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post #1711 of 122416
So if I'm a 7.5 in the Leydon (Chukka boot) should I go for a 7 in the Barrie last?

Looking into some longwings.
post #1712 of 122416
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Originally Posted by kinetic View Post
So if I'm a 7.5 in the Leydon (Chukka boot) should I go for a 7 in the Barrie last?

Looking into some longwings.

Yes. 7.5D Leydon would be 7D Barrie.
post #1713 of 122416
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Originally Posted by bakatora View Post
My Epaulet x Alden Brixton boots:

These are my first pair of Aldens. They definitely won't be my last.

Great looking boots!
post #1714 of 122416
I've been through the thread in the past but can't remember the answer to this question: what is the difference between barrie and true balance? I tried on a pair of Indys and really liked the true balance fit but I've got a thing for NST boots (particulary #8 with a crepe sole if I can find it). Now I'm back in Tokyo and can't find anywhere to try on the barrie. I've heard they're similar but can anyone tell me what to expect? I'm an 8D in true balance. Also, I googled around but should I avoid wearing cordovan in the rain? I found some threads on askandy and people were just going back and forth over whether or not cordovan holds up well in the wet. I don't want to buy a 700 pair of shoes (likely on a commando sole) and then have to check weather reports before venturing out in them. Overall are cordovan boots tougher for city living or should I stick to something more utilitarian like the Indy? Right now I'm waffeling between Trickers Stow, 405's, and at the high end, #8 NST.
post #1715 of 122416
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I've been through the thread in the past but can't remember the answer to this question: what is the difference between barrie and true balance? I tried on a pair of Indys and really liked the true balance fit but I've got a thing for NST boots (particulary #8 with a crepe sole if I can find it). Now I'm back in Tokyo and can't find anywhere to try on the barrie. I've heard they're similar but can anyone tell me what to expect? I'm an 8D in true balance. Also, I googled around but should I avoid wearing cordovan in the rain? I found some threads on askandy and people were just going back and forth over whether or not cordovan holds up well in the wet. I don't want to buy a 700 pair of shoes (likely on a commando sole) and then have to check weather reports before venturing out in them. Overall are cordovan boots tougher for city living or should I stick to something more utilitarian like the Indy? Right now I'm waffeling between Trickers Stow, 405's, and at the high end, #8 NST.
It's water resistant but from what I've read some people have experienced swelling of the leather (bumpiness) when the cordovan gets wet. How can you not find anywhere to try on a pair of Aldens in Japan? They're everywhere there
post #1716 of 122416
Every place I've been only carries modified but I'm going to go look more today. Edit: Thanks LeatherSOUL
post #1717 of 122416
Most places also carry the Barrie. Look for the 990, 9901, and 1339, which should be in almost every Alden retailer in Japan. You should also be an 8D.
post #1718 of 122416
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Wow.

Exactly my thoughts. Now I am eager to get some impressions from people who actually have the boot.
post #1719 of 122416
so I've had a tendency to baby my new shell shoes, but of the 1-2 old pairs I've bought off ebay, I've wore them in the rain (heavy rain) and they look absolutely fine after drying off with shoes trees in them. If it is raining outside I still wouldn't choose my newer shell shoes as my go to shoes but I wouldn't necessarily worry about them if it was wet outside. I mean, if you really think about it, would Alden really make $700 shoes that gets "ruined" in wet weather? They'd be out of business long ago if that was the case.
post #1720 of 122416
I have a question about the Thomas heel:


Do all trubalance-last Alden boots come with the Thomas heel? Or is this just an Indy boot feature?
post #1721 of 122416
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I have a question about the Thomas heel: Do all trubalance-last Alden boots come with the Thomas heel? Or is this just an Indy boot feature?
All depends on the design of the Indy (which means it depends on where you get them from)
post #1722 of 122416
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My Epaulet x Alden Brixton boots:





These are my first pair of Aldens. They definitely won't be my last.
Very nice. I like that it is not speed laced.
post #1723 of 122416
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Originally Posted by false View Post
I've been through the thread in the past but can't remember the answer to this question: what is the difference between barrie and true balance? I tried on a pair of Indys and really liked the true balance fit but I've got a thing for NST boots (particulary #8 with a crepe sole if I can find it). Now I'm back in Tokyo and can't find anywhere to try on the barrie. I've heard they're similar but can anyone tell me what to expect? I'm an 8D in true balance.

Also, I googled around but should I avoid wearing cordovan in the rain? I found some threads on askandy and people were just going back and forth over whether or not cordovan holds up well in the wet. I don't want to buy a 700 pair of shoes (likely on a commando sole) and then have to check weather reports before venturing out in them. Overall are cordovan boots tougher for city living or should I stick to something more utilitarian like the Indy? Right now I'm waffeling between Trickers Stow, 405's, and at the high end, #8 NST.

here is my nst with commando sole.

post #1724 of 122416
random question, but does anyone have advice for getting the tongue of an indy boot to stop from sliding to the side after a couple hours of wear?
these are the only boots i own that do this. no idea why they do, but its annoying.
post #1725 of 122416
^^ yea me too, and the only boot that does this as well, probably because the cordovan tongue is so thick it can't develop a "stay put" crease and mold in place the way my other boots do. I think it's something you just have to live with unless someone else has a fix.
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