these are true to size. I got them in a 8D which fits me well, I prefer a 7.5D in the Barrie and 8D in most other Alden lasts. I also have to agree that the handsewn stitching on the newer Indys are off. I've seen a few in person and a lot of times the stitching is askew or too squared off compared to the last of the shoe. I personally prefer the machine stitching myself for Indys.
I figure this is a good place to post this. I am getting 15 or so shell cordovan Aldens in sizes 11.5 & 12. I have Whiskey, Cigar, Ravello, #8 and Black. They are all brand new. I have various models. They would be ~70-80% of retail (20-30% off). PM me if there is anything in particular that you are looking for. They are all loafers or lace-ups, no boots. There are a few more that are not in this picture.
you have hit the mother lode. go luck on the sales
So after talking with Alden they want to only deal with brick and mortar stores now. Actually Im glad I called them, they are pretty cool people. They explained to me why they are saying no and it sounded like in the past they might have said yes. They said their online presence is getting too strong as it is so I guess they are worried about overexposure on the internet and cheapening their presence like (Allen Edmonds presumably).
Makes sense. I bet things have really changed in recent years for Alden with their growing popularity.
A call out to anyone with stock 403's to post some wear pics. I'm really just curious how the neoprene sole breaks in after wear. I incline towards the commando on the ultimates, but maybe maybe the neoprene looks better when it's beat and battered. Anyone?
Incidentally, would a neoprene sole take the commando, or is that trouble?
I stopped by the Alden NYC store last week. They had some whiskey longwings in smaller sizes, but in E widths if anyone is looking. Tried on a 7.5E myself, but I resisted the temptation. Maybe next year.
Is whiskey shell really that rare? The store had so many models in whiskey and theshoemart also has many pairs available.