Lovely purchase. Do you wear the same size and width for Barrie and Modified lasts? How do you find Barrie vs Modified?
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funny, the other day i noticed that a couple of speedhooks on my #8 plain toe boots from j. gilbert were starting to pull out like yours Mario. i'm just going to ride out the rest of the boot season then take them in. it almost seems like the speedhooks can be clamped back together with pliers, and now i wonder if it's worth sending them all the way back to alden. i'll see what Yenni says.
I had the same problem with plain toe boots from J Gilbert. Alden fixed them once. The speed hooks got loose again. I sent the boots back 2 Yenni and she sent me a new pair. it seems many people have been complaining about this issue.
I find the modified to be superior for me, unquestionably. I went up to 10.5D on the Barrie, and it's a good fit; I am a solid 10D on the modified. I can also do a 9.5E on modified, but I'm afraid to do an E width on Barrie, because of the strangely wide and low heel cup, even on the D. But for these, I made an exception. Trubalance fits me really well in 10D as well.
And that is how C&J does its burgundy shell - not as shiny, not as red. So it's a personal decision.
Certainly I prefer Alden's color 8, but these boots, for me, were a nice addition to the collection, even though quite different.
Alden takes the Horween Color 8 shell and adds some additional purple eggplant color type dye to it.
I've noticed the amount can vary and probably can depend on who at Alden is working that day, etc. That said, over time and with usage, the purple dye can wear away yielding a more brownish red shoe than purplish brown.
I'm planning to purchase 9015 and 9016 once I determine my size. I was planning on buying them from SF, also no tax free ship, and have ordered from them before. Do you think it would be better to order from TSM? as they have them listed for $10 less per pair.
Do you think I have a better chance of getting a pair that has no signs of try-on from one retailer or the other? I am more concerned about that than I am the $10 difference. Thought I would order by phone so that I can make a personal request.