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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I traditionally haven't been able to wear the LHS because of tightness in the vamp (I have a high instep)...

Do you think going up one width would solve this issue? I see a 9.5EE LHS in cigar available on The Shoe Mart (I wear 9.5E in Barrie). Worth a shot?

I had the same issue with the LHS, as I too have a high instep...   I had the vamp stretched three times to accommodate my instep, and now they fit perfectly... and are quite comfortable...

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What are ya'lls thoughts about the Alden 993 Saddle Shoe in black shell on barrie last?  I like black shell, but I already have a pair of NST slips ons and a pair of LHS slip ons in black shell.  I don't have anything in black shell lace ups.

 

See Ya,

Steve

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Originally Posted by CalceoAdamator View Post

I had the same issue with the LHS, as I too have a high instep...   I had the vamp stretched three times to accommodate my instep, and now they fit perfectly... and are quite comfortable...

We're your lhs shell, Calceo? I was under the impression that shell didn't stretch much...
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We're your lhs shell, Calceo? I was under the impression that shell didn't stretch much...

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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A decent cobbler can also stretch shoes for you.
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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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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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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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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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