have commando soles and are from Shoemart--that is their picture. Mine are a bit lighter--especially in the sun.
post #34618 of 94552
Patek,

I like the #8 tankers. Go for them icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif (not instead of the tubo belt though smile.gif )
post #34619 of 94552
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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post

I am within 1/2 size of you and I use Woodlore Large. I have been happy with the results.
By the way, those are FANTASTIC.

That's what I figured (large). And thank you, I'm pretty happy with them. I'm a bit worried that I just spent $710 on a pair of shoes.
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Originally Posted by RyanAnderson View Post

Nice. Are these the #9900 listed on the top row here: http://www.aldenmadisonny.com/SHELL4.html
Yours look MUCH darker than they do on the site and the ones I saw in person.

Yes, as far as I know they're the 9900s pictured in that link. I'm a shell novice, but I've already noticed that the appearance of ravello can vary quite a bit depending on ambient light. I think if I set them outside, they would look very similar to these.
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

Great shoes.
ANSWERS:
question 1: yes
question 2: yes

Thank you. I wanted to be sure, just in case.
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Originally Posted by mcbrown View Post

It means you need to be careful if you're not sure about fit. smile.gif Shuffle (don't walk), on carpet only, be careful getting your foot in and out (unlace completely and use a tree), and don't lace up tightly (it can cause creasing by applying a torque across the upper). Do that and you should be able to avoid creasing the vamp. In my experience it's the getting the foot in and out that is most likely to cause an inadvertent crease during try-on.
Those are great-looking shoes, by the way.

I'll definitely take the receipt literally then. The fit seems to be quite good, with an ever so slight heel slippage that I think would diminish when the soles break in. I'll try them on a few more times to be sure.
post #34620 of 94552
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Originally Posted by Patek View Post

No, these have commando soles and are from Shoemart--that is their picture. Mine are a bit lighter--especially in the sun.

I think RyanAnderson was asking about the ravello PTBs (9900) I posted.
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