@metranger8694 doesn't seem like a derail to me. Hope the fit works out and the shape of the last works for you aesthetically.
@Roguls I think the Taylor is maybe even better than the Gable. Working off of @FLW's comment about how wearable they actually are, once you substitute the more traditional waist band in on the Taylor and bring the rise down a shade (and they are still plenty high), I think only discerning eyes will note that there's anything unusual about them. What they'll see are really nicely proportioned trousers that you look comfortable in.
I'm really glad that you dig the high-rise shape @FrankCowperwood - you wear it perfectly!
I just had a meeting with our patternmaker, and we are GTG for MTO on this. Should go up in about two weeks right after the final paper cuts come in. The high rise shape will offer a few variations:
1) Taylor Waistband with button-thru and belt loops or side tabs
2) Taylor Waistband with extension closure and belt loops or side tabs
3) Gable Waistband with its extra height and very long extension. No loops or tabs are possible
We have a RAD selection of fabrics for the Spring, and man... there's so many good choices in these shapes. We'll make brace buttons standard on all of them. I can't wait to see what all of you guys come up with!
Thank you stevefok and Frank. I am looking forward to receiving these shoes.
As far as what Roguls said about sizing, I went down a full size from my brannock as I have read posts and have communicated with posters who advised me on sizing due to my feet and heel width. As I said in my original query to Mike, my feet are on the narrow side of 11.5 D; being 4" wide at max width and a 2.75" wide heel.
I wear 10.5 Vibergs on the 1035 and 110 lasts with toe room to spare so I have gone with my Viberg size.
I will find out in a few days if I did right.
Excuse me if I've hijacked this thread.
@metranger8694 thanks for ordering! Sorry that I missed your initial post, but I think that you sized it right. It's tough to compare apples and oranges, but I believe that most guys would take the sizing that you figured.
In regards to color and tone, I'd say that Color #8 is pretty consistent from Alden. It's usually a dark burgundy/oxblood, and sometimes has a bit of purple tone to it. The variation that you see from one makeup to the next usually stems from different photography techniques, cameras, or light sources.
I can't guarantee that these will fit you perfectly, but I can guarantee that you're going to like how they look in person. Color #8 shell with Alden's antique edge finish is basically the best thing in footwear, period.