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post #976 of 1003
I'll be honest, while the Modified last is the best for boots, for bluchers/balmorals I think that Allen Edmonds has a lot of lasts that might satisfy Modified lovers. The 5 last, in particular is really similar, has the same wide flare front, and narrow heel. Yeah, it's not Alden quality, but it's available, it works better for my feet than the Barrie or TruBalance lasts, and you can actually get it in shell (and custom, MTO shell orders) in it, which you can't on the Modified. For boots, though, AE doesn't have anything that works for my foot, unfortunately.
post #977 of 1003
Beside the obvious, i.e. taking a trip to Japan, you may try an online buyer service such as Tenso.

Alden #54321 is readily available online in Japan. But the merchants may not be willing to ship overseas.
post #978 of 1003
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Originally Posted by seasquirrel View Post

I'd love to know how to buy these, too! I know Moulded has my size in #549 (calf v-tip), but I've heard they rarely get shell Modified.

What size do you wear?

Call the Alden store on Madison avenue.
post #979 of 1003
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Originally Posted by seasquirrel View Post

I'd love to know how to buy these, too! I know Moulded has my size in #549 (calf v-tip), but I've heard they rarely get shell Modified.

Upper Shoes has the shell modified in stock. They ship from France.
www.upper-shoes.com
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Upper Shoes has the shell modified in stock. They ship from France.
www.upper-shoes.com

If you are in the USA - you will pay far less for these shoes in NY - 720 Euro will run you about $1000 + shipping from europe. Alden shoe will be about $660
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If you are in the USA - you will pay far less for these shoes in NY - 720 Euro will run you about $1000 + shipping from europe. Alden shoe will be about $660

 

You will rarely if ever find shell in the modified last in the US.  Something to do with Alden's agreement with the Alden retailers in Japan and Europe.  There's lots of modified last calf around, especially at Moulded Shoe in Manhattan.

post #982 of 1003
Thanks for all the suggestions!
post #983 of 1003
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Originally Posted by wdahab View Post

I'll be honest, while the Modified last is the best for boots, for bluchers/balmorals I think that Allen Edmonds has a lot of lasts that might satisfy Modified lovers. The 5 last, in particular is really similar, has the same wide flare front, and narrow heel. Yeah, it's not Alden quality, but it's available, it works better for my feet than the Barrie or TruBalance lasts, and you can actually get it in shell (and custom, MTO shell orders) in it, which you can't on the Modified. For boots, though, AE doesn't have anything that works for my foot, unfortunately.

I can't find the 5 Last on their website.
post #984 of 1003
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Originally Posted by wdahab View Post

I'll be honest, while the Modified last is the best for boots, for bluchers/balmorals I think that Allen Edmonds has a lot of lasts that might satisfy Modified lovers. The 5 last, in particular is really similar, has the same wide flare front, and narrow heel. Yeah, it's not Alden quality, but it's available, it works better for my feet than the Barrie or TruBalance lasts, and you can actually get it in shell (and custom, MTO shell orders) in it, which you can't on the Modified. For boots, though, AE doesn't have anything that works for my foot, unfortunately.

I can't find the 5 Last on their website.

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/AllAboutLastsView?catalogId=40000000001&langId=-1&storeId=1
post #985 of 1003

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post #986 of 1003
Yeah. The 5 last is what the 65 last is called (you call it by the last digit). It's not identical mind you, it's just a very acceptable alternative for people needing a wide forefoot and narrow heel if you order the EEE sizes. And it's much easier to get in EEE sizes in shell and calf with AE than Alden.
post #987 of 1003
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Originally Posted by wdahab View Post

Yeah. The 5 last is what the 65 last is called (you call it by the last digit). It's not identical mind you, it's just a very acceptable alternative for people needing a wide forefoot and narrow heel if you order the EEE sizes. And it's much easier to get in EEE sizes in shell and calf with AE than Alden.

I've had trouble getting a good fit with AE in the past with my orthotics to be honest. Just never enough room in the forefoot in EEE - some of the business casual shoes with removable inserts came close to working. The stiffness of the Alden sheel shank + ML high arch + ML thomas heel have been very good for me.. I'll stop by an AE corp store by my home to try on the '5' or '65' in EEE and see if it works but I am not hopeful
Edited by Mike147 - 12/22/13 at 12:50pm
post #988 of 1003
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Originally Posted by wdahab View Post

I'll be honest, while the Modified last is the best for boots, for bluchers/balmorals I think that Allen Edmonds has a lot of lasts that might satisfy Modified lovers. The 5 last, in particular is really similar, has the same wide flare front, and narrow heel. Yeah, it's not Alden quality, but it's available, it works better for my feet than the Barrie or TruBalance lasts, and you can actually get it in shell (and custom, MTO shell orders) in it, which you can't on the Modified. For boots, though, AE doesn't have anything that works for my foot, unfortunately.


AE 5 last does not fit anything like the modified. It does not have a raised arch, has a cramped toebox and does not have a raised and supportive heel cup. The modified is an orthotic "banana" last.
post #989 of 1003
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AE 5 last does not fit anything like the modified. It does not have a raised arch, has a cramped toebox and does not have a raised and supportive heel cup. The modified is an orthotic "banana" last.
Have you been able to find a Vass banana last that fits you?
post #990 of 1003
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AE 5 last does not fit anything like the modified. It does not have a raised arch, has a cramped toebox and does not have a raised and supportive heel cup. The modified is an orthotic "banana" last.

Shrug, I disagree. Well, I agree about the lack of an arch, but the modified really doesn't have much of an arch either in my experience. I find the heel cup quite supportive and that it has a similar flare, with a straight inner line. Of course anyone here is going to have a very particular foot. For some of you it won't work, but I suspect that there are many people here who will fin that it does. When I compare their profile with my modified Alden's, they are very similar. I will post pictures later when I get the chance
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