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Originally Posted by mtc2000 View Post

Carmina Cognac shell, Vass Ravello and good old Alden Ravello LWB.
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This is fantastically helpful. Thank you!

If the middle shoe were a Marlow and you threw a cigar LWB in there too, it would be perfect.


RTP and 7FTG, I also very much appreciate your thoughts. Again, those involved in this thread are so kind!

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RTP is right about store availability. Just call the online number and have them do a nationwide search for your model and size. I have bought a few pairs that way.

Hands down superior in what way? Just curious ....

I own both the shoes in question (and like them both), but - questions of superiority left to the side - I find them quite different inasmuch as they are different colors of shell (burgundy v. brown), different styles (balmoral v blucher), different colors of edge trim (dark v. lighter), different thickness of sole (single v. double). Or have I misunderstood the shoes you are referring to?

You are absolutely correct Seven.  They are very different shoes in all the ways you have outlined.  However, for me the RL Marlow is a disappointment.  I have tried similar C&J bluchers before and had been extremely impressed.  When I finally acquired a pair of the Marlows, to my disappointment they were so uncomfortable to wear over long periods of time (6-8 hrs) that I avoid wearing them.  I will certainly concede that they look great and are constructed well, but somewhat painful to wear.  I must also add that my sizing is correct, but the shell (or lining, or something ??) is very hard and unforgiving to my foot.  It's like wearing a concrete shoe.  I don't know if I got a bad shoe, seconds, or what??  I suppose it's left a sour taste in my mouth.

 

The BB shortwing oxford is a wonderful fit (very comfortable), looks great, has some versatility even though it is a bal/oxford.  I think the eyelets create some opportunity for versatility (dress up and down some).  I suppose I've lost some perspective and objectivity when commenting on the Marlow because of my poor experience and I thank you for raising your valid and accurate points. 

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Originally Posted by tampatravel View Post


UNIPAIR!

Please get some shoes for the guys in the West!! 11,12,13s... I know you'd sell them too!!

I've asked for the same thing in the past!  I would definitely order a 12.5D in a Barrie, and would gladly put down a deposit before they ordered my size.  I think their make-ups are great.

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Originally Posted by Winterbourne View Post

This reminds me of the time I returned a pair of Alden plain toe boots at the King of Prussia mall outside Philly. I don't think anyone working there had ever seen Aldens in person just by the way the store's sales associates had the boots out of the box in no time and passed them around like something sacred.

But yeah, very rarely does it ever seem like J.Crew has any of their shell collection in stock minus the unusual sizes. It's not uncommon for them to extend their backordered ship dates, either, in my experience.

Haha this happens every time I return it too. Usually accompanied by the sale girls asking sizing questions and why they are so heavy
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RTP:

Sorry to hear of your experience with the Marlow. Incidentally, I have found them (Marlow SWB, Marlow PTB, and Lindrick boot (shell and calf)) to be more comfortable than various Barrie models I have. I guess we can chalk it up to each foot, and each shoe, being different.

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RTP: The BB shortwing oxford is a wonderful fit (very comfortable), looks great, ...

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My friend, if I had it to do all over again, I would start out with the Alden for BB shortwing oxford on the M-75 last (very similar to plaza). 

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Cordovan-Leather-Wingtips/037H,default,pd.html?dwvar_037H_Color=BLCK&contentpos=4&cgid=0522

Currently the BB website only indicates 11D and 11.5D in stock.  However, the inventory of local BB stores across the country are not included in the website stock.  For instance, I found the shoe in my size at the BB store on Madison in NYC about a month ago.  It is spectacular by all accounts... may be the best fitting Alden I've tried and it's hands down superior to the RL Marlow, IMHO.  Go to a local BB store or call one (call the Madison store) and ask them to do a search for them.  I bet you locate one.  It's worth it!

Best of luck my friend...

I wish they didn't have the exposed eyelets. It would look so much classier.

Do you think B Nelson would be able to hide the eyelets during the 1st resole?
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I heard that. When it looks that good, you don't need a reason. Nicely done.

Thanks, Shawnc! Figured we can never have enough good photos here smile.gif
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good shine on your chukkas
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

I agree with my friend BeSpiff, both are excellent boots.  Quick question though, is it me, or do the barrie lasted naval boots look sleeker and even slightly more narrow than the plaza lasted color 8 boots?

I'd be happy to possess either (or both)!
Thanks RTP, I value your opinion on these matters. This Plaza doesn't seem a whole lot less bulky than the Barrie Naval boot, that's for sure. I will attempt to get a better photo of the boots side by side. As I said, the 10.5 Barrie feels roomier than the 10.5 Plaza - in the heel area, across the arch and definitely tow space. So they might appear the same size, but my feet say otherwise. Also, the Plaza boot has a commando sole and 360 degree flat welt, so it's perhaps a bit more bulked up than some other examples of the Plaza last.
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post


My friend, if I had it to do all over again, I would start out with the Alden for BB shortwing oxford on the M-75 last (very similar to plaza). 

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Cordovan-Leather-Wingtips/037H,default,pd.html?dwvar_037H_Color=BLCK&contentpos=4&cgid=0522

Currently the BB website only indicates 11D and 11.5D in stock.  However, the inventory of local BB stores across the country are not included in the website stock.  For instance, I found the shoe in my size at the BB store on Madison in NYC about a month ago.  It is spectacular by all accounts... may be the best fitting Alden I've tried and it's hands down superior to the RL Marlow, IMHO.  Go to a local BB store or call one (call the Madison store) and ask them to do a search for them.  I bet you locate one.  It's worth it!

Best of luck my friend...
Hey RTP, I stumbled on a picture of this 'M75 wingtip' that someone posted here, and have been trying to find that picture again for the last couple of weeks. Couldn't remember who posted it, didn't know the model, and it didn't come up in any photo searches. It was in color 8 and looked fantastic. So thanks for identifying! (Didn't realize it was a BB shoe). I understand the criticism somebody mentioned about the exposed eyelets, but they totally work on this shoe (as they do on your suede blucher, which I believe MrDV also sports) - in fact, I'd say the eyelets are one of things that makes this shoe look so phenomenal. Do you happen to know how this last fits? Would, say, a size 11 fit TTS? I'd probably only try it if there was a BB Code out there, but I gotta agree with you - this is a very nice shoe.
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Looking for some feedback on the tobacco chamois leather.....would this be a good option for fall/winter? Possibly a picture or two in the wild? Thanks!
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good shine on your chukkas

Thanks to YOUR method and my newfound meditation (it turns out shining shoes is pretty darn therapeutic--as long as they're your own, anyway : )

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