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Thanks again, Watchman1. They're snug enough that I don't have heel slip and I have an inch between laces, and I didn't try to tighten them too much. Just didn't know how careful to be. The firmness of the cordovan is a whole different ballgame from what I'm used to! That said, they're extremely comfortable already.
post #113972 of 122416
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Thanks again, Watchman1. They're snug enough that I don't have heel slip and I have an inch between laces, and I didn't try to tighten them too much. Just didn't know how careful to be. The firmness of the cordovan is a whole different ballgame from what I'm used to! That said, they're extremely comfortable already.

 

Yes Sir,

 

I think the concept of wearing the boots/shoes for 15 min intervals for awhile inside before going outside as to break in the uppers properly is a generally good idea.

 

Obviously, tree them when your feet are not in them.

 

Some give the boots or shoes a dry out period before trees go in, others do not.  This last notion is mainly dictated by what climate you live in.

 

I think that the historical significance of shell cordovan is often lost.  The leather was basically invented because of its impervious nature. Scuffs can be buffed out.  Water cannot get in.  Almost totally immune to salt stains.  Looks better with time.  Rolls instead of creases.

 

These things are just a few of the reasons shell was heralded as a wonder material for work boots some 70 yrs ago or so.  Over the course of time, the sartorial beauty of the leather was realized and it has become a novelty.  In a good way of course...

 

Case In Point:  Don't be reluctant to go too easy on shell cordovan, especially the classic #8 shade.

 

Thanks.

post #113973 of 122416

Hi everyone,

 

I have some sizing dilemma regarding lasts. I have a pair of loafers 8.5D in Van last and am looking at a pair of Aberdeen loafers.

 

Looking at the picture guide of lasts provided by Alden, it would seem that I should size down to 8D on the Aberdeen last.

 

Appreciate some advice on this!

 

Thanks.

post #113974 of 122416
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Hi everyone,

 

I have some sizing dilemma regarding lasts. I have a pair of loafers 8.5D in Van last and am looking at a pair of Aberdeen loafers.

 

Looking at the picture guide of lasts provided by Alden, it would seem that I should size down to 8D on the Aberdeen last.

 

Appreciate some advice on this!

 

Thanks.

 

IDK about that...

 

If the 8.5D Van fit you well, then I would start with the same size in Aberdeen.

 

Do not be surprised if you have to go out to a 8.5E...due to the restricted toe box of the sleeker Aberdeen.

 

Or perhaps even a 9D in Aberdeen.

 

There is no better alternative to trying on Alden shoes in person.

 

Thanks.

post #113975 of 122416
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IDK about that...

 

If the 8.5D Van fit you well, then I would start with the same size in Aberdeen.

 

Do not be surprised if you have to go out to a 8.5E...due to the restricted toe box of the sleeker Aberdeen.

 

Or perhaps even a 9D in Aberdeen.

 

There is no better alternative to trying on Alden shoes in person.

 

Thanks.

 

Thanks for the advice. I fully agree with trying the shoes, or any other shoes. However, Asia does not have many brick and mortar shops that sell Aldens, and unfortunately I do not have access where I am.

 

Shall probably go with 8.5E just to be safe.

post #113976 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Iamalfie View Post
 

 

Thanks for the advice. I fully agree with trying the shoes, or any other shoes. However, Asia does not have many brick and mortar shops that sell Aldens, and unfortunately I do not have access where I am.

 

Shall probably go with 8.5E just to be safe.

 

Thats what I would recommend.

 

It seems that many of us here have had far greater success with Alden sizing by adjusting widths instead of lengths between the various Alden lasts.

 

Aberdeen is one of the narrowest...therefore the E width should work.

 

How does the Van fit you?

post #113977 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Watchman1 View Post
 

 

Thats what I would recommend.

 

It seems that many of us here have had far greater success with Alden sizing by adjusting widths instead of lengths between the various Alden lasts.

 

Aberdeen is one of the narrowest...therefore the E width should work.

 

How does the Van fit you?


Its probably the most comfortable loafers I own. Even on the D width, the last is very generous which is good for a casual loafer.

 


Edited by Iamalfie - 7/30/15 at 9:22pm
post #113978 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Watchman1 View Post

Yes Sir,

I think the concept of wearing the boots/shoes for 15 min intervals for awhile inside before going outside as to break in the uppers properly is a generally good idea.

Obviously, tree them when your feet are not in them.

Some give the boots or shoes a dry out period before trees go in, others do not.  This last notion is mainly dictated by what climate you live in.

I think that the historical significance of shell cordovan is often lost.  The leather was basically invented because of its impervious nature. Scuffs can be buffed out.  Water cannot get in.  Almost totally immune to salt stains.  Looks better with time.  Rolls instead of creases.

These things are just a few of the reasons shell was heralded as a wonder material for work boots some 70 yrs ago or so.  Over the course of time, the sartorial beauty of the leather was realized and it has become a novelty.  In a good way of course...

Case In Point:  Don't be reluctant to go too easy on shell cordovan, especially the classic #8 shade.

Thanks.

Honestly that impervious, durable, hardy, good looking nature of cordovan is the #1 reason I chose them over anything similar in calf or pebble grain or CXL. I figured I wanted to wear them for a long time and look good the whole time, too. Low maintenance, good looking boots. I guess it's easy to overthink the "proper" way to go about getting these boots on the pavement.
post #113979 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Watchman1 View Post

Yes Sir,

I think the concept of wearing the boots/shoes for 15 min intervals for awhile inside before going outside as to break in the uppers properly is a generally good idea.

Obviously, tree them when your feet are not in them.

Some give the boots or shoes a dry out period before trees go in, others do not.  This last notion is mainly dictated by what climate you live in.

I think that the historical significance of shell cordovan is often lost.  The leather was basically invented because of its impervious nature. Scuffs can be buffed out.  Water cannot get in.  Almost totally immune to salt stains.  Looks better with time.  Rolls instead of creases.

These things are just a few of the reasons shell was heralded as a wonder material for work boots some 70 yrs ago or so.  Over the course of time, the sartorial beauty of the leather was realized and it has become a novelty.  In a good way of course...

Case In Point:  Don't be reluctant to go too easy on shell cordovan, especially the classic #8 shade.

Thanks.
Very well said sir smile.gif
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Very nice MrDv

 

 

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By the hammer of Thor!

 

 

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By Odin's great beard scotch! :fonz:

 

 

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Looking good in your LWB. LWBs are always a good choice.
You both wear your Tan Suede LHSes very well.
Those are very nice.
Absolutely fantastic D! Love them CT Boots!
Very nice Cigar PTBs Henry. They look very nice.
Superb as always Don, looking great again today!

-Mike

 

thank you gentlemen for the kind words.

i feel lucky every time i wear them. 

post #113981 of 122416
It's Black Friday men. Good luck finding some deals out there.

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Happy Wednesday:

 

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In the Whiskey LWB.

outstanding sir. something about whiskey and green.

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Hey Gents,
its been a while. Busy summer
a few from the phone
my best DV
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whiskey and ravello wink.gif



dirty cigars

 

winning!

that ravello cleaning shot though :drool:

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It's Black Friday men. Good luck finding some deals out there.

great boots sazon. so clean.

 

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I think these are my fav pair of Aldens, though that opinion seems to change a lot lol. Outdoor and indoor lighting.

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really nice colors. pairs well with jeans.


Edited by MrDV - 7/31/15 at 7:43am
post #113983 of 122416
Very true
post #113984 of 122416
Hi all,

Got a pair of the recent run cigar shell cordovan LWB in 7D which did not fit me, sending them back to Alden of Madison soon.

Brand new, not worn and no creases. Please let me know if anyone is interested and maybe we can arrange something with AoM.

Thanks,

Dan
post #113985 of 122416
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Hi all,

Got a pair of the recent run cigar shell cordovan LWB in 7D which did not fit me, sending them back to Alden of Madison soon.

Brand new, not worn and no creases. Please let me know if anyone is interested and maybe we can arrange something with AoM.

Thanks,

Dan

I might be interested. Sorry which one specifically (photo)? 

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