already bought/preordered three pairs this month, I need to overlook those 11.5 ravello lwb
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When I was figuring out my Van size I had to send 2 pairs back before I arrived at the correct size, but I sent them back with no sign of try on. I didn't have the opportunity to try them on the store, however I already owned a pair of the unlined LHS in my true size, so that was what I ordered initially. (Then down .5, before arriving at down .5 and a width)
I understand what you are saying though, and I don't expect people to keep shoes that don't fit just because they have taken a few steps in them on carpet. However, I suspect that some people may abuse the return policy.
The point of my post was not to scold those folks. Someone asked if anyone had experience returning a pair after implementing the Mac Break-in method, so I shared my anecdote to show that it seems to be possible.
I definitely believe that people abuse the return policy. I didn't take your comment to be saying that you were scolding anyone. I tend to take a middle ground approach, by caring for the shoes in my own home as if the sales associate is watching me before I decide to keep them. After I decide to keep them, I take pictures for my own records of how they looked when I recieved them, then proceed with conditioning/polishing and wearing.
Is this on the Barrie last?
I am in that camp as well. To me the NST is a weekend shoe - or very casual business dress shoe. I, too, think this is a personal thing. I struggle wearing bluchers with suits - though this is very common in Austria and Germany.
I would like to see Alden do a medallion shell cap on the Aberdeen, but I might be the only one.
I'm on board with you!
Any of the Alden lace-ups in #8 shell cordovan would be my suggestion. Unless required for formal evening wear or business purposes I prefer anything but black.[/quote]
Be careful here.
Today I am wearing my black shell monochromatic saddles (model 993) - Barrie last, no storm welt, 270 degree welt. One of my most comfortable pairs, and considerably sleeker than most Barrie lasted models. But, in fairness, they are being worn for business dress.
i will soon find out about this, just dropped the shoes in question off at the cobbler. he said it requires a different glue than the normal leather sole would need.