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Thankk. That notion does indeed deserve some serious consideration.
So kind of you to say so.
My grandfather's 975s, nearly deplorable condition, no cracking in shell but the liner is cracked. They are going to Alden restoration but I will be highly surprised if Alden decides to take this project on. It would be nice to see them restored if only for sentimentality, even if they are past their useful life.
Here is an idea, if they decline the project. Make them in to a lamp. Get a piece of wood, stain it. Nail or screw the shoes to it. Get a lamp rod and put it between the shoes (or through the heel of just one shoe if you want a smaller lamp) and get lamp hardware from any hardware store. Then get a shade for it.
It would preserve the sentimental value, display the character, and be a cool piece of decor for a shoe fanatic.
I've hardly had time to watch football with all the great photos being posted today. Congrats all around!
I'm intrigued by the idea of an Indy style boot on the Barrie last (nice pick up, ubiquiti). Here's a comparison of my color 8 Indy (Trubalance) and black shell Naval boot (Barrie).
I am hopeful that these image confirms why i have to go up a width from truebalance to barrie due to tightness in the toes.
I am having the same debate right now. I like how these are simple, but have a little flare...
not alden but perhaps one of you may be interested
not mine but incredible deal for a whiskey plain toe boot
I thought the same thing. Unfortunately a smidge too small. I wear 9.5D barrie and I'm guessing this boot would be a little too snug.
To be honest, I actually like your duckie brown (cognac??) shell boots even more. If they were 10D I'd be all over them. Any reason you're letting those go?
Is it correct that a 1/2 size down and a width up has the same heel measurement (i.e. 8.5d vs 8e) in the same last? or is it just similar? From my "research" the consensus is that overall volume is larger in the 1/2 size down up a width (8e example) but Im wondering specifically about the heel measurement.
I can only speak from experience between Barrie LWB 8.5D and 8E PTB shoes, but the
8.5D LWB is ...... longer, with the forefoot position more forward, and is snugger in heel compared to the 8E PTB
(you don't notice the roomier heel of the 8E Barrie in 6 eyelet Boots (a perfect fit for me) - I have not tried 8.5D Barrie Boots to compare with the 8E Boots.
At some point I will probably acquire the 9070 and 9071 Straight tips as well, assuming I will again wear a suit daily. I have a pair of J&M Black Straight Tip Bals that I got when I was a teenager and have only worn a few times, so I guess I wanted to add some variety. Also, I was just really feeling the Perf when I bought the 9015 and 9016. I think it was the Thor Boot that first attracted me to perf tips. I don't really like a lot of brogueing, I have very plain/simple taste, and as Mike says below, these are simple but with a little flare. After growing so fond of the Hampton shape for balmorals, it is difficult not to find the Straight Tip cousins attractive as well. Plus, I have the Cigar Straight 9073 Tip from Citishoes, so that has only brought me closer to the 9070/9071. (Keep it on the down-low, but TasselsHK in the past did a cigar perf tip that I am going to try to snipe if they ever restock.) That way I'll have Black, Color 8, Cigar Straight Tip, and Black, Color 8, Cigar Perf Tips. Gotta catch 'em all!