LOL, these boots look significantly better than they do even on display in stores. J Crew has (I believe) had this plain toe boot in their mens stores for a while, but the boots on display always appear to be worn, scuffed, etc and didn't look all that appealing. Honestly I am going to take a look at a version out of the box this weekend on the strength of these pics.
Just purchased those Jcrew Plain Toe boots in tan with 25% off in a size 8. These are my first Aldens... although I tried on a pair of Alden Indy's and a pair of Bucks on the barrie last, both in size 8.5, and both were really long and roomy in the toe. I figure an 8 would work well considering the half size down rule. I wear a size 8 in Red Wing Iron Rangers and Wolverine 1000 Miles.
Can anyone tell me if an 8 would work in these plain toes as well? It's yet to ship, so maybe I have a chance to exchange it for an 8.5 if need be.