This FAQ was originally written for the official Alden thread, a community within a community here at Styleforum, by @mdubs, the fan's fan of Alden footwear. If you are a fan, you should definitely check it out: http://www.styleforum.net/t/515126/the-official-alden-thread-for-2016-share-reviews-sizing-advice-and-photos
The FAQ is broken out into four major sections: Before Buying, Lasts and Sizing, After Buying, and Miscellaneous.
First of all, congratulations on your decision to purchase an Alden shoe! I hope that this guide will help you in getting into your first pair of Aldens.
How do I size my shoes?
The Exotic Colors: Cigar, Ravello, and Whiskey Shell Cordovan
LASTS AND SIZING
|10.5B||Barrie, Modified, and Trubalance|
|10.5C||Copley, Grant, Leydon, Plaza, and Tremont (AE 5-Last for reference)|
|11B||Hampton and Aberdeen|
Care and Cleaning
For antique edge dressing, I recommend Patrick’s method, which is as follows.
Now that you have the finest pair of shoes, what do you wear with them? Well, most likely the only other piece of leather that you are going to have on you is your belt. So, where do you get the best possible match in terms of a belt? Sadly, Alden is not producing belts any more at this point in time. Here are some other alternatives that are available at the time of this posting:
- Allen Edmonds Shell Cordovan Belts (Black, Burgundy, and Brown)
- Brooks Brothers Shell Cordovan Belts (Black and Color 8)
- Rancourt Shell Cordovan Belts (Black, Burgundy, Espresso, Caramel)
- Carmina Shell Cordovan Belts (Black and Color 8)