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The Shell Cordovan, non-Alden Shoe and Boot Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jhcam8, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    Some Vass bordeaux and saddle shells before they hit the pavement.

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  2. bucksfan

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    I'll play, but my shell collection is mostly AE at this point...

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    Finally, AE's brown shell strands vs RL Marlow PTB:
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  3. idfnl

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    No, they are RL Lindricks
     
  4. NAMOR

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    :spew: fine, fine. ill hold off until the next promotion

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  5. greekgeek

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    Nice collection. Get yourself the Cambridge and then you have the whole set! ;)

    I think AE does the classic shell models very well. I just wish they would set the toe medallion further back for the MacNeil.
     
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  6. Gdot

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    They sure are well cared for.

    I'm also impressed how well you know your fit/size as all in all they are creasing/rolling nicely far back from the toe.

    Well done.
     
  7. bucksfan

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  8. jhcam8

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    Nice collection Bucks - you can polish them during the MI game to take your mind off it.
     
  9. bucksfan

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    ^^ Thanks - it's been a rough season... but I'm looking forward to this Saturday - should be a good game for once [​IMG]
     
  10. Alcibiades

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    Honestly this is one of the better collection of shells i've seen. AE's lasts seem pretty sleek compared to Alden's.
     
  11. fritzl

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    very well played. imo, the marlow doesn't look like a keeper, though.
     
  12. mymil

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    Sorry I haven't gotten to this question in the thread until now---thanks for PMing me so I could address it to you sooner! I was actually looking for brown bal boots with rubber soles, but those apparently do not exist. These Carminas, however, more than suffice!

    For posterity: Yep, these are the 80184 in light cognac. 1 1/4" heel, 8" total height (including heel), 3-3 1/4" wide tongue. I usually wear a US 9 or narrow 9.5, and these 8.5s fit me well! I lace them pretty much as tightly as possible, but I think an 8 would probably be too small. Having glanced at the side of their box and seen that it says "Oscar," I believe that is their last! Unfortunately, I can't compare them to Alden, C&J, or AS.

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  13. jhcam8

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  14. Nick A

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  15. Pastor

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    Is there an online shoe that sales Carmina and Vass shoes? There websites offer little help at finding a place to actually see the different shoes.
     
  16. Joenobody0

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    Nice collection. Get yourself the Cambridge and then you have the whole set! ;)

    I think AE does the classic shell models very well. I just wish they would set the toe medallion further back for the MacNeil.[/quote]

    +1 I'd like to pick up a LW but I won't buy the Alden version because I hate the Barrie last. There's just something off about the MacNeil.
     
  17. applky

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    I know this is a non-Alden thread, but just FYI if you can wear a narrow size on the Barrie, getting a C width results in a much more attractive shoe. NAMOR has some shell Ravello Alden boots on the Barrie in a C width and they look terrific.
     
  18. Gdot

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    How did I miss poasting these here?

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    Crockett and Jones Finsbury, Horween Shell
     
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  19. Joenobody0

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I'd need to go down to at least a B width, and even that might not work. The Barrie is a shitty fitting last. The split between heel width and toe box width is just too small. Since that split doesn't change when you go down a width, I doubt any size would fit me. Frankly, I'm tired of spending money trying to make these ridiculous lasts sort of work for me. If I get a longwing, it won't be from Alden.
     
  20. applky

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    ^ Ah, very narrow feet then. Good luck! Let me know if you find another comparably nice longwing around. (If you come across sizes that don't work for you, I'm a U.S. 10.5D TTS... [​IMG] )
     

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