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post #991 of 1025
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Originally Posted by wdahab View Post

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

The arch support we refer to is built into the last - it's driven by the shape of the shoe as well as the type of heel installed. The very narrow waist is meant to accommodate a person with a high arch. The best way to see this is to look at the shoe from the sole side.

While you can always add padding, etc under your arch, the ML Last design has arch support built into the shape. In additional, the Thomas heel adds to the arch support as the heel extends further forward in the shoes, under the arch.

I'm not a shoe-builder so it's tough for me to explain in technical terms. Bottom line for me is that AE has nothing like the ML in it's last and construction. This isn't a good or bad thing for AE - simple fact that Alden traditionally had an orthopedic 'footbalance' line in additional to their traditional dress shoes. We are simply a bunch of guys who want Alden to built a fancier, more styled dress shoe and / or boot on a last that they originally designed for people with problem feet...
post #992 of 1025
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Originally Posted by Mike147 View Post

We are simply a bunch of guys who want Alden to built a fancier, more styled dress shoe and / or boot on a last that they originally designed for people with problem feet...

If only they would listen to us...
post #993 of 1025
As a comparison, Vass Banana, Bordeaux Cordovan. These are asymmetric, but do not have a narrow waist like the Modified.


post #994 of 1025
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Mike147 View Post

Have you been able to find a Vass banana last that fits you?

P2 last, as I've said, is amazing - go .5 up from your modified fit, though. I will, when funds allow, order a shoe on their banana last as well. These are P2: wide forefoot, supportive heel cup, etc:

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post #996 of 1025
Arrived: New Case of #5407 Burgundy Calfskin Medallion - Modified Last

post #997 of 1025

Does anyone who wears a EEE in the Modified Last find a Vass last that works for them?

 

Roguls - what width do you wear the the Modified?

post #998 of 1025
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Originally Posted by Ennius View Post

Does anyone who wears a EEE in the Modified Last find a Vass last that works for them?

Roguls - what width do you wear the the Modified?

I've tried on a EEE modified last as well as Vass standard width 3636, P2 and F last. I would think that a Vass P2 in a G (or H) width would come the closest to a EEE modified. Vass does offer a Banana last but I've never seen it in person so I can't comment if it resembles the modified or not.

I've always found the modified last's heel cup to be especially suited to my foot and the Vass P2 and F last heel cups had that satisfyingly snug yet supportive fit as well.
post #999 of 1025
Selling some brown suede wingtips on the modified last. 9D, FYI

http://www.styleforum.net/t/378572/alden-modified-last-9d-brown-suede-wingtip
post #1000 of 1025
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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.

I bought the last two pairs in 10.5D at Alden NY last year. I have the 54331 (black) and 54321 (color 8). The 54331 have been worn less than 5 times and are in perfect condition. I think I'm going to try to sell the 54331's. So if you are a 10.5D, shoot me a PM.
post #1001 of 1025
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Originally Posted by RevisIsland View Post

I bought the last two pairs in 10.5D at Alden NY last year. I have the 54331 (black) and 54321 (color 8). The 54331 have been worn less than 5 times and are in perfect condition. I think I'm going to try to sell the 54331's. So if you are a 10.5D, shoot me a PM.

Thanks for the offer. Unfortunately for me, I'm an extra wide bigfoot, 11EE or EEE.
post #1002 of 1025
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Originally Posted by Knowledge is King View Post

I've tried on a EEE modified last as well as Vass standard width 3636, P2 and F last. I would think that a Vass P2 in a G (or H) width would come the closest to a EEE modified. Vass does offer a Banana last but I've never seen it in person so I can't comment if it resembles the modified or not.

I've always found the modified last's heel cup to be especially suited to my foot and the Vass P2 and F last heel cups had that satisfyingly snug yet supportive fit as well.

What size do you wear in ML?
post #1003 of 1025
FYI shoe mart just released their latest seconds list. There are a bunch of new modified last arrivals in 11D including a pair of shell boots and a pair of plain toes in shell. I keep an eye out for shell modified in10.5D and they dont come around too often.
post #1004 of 1025
picked up another pair. tan medallion.
also waiting for a shipment of CXL boots to come in.
owner said "Alden is trying not to ship modified shell cordovan to the US. they could sell for more in Japan."
post #1005 of 1025
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Originally Posted by luzer View Post

picked up another pair. tan medallion.
also waiting for a shipment of CXL boots to come in.
owner said "Alden is trying not to ship modified shell cordovan to the US. they could sell for more in Japan." Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

I'm guessing you're talking about Moulded Shoe?  What CXL boots are you waiting on?  I've been waiting ages for some CXL WT boots.

 

I saw some plain toe #8 boots and cap toe #8 boots on the Modified last at the Lakota House in Japan last month. Couldn't justify paying over $1K for a pair of Alden boots, even if they're rare shell Modified last boots.

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