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These look amazing, my whiskey is darker than these, I wish I didn't have to buy all my Aldens online.
post #46967 of 98871
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Originally Posted by shaunw View Post

ravello kind of day...........



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Great pic. And boots.
post #46968 of 98871
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ravello kind of day........... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Day Tripper or Kirkwood?
post #46969 of 98871
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

These look amazing, my whiskey is darker than these, I wish I didn't have to buy all my Aldens online.
At Alden's present price point it's almost worth it to fly to either DC or San Fran and go through their stockrooms. Still thirsty for whiskey here in Minnesota.
post #46970 of 98871
Beautiful day here today! Went with the J&M laces others suggested pages back. Purple laces on black shell LWB

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J&M site doesn't seem to have them in stock, I might go for those from 1901...

[edit] oh, they're in stock but shipping is 8.95, scratch that...
Edited by neutrino - 3/27/13 at 10:35am
post #46972 of 98871
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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

You could Also try going in a width, if you think you can.  You might think that you can't handle a narrower width in the forefoot, but I find that often people are surprised when they try, and that this is the remedy.  

 

C widths can be hard to find

 

Thanks, everyone, for all the fitting testimony.  For another point of reference, here is my humble lineup:

 

9C:

975x Shell longwings

Day Tripper

 

9D:

Chamois longwing (Leffot)

 

9.5D:

Leydon unlined suede chukka (Madison Ave)

 

9.5E:

Leydon lined suede blucher (on order from NRO--good to hear of the recent good experiences with them)

 

  • I'll use as a reference my best-fitting shoe, the 9D chamois longwing--consistently comfortable with thin to normal socks.
  • The 9C shell longwing is probably more comfortable, but even in a narrower width, it seems roomier, but not too much so.  Roomy, but no heel slip or jammed toes.
  • The Leydon 9.5D unlined chukka started off snug across the vamp, but quickly accommodated my foot for that slipper-like feel.  It was always wide enough, but I would call they Leydon a low-volume last.
  • Ordered the Leydon lined suede blucher in a E figuring I might wear it with a normal sock in cooler seasons.  Plus, I wanted a looser, no-argument fit for this one.  
  • Lastly, the Day Tripper.  Leffot suggested I order my Barrie size, and this was before I got their non-shell longwing.  It fits like a dress shoe should, which means by the end of the day, or after a carbo-bomb, it feels good to take them off.  Nothing ever hurts, though.  Ideally, I might have gotten the 9D.  
post #46973 of 98871
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Originally Posted by gforce View Post

Regarding the posts above.....My experience on the Barrie........Go true to size and down one width. The conventional wisdom is just to size down a half, but my experience (and Alden also suggests) is to just go down one width if you have this issue. A10c Barrie is a much better fit than 9.5d for me. Unfortunately C widths are hard to come by.

I had no problem ordering both an 11 C and 11.5 C from the shoe mart (they had to check with Alden directly, who had them in stock and dropped shipped them to me).

I am an 11.5D normally, and the 11D of the Barrie Shell LWB just feels loose on my foot. The 11C felt great initially, but after a day's wear (and I'm guessing the associated foot swelling), my middle toe started to nudge the end of the shoe ever so slightly when taking long, quick strides that result in a lot of bend in the ball of my foot. Unfortunately I didn't figure this out until I wore them outside.

Those I'm currently trying to sell in my signature while I wait for the 11.5C to arrive.

I did learn to test shoes in the evening after a long day rather than in the morning.
post #46974 of 98871
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New Arrival:

Brooks Brothers Brown Suede Tassel Loafers

I was kind of hoping that I would not like them when they got here because I have my eye on something else and don't want to keep both because I feel like I'm out of control, but unfortunately I think I like them.  Not sure they'll get much wear.









Notice that they DO in fact have the foxing on the heel, unlike the Alden stock model 666.

Please, someone convince me not to like them.

I don't even like loafers but those are really nice. Sorry man.
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Day Tripper or Kirkwood?

Kirkwood

post #46976 of 98871
what are my options if the creasing in my shell boots are now bothering me.
For some reason it is kind of digging into my foot and causing a little bit of pain.
Totally fine in my right foot just the left one is having this issue.
post #46977 of 98871
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what are my options if the creasing in my shell boots are now bothering me.
For some reason it is kind of digging into my foot and causing a little bit of pain.
Totally fine in my right foot just the left one is having this issue.

How long have you had them? How much have they been worn? Did you buy them new?

Here is an interesting discussion you might want to read, which suggests everything from 'walk it off' to an issue with fitment or construction.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/231299/shoe-crease-causing-pain
post #46978 of 98871
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Originally Posted by shaunw View Post

ravello kind of day...........



Damn those are fine looking boots. I've seen plenty of #8 and cigar cap toes, but not this.
post #46979 of 98871
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Damn those are fine looking boots. I've seen plenty of #8 and cigar cap toes, but not this.

I'm so bummed I missed out on those...

post #46980 of 98871
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Originally Posted by shaunw View Post



These are glorious in every sense of the word. Fabulous choice.

I love how the edgetrim has been busted up a bit through wear. NIce.
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