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***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

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

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  1. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Looking good. Happy Easter.

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    bkotsko Senior member

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    Happy Easter, All.
     
  3. macjedi

    macjedi Senior member

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    Happy Easter!

    X-post from #ShoeShineSunday …

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    New Alden 9015's ready for the world … scored from the shoemart seconds sale!
     
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  4. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Dang, those are certainly looking sharp! :)

    -M
     
  5. macjedi

    macjedi Senior member

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    Thanks mdubs! The spoiler's for you & rydenfan ;)
     
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    Thanks!


    Man I wish I had gotten those captoes as well. Amazing photo


    Also shined up the color #4 for shoeshinesunday, first time any product or care on them outside of brushing and maybe reno one time:
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    Hello all. First post here. Been checking out this thread for years and finally have something to ask you guys.


    I just got a pair of Color 8 Cap Toe boots on the Barrie in a D width. I know I'm an E, but reallllly wanted these. Predictably, they're a little tight. I sized up 1/2 size to accomodate for volume, but they're still a teeny bit painful.

    Any ideas? I know that cordovan "doesn't stretch", so am I just SOL?

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  8. Pastor

    Pastor Senior member

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    I think the idea that shell won't stretch is a myth. I know there are those that believe that but I've had a different experience. B. Nelson personally told me that shell would stretch and I've had him stretch a pair of shell shoes for me with great success. With that said, after the shoes break in they may give you a little more space. As the insole is worn down it will add a little volume in the shoe.

    Good looking boots! I have them in the grant last and wear them a lot.
     
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    MrDV Senior member

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    Thanks.
    WOW, your sw boots are something special. Nice work. What product did you use to shine them up?
     
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    My rule of thumb is this - if they don't fit when I first try them on, I don't buy them. Would you like to wear a painful shoe for 8 hours? I know I wouldn't. I'd likely send those back and grab a pair in the 'e' width you need. The king captoe boot is a standard makeup so should not be too hard to source. Hope that helps you out, although it might not be what you wanted to hear..
     
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    Great boots, stevent!

    This recent deluge of #4 pics is driving me crazy!!
     
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    Wow. Quick replies. Thanks for the input.

    They felt great in the store. I really wanted to get right to work breaking them in, so I marched all over the city yesterday, about 6 miles in them.

    That could certainly be a factor in the soreness when I pulled them off.

    I am pretty sure that type of mileage excludes them from any return policy.


    Maybe I'll just wear them in short bursts for a while before I send them off to get a little stretch.

    Again, thanks!
     
  13. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    You could also put them up on the Marketplace or you could give them another shot and see if they loosen up a little. Also like to point out the cork will compress a pidge with wear, which may give you the additional space you need.

    -M
     
  14. sevenfoldtieguy

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    I have stretched shell before too. It can be done.
     
  15. stevent

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    Thanks, used deer bone, neutral cordovan creme over boot, burgundy cordovan creme over toes



    Thanks!
     
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    I SMH at this logic. Shoe sizing is a matter of Height x Width x Length, not volume. If you had liquid feet, this might work, but since you don't, you will need to get the right dimensions, not just the right "volume".

    Something that is 25 x 25 x 2 will not fit in a container that is 25 x 10 x 5, even though they have the same volume.

    If they are just a "teeny [sic] bit" tight, there is hope, but anything more than a little snug and I'd say you are SOL.

    Good Luck
     
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    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    Bright sunshine always makes shell look great in pics, even with phone-cameras.
     
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    Excellent score! Your lawn looks nice too...
     
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    Agreed. I regularly stretch my shell (width, not length). Because the bone in my left instep extends a little further than normal, I either have to size up and buy shoes that don't truly fit or buy shoes I need to adjust. I am very deliberate and patient in my method but it works fine for me. I'm sure other methods work as well but the important point is that if you're patient, you can stretch shell without any change in appearance or loss of functionality.
     
  20. ReppTiePrepster

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    Easter festivities with my new saddles...
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    Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend...
     
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