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I appreciate the tips here. I pulled the insole out and you are right - they are really thick. They fit great without an insole and I am surprised that they can be worn that way without something sticking in my foot. I may look for a thin insole, but it is going to have to be really thin to still work. I will post some photos later - but thank you for the replies! I do have a 1 size larger shoe tree and I put it in, but I have never been able to "stretch" shell to fit. Not sure about this one because this shell is so different, but I don't think a test is going to hurt so I will give it a shot. I am interested to see what these look like after a few wears. Will the rolls be the same as regular shell? I will report back.
 

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If someone were to tell me that these are shell I would probably raise an eyebrow, but supposedly they are and the boots look better than I thought. They are a bit more reddish, and they don't look like CXL, CXL is a bit more yellowish/green in comparison.They are relatively easy to leave marks.

Fit wise, they fit like an actual boot (I don't know how Meermin pushes for a last like Hiro) The ROD/HOK last is definitely more comfortable. I like my boots to fit snug, so I sized down 0.5. If you don't like that, go TTS. (Brannock 9.5) and I took UK8.
Very nice boots. Congrats.

Is nice to hear that you have almost solved the size issues. I got some Bally inserts that are very very thin and helped me with some voluminous lasts,
 

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I would be very surprised if one were able to stretch shell Cordovan to make a pair of shoes fit better.
Shell does stretch. You need a proper shoe stretcher, not a shoe tree. It is easy to make 0.5 size up, or a bit wider, if shoes are uncomfortable.
 

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Shell does stretch. You need a proper shoe stretcher, not a shoe tree. It is easy to make 0.5 size up, or a bit wider, if shoes are uncomfortable.
lol…1/2 size…good luck with that.
 

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I want an unlined shell chukka from meermin. Now! I'm gen z so I should get what I want immediately
 

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Really liking the look of the Heritage Shell Chelsea Boots. Was holding out for a brown CXL Chukka, but those hell Chelsea’s are just gorgeous. How is the Rod Last?? I am a 9E in Grant Stone Leo with thick socks, 8UK in SoH Loafer with no socks/thin socks, EU42 in Margom Sneakers, and wear a 9D in Grant Atone Alexander Last (8.5E probably would be better). Would 8UK be best as I heard the HOK last, which the ROD is based, is usually larger like the Leo.
 

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Really liking the look of the Heritage Shell Chelsea Boots. Was holding out for a brown CXL Chukka, but those hell Chelsea’s are just gorgeous. How is the Rod Last?? I am a 9E in Grant Stone Leo with thick socks, 8UK in SoH Loafer with no socks/thin socks, EU42 in Margom Sneakers, and wear a 9D in Grant Atone Alexander Last (8.5E probably would be better). Would 8UK be best as I heard the HOK last, which the ROD is based, is usually larger like the Leo.
8.5 Rod, probably, shell don't stretch like CXL. Or 8 if you want thin socks
 

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8.5 Rod, probably, shell don't stretch like CXL. Or 8 if you want thin socks
I usually wear cushion DT or Icebreaker socks during FW seasons. Does anyone else have experience between Leo & ROD/HOK?
 

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I'm sure I'm not the only one, but if this GMTO was on any other of their established round last in which I could easily figure out my sizing, I'd jump in. Thus, sadly, I'm refraining.

The waxy tobacco looks really nice and it has a commando sole which is even better.
 

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I'm sure I'm not the only one, but if this GMTO was on any other of their established round last in which I could easily figure out my sizing, I'd jump in. Thus, sadly, I'm refraining.

The waxy tobacco looks really nice and it has a commando sole which is even better.
Plus they are on soles that haven't been used before? Anyone have any insights on the "City Lug" or the Itshide one?
 

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Plus they are on soles that haven't been used before? Anyone have any insights on the "City Lug" or the Itshide one?
Damn, even better. I hadn't acknowledged it until you mentioned it, but yes, it's a new sole they're offering. Initially, I assumed it was a low-profile commando sole, but it seems very reminiscent of Alden's commando sole with a full rubber instead of a partial.
 

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