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Originally Posted by Bbombers85 View Post
 

Anyone ever install sole protectors on their Aldens on their own? Contemplating getting the below, but wanted some feedback before or how good their are/ sizing.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Traveler-Plates-Nails-Black-Plastic/dp/B0031ELG50/ref=sr_1_4_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1466534415&sr=8-4&keywords=shoe+sole+protector 

I'm a heel striker and I do put these in myself. Only on the heels. Not on the tips. I think it doesn't really matter what size you use on the heels. I pick mine up at Xmart and they run $3 or so (there's like 4-6 pieces).  Once I wear one of them down, I begin to look at getting the dovetail heel replaced. 

post #6707 of 10638
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Originally Posted by ATLVol View Post
 

 

Pretty sure those are ravello tassels on the Aberdeen last......


Thank you for helping!

post #6708 of 10638
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Originally Posted by sazon View Post

Cigar captoes with lots of olive undertones today.
Fantastic boot Sazon. How old and from where please.

@donl wow, great shoes.
post #6709 of 10638
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Originally Posted by Bbombers85 View Post
 

Anyone ever install sole protectors on their Aldens on their own? Contemplating getting the below, but wanted some feedback before or how good their are/ sizing.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Traveler-Plates-Nails-Black-Plastic/dp/B0031ELG50/ref=sr_1_4_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1466534415&sr=8-4&keywords=shoe+sole+protector 

 

the nails are too long for the toes but great for the heels

(but unlike @coolarrow I don't use them on the heels, only the toes - I bought some shorter brass nails for nailing them to the toes)

post #6710 of 10638
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Originally Posted by jjschube View Post

Thanks for all your responses guys...Sadly I am either putting them up for sale here or just returning them to the Shoemart.  They just don't fit quite right.  I went to my local store today who carries a small supply of Alden's and it looks like all three pairs of my shell Alden's are the wrong size!  I thought I was 10.5D Plaza and 10D Barrie but it looks like I am a 10.5E Plaza and a 10.5 D Barrie frown.gif.  I couldn't be sadder.  Ed was so nice to include me on the list and now I'll have to wait 1-2 more years !  O well, champagne problems. 

Thanks again,  please let me know if anyone wants to purchase the Alden LWB 10D Whiskey.  I am not a jerk so I'm not looking to make a big profit.  I'll either sell them for what I bought them for or slightly above (because by the time I get them again, prices will be higher). I am going to talk to Ed though, I don't know if it is unethical not to return them, since he probably would go to the next in line on his list. They're 100% brand new, only tried them on 5 or so times on my carpet.

I also have a 10.5 D Plaza last PTB Six eyelet cigar, worn maybe..15-20 times and a 10.5D Plaza Color 8 6 eyelet NST worn 10-15 times. All this over my stupid pinky toe!  Would be happy to trade as well (not this whiskey unless it's new) l. I want probably what everyone else does...

1. LWB Whiskey, Cigar or Ravello with Antique Edge 10.5 D
2. WT Boot Ravello 10.5D
3. WT Boot Color 4 Hahah!
4.6 Eyelet Plaza NST Color 8 10.5E
5. Cigar PTB Plaza 10.5E
6. Mike's TSM makeup (Black Medallion Plaza Boot) 10.5E < He killed that makeup!

I must sound like an idiot for it to take three pairs to realize I was wearing the wrong size! Lesson learned, Cordovan DOES NOT STRETCH and if they don't fit great out of the box, they never will.



Best,

JJ

Sorry JJ, I know exactly how you feel- owned about 30 or so pair of Aldens before I realized I had mis-sized. I had the same exactly problem as well, one of my pinky toes was rubbing against the side. I think it's great you realized the problem this early on, much better than wearing the wrong size for > 1 yr and developing foot problems. You'll be able to recoup the rare shells, just have patience.

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Originally Posted by Mhmt83 View Post

Hello guys,

I bought my first pair of Alden shoes 2 weeks ago based on sizing advices that i read here. 975 longwing bluchers color 8 in 9D. They fit quite well, maybe feel a little bit large  the left foot (smal one). i have a higher instep (right foot )so it feels much better in that case. 

Should i take the same size for the snuff suede version? or i can size down 1/2?

A part of that i would like to know if Leydon and Grant last are TTS ???  

Here the sizes i use for each brand. 

Alden Barrie : 9D US
Alden Leydon: ???
Alden Grant : ???

Carmina forest : 8,5 UK 
Carmina Uetam: 8,5 UK (string loafers), 9 UK ( penny calf)
Detroit : 8UK 

C&J : 8,5 UK 325, 341, 224 lasts. 

Thanks!

Typically people take the same size in shell and suede, there are however two details. One, shell tend to be lasted just about 1/4 size larger than the non-shell patterns. So if the current LWB fits large, then sizing down 1/2 should be OK. Second, if you go for a unlined snuff suede make up (thought I don't think any exist for the LWB pattern), then that will allow you to size down 1/2. Judging from you said, I think going with the same size (9D) is probably the best bet.

In terms of the Grant and Leydon, I would suggest trying both on as those are typically difficult to fit Alden lasts. My suggestions are based on the assumptions that you've gone down 1/2 size from TTS for the Barrie last.

The Grant is narrower than Barrie but not as severe as say Aberdeen, so some folks will go TTS for Grant and some will go with their Barrie size. If the width of Barrie fits you well then I would go TTS for Grant.

Leydon is tricky due to it being a very narrow last. People typically will stay the same length as TTS and go up a width. In your case that should be 9.5E. While stock grant shoes are hard to find, you should be able to find a Leydon unlined suede chukka in most store that carry Alden.

Thank you very much for the info!
Exactly. Grant #8 is really difficult to find, even more living in Europe that can be found just in some webs like fransandbone etc. And they dont have a restock yet.
post #6711 of 10638
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Fantastic boot Sazon. How old and from where please.

@donl wow, great shoes.

Thanks DV !

All I will say is that I'm over 21, but under 65. I'm from New York, but currently live in NJ.

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Thanks DV !

All I will say is that I'm over 21, but under 65. I'm from New York, but currently live in NJ.

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LOL great response!
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The shoes are sold - thanks everyone for their interest.


Edited by Jrs416 - 6/22/16 at 5:59am
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Quick question about 986 loafers.

I wore mine today with Chups and the fit was great, however I had some heel slippage and by midday the rubbing was getting bad and really sore.

Luckily I had two thick bandages at work so I bandaged the back of my ankles and they were perfect and really comfortable...no slippage.

Is there something that can be put inside the shoe to eliminate slippage and the resulting rubbing?

Or should I invest heavily in bandages ? smile.gif
post #6715 of 10638
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Originally Posted by tricky View Post

Quick question about 986 loafers.

I wore mine today with Chups and the fit was great, however I had some heel slippage and by midday the rubbing was getting bad and really sore.

Luckily I had two thick bandages at work so I bandaged the back of my ankles and they were perfect and really comfortable...no slippage.

Is there something that can be put inside the shoe to eliminate slippage and the resulting rubbing?

Or should I invest heavily in bandages ? smile.gif


Pedag leather heel grip pads from Amazon?

 

I use them and they are great.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Pedag-Stop-Padded-Leather-Grips/dp/B008S9O67I/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1466550072&sr=8-2&keywords=pedag+heel+pads

post #6716 of 10638
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Originally Posted by metranger8694 View Post


Pedag leather heel grip pads from Amazon?

I use them and they are great.

https://www.amazon.com/Pedag-Stop-Padded-Leather-Grips/dp/B008S9O67I/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1466550072&sr=8-2&keywords=pedag+heel+pads

Amazing. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by awlfl View Post

Hi gentlemen,


Does anyone know the name of this last and the name of thoses loafers?

 
https://smhttp-ssl-39255.nexcesscdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Alden-Tassel-Loafer-845x563.jpg

Thank you very much!

ATLVol was right on the money. Here's the link to Leffot's blog that your picture came from.
http://leffot.tumblr.com/post/58448862066/alden-x-leffot-ravello-tassel-loafers
post #6718 of 10638
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Originally Posted by Jrs416 View Post
 

It's been a long, long time since I last posted (back in the day using the name HorseHide).  The Forum seems to be doing fine without my snarky commentary and I have somehow overcome the urge to reply to every newbie asking what size Barrie lasted Alden they should order if they wear a Converse size 11 with a prosthetic in the right shoe.

 

The reason for my brief return?  I have a unicorn that someone on the thread may be interested in acquiring - the April 2016 whiskey saddle NSTs release made up on the Barrie last - size 9D.  They are brand new, unworn and were $825 from the unnamed (exceptional) retailer.  Try as I might, I just don't love them.

 

The successful buyer will pay $825 net to me (you will pay for insured FedEx or UPS shipping and any paypal fees).  Those of you in finance will note that I'm not looking to make any money on these shoes but I'm also not looking for any drama.  I have perfect feedback on the large auction site and these shoes will make their way to that site if this notice doesn't generate interest. 

 

I know that this is not the appropriate thread to list these shoes but under the circumstances I consider this a PSA to the Alden thread readers.  Interested?  Send me a PM with your email.

 

If only you were 8D. Please tell me that the 9D was a typo? :)

post #6719 of 10638
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Originally Posted by Bbombers85 View Post
 

 

I still haven't heard back. Not liking my chances on this.

I just got some saddle soap. What a great day!

post #6720 of 10638
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Amazing. Thanks!


You are welcome tricky!

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