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This request for input is somewhat off-topic but I think the profile for many of the posters on this thread might be the best match for the feedback I'm looking for.

 

I am passing through London at the end of this month and want to go visit Jermyn Street. I don't own any boots from the English manufacturers but I'm interested in picking up a pair or two while I'm there so I'd like any suggestions from anybody who owns C&J, AS, Trickers, etc.

 

I'm interested specifically in boots, leaning more to the casual style. I've done a bit of research and C&J seems to have the most options that interest me. I hear Trickers are quite good but so far, I'm not crazy about how they look (all from pictures). For my first foray into English boots, I probably don't want to pay the price for EG, JL, etc.

 

So far, the one that's caught my eye was the C&J shell Harlech boot.  Doesn't have to be shell, though.  TIA.

 

Absolutely stop by Shoe Healer. Richard is awesome to work with and should have a nice selection. I think you may like Trickers more in person...

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Indy boot sizing and break in experience.



 



I searched high and low for advice prior to purchasing my first pair of Aldens, which are the 403 Indy Boots. In an effort to hopefully put out some helpful advice and good karma, here’s my experience. I measure a 10.5 D on the Brannock, and I wear a 10.5 or an 11 D depending on the maker and usually an 11.5 in an athletic shoe, like the Nike Free Run. I have pretty normal foot and fairly skinny ankles. I decided to go with a 10.5 D in the Indy just to be safe. This was after the countless times I read to size down a ½. I ordered them from Shoemart since none of my local stores has them in stock, so I was flying a little blind.



 



When I first tried them on they felt great and I walked around a little and thought they were definitely roomy, but too much so, and that was better than being a little too tight so I kept them. After a handful of wears they started to break in and get even more comfortable. But they also started to feel too big as the leather shaped to my foot and softened a little. I had plenty of room in the toe box to move and curl my toes and my heal moved around a little. I could make them snug by cinching the laces, but then they felt too tight. To be clear, they don’t stretch, but they do soften and take a shape, which some confuse with stretching.



 



After three months of wear a couple of times a week, I was sure the 10.5 was too big, although wearable, so I ordered a 10 D. This time I nailed it. My advice, like almost everyone’s, would be to definitely go do a ½ size and if you’re between sizes like me, go down from the smaller size. Also, keep in mind that the leather will soften and mold to your foot, but not stretch. Think of a new baseball glove.



 



I get compliments on my Indys all time and I love they way they look and feel. I tend to research purchases to death and this time I failed the first time around so hopefully my experience can help someone. Thanks.



Sorry to hear that your first pair didn't fit perfect, but definitely glad that you stuck with it and got the proper size! Enjoy them!

-Mike
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Going a little more casual. This is only their second wear, but they are very comfortable!



-Mike
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Sazon got me to break out my #4 wingtips today, pretty bad cell photos and max was really annoyed he wasn't getting taken out this morning so he made it into both photos. Also my first wear of my rrl denim officer chinos which need to be hemmed


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Here's Alden's cognac soft calf. A less frequently seen leather. Copley last

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Don L: #8 NST Aberdeen today

Nice. In spite of all special make-ups and in spite of all exotic colors, this is still one of Alden's very best models. If I had to get rid of all my Aldens (not going to happen), this would be one of the very last models to go.

 

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A green day today.

 

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Great looking suede NST.  

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I agree with this. I think the captoe as a shoe can't really be dressed down. It is quite an individual looking shoe. But the 9901 is very versatile, it if wasn't for personal fit issues the 9901 is my favorite of the black shell to buy.

 

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The cadet, being a perforated cap toe really goes with suits and, perhaps, business casual.  The PTB can go from sport coats to jeans.
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Sazon got me to break out my #4 wingtips today, pretty bad cell photos and max was really annoyed he wasn't getting taken out this morning so he made it into both photos. Also my first wear of my rrl denim officer chinos which need to be hemmed
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Max is a beautiful pooch and really makes both pictures.  Since you fell down on the job this morning, take that old boy for an extra long walk this evening.  He has a gorgeous mug, and deserves it!

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To me, the Cadet is sort of like a hybrid between the 9016 or the 9901, but shares the strengths of neither.  Not very useful, IMO.

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Bootspell, I find the EG Galway to be the best English boot out there. The contrast of calf and grain leather looks amazing.
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Yeah, the Cadet is not a winner.
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I would think that a cigar (or even ravello) PTB and the 9015 (Color 8 Perf Toe Bal) would be better staples than the 9901 or 9016.

 

That is, if you are trying to build a well-rounded and useful shoe wardrobe, and not just buy as many shoes with the Alden logo on the heel pad as you possibly can.

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Hey all, My next shoe is going to be the shell NST on Aberdeen. How would I size it? I am 8D Barrie and 8.5D Grant. My brannock is just shy of 8.5.

Thanks in advance!
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navy cxl x jcrew via tsm seconds

 

 

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Nice, MrDV.

Tampa: those are for you! haha

Evil Evil Evil MrDV...I assume that's short for DeVil :happy:

 

I want those shoes!!! I'm afraid to call TSM to see if they have my 11.5 in 'em.

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