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jayteee

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Picked up a pair of Yanko's burgundy shell cordovan service boots. First impression is highly favorable. Fit great a half size down from normal dress shoe. The Maryam Italian shell isn't too tutti frutti color as I had feared. It mimics examples I've seen of Horween No. 8 without the deep "eggplant' Alden treatment. Thickness of the shell approximates what you get on Alden boots. Here's more details:

Insole: Real leather and comfortably supportive.
Outsole: Brown Vibram rubber studded sole. It's slightly softer than the Dainite version. Open channel Goodyear stitched.
Heel: Capped with rubber over a stack of either leather or fake leather. Can't tell which, but I suspect it's leatherboard based on modest price of shoe.
Midsole: Not sure there IS a midsole. Can't really detect seam between leather welt and rubber outsole. If it's there it's thin and probably leatherboard.
Laces: Flat brown of moderate quality, but better than what Alden provides on its boots
Lining: Soft "glove" leather of comparable quality to other makers.
Last: Yanko calls it 961w, which is almond shaped to my eyes. Toes don't rub with my medium width forefoot.

Best part of all, these cost only $355 from Skolyx with free shipping! I wanted to get a pair of Alden jumper boots, but these will scratch that itch just fine for less than half the price.
 

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Picked up a pair of Yanko's burgundy shell cordovan service boots. First impression is highly favorable. Fit great a half size down from normal dress shoe. The Maryam Italian shell isn't too tutti frutti color as I had feared. It mimics examples I've seen of Horween No. 8 without the deep "eggplant' Alden treatment. Thickness of the shell approximates what you get on Alden boots. Here's more details:

Insole: Real leather and comfortably supportive.
Outsole: Brown Vibram rubber studded sole. It's slightly softer than the Dainite version. Open channel Goodyear stitched.
Heel: Capped with rubber over a stack of either leather or fake leather. Can't tell which, but I suspect it's leatherboard based on modest price of shoe.
Midsole: Not sure there IS a midsole. Can't really detect seam between leather welt and rubber outsole. If it's there it's thin and probably leatherboard.
Laces: Flat brown of moderate quality, but better than what Alden provides on its boots
Lining: Soft "glove" leather of comparable quality to other makers.
Last: Yanko calls it 961w, which is almond shaped to my eyes. Toes don't rub with my medium width forefoot.

Best part of all, these cost only $355 from Skolyx with free shipping! I wanted to get a pair of Alden jumper boots, but these will scratch that itch just fine for less than half the price.
I can’t explain why, but to my eyes, the laces compliment the boots well.
 

jayteee

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Picked up a pair of Yanko's burgundy shell cordovan service boots. First impression is highly favorable. Fit great a half size down from normal dress shoe. The Maryam Italian shell isn't too tutti frutti color as I had feared. It mimics examples I've seen of Horween No. 8 without the deep "eggplant' Alden treatment. Thickness of the shell approximates what you get on Alden boots. Here's more details:

Insole: Real leather and comfortably supportive.
Outsole: Brown Vibram rubber studded sole. It's slightly softer than the Dainite version. Open channel Goodyear stitched.
Heel: Capped with rubber over a stack of either leather or fake leather. Can't tell which, but I suspect it's leatherboard based on modest price of shoe.
Midsole: Not sure there IS a midsole. Can't really detect seam between leather welt and rubber outsole. If it's there it's thin and probably leatherboard.
Laces: Flat brown of moderate quality, but better than what Alden provides on its boots
Lining: Soft "glove" leather of comparable quality to other makers.
Last: Yanko calls it 961w, which is almond shaped to my eyes. Toes don't rub with my medium width forefoot.

Best part of all, these cost only $355 from Skolyx with free shipping! I wanted to get a pair of Alden jumper boots, but these will scratch that itch just fine for less than half the price.
One update: The finish on these boots (and presumably all Yanko shell) is a painted-on acrylic like compound that comes off with even basic finger rubbing. So if you attempt to rub or brush out a scratch as on "normal" cordovan, the discoloration widens as the paints sloughs off. Poor quality. I'm stripping mine and re-dying and remoisturizing.
 

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Help me decide on the size. Foot length 267mm, width in bundles 243mm, instep 250mm. Fits Carmina Rain EEE 7.5uk, Forest 7,5Uk. What size to take in 962, 960, 915 lasts?
 

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Front part of feets widest circumference. Not very usefull to be able to judge, we usually get the correct size based on feet length and other brands / sizes.
Does the widest part correspond to measurement "A" or "B" as in the picture?
image-2.jpg
 

gettoasty

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I hope this is the right thread.

Picked up a pair of Yanko belgian loafers, here https://www.skolyx.se/en/loafers/818-yanko-classic-belgian-loafer-dark-brown-reverse-kudu-suede.html.

After a long time thinking on Baudoin & Lange, I opt for Yanko because: Rubber topy, Blake stitched sole, price to value. I couldn't figure it out after months why BL would not state how their soles are attached. Just a lot of words about their supple leathers and handmade approach.. Also, they for some reason did away with the rubber sole in place of a new model that is like a sneaker slip on that I didn't like (but seems to sell well?) Coupled with their pricing, I just wasn't sold.

Received the Yanko belgian loafers few days ago and finally unboxed them. Slimmer toe profile to be expected for such a shoe. I like it all things considered and marks my first experience with such a shoe. I sized up one from UK 7.5 to UK 8.5 or 42.5. I usually take a 41. So, should I have sized to a 42? No shoehorn was needed to my surprise as my foot was able to slip right in. Small heel slip.

I am uncertain if I should try a 42 because I'm afraid the width might start pinching the side of my feet. So some questions:
Will the Yanko belgian loafers stretch much (like how BL describe their offering)?
Did anyone else size the shoes as I did? Or should I have sized to a 42?

I am 99% certain a tongue pad will help, plus, breaking in the shoe will soften the heel cup and alleviate some of the slip. Do people who own multiple pairs opt for a tighter fit to begin with for these belgian loafers? Subsequently, the shoe will loosen up. Love to hear other's experience.

edit:
I went ahead and ordered the size 42 to try on myself. The checkout and delivery is very fast process.
 
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Emil S

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I hope this is the right thread.

Picked up a pair of Yanko belgian loafers, here https://www.skolyx.se/en/loafers/818-yanko-classic-belgian-loafer-dark-brown-reverse-kudu-suede.html.

After a long time thinking on Baudoin & Lange, I opt for Yanko because: Rubber topy, Blake stitched sole, price to value. I couldn't figure it out after months why BL would not state how their soles are attached. Just a lot of words about their supple leathers and handmade approach.. Also, they for some reason did away with the rubber sole in place of a new model that is like a sneaker slip on that I didn't like (but seems to sell well?) Coupled with their pricing, I just wasn't sold.

Received the Yanko belgian loafers few days ago and finally unboxed them. Slimmer toe profile to be expected for such a shoe. I like it all things considered and marks my first experience with such a shoe. I sized up one from UK 7.5 to UK 8.5 or 42.5. I usually take a 41. So, should I have sized to a 42? No shoehorn was needed to my surprise as my foot was able to slip right in. Small heel slip.

I am uncertain if I should try a 42 because I'm afraid the width might start pinching the side of my feet. So some questions:
Will the Yanko belgian loafers stretch much (like how BL describe their offering)?
Did anyone else size the shoes as I did? Or should I have sized to a 42?

I am 99% certain a tongue pad will help, plus, breaking in the shoe will soften the heel cup and alleviate some of the slip. Do people who own multiple pairs opt for a tighter fit to begin with for these belgian loafers? Subsequently, the shoe will loosen up. Love to hear other's experience.

edit:
I went ahead and ordered the size 42 to try on myself. The checkout and delivery is very fast process.
One option is also to try the shoes with a thin insole. There is pure leather ones and also leather with cork beneath that build about 1/4 size. There is also soles building around 1/2 size that you can try to see if 8 seems better for you (but now you will know for sure after ordering the 8 :) )
 

sfo423

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Picked up a pair of the Yanko Belgian loafer (Traveler). $200 to my door. I found the sizing pretty close to accurate w/my foot. Definitely not a full size up for me. Tough to beat the price/quality ratio.

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Emil S

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Yanko dont sell directly to consumer like they did before and some retailers have had a hard time in general after covid. Speaking only for us we have seen an increase in demand though and lot of our (Skolyx) both regular and new customers really request Yanko, specially since comparable brands have increased prices a lot leaving Yanko even more interesting in quality vs price.
 

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