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Hmm... that's tough due to your arch length and the 2030 being a somewhat elongated last. I'm an 8.5c overall and an 8.5 arch (both measured on a Brannock) and have both 7.5 (cxl) and 8 (shell) on the 2030.My biggest problem is arch length. I have room to spare in both boots, but the 8 works better (have to use a thick sock) specifically because the arch length feels short on the 7.5. If I put on my 7.5s sockless my ball snaps in perfectly at the arch, but with a...
I love Aldens and I think the price adjustment from my Vibergs is about on par (ie. I feel about as justified spending $1100 for my brandy boots or $700 for my cxl boots as I do $700 for Alden shell or $550 for an Alden cxl boot).There have been many complaints on QC, but the half dozen Aldens I've handled have only had minor issues (also on par w/ my 'bergs). The Alden thread on this site is incredibly active fwiw. On the whole, very attractive shoes, plenty of...
We're a similar size - your measurement suggest you're around an 8.5 - 9 brannock. I'm an 8.5c. In the 2030 I have both a size 8 and a 7.5. The 7.5 is pushing a bit on the short side - still a good 1/2"+ left in the toe, but it's clear the structure of the boot is short when it comes to heel -> ball of foot, which is what you should be shooting for. The 8 is a bit better but of course I have to use fairly thick socks due to my foot being narrow. I'd say do the 7.5 but...
I'm an 8.5c brannock, 8.5 ball-heel, and find a 7.5 on the 2030 to be on the short side. It works for me but only after significant break-in. I also have a size 8 2030 and feel that it's a more ideal fit, although I wear pretty thick socks to make it work due to width.Personally, I think you should really go get your foot measured again and see what the ball-heel is. You should be sizing to your largest foot, and a whole 1.5 down for Brannock-Viberg seems crazy unless...
Those look really nice and I'm a pretty ardent stitch-down preferrer.... I think what may be catching me off in some shots is the size of the welt + the contrast of the welt against the leather. If the welt were only trimmed and/or darkened a bit... that said, it should darken up over time and in normal interior shots they look fantastic. I'm also happy to see that these have pretty sizable toe caps. The Brandy shell and last Leffot #8 run tended to have smaller toe...
Curious - Is this more of a short guy w/ big feet thing?I'm 5'5" w/ 8.5c brannock. My 7.5 2030 brown cxls look alright, but my size 8 2030 Brandys are on the edge of overwhelming my body. I'd have to imagine the 310 in a 7.5 would look pretty clownish.Leave it to Styleforum to show me there's a world of 5'10" dudes with size 8 feet though... on them where the 2030 is truly dainty, the 310 might be a good look.
My personal experience feels like the 2030 is a quarter size longer in the heel to ball than the barrie but pretty damn close in visible length.I'm an 8c Barrie, 8.5c on the Brannock. My heel to ball is also spot on at 8.5.I have the 2030 in both a 7.5 (cxl) and 8 (shell). I feel the 7.5 was a bit short out of the box for the heel to ball, but after many wears (like 20+) the heel counter has broken in enough that it's good enough. The 8 shell boot doesn't feel like it...
^ Dunno... the half-Japanese seemed like one of the more desired makeups from the GMTO. But I'll admit an in-the-flesh photo posted had me lust them more than I did initially. I only passed as I'm dubious the 110 will work on my foot as a boot, less so as a shoe. They are cool as fark tho.
Eagerly awaiting pics on this thread... this GMTO is truly epic. I've kicked myself so many times for not getting on the 110 waxed flesh && half-japanese - got cold feet over my narrow feet not working w/ the 110 last. Such a long wait, but I'm sure it will be more than worth it!
A shell upcharge for Alden is ~$150. For Viberg it's ~$400.Material losses has been cited quite a few times for being one of the reasons behind the relative rarity and cost of the shell 'bergs. It's also been cited that moving to GYW, while more costly initially in the tooling, training, etc, was done to reduce material losses on harder to work with leathers, esp. shell, and that the move would allow more shell makeups to come into the pipeline.I don't begrudge Viberg...
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