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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

^^^^ have a pair of the jcrew crepe sole #8 LWB that I have been meaning to send off for leather soles to B Nelson. havent even worn them out the house once sadly

I know how you feel. I assumed that a crepe soled suede chukka would be more comfortable than the waterloc/flexwelt version. I'm already considering having Nick at B. Nelson replace the crepe with a waterloc/flexwelt. Note, they buy their waterloc/flexwelt soles from the same source as Alden. I don't find the crepe uncomfortable but its certainly not any more comfortable than flexwelt. I also find them to be so much heavier.

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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Doc, 

Sorry if I steered you wrong back when you bought them by suggesting the C.  Did you ever try on a pair in D?  I wonder if the tightness would still be an issue?  Or if you would experience heel slip at that width.  Maybe the tightness will subside as your foot creates an impression in the the corkbed?

Have posted this before, but once this thread loosens, vamp tightness is no longer a problem for me on my 3 pairs.
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Hi Bakes
First of all, thank you for recalling our exchange about the lhs, which occurred many moons ago. No apology necessary; you were not to blame. If anything, you've only been a kind mentor as I've been learning to navigate the sometimes perplexing world o Alden sizing.

The 9c was not a total train wreck. I only notice the vamp tightness nowadays if I've walked quite a bit during a long day. There is now minimal heel slippage following the cork settling. The shoes remain wearable for sure. I was only saying that I think the 8.5d would have been more ideal. Not having gone with the 8.5 was completely due to my high grade Alden fever at the time (lhs was maybe my 4th or 5th shoe and possibly my first shell; I'm now 17 pairs in thanks to you enablers smile.gif I was impulsive and should have taken Kathy up on her gracious offer to ship other sizes to me to confirm the best fit.

Bakes, you were one of the gurus who counseled me to slow down and treat this as a marathon. I didn't get it at first, but now I'm so glad I listen to your sage advice as I no longer experience pains of regret post purchase (eg, I made the mistake of buying not 1 but 2 pairs of AE Larchmonts, ack!)

And thanks for the info about that thread on the lhs!
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Originally Posted by Rishi Kakar View Post

Do you recommend to do this with something like a cigarette lighter or a candle?

Match or lighter. You don't need much heat to get the job done.
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Originally Posted by aldenwear View Post

Match or lighter. You don't need much heat to get the job done.

Thank you my friend
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Originally Posted by Rishi Kakar View Post

Do you recommend to do this with something like a cigarette lighter or a candle?

I would avoid using a candle, unless you want your shoes covered in molten wax.
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Originally Posted by hoit1981 View Post


I would avoid using a candle, unless you want your shoes covered in molten wax.

Good advice, Thank you!

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I don't want to bash anyone but do you guys realize how much you are overthinking this string burning thing
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Use the hot tip of a soldering iron. Easy to control and no mess. They have cheap ones at the craft stores.
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I don't want to bash anyone but do you guys realize how much you are overthinking this string burning thing

Overthinking is half the fun of StyleForum. If people stopped overthinking ever little detail, everybody's post counts would stop growing so quickly.
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Originally Posted by ironclad View Post

Thanks Shawnc.  I do particularly love the antiqued #8 Brixtons.

As ReppTiePrepster said a few months ago, Uncle Mac's cigars always look like they have been dipped in liquid dark chocolate!

nephew,
thank you
godiva will make it in dark chocolate
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Originally Posted by Notreknip View Post

Thanks 7FTG and Doc for the helpful suggestions!

Now, why do LHS seem to be around $100 more than tassels? That doesn't seem to make much sense to me.

it is the rule of supply and demand
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Originally Posted by Rishi Kakar View Post

Uncle I saw this picture and was reminded of you. Uncle Mac in his immaculately polished black PTBs. To the ROTC days then!



nephew,
thank you
the goal is to never polish
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black tassels
argyles otc
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nephew,
thank you
the goal is to never polish

I strongly agree uncle. Cheers!

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Originally Posted by Rishi Kakar View Post

I strongly agree uncle. Cheers!

nephew,
have a good day
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