Here is a curve ball, has the size/make of the Alden last ever been updated? I recently ordered 2 pairs of Alden LWB in size 8.5, allegedly on the Barrie last (one pair of cigar, and one pair of whiskey cordovans). I already own a pair of LWB in color 8, Barrie, on the commando sole, which fits perfectly. To my surprise, both of the new LWBs are slightly, slightly too small. Reviewing the pictures, it seems like they might be on a different last, with the toe box being shaped slightly differently. What do you guys think? They'll be up for grabs shortly on B&S. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I have had this issue as well. My color 8 LWB fit quite nicely. My suede and ravello LWBs fit more tightly. At first I thought it was because the suede and ravello LWBs were less broken in. However, I recently picked up a new pair of black shell LWB and they fit much closer to the color 8. All of these LWB are either 2013 or newer. Anyway, I just chalk it up to Alden being Alden.