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

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  1. david3558

    david3558 Senior member

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    Now, it's been a while since I've worn shell - and this is the first time I gave the Barrie last a second chance after all these years... anyhow - the fit was spot on when I first put them on this morning and obviously I've since settled into the shoe and it's become much roomier. What are some things you Barrie experts usually do? I noticed this is more evident in my shell shoes. My grants felt really big too....
     


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    On some barrie LWB I can double up on thin dress socks to take up the volume. If you have slightly thicker socks this would work also. I find this preferable to insoles as it does not cause the heel to slip up. Tape a tongue pad in there as another experiment.
     


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    On the subject of C&Js vs. Alden cigar...

    C&Js seem to lighten dramatically in comparison. No cigar in my collection yet but here's a natural light shot of my Marlows. They are much closer to a Ravello or wiskey now

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  4. MickCollins1916

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    Always nice to see the UPS dude bearing one of these at the end of a long work week...

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  5. david3558

    david3558 Senior member

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    PERFECT, speaking of C&J... (xpost)

    So I have some fit questions to come to you pros with...
    I am typically a 9D - flatter, somewhat wide feet due to a lower arch. Low volume foot too, as in it's not super thick!

    Anyhow enough about my feet - today I went to RL to try on Marlows and I tried on the 8.5 and 9 in the PTB offering, and a 9 in the SWB.

    While the 9's both fit pretty well as far as width goes, the length was a bit much my foot slid forward. However in the 8.5 everything BUT the width was perfect. I just felt my pinky toes were a bit cramped. I don't know if that's something that will be able to somewhat get stretched out with wear, what do you all think?

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  6. Countingsheep

    Countingsheep Senior member

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    ^ I doubt that will stretch. The Marlows do have a slightly smaller toe box.

    For what it's worth, I'm an 11 in Marlow and 10.5 in Barrie
     


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    These Marlows are starting to rent space in my head. How would you rate the comfort level on these shortwings?
     




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    Thinking of pre-ordering the Tobacco Chamois Longs from Leffot.

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    Those are nice. Did you notice the "single heavy leather outsole?" What is that?
     


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    I don't think it will work out. Shell is more dense and less likely to stretch. If it were any other part but your toes, maybe it would be worth it. I have some that are tight in the morning around the ball of my foot but they relax with the heat of my foot and are fine after an hour, but toes are a different story.

    My toes are far too sensitive to be mashing them up against the inside of a shoe.

    This is the exact reason I'm selling my 11.5C #8 LWB on the classified section. I tried the C because of the better heel fit, but after several hours of wear and natural foot swell, my toes starting rubbing in the exact spot you illustrate. It's terrible.

    Don't do it, man! Your toes aren't worth the sacrifice of the beautiful shoes!
     


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    Yep

    Barrie 9D
    Marlow 9.5D
     


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    My Marlows are considerably darker than those. Interesting .....
     


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    On the whole I easily prefer Alden shell to any other. However, here I'd give the nod to the Lindrick, if on nothing but fit alone. I have a love/hate relationship with the Barrie - some models great; some not so great. Put the Brixton on the Plaza and we'll revisit this issue. :D
     


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    I can wear 10D in Marlows and wear 9.5E in Barrie...

    My Marlows were tighter initially but have broken in to be a pretty comfortable shoe. However Barrie shoes are more comfortable out of the box

    I've said it multiple times, I highly recommend Marlow wingtips, I wear them probably the most out of all my cordovan shoes.
     


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