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Anyone here rock Monks? If so, please post up pictures! I am seriously considering a pair to feed my Alden addiction.
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Originally Posted by lambchop View Post
I was speaking with a shoe care professional at a shine/ repair shop and they were recommending always shining new shoes before wearing, including shell cordovan in order to create a protective base shine.

From all the info in this thread I was under the impression that the only care needed for shell cordovan was a damp cloth wipe down followed by a good brushing with the horsehair brush. Then, a small amount of paste wax after a few months.

Any thoughts on this? I'm trying to decide if I should shine some new Alden shell boots before wearing.

Thanks guys.

Alden puts a protective base shine on the shoe for you. No need to do anything for a while other than wear, wipe, brush, and trees
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I have a question re: widths on Tru Balance and Leydon lasts.

I have an Indy Boot in 8 that fits me pretty much perfectly in the width and is slightly long. I'm planning on getting unlined chukkas in 8 as well, but am unsure whether or not an E fitting or a D fitting would be best for me.

I wear an 8.5D in most other dress shoes (Brooks Brothers C&J, Allen-Edmonds, etc.) I'm thinking to go with the 8E, but I don't want them to be too wide. Thoughts?
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I'm an 8.5 D in the Tru Balance/Barrie, and just recently bought a pair of Unlined Chukka's in a size 9 D. I have a medium/wide foot, but the 9 D was a bit too narrow up front. If I were to get them again ( I returned this pair), I'd try an E width.
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1) I'm thinking about placing a preoder on the next shipment of Context Roy boots. I wear a 10D in Barrie cordovan longwings. 10D appears to be sold out for the next preorder. Would 9.5E work?

2) Anyone have experience with the tan unlined chukka in Barrie? I think I saw Winn Perry or Leather Soul sell some last spring.

Wearing my #8 longwings for the first time today. Love em.
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1) I wear a 10D in Barrie cordovan longwings. 10D appears to be sold out for the next preorder. Would 9.5E work?

It depends. The width of a 9.5E and 10D should be nearly identical. The length, obviously, will be different. If your 10D's have length to spare then it should be fine. If you're already pushing the limits of length in your 10D's then it won't. That is up to you to figure out.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post
1) I'm thinking about placing a preoder on the next shipment of Context Roy boots. I wear a 10D in Barrie cordovan longwings. 10D appears to be sold out for the next preorder. Would 9.5E work?

I recently did this. I wear an 8.5D in the trubalance and bought a size 8E and they are nearly identical in terms of width, and also surprisingly in length.

I would say it would work fine.
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I'm an 8.5 D in the Tru Balance/Barrie, and just recently bought a pair of Unlined Chukka's in a size 9 D. I have a medium/wide foot, but the 9 D was a bit too narrow up front. If I were to get them again ( I returned this pair), I'd try an E width.

Thanks--I appreciate it.
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Going through LeatherSoul's alden entries makes me want to own more aldens (as if that's what I need).

I really miss the machine stitching on the shell indys.



Why alden decided to offer shell indys with ONLY handsewn option is a mystery to me. And I am so frustated at myself that I did not grab a pair if shell indys with the old stlye stitching. I am not going to find an unused pair

I heard that one of the big wigs at Alden (not sure what guy) thought that the machine stitch on the cordovan indy "cheapened" the look of the boot. And decided that the Cordovan boots would always have the handsewn toe-Felt it suited the boot and leather better.
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the suede chukkas on the leydon last don't fit me well, I am usually an 7.5 D or 8 D in the Barrie/Trubalance, 8 D in most other lasts, I had a 8.5 D in the chukkas for a while, but eventually sold them. I tried on a E width in size 8 or 8.5, and the heel was too loose. blah
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so, i am hoping someone can help? considering a pair of 986's on the van last. i own 2 pairs, one longwing and one chukka on the barrie both 9.5d and one indy on the tru balance also 9.5d. do i go true to size and get a 10, or follow the half size down rule of thumb? thanks in advance for any and all help!
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Originally Posted by harrythedog View Post
so, i am hoping someone can help? considering a pair of 986's on the van last. i own 2 pairs, one longwing and one chukka on the barrie both 9.5d and one indy on the tru balance also 9.5d. do i go true to size and get a 10, or follow the half size down rule of thumb?

thanks in advance for any and all help!

For me, going with the same size as the Barrie last works for me when it comes to the Van Last.

So I would recommend going with 9.5D.
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For me, going with the same size as the Barrie last works for me when it comes to the Van Last.

So I would recommend going with 9.5D.

+1

Same size in Barrie and Van here as well.
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+1

Same size in Barrie and Van here as well.

Ditto
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