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Originally Posted by CalceoAdamator View Post

Shell doesn't stretch much from wearing them, but there is some stretch (IMO)... and they certainly stretch if you put a stretcher on them... That seemed to work well for the three pairs of LHS shells I have... 

 

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Originally Posted by notwithit View Post

A decent cobbler can also stretch shoes for you.

Yes. actually, it was not my intention to infer that I stretched my shells... I did have a cobbler do that for me...  Thanks for making the point...

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post #50837 of 89994

Thanks for the info, gents. I've been thinking I wouldn't mind if my cigar lhs were a bit looser across the vamp, so maybe I'll check in with BNelson. Any chance anyone can recommend a bnelson-quality cobbler in NJ?

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Epaulet #8 Brixton for me today....when I wear these I am reminded that #8 is still the king. I love those deep eggplant and burgundy shades you can see in the shell when they are out in the sunlight.

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Another suede day, my first Aldens about ten yrs old.

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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

Epaulet #8 Brixton for me today....when I wear these I am reminded that #8 is still the king. I love those deep eggplant and burgundy shades you can see in the shell when they are out in the sunlight.

Beautiful boots, Beatlegeuse. I need some color 8.
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Originally Posted by CalceoAdamator View Post

Yes. actually, it was not my intention to infer that I stretched my shells... I did have a cobbler do that for me...  Thanks for making the point...
Before I let a cobbler stretch my shells I would make certain he is very familiar with cordovan . It tends to split when stretched. Happens quite commonly in lasting I hear
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Hey Guys help me out!  I've found several Alden I need to decide about:

 

993 Saddle in Black Shell Barrie last FD $399

or

97285 Wing Tip-Bal in Whiskey Tremont last $714

 

From what I can tell, the Tremont fits very similar tot he Barrie last.  Is this correct?

 

Both are 13D so I'm not sure about the fit yet.  The 14C I'm wearing today is a Barrie and I can fit my entire finger behind my heel with the shoe on.  I know a pair of 13E LHS Brooks Brothers in shell fit good. So I'm hopeful a 13D Barrie will work.

 

Which one would you get?

 

See Ya,

Steve

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Originally Posted by englade321 View Post


Before I let a cobbler stretch my shells I would make certain he is very familiar with cordovan . It tends to split when stretched. Happens quite commonly in lasting I hear

Good point.

 

Believe it or not, there are cobblers out there that know less about shell than most in this thread.

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Originally Posted by totalair1 View Post

 

97285 Wing Tip-Bal in Whiskey Tremont last $714

 

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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

Epaulet #8 Brixton for me today....when I wear these I am reminded that #8 is still the king. I love those deep eggplant and burgundy shades you can see in the shell when they are out in the sunlight.


Those look real nice. fing02[1].gif

Sorry if this question has been asked a million times before in this thread, but what kind of belt do you wear with those (or with #8 shell in general)?
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Originally Posted by totalair1 View Post

Hey Guys help me out!  I've found several Alden I need to decide about:

 

993 Saddle in Black Shell Barrie last FD $399

or

97285 Wing Tip-Bal in Whiskey Tremont last $714

 

From what I can tell, the Tremont fits very similar tot he Barrie last.  Is this correct?

 

Both are 13D so I'm not sure about the fit yet.  The 14C I'm wearing today is a Barrie and I can fit my entire finger behind my heel with the shoe on.  I know a pair of 13E LHS Brooks Brothers in shell fit good. So I'm hopeful a 13D Barrie will work.

 

Which one would you get?

 

See Ya,

Steve

For what it's worth, my vote would be for the wingtip.

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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Good point.

 

Believe it or not, there are cobblers out there that know less about shell than most in this thread.

In the grand scheme of things...shell cordovan shoes likely account for 1% or less of the shoes that a cobbler sees for repair or re-crafting.  Based on what I know about high end cowboy boots and how they are lasted, stretching a truly well made boot, regardless of hide will net very little gain.  I've seen brand new boots ruined where the hide indeed split because of a stretching attempt.  If you have a small area that rubs you wrong, or need a small area stretched that's fine to tweak.  However expecting anymore than a small tweak is risky at best IMHO.  I feel this experience holds true in shell cordovan shoes.  Most of the stretch is removed during lasting, otherwise the shoes won't look good long term.  Basically stretch at your own risk!

 

See Ya,

Steve

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Originally Posted by TactileOne View Post

For what it's worth, my vote would be for the wingtip.

Thanks Guys-I will try and roll that direction.  3 pairs of shells purchased in the last 2 days, plus 3 pairs last month.  Choke!, Gulp!

 

See Ya,

Steve

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Just picked up a pair of whiskey LWb's from citishoes. Voltaire was very helpful. He's got a handful left. I can't remember the sizes exactly, but if you're between nine and 11 you might want to give him a call.
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Originally Posted by notwithit View Post

Those look real nice. fing02[1].gif

Sorry if this question has been asked a million times before in this thread, but what kind of belt do you wear with those (or with #8 shell in general)?[/quote]

One that is burgundy in color - shell or calf.
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