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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. furo

    furo Senior member

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    Guys, we have an entire subfora dedicated to buying and selling. To try and sell your boots/shoes here is against policy and unfair to the other sellers.

    I'm not a mod, but this is getting annoying...
     


  2. southbound35

    southbound35 Senior member

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    I'm curious why J Crew would exchange a pair of worn shoes for a new pair only because of a sizing issue. What is J Crew going to do with a worn pair of shoes?
     


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    Sorry in advance if this is dumb question but would a 9.5D fit similar to a 9E in width? The reason I ask is because I was at a local store looking to try on some Alden 907s (Hampton last) in a 9E and the salesman brought out a 9.5D which he said would have similar fit. I was just curious if he was just fudging it to make a sale or if there's some truth to that statement.
     


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    Alcibiades Senior member

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    There is truth to it. I can wear both 9.5E and 10.0D in Barrie, for example.
     


  5. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    FWIW J Crew is famous for generous return policies on almost all of their items. They may scrutinize Aldens or whatever a bit more but they take a lot of stuff back
     


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    To break up this tedious discussion, I have no choice but to post a "WAYWN - Alden Edition" photo:

    Nothing exciting, just a stock #8 LWB.

    [​IMG]
     


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    furo Senior member

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    He's fudging it a bit sure, but if they fit in your opinion, then they fit.

    It's your call so you can't go wrong since you are the only one who can judge the fit.
     


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    El Argentino Senior member

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    Truth.

    Nat CXL Indy / N&F WG Sulphur Black

    [​IMG]
     


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    Not "just a stock #8 LWB"

    Would you say it's "just" a stock '67 vette or a '56 Porsche 550 spyder? No! Those Aldens are classic and beautiful! Nice post!
     


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    Wow almost look like Whiskey shell with that shine and lighting. Thats the 'cleanest' looking natural CXL i've seen yet.
     


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    Ha, fair enough. :cheers:
     


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    jasonfoote303 Senior member

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    I have found that the two are different enough that they are not interchangeable. For my feet anyway...

    I wear a 9E in Barrie and Trubalance. I once bought a pair of shell boots in 9.5D and eventually determined that they didn't work for me. Yes, the width is comparable but the length was different and they always seemed a bit off. The 9.5D was comfortable enough to wear but they looked a little weird to me and the fit was off enough for me to decide to sell them.

    If you try them both on again, check to see where the shoe bends and really feel where the arch and ball of your foot is placed. It could be fine for you but it wasn't for me.
     


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    Here's another rookie question. I'm familiar with the Mac Method, but when you get a new pair of shells do you apply shoe cream before the first wear, or just buff the heck out of them?
     


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    furo Senior member

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    Neither, in my opinion. Just wear them. The heat created by moving and bending your feet as you walk will break up and spread the oils around, which should put a natural shine in your shoes.

    Only buff when dirty or scratched or after drying from rain

    As for cream I waited at least til I'd wore my pairs 20x or so before applying the Meltonian delicate boot/shoe cream (very sparingly)

    just my 2cp

    edit: Interesting story related to the above... I went on travel a couple weeks ago, and only took two pairs of shoes for a week's worth of business training: a pair of AE NSTs, and a pair of Whiskey Shell boots.

    The boots were fairly dry and blotchy at the beginning of the week, but after wearing them four full days of that week, they were gleaming and natural... all this without any buffing or cream...

    Another tip: simply handling your shell shoes/boots a lot will dissipate oils from your sweat glands unto the shoes, which in turn mixes and coats the shell - this is part of the reason my boots were looking nicer after a week's wear...not many people realize it, but in a pinch, rubbing your shell with bare hands can do quite a bit
     
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    It looks like that Meltonian cream is basically a neutral creme polish? That does put it in a similar vein to Venetian and Reno, no?
     


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