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post #13786 of 122416
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Originally Posted by lee_44106 View Post
Apparently because of a very loyal fan base that cuts Alden LOTS of slack.....

You really think so? I can't imagine anyone accepting this (providing it's real)
post #13787 of 122416
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Originally Posted by robin View Post
That actually looks like a bad photoshop touch up job, not a defect on the shoe. Anyways, if you want absolutely perfectly made shoes Alden is probably not for you.
I agree. Alden's quality control is absolutely atrocious. Just had to take my JCrew suede Alden's in for repair. Left shoe nearly fell to pieces. Five of seven pairs had/have problems. Alden's lunch could easily be eaten by a competitor someday.
post #13788 of 122416
^^^
I've had maybe one Alden with a perceived flaw that I considered serious enough to return - and I've had quite a few Aldens. These are not bespoke shoes and if the odd one sneaks through QC then you can always return them with no hassle - depending on the retailer, of course.

They're popular because of the styles and leathers and they last a long time.
post #13789 of 122416
i've seen too many aldens with flaws between late 2010 and now, so i moved on to other things
post #13790 of 122416
I've never owned a Trubalance show, but I have a few on the Barrie last. Can someone provide a description of how the two differ?
post #13791 of 122416
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Originally Posted by kgmessier View Post
I've never owned a Trubalance show, but I have a few on the Barrie last. Can someone provide a description of how the two differ?

Hard as it might be to imagine, the Barrie is positively sleek when compared to the Trubalance (which is very bulbous - think Bozo the clown).

Can you tell I don't like the Trubalance last?
post #13792 of 122416
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Originally Posted by HorseHide View Post
Can you tell I don't like the Trubalance last?

Ha! Duly noted.
post #13793 of 122416
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Hard as it might be to imagine, the Barrie is positively sleek when compared to the Trubalance (which is very bulbous - think Bozo the clown).

Can you tell I don't like the Trubalance last?

Same opinion on the Trubalance. My least favorite of the lasts I've tried. Although I did have luck with the Roy boot in 8.5D, Trubalance.
I wear 9D in the Barrie and Plaza, my foot measures 9.5 c/d on the Brannock. Also went with 8.5D on a few pair of the unlined suede oxfords that are on the Barrie and these fit great.
Funny, my shell boots in 9D/Barrie fit very well but the longwings and shortwings I have in 9D/Barrie are a bit loose. Has nothing to do with being able to lace a boot tighter, they DO vary in size.
post #13794 of 122416
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I've never owned a Trubalance show, but I have a few on the Barrie last. Can someone provide a description of how the two differ?

I believe the Trubalance was created specifically for peeps with foot problems. The Alden web site has some good info on it:

The Trubalance Last was designed to fit from the normal foot shape to the extremely pronated heavy foot with square forefoot or splay foot. The Trubalance has a wide ball tread, straight inner border and broad outer border with much lateral displacement. It is our highest and widest toe last with very roomy walled inner and outer borders. It is our most commodious last for foot deformities such as hammer toes, overlapping toes, enlarged joints, etc. At the same time it is the best last to accommodate prescribed corrections, particularly full plantar inserts. In spite of these accommodation features, the Trubalance will retain control at the heel so that the foot remains in balance on the correction and will not rotate or slide forward within the shoe.
The Trubalance will also fit a Pes Cavus type foot well and particularly well when plantar inserts are prescribed; this in the past has always been a problem.
With or without prescribed corrections, the Trubalance.Last will offer the fitter the most commodious forepart, plentiful depth and shank width while retaining a snug heel control. It is a must for the congenital square shaped Pes Planus.
With precise fitting, the Trubalance Last will produce the most gratifying results. It is most dependable and versatile in its uses.


I wear orthodic inserts and for someone who routinely has foot pain after being on his feet for awhile, shoes on this last are EXTREMELY well fighting and comfortable.
post #13795 of 122416
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Originally Posted by sazon View Post
I believe the Trubalance was created specifically for peeps with foot problems. The Alden web site has some good info on it:

The Trubalance Last was designed to fit from the normal foot shape to the extremely pronated heavy foot with square forefoot or splay foot. The Trubalance has a wide ball tread, straight inner border and broad outer border with much lateral displacement. It is our highest and widest toe last with very roomy walled inner and outer borders. It is our most commodious last for foot deformities such as hammer toes, overlapping toes, enlarged joints, etc. At the same time it is the best last to accommodate prescribed corrections, particularly full plantar inserts. In spite of these accommodation features, the Trubalance will retain control at the heel so that the foot remains in balance on the correction and will not rotate or slide forward within the shoe.
The Trubalance will also fit a Pes Cavus type foot well and particularly well when plantar inserts are prescribed; this in the past has always been a problem.
With or without prescribed corrections, the Trubalance.Last will offer the fitter the most commodious forepart, plentiful depth and shank width while retaining a snug heel control. It is a must for the congenital square shaped Pes Planus.
With precise fitting, the Trubalance Last will produce the most gratifying results. It is most dependable and versatile in its uses.


I wear orthodic inserts and for someone who routinely has foot pain after being on his feet for awhile, shoes on this last are EXTREMELY well fighting and comfortable.

Well that clarifies things for me...
post #13796 of 122416
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Originally Posted by HorseHide View Post
Hard as it might be to imagine, the Barrie is positively sleek when compared to the Trubalance (which is very bulbous - think Bozo the clown).

Can you tell I don't like the Trubalance last?

Here's another photo of some boots (I think they are cordovan chukkas in color #4) on the Trubalance:

post #13797 of 122416
Guys,
I have decided to save my money and buy these instead of the new make-ups people have been talking about. I hope you like them, and if people want them, I know where we could get a group buy discount.

post #13798 of 122416
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Originally Posted by sazon View Post
Guys,
I have decided to save my money and buy these instead of the new make-ups people have been talking about. I hope you like them, and if people want them, I know where we could get a group buy discount.


post #13799 of 122416
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Originally Posted by kgmessier View Post
I've never owned a Trubalance show, but I have a few on the Barrie last. Can someone provide a description of how the two differ?

Generally, Trubalance size = Barrie size. Tom has said in the past, I remember, that 95% of his customers took the same size. Those 5% that wear Trubalance in their TTS, half sized down for Barrie.
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Gents, I am very sorry for that picture. Someone has hacked my account and sent that picture as joke it seems. It was just a sick joke. I will not answer any more questions about this picture.
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