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post #119446 of 122416
IMO the PCT boot is the most versatile boot Alden makes. You can wear that with almost anything. I do like the 4060 for sure but I think the PCT over the straight cap is a little more eye catching. And, as much as I love the antique edge w/color 8 in pics, for ME, in person, it is much less appealing and versatile.
post #119447 of 122416

I bought a pair of alden indy 403 boots in CXL last week. I tried 13,12,5 and size 12 in the C/E combination. 

I usually wear size 11 uk to 11,5uk in dress shoes and 11,5 in hiking boots, 12,5US in combat boots.

 

The thing is, size 13 was way too long and had too much volume, the 12,5 was too long also. With thick 400g socks I could stick nearly two fingers behind my heel in the 12,5 and I couldnt get a snug fit around the instep because of the sides touching when lacing tight. 

 

Size 12 was way too tight with the thick 400g socks, which I found irritating, given the 12,5 was much too big.

But with thinner socks I thought it would work....

The size 12 felt good on the right foot and a little bit tight on the left around the instep, but length wise I can fit a finger behind my heel and have a thumbs width of space in front of my toes, pressing down.

I had a fingers width of space between the sides when laced properly. The dealer mentioned the tightness of the left boot will go away with wear...

 

One week later the boots have stretched, now the sides touch and overlap in the upper part, when laced tight. When the laces are less tight, the right boots especially feels mushy and too wide.

Also the leather around my lower leg has stretched, I can now fit 4 fingers in there when lace as tight as it allows.

The left boot now has a crease above my toes which is pinching my toes and has a kind of bulge in the insole under my toes, clearly noticeable especially with my big toe, like there stoo much cork filler under it...

 

I dont really know what to think of this, as the fit felt allright in the beginning, but now is totally awkward. Ive worn boots and shoes all my life, starting with old 1960 brown corcoran jump boots which passed away last year, but never came across such weird fitting issues.

 

Sometimes I slip into the boots and they feel to small, after a few minutes they out of a sudden feel too wide + tjhe above mentioned problems.

I only had something similiar in a pair of chippewa trench boots from their premium line, also CXL leather. Maybe its the leather prone to stretching? Iam confused.

 

Anyone has some advice or fitting tips for me resolving my issue or helping me out of my confusion?

 

Thank you! 

post #119448 of 122416

The Mighty Innsbruck Alt Wien Returns...

 

 

Hey guys!
 

The Innsbruck Alt Wien has returned! We got 24 units in. 16 are preordered, 8 are open stock. Open stock sizes are 8.5D through 10D. If you're interested in a pair, here's the link

 

If you preordered a shoe, then you can pay the balance here and we can get it shipped out to you pronto. 

post #119449 of 122416
The 4060 or jcrew pct are the way to go here.
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Originally Posted by Epaulet View Post
 

The Mighty Innsbruck Alt Wien Returns...

 

 

 

Hey guys!
 

The Innsbruck Alt Wien has returned! We got 24 units in. 16 are preordered, 8 are open stock. Open stock sizes are 8.5D through 10D. If you're interested in a pair, here's the link

 

If you preordered a shoe, then you can pay the balance here and we can get it shipped out to you pronto. 

 

im sure someone has asked, so sorry for being repetitive, but any ETA on the natty version of this arriving?

post #119452 of 122416
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im sure someone has asked, so sorry for being repetitive, but any ETA on the natty version of this arriving?

 

@kwhitelaw no exact date, but we're definitely expecting all of the Natural Chromexcel makeups to arrive before the end of the year. 

post #119453 of 122416
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Originally Posted by breck81 View Post
 

All day for a versatile 1 Alden quiver http://www.fransboonestore.com/collections/alden/products/re-stock-of-alden-cordovan-8-parajumper-boots-1

These are nice but the brass eyelets make it casual. The regular 4060 (better yet PCT) will be a more versatile boot IMO.

post #119454 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Epaulet View Post

The Mighty Innsbruck Alt Wien Returns...




Hey guys!

 
The Innsbruck Alt Wien has returned! We got 24 units in. 16 are preordered, 8 are open stock. Open stock sizes are 8.5D through 10D. If you're interested in a pair, here's the link

If you preordered a shoe, then you can pay the balance here and we can get it shipped out to you pronto. 

Any update on the Shell #8 Innsbruck Alt Wien pre-order from last Summer?
post #119455 of 122416
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Originally Posted by iLuveketchup View Post
 

These are nice but the brass eyelets make it casual. The regular 4060 (better yet PCT) will be a more versatile boot IMO.

Dont forget IMO applies to everyone. Whats casual for one may be dressy for others. Its all relative...And there is no right or wrong. In my very casual day to day, i find most all Aldens to be "dressy". My friends certainly consider my Aldens to be dressy, when in fact the majority of SF members would consider my collection casual.

 

So to reiterate, "dressy" and "casual" is relative.

 

I think the bigger issue is that this guy thinks he can just buy 1 pair of Aldens. Just like i bet he can eat just one potato chip.

post #119456 of 122416
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I think the bigger issue is that this guy thinks he can just buy 1 pair of Aldens. Just like i bet he can eat just one potato chip.

 

Haha, so true.

post #119457 of 122416
Versatility is subjective.
For me, #8 sw boot with antique edge and leefot's tanker would be the 2 most versatile.
I wear mostly:
1 chinos
2 jeans
3 slacks
4 suits (never)

Dark edges feel a bit too formal for me w jeans and even some chinos. That's just me, some folks here wear dark edges casually better than I can.
post #119458 of 122416
I was reluctant to weigh in because people should choose and buy what they like. However, I would encourage you to select a cap toe boot (or shoe) over a NST anything for your described purposes. A cap toe is more conservative and understated than a NST, and for this reason, the cap toe is more versatile.

Go for the Grant last. And although brass eyelets are striking and cool, if this is going to be worn at all conservatively with suits or a jacket and tie, plain mat eyelets should get the nod.

If you (ever) consider the NST boot, try to find a sleeker last (like the Plaza). I think Barrie, Trubalance, and other stout lasts are less than ideal for a more refined aesthetic.
post #119459 of 122416
@Epaulet, any idea when the color 8 version might come in?
post #119460 of 122416
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post
 

If you want versatile I think the only answer is the model 4060 captoe boot in Color8 shell. The color 8 NST is nice, but stay away from models with antique (light tan) edges as I feel these severely take away from it's versatility. Just my .02.

 

 

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Originally Posted by iLuveketchup View Post
 

JR Magat nailed it. And I agree with tifosi, the dark edge will be the most versatile.

 

 

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Originally Posted by aldennoob View Post


yes, the 4060 is the best. nst may not look good with suit.
The franboone store bras eyelet version is just the best answer.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Mghart View Post
 

+1 for the 4060 as being probably the most versatile. Its why I got it as my first shell anything from alden, and it'd be the one I'd keep if I had to limit myself to just one shell boot/shoe. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by bigbadbuff View Post

IMO the PCT boot is the most versatile boot Alden makes. You can wear that with almost anything. I do like the 4060 for sure but I think the PCT over the straight cap is a little more eye catching. And, as much as I love the antique edge w/color 8 in pics, for ME, in person, it is much less appealing and versatile.

 

 

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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

The 4060 or jcrew pct are the way to go here.

 

 

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Originally Posted by breck81 View Post
 

All day for a versatile 1 Alden quiver http://www.fransboonestore.com/collections/alden/products/re-stock-of-alden-cordovan-8-parajumper-boots-1

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by iLuveketchup View Post
 

These are nice but the brass eyelets make it casual. The regular 4060 (better yet PCT) will be a more versatile boot IMO.

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by breck81 View Post
 

Dont forget IMO applies to everyone. Whats casual for one may be dressy for others. Its all relative...And there is no right or wrong. In my very casual day to day, i find most all Aldens to be "dressy". My friends certainly consider my Aldens to be dressy, when in fact the majority of SF members would consider my collection casual.

 

So to reiterate, "dressy" and "casual" is relative.

 

I think the bigger issue is that this guy thinks he can just buy 1 pair of Aldens. Just like i bet he can eat just one potato chip.

 

 

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Originally Posted by JSO1 View Post
 

 

Haha, so true.

 

 

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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

Versatility is subjective.
For me, #8 sw boot with antique edge and leefot's tanker would be the 2 most versatile.
I wear mostly:
1 chinos
2 jeans
3 slacks
4 suits (never)

Dark edges feel a bit too formal for me w jeans and even some chinos. That's just me, some folks here wear dark edges casually better than I can.

 

 

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Originally Posted by smoothie1 View Post

I was reluctant to weigh in because people should choose and buy what they like. However, I would encourage you to select a cap toe boot (or shoe) over a NST anything for your described purposes. A cap toe is more conservative and understated than a NST, and for this reason, the cap toe is more versatile.

Go for the Grant last. And although brass eyelets are striking and cool, if this is going to be worn at all conservatively with suits or a jacket and tie, plain mat eyelets should get the nod.

If you (ever) consider the NST boot, try to find a sleeker last (like the Plaza). I think Barrie, Trubalance, and other stout lasts are less than ideal for a more refined aesthetic.


Lots of really good advice. Thanks for taking the time to help me. I will read and re-read before I purchase. You guys are awesome.

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