Recommended Alden (and allen-Edmonds) Shoe Tree Size for the following:
Barrie Last 8D
Van Last 8D
Thank you in advance!
Speaking as an Alden/shell fetishist here, most of these videos are beyond creepy. The series where the guy takes new shells out of the box in a hotel room and SLOWLY talks about them. It's repulsive, guys, truly. Who does that benefit? Dyslexic Alden fans?
Welcome to the forum. I purchased the same boot from the irregular list, only in snuff suede. Had to get TTS but it fits reasonably well with an insole.
I'm also on the fence as to whether or not I'll keep them. I love almost everything about the boots, but as hard as I try I can't seem to warm up to the modified last. It just seems too tapered at the arch for a Boondocker style boot.
The defect is so minor that it would kill me to return them at nearly half price, but I don't want to spend money on a boot I don't love. I'm going to sit with them a bit longer to try to open up to the last. Here's a photo of the defect, which is not visible when they are on.
And a few more of the boot. Accurate color in all but the last picture.More pictures (Click to show)
Did they come like that? or is it something that develop or was caused accidentally since you've been wearing them? Does it have a texture? or is it beneath the finish?
Probably not the answer you are looking for, but if all else fails, maybe you can hide it with paste wax?