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Dude this trainer is literally genius - can you show more pics please?
question regarding LHS.
I have been looking for a pair of loafers that fit right on and off for a few years. no real luck except for some cheap bass weejuns but that was only when they were *really* small on me.
i guess the issue is, i get that loafers are for loafing an' all, but am i having unrealistic expectations regarding expecting to be able to walk about a reasonable amount without heel slippage?
Really tempted by the unlined BB #8 LHS - but before i try them for size --- I just wanted to check how you guys size your Alden Loafers - when you try them on are they *really tight and snug* / almost too tight? ... how should i think about heel slippage and walking .. is it just too be expected? One advantage with shell i guess i that i need not work too much about them stretching too out.
Advices appreciated. Sure i could sell them if it doesnt work out - but it is a lot of dollar to drop.
With my color 8 alden for bb unlined LHS, and my tassels in suede and shell, i literally have no heel slippage. They are comfortably snug. They key for me was going down in width until my heel was locked in.
No shell for OSB and no MTO program, but they do have some special makeups for a few stores. Rancourt certainly has a much larger selection.
Also consider Oak Street Bootmakers. A little more expensive than Rancourt, but a better return policy. IIRC the Rancourt trial shoes cost $50, which you only get back if you order. You could try on the ones Brooks Brothers sells though, I suppose. Also, OSB is goodyear welted and has a full length insole, which may be a plus or minus depending on your preferences.
Personally, I am hoping to find a proper fit in the BB LHS by Summer.
The only Goodyear-welted product that Oak Street currently produces is the Trench Boot. All of their other shoes (including loafers) are hand-stitched moccasin construction.
Yes they do offer leather insoles, I just bought some from them yesterday... However, they also informed me that they are discontinued, so it's whatever they have left in stock...
BTW guys, got an email from J. Gilbert yesterday informing me their special make up order was confirmed by Alden, and they are now taking pre-orders on their medallion toe Oxford on the Plaza last in black shell. If you're interested reach out to Yenni, I placed my order yesterday. Here's what they look like in No.8: http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/Shoes-Medallion_Toe_Oxford_241.htm
Here's the black shell version:
I have it. It is a nice looking shoe.
Perfect - that's what I'm looking for. Can't wait...
Do you think you could send me some details on how to get them via PM?
Edited by BeSpiffington - 3/21/13 at 8:34am
I called the factory at (508) 947-3926, left several VMs (over the course of a week) and someone finally called back and I ordered over the phone.