Barrie-lasted shoes in 8D could not fit me any better.As for the AE 1-last, I've got a sub-optimal fit on the 8.5D cordovan Leeds ... if it wasn't already too late to exchange, I would have gone for an 8E or even perhaps 8EE.
Can someone explain what is being depicted in this picture taken from the Alden factory?
To me, it suggests that the original insoles are removed as part of the restoration. Is that correct? Perhaps it is then re-installed as a benefit to the original owner who would then not have to repeat the break in process?
If I were to consider purchasing pre-owned quality footwear, I would want fresh, flat leather insoles installed as part of the restoration.
Did the restoration involve any work on the interior ... e.g., replacement of the full-length leather insole or perhaps just the logo'd heel pad?I'm also considering the purchase of pre-owned Aldens for restoration, but I don't want to be stuck with the original insole that may will have been soiled and imprinted by the previous owner.
#8 is the burgundy cordovan used my AE PTBs and Florsheim LWBs
What you have there is colour King ... aka #8 supercharged by Alden with some exceptional glazing that enhances shine and adds a touch of additional pigment for depth.