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already bought/preordered three pairs this month, I need to overlook those 11.5 ravello lwb frown.gif

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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Personally, never.

 

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. 

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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

I'm wearing the cigar NST as I type. Picked it with the idea that the #8 is easier to find on a moments notice. My thought is that #8 is more formal as a darker color and with the dark welt and sole edge. Will be interested to see what others think.


Is this on the Barrie last?
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

already bought/preordered three pairs this month, I need to overlook those 11.5 ravello lwb frown.gif


Tempting I know  .  .  .

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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

Whiskey LWB's today



gorgeous. makes me re-consider passing up whiskey LWBs all these years.
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post


Tempting I know  .  .  .

I think the eyelets would be a deal breaker for me. or I'd buy and then send for taps and eyelet changeout.

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Originally Posted by sstomcat View Post

Is this on the Barrie last?

They are on the Aberdeen.
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Originally Posted by Don L View Post

I agree with the above and think it depends what your style of dress is.  Corporate suit I think #8 works better but some see NST's as not formal enough for a suit.  I disagree and think it works well.  I have Ravello NST's and Cigar are next on my hit list.

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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

Count me in that camp. But mostly this is just personal. In other words, I don't think it looks bad, I just personally can't do it. biggrin.gif

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! biggrin.gif

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They are on the Aberdeen.

There is a Barrie contingent, a modified contingent and even a plaza contingent, but no Aberdeen. I wish they did more on the Aberdeen.
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There is a Barrie contingent, a modified contingent and even a plaza contingent, but no Aberdeen. I wish they did more on the Aberdeen.

Aberdeen, Grant and Tremont are my favorite lasts (as long as the retailer orders E widths)
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gorgeous. makes me re-consider passing up whiskey LWBs all these years.

Speaking of whiskey, Sky Valet has 10.5D and 12D available in the PTB - for $630. Someone should jump on this. nod[1].gif

http://www.skyvalet1.com/Alden-9905_p_196.html
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There is a Barrie contingent, a modified contingent and even a plaza contingent, but no Aberdeen. I wish they did more on the Aberdeen.

Me too.

I have 6 shell pairs on the Aberdeen.
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Ravello SWBs, Barrie last

 

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Originally Posted by bruceposey View Post

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.
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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.

http://aldenshop.com/Store/DrawProducts.aspx?CategoryID=48&ParentID=94&PageID=&Action=
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has anyone had any issue adding a topy to a double waterloc sole? wondering about the oil in the leather causing an issue with the adhesive. i'm gonna need to do something, i almost busted my tail today on slick marble after walking on the wet sidewalk

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.
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