Individual preference but as an owner of commando style chukka's I am very comfortable dressing mine up. The sole is subtle and not at all chunky.
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I wear 10D in barrie and 10.5D in the AE 5 last. Hope these pics help you...
The length should be about the same but the barrie is clearly roomier. The heel and arch are certainly wider in the barrie. However, be careful as the storm welt will give the barrie an even wider appearance. Half size down usually works for most. Good luck my friend!
Yes, thank you very much
much thanks to Beatlegeuse for the recent transaction (and to the other gentlemen that sold them to him )
quick night time shot as I just got in. with the right tongue pad removed, they fit pretty darn good Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Glad you're happy with them, and they look like they fit you much better than they fit me! The search continues for me to find something similar...
two months back, I easily ordered that ravello NST in my size (11.5barrie/12plaza, cant remember what size I got), but it had unappealing marbling across the front end of the shoes. had it not been $700+, I might have lived with it. but for retail pricing, they went back..
that plus my jcrew ravello debacle doubt I'll ever get another pair in my hands
Really? I saw the Natty CXL, but not the brown. H. Stockton's blog said they were exclusive, but then again, they said that about the opera slipper too, and NY and DC offer it, although maybe on a different last, and maybe not in calf.
However, I know that both of you know your stuff, so I don't doubt what you are saying.
All this talk of waterlock gets me thinking. I'd like to replace the crepe sole on my snuff suede barrie chukkas with waterlock when the crepe wears out. I understand that Alden won't resole with anything other than what was spec'd at the time of manufacture. Has anyone seen an aftermarket/non-OEM waterlock type of sole?
Moulded Shoe has the stock Alden parts for resoles, and will customize.
Yeah, considering that most of my boots are engineers or work boots, this pair just gave me the fine balance between dress and causal. Add to the fact that I have been searching for a pair in sz 6.5 for some time now, this pair comes at the right time.
As this is my first pair of Shell boots/footwear, maybe someone here can advise me on what to do before I start wearing it? Should I apply any cream etc?
Thanks in advance!