Just returned from vacation to find a couple new pairs of Aldens waiting for me. I picked up the JCrew PCT black cordovans as well as the Brooks Brothers black scotch grains.
These latest two pairs are added to a pair of 404 Indys. I purchased all shoes without trying on (no Alden dealers where I live) and now I am a little lost on sizing so I could use some advice.
My size 11D 404's fit perfect in length but have quite a bit of room in width to the point when the shoes are tied the eyelets are pretty damn close together. I am going to order one of those leather insoles Alden makes to hopefully take up a little space. I can certainly live with the 404's as is, just want to try the insole to get a better fit.
On the two pairs I received today (both Barrie last) size 11D's they fit very tight in the ball areas (below little and big toes) of my feet. From my reading here I was hoping they would be slightly narrower than the True Balance and fit perfectly. I assume the Scotch grain shoe may stretch a little but after reading about the shell cordovan I should not be expecting too much stretch.
I know this is a bad question to ask on an internet forum, but do you guys think I should be looking at 11E Barrie or Modified or?
I hate to ask "what size shoe do I need" questions on the internet but without a dealer where I live I am stuck.