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post #28441 of 122416
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

Eh, choose your online retailers carefully.  Alden of SF won't take my orders anymore because of my "history of returns". 

wait what? I'm no legal expert but something seems fishy about the that policy....
post #28442 of 122416
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post


Yeah J. Crew is probably your best bet, maybe you can get your size, return, then buy from one of the outlet resellers

 

Yeah, agree with this.  J.Crew will always let you return within 60 days if you buy them online.

post #28443 of 122416
I want a pair of those number 4 wingtip boots so bad.
post #28444 of 122416
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post

Yeah J. Crew is probably your best bet, maybe you can get your size, return, then buy from one of the outlet resellers


do you mean someone on ebay?
post #28445 of 122416

Yeah, chorizo.  As I've mentioned previously, I ordered four pair of Indys in different size/color combinations.  I settled on the 403.  So I returned the others and asked for that boot.  And I received an email back saying they didn't have it.  I ordered two pairs of loafers after that and was told that my order wouldn't be filled.

 

It's not illegal.  Many big box retailers track returns and black ball people who exceed a predetermined threshold. If I had a stocking Alden dealer that I could reach without getting on an airplane, this wouldn't be a problem.

post #28446 of 122416
if you call Kathy in DC she would probably take care of you.
she is better about CS than they are in SF.
post #28447 of 122416
I see a lot of you guys in boots lately...I love em, but find wearing them in temps above 65, a bit "heavy". Anybody else feel this way about the boots?
post #28448 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

I see a lot of you guys in boots lately...I love em, but find wearing them in temps above 65, a bit "heavy". Anybody else feel this way about the boots?

 

Definitely know what you mean.  I generally just suck it up and wear them anyway, ha ha.

post #28449 of 122416

I went to work last Friday in my LS tanker boots.  Afternoon temp was about 95 Fahrenheit.  Definitely warm, but otherwise OK.  The 1494s are good when I have to be outside.

 

closerlook, the aforementioned 1494s were ordered from Alden of DC and shipped from Alden of SF (ironic, eh?).

post #28450 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

I see a lot of you guys in boots lately...I love em, but find wearing them in temps above 65, a bit "heavy". Anybody else feel this way about the boots?

Yeah my #4 boots have been tried on once and are just sitting in my closet. Not gonna get much of a chance to wear them in LA neither confused.gif

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Originally Posted by closerlook View Post

do you mean someone on ebay?

Yeah eBay or on B&S here
post #28451 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NorCal View Post


RWL, please take the above with a huge grain of salt (no disrespect meant to Therendition). I often hear people suggesting sizing down on shoes, but that has always seemed crazy to me and a sure fire recipe for disaster. Aldens are not that rare, you would be best served just trying a few on. Even if you have to abuse the mail-order returns of an online shoe store like Zappos or Endless, you should really try some on yourself.


No disrespect intended to Norcal, but the Barrie last is notorious to Alden enthusiasts for being at least 1/2 size too big.

 

The frequency of sizing down 1/2 size from TTS is sufficient to justify a strong recommendation to new buyers that, in the absence of opportunity to fit, they should buy 1/2 size down from TTS in the Barrie and 1 full size down in the Trubalance.

 

However, in Norcal's defence, it is obviously better to delay a purchase until you have had the opportunity to fit the shoe yourself, although when promotional sales and other buying opportunities present small windows of opportunity to make a rapid or impulse purchase, well then time is not always an option. In these cases calculate 1/2 down for Barrie and 1 down for Trubalance as a rule of thumb.

post #28452 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

I see a lot of you guys in boots lately...I love em, but find wearing them in temps above 65, a bit "heavy". Anybody else feel this way about the boots?

I've officially retired my cigar captoes for the summer... I will wear cordo and cxl chukkas, and I may wear my whiskey Indys(they are a springy color) but definitely, this is the season for suede makeups, loafers, etc
post #28453 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

I see a lot of you guys in boots lately...I love em, but find wearing them in temps above 65, a bit "heavy". Anybody else feel this way about the boots?

same here. and cordovan is even more punishing during higher temperatures.
post #28454 of 122416
I'll add that chukka boots in cordovan and chromexcel fit a bit looser, which I think may be beneficial in the summer (more circulation). High lace boots fit tighter and hotter
post #28455 of 122416
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

Eh, choose your online retailers carefully.  Alden of SF won't take my orders anymore because of my "history of returns".  Of course, I went on to buy four pairs of Aldens from Leather Soul.  So I'm not broken up about it.

Definitely would make me think twice about buying from there.

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