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I need a couple of pairs of shoes for work this winter. Looking at the following:
  • Black shell balmoral cap-toe, with or without perforated cap and with or without broguing on toe, Aberdeen / Hampton last
  • Cigar shell balmoral cap-toe, preferably just a plain captoe with no broguing, Aberdeen / Hampton

The Shoe Mart has both, ends up running about $1300 all in. Any suggestions as to a better place to order from that has those options?

EDIT: I may as well pose a sizing question, too. I have a pair of 10.5E 9015's, it's the Hampton last. They're well broken in now and fit okay, but are a bit on the snug side in the toe, so I was considering going to an 11D. Think that stepping up 1/2 size but going down a width will give me a touch more room? Was thinking the added length would let my toes sit a bit further back in the wider part of the shoe.
Edited by AR_Six - 9/26/12 at 11:54am

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post #35327 of 86678
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Originally Posted by AR_Six View Post

I need a couple of pairs of shoes for work this winter. Looking at the following:
  • Black shell balmoral cap-toe, with or without perforated cap and with or without broguing on toe, Aberdeen / Hampton last
  • Cigar shell balmoral cap-toe, preferably just a plain captoe with no broguing, Aberdeen / Hampton
The Shoe Mart has both, ends up running about $1300 all in. Any suggestions as to a better place to order from that has those options?
EDIT: I may as well pose a sizing question, too. I have a pair of 10.5E 9015's, it's the Hampton last. They're well broken in now and fit okay, but are a bit on the snug side in the toe, so I was considering going to an 11D. Think that stepping up 1/2 size but going down a width will give me a touch more room? Was thinking the added length would let my toes sit a bit further back in the wider part of the shoe.

I would recommend the Alden for BB black shell captoe balmoral (perf tip). It is on the Snap last, and will run TTS. But it is 650. I am wearing them as I type and they are some of the best fitting Aldens that I own. As far as I know, no one else besides TSM carries the cigar shell captoe balmoral (straight tip).

An 11D should work for you. I can go up 1/2 size and down 1 width without any problems (e.g., Barrie last 9D or 9.5C).
post #35328 of 86678
Yeah I was looking at BB - just made a thread in MC on the last/model question, actually - and there is one 5 minutes from me (whereas trying to get an Alden bal in Canada at retail is impossible). It would also not be the worst thing ever to have a couple of different lasts rather than everything Hampton all the time. The tradeoff would be a significant increase in cost. I'm pretty sure the shell shoes run like... 900 bucks up here. It's also very difficult to use the snap last for sizing comparison, though, as my understanding is that it runs much shorter and narrower than the Hampton, so if I have to order in it's a bit of snafu. I think I'll talk to the BB people this afternoon.
post #35329 of 86678
just picked up my whiskey grail up BNIB on ebay.....very excited to share pics soon...



post #35330 of 86678
^I assume you know how to size those, but if they don't work out for you or you ever decide to part with them let me know and I'll snap them up. I was going to grab them myself but you beat me to it.
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Originally Posted by AR_Six View Post

Yeah I was looking at BB - just made a thread in MC on the last/model question, actually - and there is one 5 minutes from me (whereas trying to get an Alden bal in Canada at retail is impossible). It would also not be the worst thing ever to have a couple of different lasts rather than everything Hampton all the time. The tradeoff would be a significant increase in cost. I'm pretty sure the shell shoes run like... 900 bucks up here. It's also very difficult to use the snap last for sizing comparison, though, as my understanding is that it runs much shorter and narrower than the Hampton, so if I have to order in it's a bit of snafu. I think I'll talk to the BB people this afternoon.

I am TTS 9.5D.
Snap - 9.5D
Hampton - 9.5D

My Alden for BB is 9.5D. The Snap last is slightly more snug than the Hampton, but, IMO, not enough to vary from TTS. I also have the Hampton-lasted color 8 shell captoe bal (straight tip) from TSM in 9.5D.
post #35332 of 86678
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just picked up my whiskey grail up BNIB on ebay.....very excited to share pics soon...


Nice shoes, and quite rare.
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Whiskey, Ravello, or Cigar LWB?

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Whiskey, Ravello, or Cigar LWB?

1) "Dark" ravello
2) Cigar
3) Whiskey
4) "Light" ravello
post #35335 of 86678
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Whiskey, Ravello, or Cigar LWB?



1 cigar
2 (tie) ravello and whiskey

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post #35336 of 86678
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Originally Posted by tech View Post

Whiskey, Ravello, or Cigar LWB?

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

1) "Dark" ravello
2) Cigar
3) Whiskey
4) "Light" ravello

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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

1 cigar
2 (tie) ravello and whiskey
.

How about we modify the question to: Whiskey, Ravello (light and dark, if you distinguish), Cigar, #8, or Black LWB? Rank or just give favorite.
post #35337 of 86678

1. Color 8 - by far the most versatile and the patina is awesome!

2. Ravello (dark)

3. Black

4. Cigar (I don't like mine much bc they're too light; hoping to darken them up some)

5. Whiskey (I don't own a pair bc I'm not sure I would wear them much)

post #35338 of 86678

1. cigar

2. black

3. 8

4. dark ravello

5. light ravello

 

i don't care for whiskey.
 

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1. cigar
2. black
3. 8
4. dark ravello
5. light ravello
i don't care for whiskey.

In general, or for the LWB specifically?
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In general, or for the LWB specifically?


In general. I will caveat that by saying I've never actually owned whiskey.

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