A couple of months ago, I knew almost nothing about hats. Then, while searching for an affordable Western style, I stumbled across the gang here at the Fedora Lounge. What I learned here about choosing and shaping hats sounded like lots of fun. So rather than spending a huge amount on a near-custom hat, I decided to order a Sand-color Akubra Bobby and to attempt to re-shape it myself (using many tips found here). While awaiting its arrival from Australia, I practiced with steam and shaping on a couple of cheap hats. Then I tackled the Bobby. Started with this out of the box: ...and after just a couple of hours of steam and gentle felt-sculpting (and a new band), I ended up with this double-teardrop pinchfront Western style: I'm pretty pleased with it. And I just wanted to thank the folks who answered various questions for me, as well as those who've shared lots of entertaining and useful posts I was able to find and read here.