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

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  1. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Senior member

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    CXL is very soft, supple. Even then, the shoes will only stretch so much. I've experiemnted with do it yourself shoe stretchers, but I prefer to use my cobbler. The fee is very small.

    You say the boots are "kind loose". Can you be more specific about the fit?
     
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    CXL stretches a lot. I have a pair of indys in CXL and in the standard brown color, same size. the CXL is def larger and needs to be laced tighter now. CXL stretches the most, followed by regular calfskin, and finally cordovan. My plaza lasted boots in black cordo barely stretched, and I'll probably have to try and sell them on here because they're a pinch too small.
     


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    Same problem over here, I have the 403 Indy's and they stretched like crazy... I'm glad shell doesn't have as much give!
     


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    Hello colleagues :),

    After reading this thread I've finally decided on getting my first pair of Alden shoes (boots to follow in the fall).

    To wear with jeans/chinos, I'm thinking of getting LWB cordovan Ravello. Is this a good choice to go with as my first pair?

    cheers
     


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    Certainly a good choice. The problem will be sourcing it though.
     


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    Steel - you will not be disappointed with that choice. Try Alden of DC or Alden of SanFran.
     


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    while that's a nice shoe, i think everyone who is thinking of taking the plunge with aldens should very strongly consider #8 cordovan longwings or wingtip boots as their first pair. easy to find at retail so you can try them on in person (and even available at discount in the B&S), extremely versatile, and would probably make a bigger difference in your shoe collection, which presumably already has brown shoes in it.
     
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    mexicutioner Senior member

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    re: CXL stretching: thanks for the advice so far guys. the boots are at home, and later tonight i'll try them on again and try to give more details about the fit of the 9.5D boots.

    as for having it done professionally: in the past, i've always just used shoe trees with socks on them. week 1: one pair of socks, leave in closet, try on at end of week. if still too tight, week 2: two pairs of socks. each week, i keep adding a pair of socks until the fit is right. if a cobbler does it, how do they know what amount to stretch the shoes by?

    EDIT: fixed typo!
     
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    phototristan Senior member

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    I agree that if you can only have one shell cordovan, it should be Color 8. But it doesn't matter the order you buy them in if you plan to have more than one. ;)
     
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    Great responses, thank you all. I might actually got for LWB in color 8. According to SF Alden shop and what I've read so far I need to size down .5 size from my US size, correct?

    regards
     
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    Can't overlook #8 cap toe boots.
     
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    very good point. i especially like the j crew version, with the punched captoe. it was a really tough choice between those and the wingtip boots. both beautiful and useful, but they're too similar to realistically consider owning both.
     
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    t-minus 1 day till #4 wingtip boot arrives.....:slayer:
     


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    While that is the general rule of thumb, the best advice is that you need to try the shoes on to see if they work for you. Ideally you will be buying from a retailer that has a return policy in case the shoes do not fit.

    For reference, after two years of trying different barrie-lasted shoes, I just now found my best size. I wear a size 9 Nikes, 8.5 in AE Park Avenues, 8.5 in the Trubalance and 8.5 in Sperrys. And in the barrie I had to go with a 7.5E.

    Best of luck with the purchase and make sure to post pics when they arrive.
     


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    Kinda strange that you wear a smaller Barrie last size than Trubalance as the Trubalance last is a larger last.
     


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