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I've had issues with the toes of a sole wearing quickly on a new pair of shoes, so if the soles are stiff, I will break shoes in on carpet first.
IME, Trubalance is slightly blobbier than the Barrie, so you may need an E in the Barrie. I have 403s in a 12C and a pair of Barrie-lasted #8 wingtip boots in a 12D, and the fit is similar. If anything, the 403s almost seem a bit wider. Not sure if that has anything to do with CXL vs cordovan tho...
I have trubalance and barrie in the same size (12D). I wear a dress sock with barrie, but can fit a padded sock on trubalance.
I would never wear a pair of tan bucks, unless I had to go to a warm-weather event where they were appropriate. I almost never have to go to such events, so I don't own a pair. Yet I'm considering getting a pair from J. Crew because at that price, you know, just in case ... Has my Alden sickness really reached such depraved depths?
The J Crew tan bucks are some of my favorite shoes. Wear them with denim, chinos, seersucker, whatever.
(I would love something identical to this LS makeup: http://leathersoulhawaii.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/cxlc1.jpg)
If not, is there a way to darken natural chromexcel to get it a similar colour to the brown?
EDIT: in fact, if anyone can find me a NIB pair for sale, I'll hit you up on paypal with a 7% finders fee.
Quite. But for those who can only afford calf as an indulgence, getting cordovan for the same price, assuming they are interested in said, is a nice surprise.