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

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  1. CalceoAdamator

    CalceoAdamator Senior member

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    Yes. actually, it was not my intention to infer that I stretched my shells... I did have a cobbler do that for me... Thanks for making the point...
     


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    Thanks for the info, gents. I've been thinking I wouldn't mind if my cigar lhs were a bit looser across the vamp, so maybe I'll check in with BNelson. Any chance anyone can recommend a bnelson-quality cobbler in NJ?
     


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    Epaulet #8 Brixton for me today....when I wear these I am reminded that #8 is still the king. I love those deep eggplant and burgundy shades you can see in the shell when they are out in the sunlight.

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    Another suede day, my first Aldens about ten yrs old.
     


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    Epaulet #8 Brixton for me today....when I wear these I am reminded that #8 is still the king. I love those deep eggplant and burgundy shades you can see in the shell when they are out in the sunlight.

    Beautiful boots, Beatlegeuse. I need some color 8.
     


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    Before I let a cobbler stretch my shells I would make certain he is very familiar with cordovan . It tends to split when stretched. Happens quite commonly in lasting I hear
     


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    Hey Guys help me out! I've found several Alden I need to decide about:

    993 Saddle in Black Shell Barrie last FD $399
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    97285 Wing Tip-Bal in Whiskey Tremont last $714

    From what I can tell, the Tremont fits very similar tot he Barrie last. Is this correct?

    Both are 13D so I'm not sure about the fit yet. The 14C I'm wearing today is a Barrie and I can fit my entire finger behind my heel with the shoe on. I know a pair of 13E LHS Brooks Brothers in shell fit good. So I'm hopeful a 13D Barrie will work.

    Which one would you get?

    See Ya,
    Steve
     


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    Good point.

    Believe it or not, there are cobblers out there that know less about shell than most in this thread.
     


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    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    Those look real nice. :fonz:

    Sorry if this question has been asked a million times before in this thread, but what kind of belt do you wear with those (or with #8 shell in general)?
     


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    For what it's worth, my vote would be for the wingtip.
     


  12. totalair1

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    In the grand scheme of things...shell cordovan shoes likely account for 1% or less of the shoes that a cobbler sees for repair or re-crafting. Based on what I know about high end cowboy boots and how they are lasted, stretching a truly well made boot, regardless of hide will net very little gain. I've seen brand new boots ruined where the hide indeed split because of a stretching attempt. If you have a small area that rubs you wrong, or need a small area stretched that's fine to tweak. However expecting anymore than a small tweak is risky at best IMHO. I feel this experience holds true in shell cordovan shoes. Most of the stretch is removed during lasting, otherwise the shoes won't look good long term. Basically stretch at your own risk!

    See Ya,
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    Thanks Guys-I will try and roll that direction. 3 pairs of shells purchased in the last 2 days, plus 3 pairs last month. Choke!, Gulp!

    See Ya,
    Steve
     


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    Just picked up a pair of whiskey LWb's from citishoes. Voltaire was very helpful. He's got a handful left. I can't remember the sizes exactly, but if you're between nine and 11 you might want to give him a call.
     


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    Those look real nice. :fonz:

    Sorry if this question has been asked a million times before in this thread, but what kind of belt do you wear with those (or with #8 shell in general)?[/quote]

    One that is burgundy in color - shell or calf.
     
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