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My first pair of Aldens await me at home this evening!  

 

Hi all-

 

I realize I jumped into this thread a few pages back about sizing and I never properly introduced myself.  For that, I apologize.  I joined up here years ago when I was seeking a peacoat (vintage wwii era from ebay didn't fit, BR one fit like a glove and went with that, still going strong).  Then, I lurked every now and then, until recently when I ended up finding out how great Aldens are and how many people love them.  After a couple of years of buying cheap shoes and having the soles wear out and/or just come unglued after a year, I just got tired of it and started researching well-made shoes that could last me a long time if treated and worn the right way (conditioned every now and then, rotated, shoe trees, etc).  I wanted a shoe that was well-made, had a good pedigree and history, with durable leather that would not get wrinkle creases, and hold up for a long time.  

 

Chromexcel would fit the bill, except I see so many examples of the clicking roulette game and I started to think that if I was spending $300 or so on a pair of shoes, might as well go all in.  Therefore, it seemed to me that an Alden in cordovan would be the best fitting choice for what I wanted.  As far as style goes, I have always loved cap toe boots and I wear dress casual boots year-round.  I like speed hooks.  

 

I admit that the Indy was a strong contender, but I only recently started liking moc-style stitching on boots.  Sometimes the more I look at it the less I like it...sometimes the opposite.  I'm inconsistent with that aesthetic.  However,  I've always liked cap toes, and the more I look at mid-century WWII military inspired boots and shoes the more I like them.  Aldens hardly ever go on sale, too, unless they're seconds.  Or unless JCrew might have something that fits the bill...and wouldn't you know it but they have exactly that.  Conclusion: Alden's perforated cap toe boot in cordovan for JCrew.  I opened a card and got a deal.  

 

Thank you to everyone on this forum for all the pics, advice on sizing, care and treatment, and for being an amazingly valuable resource for all things Alden.  Without this thread, I doubt I would have ended up with a pair of Aldens at home waiting for me to try on.  I ordered an 8 and an 8.5 since I understand that for many the JCrew Barrie can run true to size. 

 

OK, truth be told, they arrived when I was home on my lunch break, and I did get two minutes to peek inside each box before I scrambled back to the office.  It appears that neither pair has been tried on--completely smooth vamps and unmarked soles.  I just got a glance, though.  Really hoping that's the case when I take a closer look this evening!  Fingers crossed for an unblemished, unworn, un-returned, brand spanking new pair!! 

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Congratulations McQ7. Your story is very similar to my thoughts when I was deciding to pull the trigger on my first alden purchase (405). and the second (JCrew PCT like yours). and the third (LHS #8). and i'm aiming for more :)

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Originally Posted by katch View Post


DAT MODIFIED LAST!!!!

 

 

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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post


Looking great Zippy! Great Alden model.
Very nice. The flex welt version is fairly readily available. Not sure if you are amicable to that model.
Absolutely amazing DV!!! Looking great!
The Whiskey Wingtip Balmoral is one of my favorite Alden models and to me totally captures dressing up in San Diego. :-)

-Mike

 

 

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Originally Posted by Brenner View Post
 

 

Those are beautiful. I have order a pair from moulded shoe, Indy boot in the modified last. 

 

thank you gentlemen.

still getting used to the modified shape.

but the color is so nice, i caught myself staring at my boots a couple of times today.

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Originally Posted by zennypoo View Post


Sounds like an interesting idea. Where you thinking tobacco, earth, or navy reverse chamois? The Epaulet alt Wien bluchers were made with earth chamois, so perhaps tobacco or navy would be interesting for this? I agree with commando sole and antique edging, though brass eyelets might make this too casual. Perhaps color matched exposed metal eyelets?

-D

Hi Zenny and other interested parties / lovers of LWBs,

 

I was thinking reverse tobacco for a couple of reasons. Epaulet and Context have already covered the reverse earth domain with solid models like the Ironside Indys. Navy reverse is intriguing to me (although I admit I haven't seen much of it other than Dubs's very nice Indy Boots). My only concerns with navy reverse are that it might be regarded as a less versatile option than the tobacco and I've seen some folks concerned about wearing navy shoes with dark denim.

 

I think you're right about the brass eyelets being a bit much. Yenni talked me down from the brass eyelets when we were dreaming up the reverse tobacco wingtip boot coming up for this winter. I think some guys like the brass (I'm looking at you @inn8chiro -- and thanks for starting that boss customization thread yesterday), but I think we'd get more traction with a plain eyelet. (Let's make sure the shoe customizing gurus continue to get good work, right?!)

 

And yes indeed, commando sole with antique edging makes sense to me. I was thinking this LWB caters to an interesting venn diagram of Aldenheads. There are the LWB collectors who gotta catch 'em all (guilty as charged). There are the folks who want a casual shoe that can be dressed up at night in the event of a rainstorm or snowstorm. And there are also the workwear-rockin guys who like a rugged look. A bit of something for everyone's needs.

 

So if my thinking makes sense to you guys, let's discuss whom we should contact to put this into the pipeline. Should be easier than hoping for whiskey Indys, right?

 

Thanks for indulging one of my Alden fantasies.

 

Cheers, -d

post #113870 of 122416
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

 

thank you gentlemen.

still getting used to the modified shape.

but the color is so nice, i caught myself staring at my boots a couple of times today.

 

I bought my first modified last boots over three years ago and I think I'm still getting used to the shape.  It's not my favorite shape but the fit is so comfortable for me feet. On a related note (of "weird" lasts), the 379X last works really well for me as well.

 

The color of those boots is incredible and I'd be staring at my boots more than just a couple of times a day.

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Originally Posted by SouthNarc View Post

First pair of NST boots from J. Gilbert.
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South, I saw Yenni IG those recently. Those are absolutely amazing. You are lucky to have gotten one!

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Originally Posted by McQ7 View Post

My first pair of Aldens await me at home this evening!  

Hi all-

I realize I jumped into this thread a few pages back about sizing and I never properly introduced myself.  For that, I apologize.  I joined up here years ago when I was seeking a peacoat (vintage wwii era from ebay didn't fit, BR one fit like a glove and went with that, still going strong).  Then, I lurked every now and then, until recently when I ended up finding out how great Aldens are and how many people love them.  After a couple of years of buying cheap shoes and having the soles wear out and/or just come unglued after a year, I just got tired of it and started researching well-made shoes that could last me a long time if treated and worn the right way (conditioned every now and then, rotated, shoe trees, etc).  I wanted a shoe that was well-made, had a good pedigree and history, with durable leather that would not get wrinkle creases, and hold up for a long time.  

Chromexcel would fit the bill, except I see so many examples of the clicking roulette game and I started to think that if I was spending $300 or so on a pair of shoes, might as well go all in.  Therefore, it seemed to me that an Alden in cordovan would be the best fitting choice for what I wanted.  As far as style goes, I have always loved cap toe boots and I wear dress casual boots year-round.  I like speed hooks.  

I admit that the Indy was a strong contender, but I only recently started liking moc-style stitching on boots.  Sometimes the more I look at it the less I like it...sometimes the opposite.  I'm inconsistent with that aesthetic.  However,  I've always liked cap toes, and the more I look at mid-century WWII military inspired boots and shoes the more I like them.  Aldens hardly ever go on sale, too, unless they're seconds.  Or unless JCrew might have something that fits the bill...and wouldn't you know it but they have exactly that.  Conclusion: Alden's perforated cap toe boot in cordovan for JCrew.  I opened a card and got a deal.  

Thank you to everyone on this forum for all the pics, advice on sizing, care and treatment, and for being an amazingly valuable resource for all things Alden.  Without this thread, I doubt I would have ended up with a pair of Aldens at home waiting for me to try on.  I ordered an 8 and an 8.5 since I understand that for many the JCrew Barrie can run true to size. 

OK, truth be told, they arrived when I was home on my lunch break, and I did get two minutes to peek inside each box before I scrambled back to the office.  It appears that neither pair has been tried on--completely smooth vamps and unmarked soles.  I just got a glance, though.  Really hoping that's the case when I take a closer look this evening!  Fingers crossed for an unblemished, unworn, un-returned, brand spanking new pair!! 

McQ7, congrats and welcome to the club! As you probably know, you made a terrific choice, the Naval Boot is a fantastic model and is pretty flexible in terms of ability to dress up or down. I am sure that you will be happy with them!

I am not sure why they say Barrie can be True to Size. Not too familiar with many people going TTS on the Barrie.

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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post

Hi Zenny and other interested parties / lovers of LWBs,

I was thinking reverse tobacco for a couple of reasons. Epaulet and Context have already covered the reverse earth domain with solid models like the Ironside Indys. Navy reverse is intriguing to me (although I admit I haven't seen much of it other than Dubs's very nice Indy Boots). My only concerns with navy reverse are that it might be regarded as a less versatile option than the tobacco and I've seen some folks concerned about wearing navy shoes with dark denim.

I think you're right about the brass eyelets being a bit much. Yenni talked me down from the brass eyelets when we were dreaming up the reverse tobacco wingtip boot coming up for this winter. I think some guys like the brass (I'm looking at you @inn8chiro
 -- and thanks for starting that boss customization thread yesterday), but I think we'd get more traction with a plain eyelet. (Let's make sure the shoe customizing gurus continue to get good work, right?!)

And yes indeed, commando sole with antique edging makes sense to me. I was thinking this LWB caters to an interesting venn diagram of Aldenheads. There are the LWB collectors who gotta catch 'em all (guilty as charged). There are the folks who want a casual shoe that can be dressed up at night in the event of a rainstorm or snowstorm. And there are also the workwear-rockin guys who like a rugged look. A bit of something for everyone's needs.

So if my thinking makes sense to you guys, let's discuss whom we should contact to put this into the pipeline. Should be easier than hoping for whiskey Indys, right?

Thanks for indulging one of my Alden fantasies.

Cheers, -d

Good to see you here Doc! I am almost always game for a LWB. I like brass, but agree with ZP that it makes them less dressy in general and sometimes harder for me to dress up. To my knowledge the run from Tassels was the only run of an Indy boot done in the Navy Reverse Chamois to date, but it could have been done for a quieter Euro dealer or back in the day.

-Mike
post #113872 of 122416

Posted this on the GYW subreddit on reddit but didn't get enough people's inputs.  Hope I can get some people on this thread to help me out.

 

I need an opinion from everyone.

I have been waiting for a good slim natural CXL derby after I missed out on the Viberg x SF 2030 one but have been losing hope since I haven't seen anything too similar since then. After seeing the Alden x J.Crew Oxford I've decided to be impatient and just decide between those and the OSB Natural CXL Plain Toe Blucher. I've heard negative and positive things about both companies. Which one do you think I should take the plunge on?

 

Aldens

- I really like the shape from the side.

- My normal size 8 is sold out in them but I heard the barrie last fits big so I was going to try a 7.5 (correct me if I'm wrong)

- It's almost $600 with tax

 

Oak Street Bootmakers

- Similar shape

- Not too big of the color of the outsole

- Significantly cheaper (around $430)

post #113873 of 122416
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Originally Posted by onoudidntgf View Post

Posted this on the GYW subreddit on reddit but didn't get enough people's inputs.  Hope I can get some people on this thread to help me out.



 



I need an opinion from everyone.



I have been waiting for a good slim natural CXL derby after I missed out on the Viberg x SF 2030 one but have been losing hope since I haven't seen anything too similar since then. After seeing the Alden x J.Crew Oxford
 

I've decided to be impatient and just decide between those and the OSB Natural CXL Plain Toe Blucher

. I've heard negative and positive things about both companies. Which one do you think I should take the plunge on?



 



Aldens



- I really like the shape from the side.



- My normal size 8 is sold out in them but I heard the barrie last fits big so I was going to try a 7.5 (correct me if I'm wrong)



- It's almost $600 with tax



 



Oak Street Bootmakers



- Similar shape



- Not too big of the color of the outsole



- Significantly cheaper (around $430)



You are on the Alden thread, so you will get a fairly biased opinion here and I personally know very little about Oakstreet, but I know some here do wear them as well and like them too.

The Alden CXL PTB looks like a beautiful makeup. It looks to me like it MAY be unlined despite their comment on lining and it looks like it may be on the Flex Welt (an Alden special sole made by soaking the sole in oil to be softer and more flexible and more water repellent). It is made around the Barrie Last, and as you mentioned, most people tend to size down, so if you are a 8D True to Size, 7.5D would probably be a natural starting place.

Frankly, both are going to be great models and look great. Hope this helps you at least a little! I personally vote Alden of course. :-)

-Mike
post #113874 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by onoudidntgf View Post
 

Posted this on the GYW subreddit on reddit but didn't get enough people's inputs.  Hope I can get some people on this thread to help me out.

 

I need an opinion from everyone.

I have been waiting for a good slim natural CXL derby after I missed out on the Viberg x SF 2030 one but have been losing hope since I haven't seen anything too similar since then. After seeing the Alden x J.Crew Oxford I've decided to be impatient and just decide between those and the OSB Natural CXL Plain Toe Blucher. I've heard negative and positive things about both companies. Which one do you think I should take the plunge on?

 

Aldens

- I really like the shape from the side.

- My normal size 8 is sold out in them but I heard the barrie last fits big so I was going to try a 7.5 (correct me if I'm wrong)

- It's almost $600 with tax

 

Oak Street Bootmakers

- Similar shape

- Not too big of the color of the outsole

- Significantly cheaper (around $430)

 

I'm currently facing the same dilemma. I'm a little upset I missed out on the Viberg natural PTB, and I'm holding out hope they'll be made again at some point in the next few months. I've also considered those Alden x J.Crew ones, but at their price point, I'd rather wait it out and hope for the Vibergs.

 

As far as sizing, whatever your traditional sizing, a half size down would definitely work on Barrie. For example, I'm a 8.5 on Brannock and in most shoes, and I wear 8 in Barrie. So if you're a size 8 in most shoes, size 7.5 should fit you well.

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Would it be possible to the post the 8.5D list?
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Originally Posted by BCHopeful View Post

Would it be possible to the post the 8.5D list?
 

Listed below are the Alden Factory Irregular shoes available in your size. 
Shoe Size: 8.5
Shoe Width: D

FD-1272S.jpg FD-1339.jpg FD-1879.jpg FD-28332F.jpg FD-307.jpg
FD-1272S FD-1339 FD-1879 FD-28332F FD-307
Reg $ 468.00 Reg $ 710.00 Reg $ 665.00 Reg $ 525.00 Reg $ 440.00
Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 475.00 Sale $ 475.00 Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00
Brown Color 8 Black Shell Tan Suede Black
Barrie Last Barrie Last Modified Last Barrie Last Barrie Last
FD-401.jpg FD-403.jpg FD-405.jpg FD-45491H.jpg FD-53393.jpg
FD-401 FD-403 FD-405 FD-45491H FD-53393
Reg $ 522.00 Reg $ 522.00 Reg $ 522.00 Reg $ 615.00 Reg $ 625.00
Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00
Black Brown Chromexcel Brown Black Brown
Barrie Last TruBalance Last TruBalance Last 379X Last Modified Last
FD-53460.jpg FD-53713.jpg FD-5420.jpg FD-54411.jpg FD-56190.jpg
FD-53460 FD-53713 FD-5420 FD-54411 FD-56190
Reg $ 615.00 Reg $ 695.00 Reg $ 600.00 Reg $ 570.00 Reg $ 625.00
Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00
Navy Suede Tan Black Black Navy Suede
Modified Last 379X Last Modified Last Modified Last Modified Last
FD-681.jpg FD-757.jpg FD-88122.jpg FD-901.jpg FD-903.jpg
FD-681 FD-757 FD-88122 FD-901 FD-903
Reg $ 508.00 Reg $ 430.00 Reg $ 600.00 Reg $ 514.00 Reg $ 536.00
Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00
Black Black Black Suede Black Black
Aberdeen Last TruSquare Last Aberdeen Last Hampton Last Hampton Last
FD-907.jpg FD-908.jpg FD-9121.jpg FD-9373.jpg FD-9431S.jpg
FD-907 FD-908 FD-9121 FD-9373 FD-9431S
Reg $ 514.00 Reg $ 528.00 Reg $ 600.00 Reg $ 514.00 Reg $ 466.00
Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00
Black Burgundy Black Black Patent Tobacco
Hampton Last Hampton Last Leydon Last Plaza Last Barrie Last
FD-962.jpg FD-9695F.jpg FD-986.jpg FD-99213F.jpg FD-A3908.jpg
FD-962 FD-9695F FD-986 FD-99213F FD-A3908
Reg $ 560.00 Reg $ 508.00 Reg $ 680.00 Reg $ 615.00 Reg $ 575.00
Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 475.00 Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00
Tan Black Color 8 White-Natural Chromexcel Navy Chromexcel
Aberdeen Last Copley Last Van Last Barrie Last Barrie Last
FD-D5303.jpg FD-H446.jpg FD-N3812.jpg FD-99213F.jpg FD-A3908.jpg
FD-D5303 FD-H446 FD-N3812 FD-99213F FD-A3908
Reg $ 547.00 Reg $ 415.00 Reg $ 720.00 Reg $ 615.00 Reg $ 575.00
Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 189.00 Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00 Sale $ 375.00
Brown Chromexcel Brown Brown Grain White-Natural Chromexcel Navy Chromexcel
Plaza Last Classic Last 379X Last Barrie Last Barrie Las
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post


You are on the Alden thread, so you will get a fairly biased opinion here and I personally know very little about Oakstreet, but I know some here do wear them as well and like them too.

The Alden CXL PTB looks like a beautiful makeup. It looks to me like it MAY be unlined despite their comment on lining and it looks like it may be on the Flex Welt (an Alden special sole made by soaking the sole in oil to be softer and more flexible and more water repellent). It is made around the Barrie Last, and as you mentioned, most people tend to size down, so if you are a 8D True to Size, 7.5D would probably be a natural starting place.

Frankly, both are going to be great models and look great. Hope this helps you at least a little! I personally vote Alden of course. :-)

-Mike

 

Haha I figured as much which is why I also posted it on the OSB thread.

 

Yea it does, I was drawn to it but the price makes me sway back and forth on getting them or not.  At least I know the 7.5 may fit me.  I originally thought it'd be a long shot but it looks more and more like it will fit if I do go with that.

 

So you think the Alden is worth the price difference?  Since I haven't tried on or worn either I am just going off opinions :-)

post #113878 of 122416
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Originally Posted by bm93 View Post
 

 

I'm currently facing the same dilemma. I'm a little upset I missed out on the Viberg natural PTB, and I'm holding out hope they'll be made again at some point in the next few months. I've also considered those Alden x J.Crew ones, but at their price point, I'd rather wait it out and hope for the Vibergs.

 

As far as sizing, whatever your traditional sizing, a half size down would definitely work on Barrie. For example, I'm a 8.5 on Brannock and in most shoes, and I wear 8 in Barrie. So if you're a size 8 in most shoes, size 7.5 should fit you well.

 

I asked Viberg if they're going to do anything similar today actually and they said they're not.  The closest thing to it is that they're doing the same colors of their recently released italian calf service boots in derbies next.  That's a couple months away though.  There is a beige one that would be the closest to the natural cxl but I don't think it's close enough.

 

Maybe I'll go for that and return them if they don't work out.

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Originally Posted by onoudidntgf View Post
 

 

Haha I figured as much which is why I also posted it on the OSB thread.

 

Yea it does, I was drawn to it but the price makes me sway back and forth on getting them or not.  At least I know the 7.5 may fit me.  I originally thought it'd be a long shot but it looks more and more like it will fit if I do go with that.

 

So you think the Alden is worth the price difference?  Since I haven't tried on or worn either I am just going off opinions :-)

To crack addicts:

 

"So then, would you say crack is worth it?  Do you like crack more than, say, not crack?"

 

:D

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