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Originally Posted by sazon View Post
I know people get a little miffed by sizing questions here, but I'd appreciate some advice.

I have a pair of Alden Longwings on the Barrie last in 10D which fit perfectly. They are calfskin.

Until I got orthodics.

Now they are a bit tight. Pinch the outside toes a little. And a little straining on the lace up.

What's my better option if I want to buy another pair, this time in shell : Going up to a 10E on the Barrie, or a 10.5D? Or is that essentially the same move?

Thanks in advance for any help.
When I was in JCrew last friday sizing my feet in Barrie's, one of the salesguys mentioned that if my shoes are too tight to have a "Jimmy Choo" procedure done. When I asked what that was, he said that they'll cut off your pinky toe so you can fit in a pair of Jimmy Choo's shoes. Thought that was a little extreme for buying a pair of shoes...
post #10997 of 122416
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post

+10,000
post #10998 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ChrisGold View Post
7118S - the leather is very similar to the brown chromexcel, showing many different shades of brown right out of the box, and a hint of red. Goodyear sole. Will use as a bad weather shoe.
I just purchased a pair of these last week for my summer work shoe. The brown is a nice rich brown and they are one of the few non cordovan Aldens I own. I really like them.

Kenal0
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Just scored a pair of Alden x J. Crew Longwing bluchers...

How do you guys care for your leather soles?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
post #11000 of 122416
You can get the soles topy'd or put toe taps. It's pretty pointless to put any wax or cream on them if that's what you're asking.
post #11001 of 122416
Lousy cell pics of my new LS Pitt Boots. The reverse oiled chamois has a lot of character, along with the antiqued edgetrim makes a great combo
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Originally Posted by FENWAY View Post
Lousy cell pics of my new LS Pitt Boots. The reverse oiled chamois has a lot of character, along with the antiqued edgetrim makes a great combo

Character is the right word, great looking boot.
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I've done a lot of searching on Alden sizing on this forum, Alden sites, and retailer sites in order to figure out what size to get in a new last and came to the conclusion that I really just needed to try them on in person. I thought it might be worth sharing my most recent Alden purchase experience to help folks that might be in the same position.

I'm a 12D on the Brannock and wear a 12 in running shoes, 11.5 in Chucks, 10.5 in Clarks DB, and 10D in 1000 Mile Boots for comparison.

I have Truebalance Indy boots in 10D that fit great with thin socks but are a bit tight with thicker socks. I purchased them from Unionmade in SF and am happy with the fit.

I have shell Barrie LWBs in 10D that are a little tight for the last hour of the day. I wish I would have tried a 10E but it wasn't available. The 10.5D was definitely too loose.

According to Alden-of-Carmel's fit guide online, I should have been a 11.5D in both of those shoes.

I recently decided to purchase a snuff suede Chukka on the Leydon last and wanted to place the order online but didn't know what size to get so I did a ton of research. I emailed The Shoe Mart and they recommended a 10.5E based on my description of how the LWBs and Indys fit. However, I didn't like the possibility of doing the trial-and-error thing with them so I stopped by the Alden store in SF.

I started with a 10.5E and thought it felt pretty good until I noticed the toe-box barely putting a bit of pressure on my big toe. I mentioned it to the salesman and he said I definitely needed to size up. I tried on 10.5E, 11D, 11E, 11.5D, and 11.5E.

Ultimately, the 11.5E was the clear winner.

Just thought this anecdote might be a useful data point for others. My recommendation: try on multiple size/combos at once and if possible be sure to try the next size up/down and at different widths.
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...that last post boggles my mind. I'm an 11.5 in one foot on a Brannock and just over 11.5 in the other foot and the 11D captoes on the Barrie I have are about as small as I can go. I couldn't imagine being anywhere near comfortable dropping another size below that and I wear the same sized shoes as you in those other brands. ....maybe your feet swell a lot during the course of a day and that original Brannock measurement is reflection of that.
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Originally Posted by glimmertwins View Post
...that last post boggles my mind. I'm an 11.5 in one foot on a Brannock and just over 11.5 in the other foot and the 11D captoes on the Barrie I have are about as small as I can go. I couldn't imagine being anywhere near comfortable dropping another size below that and I wear the same sized shoes as you in those other brands.

....maybe your feet swell a lot during the course of a day and that original Brannock measurement is reflection of that.

Same here. I measure about a 9 on the Brannock and wear 8.5D in both Barrie and Trubalance. This works well for me since when on the Trubalance (Indy boots), I typically wear an athletic sock and on the barrie (975s) I typically wear a thinner dress sock. But, I could actually wear any type of sock on either and it still works for me either way.
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post
Same here. I measure about a 9 on the Brannock and wear 8.5D in both Barrie and Trubalance. This works well for me since when on the Trubalance (Indy boots), I typically wear an athletic sock and on the barrie (975s) I typically wear a thinner dress sock. But, I could actually wear any type of sock on either and it still works for me either way.

And I am kind of the opposite of you. I measure a 9.5d/e on the Brannock and a 9.5e Stranke\\Park Ave fit great as do size 10 chucks. When trying on a pair of Indys, I expected that a size 9D would fit due to them running a half size larger. Anyway, I tired on a 9 and it was too tight. Then tried on a 9.5D and it was great in the length but really sore on the top of my foot. Ended up going with a 10D which fits great. Also purchased the Black Brixton Boots on the Barrie last and it fits perfect as well. I have a feeling that a 9.5e probably would have worked with either but I could not find them and sizing up a half size in a D worked.
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You can get the soles topy'd

What is this?
post #11008 of 122416
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Originally Posted by borderline View Post
What is this?

Thin rubber sole glued over the leather - can be done by any and all shoe repair shops.
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Lousy cell pics of my new LS Pitt Boots. The reverse oiled chamois has a lot of character, along with the antiqued edgetrim makes a great combo

Soooo nice!!! where can i find a pair for me???
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Soooo nice!!! where can i find a pair for me???

Leather Soul if they still have some in stock or Winn Perry has a similar boot.
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