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Mac, looking classy in your Balmorals!

-Mike
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Hi,

In continuation of my earlier post, I am a US 9.5 most of the time. I got a Barrie last CXL boot in US 9.5 D last week, my first Alden purchase. US 9 was too tight and short in length. With US 9.5 and medium socks, my larger foot is nicely snug inside the shoe. However, I feel room inside the boot on my other foot. Does this sound right? Should I try 9.5 C or 10 C? Not my retailers carry the C width in Barrie last.

I really want to get this right as they are few Cordovan boots that I am eyeing on the Barrie last at the Alden SF online store.

I too would try 9.5C. They are harder to get, but getting the proper width is worth the hassle.

-Mike
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Yes, Yenni was very easy to work with. I'm really looking forward to receiving these! 

I am actually in the process of trying to build a decent shoe collection. I don't have anything nice right now. I bought a pair of JCrew Indy boots before Xmas, but returned them due to a stitching issue. 

I work in a business casual setting so (ideally) anything that I buy should look good with jeans, chinos, dress pants, etc... 

I like cordovan quite a bit. Some 975s seem like a good start, maybe followed by some PTBs. 

Color 8 is generally pretty good for business casual and can go with jeans or a suit. The 975 is a great foray into Shell Cordovan Aldens.

On the pre-order, once you completely forget about them, they will come in.

-Mike
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Originally Posted by AliMurtaza View Post

Hi,

In continuation of my earlier post, I am a US 9.5 most of the time. I got a Barrie last CXL boot in US 9.5 D last week, my first Alden purchase. US 9 was too tight and short in length. With US 9.5 and medium socks, my larger foot is nicely snug inside the shoe. However, I feel room inside the boot on my other foot. Does this sound right? Should I try 9.5 C or 10 C? Not my retailers carry the C width in Barrie last.

I really want to get this right as they are few Cordovan boots that I am eyeing on the Barrie last at the Alden SF online store.

Folks commonly have one foot slightly larger than the other. Determine what type/thickness of sock you will wear. Try on various shoes from different lasts to see what works best for you. There are a couple of ways to address the issues. Fitting for the larger foot. Space can be taken up for the smaller foot with various methods. Start with a tongue pad to take up some volume. Its better to address the volume issue from the top to avoid upsetting your natural balance with a single insole. If it is more of a tightness in width issue, say a bunion, buy the size which fits best and then take the shoes to a REAL cobbler and have the tight shoe stretched in the specific spot where it is tight. Stretching for length is not as successful but some adjustments can be made. You can do this at home if you want, there are plenty of online articles just a search away. Now, if your foot measures 1/2 to full size larger or more, try working with a true representative shoe shop (vs a retailer who caries various brands), they may be able to order a pair with differing sizes. Another alternative is going with a custom maker. Russell Boots and a few others make shoes and boots to fit each specific foot and can handle most any abnormality. Most folk's issues can be addressed with the above methods, though. Hope this helps.

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My favorite Alden model. One that I hope to soon acquire. Well done as always Mac.
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Very nice!  Are those the J.Gilbert makeup?

actually they are yes. I got them off a fellow sf member. 10 D while I am 10.5 C. May list them on B&S pretty soon.
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Looking very sharp in your King Plaza Wingtips. What are the boots just sitting there on the floor ignored?

Mike you spotted them.
Black shell plaza last Dr. Jones boot from Fransboone.





Here they are at the Jimmy Choo section in Harrods. Shopping for the wife guys!
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Uncle really great to have you back. Always inspiring and the main reason we are all here!
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If the thread has to be split up, I vote for the annual thread option as well.

I'm wearing my plaza cigar boots today - thanks to Namor for the lacing inspiration.

These have many, many wears on them and are likely due for a restoration and resole soon. While its not a real option, my preference would be to have Alden do a full refinish on the uppers and convert the double leather soles to commando, so they're probably headed to Bnelson or Ah One to be put on dainite.

I'm curious if any of you have ever had Alden's steel shanks replaced with a non-metal option as part of a resole? I travel frequently for work, and find myself leaving my Alden's at home to avoid the annoyance of setting off the metal detector / unlacing boots / getting into footwear discussions with colleagues while going through the TSA precheck security line.

As a quick follow-up to my post from yesterday - I spoke with Aram at Ah One and he said that swapping out the metal shank for a wood replacement is a common request and a modification he is happy to perform during a standard resole. I'm looking forward to gradually making my Alden collection road warrior approved.
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Who got these!!?? I'm very jealous. I was way too late in calling. Post a pic when you get them!





AMD thanks! I just sent you a PM.
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I haven't been around the SF Alden forum all that long. Someone please explain the uncle/nephew thing.

Thanks and Happy New Year!
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I haven't been around the SF Alden forum all that long. Someone please explain the uncle/nephew thing.

Thanks and Happy New Year!
It can't be explained in a way that makes sense.
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Might be FAQ-worthy.
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I haven't been around the SF Alden forum all that long. Someone please explain the uncle/nephew thing.

Thanks and Happy New Year!
I think it may be FAQ worthy

The uncle / nephew terminology is often used as a sign of respect here, but certainly not necessary or required. Uncle Mac has an amazing Alden collection and more importantly treats all with fairness and respect that I personally appreciate a great deal. It is completely up to an individual on how to handle this little quirk of this particular forum. Hope that helps. Cheers 🍻
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