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

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  1. Numbernine

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    I recently purchased a pair of shell boots I would estimate had been worn @ 10 to 12 times to be honest with you they felt no different than my brand new indy boots I got a couple weeks before . Just saying
     


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    Looks like I would only save about $80-$90 over new, maybe I will just wait until new ones are available in my size.
     
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    Are you saying you sized up from AE to Meermin between a half size and a whole size? You seem to be an outlier on the sizing rules if that were true. I thought the standard suggestion was to take your AE size and subtract a half to move to the Barrie or Trubalance lasts, which run a half size large. However, your information about your size adjustment to Meermin is puzzling.
     


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    Valuation should be about 30% off, if just hardly used, since you can hold out for new at a major retailer and save 15 - 20% on sale at say Brooks Brothers and + 5- 8 %
    tax at check out. As always it depends on the rarity of the shoe and will you find your size and proper fit then. I popped on the plain toe cordovan on E-bay because the pics were legit and the fit was perfect, also a nice seller who was trying to get into a different pair as he tried to move past really poor salesmanship and service were he bought.
     


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    Most well maintained shell I have seen holds way higher re-sale value than 70%
     


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    Since we've been discussing shoe trees as of late: How much does it matter if I use AE or alden shoe trees? When sizing if one is an 8d but said shoe/boot is on the Barrie should one use a larger tree? I wear an 8.5d in other lasts.
     


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    Since we've been discussing shoe trees as of late: How much does it matter if I use AE or alden shoe trees? When sizing if one is an 8d but said shoe/boot is on the Barrie should one use a larger tree? I wear an 8.5d in other lasts.
     


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    Alden trees are made by Woodlore, which is an Allen Edmonds brand. The only difference is the name plate.
     


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    There can be quite a variance in sizing depending on the individual. I, for example, take anything from a 10.5D, 11C, 11.5B, or 11.5C depending on the vendor, last etc. Factor in the difference between heel to toe and heel to arch shoe measurements as well as improperly fitted shoes that are "close enough" and you can easily end up in a large variance in terms of shoe sizes.
     


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    Of course there is variance. I just found it odd to size up by so much considering most people do the reverse. Given that oddity, I found it difficult to guide him directly to specific sizing on the Indy boot. Considering that his foot doesn't seem to follow the general trends, I guess he'd be better off going to try them on in person. Avoiding a retail shop might be more difficult for him.
     


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    Got two pairs of laces in the mail yesterday from Alden HQ for some popped boot laces that I contacted them about. Emailed them Monday afternoon and had the laces on Friday, so good on them.

    Also to the debate above regarding used shell: I am a full supporter of using the bay to pick up shoes and then restore the uppers yourself. I'm generally priced out of new shell, so second hand is my main method of acquisition. If you're patient (and I mean 1-2 year patient) you'll be able to find something up your alley.
     


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    It makes no difference if you have AE or Alden shoe trees as I believe both of their cedar trees are made by the same company. BTW, you should get the 100% cedar trees (imo). You are right on the border between size medium and large. AE's shoe tree chart (and it's pretty standard) says you should go with a size small. If you had 8.5E you'd go with medium. I suppose if you wanted a slight stretch in the width you could go with medium. I'm also at the borderline with 10.5D (10D in barrie). Good luck...
    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF350C_1_40000000001_-1
     


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    I would say you are a small in the Trees and I use both AE and Alden trees and see no difference.

    I have also gotten some good acquisitions on the bay and see no issue - in one case I got a pair fresh back from Alden restoration and in the other case they were worn less than 10 times and after some Mac method love they were perfect.
     


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    My best ebay acquisition was a pair of 975 ... they were listed as pre-owned but looked like they just arrived from the factory. I jumped at the BIN price of $440 (shipping included).
     


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