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I'm leaning toward the Alden 401 currently. I already have the 403 in 11.5D which is just a bit sloppy. I ordered the 11.5C in the black and the narrowness plus the stiffer leather rubs my pinky toe the wrong way.

I'm sending the 11.5C 401 back, but before I order another Alden pair, does anyone have any suggestions for other brands of quality black goodyear welted ankle boots?

Fit-wise, Alden's Trubalance last is okay. It's a bit too roomy for me. Alden's Barrie is a bit better.