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Now that would need one adroit man, I not sure I qualify.

It is not that hard.  You slowly move the flame toward the edge of the thread.  It will ignite - not a burning flame, more like a  glow -- before the flame touches it:  the heat will light the thread.  The thread will burn towards the shoe slowly enough that you can watch it move toward the shoe and when the glow gets close to the shoe, extinguish it.  Small threads can be difficult to cut, and I have found this to be foolproof.

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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post

My numbers don't include a handful of Rancourt, a half dozen Trickers, various Peal & Co....
yeah, you win.

Anyone know if Alden makes NTL CXL LHS?
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yeah, you win.

Anyone know if Alden makes NTL CXL LHS?

I think I recall The Shoe Mart listing this.  I could be wrong, however, and I have not double-checked.

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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post

Off the top of my head I have 27 pair of Alden plus four more on pre-order. Three pair from my collection have never even been worn and more than a few pair have probably only been worn once or twice!

It may be blasphemy but I really need to STOP BUYING SHOES! I'd really like to pare down and simplify my collection but am too lazy to take the time to take nice pictures and put them online.

FWIW, I currently have 16 pairs of shoes for sale on eBay. The one pair of Alden's have more bids/watchers than the other 15 combined. My point is that selling Alden's really doesn't seem to require much effort.
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ATLVOL: Trying to size up some Ralph Lauren shell tassels.....any suggestions on comparison to Alden lasts?

If you are not D width or wider, don't bother.

Is that based on a Barrie size or TTS? I've been curious about this as well and have always had trouble fitting loafers due to my wide toes and low instep. If I could size down to a 12 (instead of a 13...they don't do half sizes past 10 or 11) and the toebox were still adequate, I might have a winner.

Thanks in advance.
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FWIW, I currently have 16 pairs of shoes for sale on eBay. The one pair of Alden's have more bids/watchers than the other 15 combined. My point is that selling Alden's really doesn't seem to require much effort.

Yes! and seeing that Michigan Planner wears 8E, I would LOVE if he decided to put some shoes up for sale fing02[1].gif

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Originally Posted by Winterbourne View Post

If someone is typically a 10 1/2 C, would a 10 D likely fit ? I got an inquiry on this for one of my auctions for a shoe that's on the Barrie last. I'm guessing I can't say for certain without first knowing on which last this person wears a 10 1/2 C?

Sir, my True to Size is 10.5C and have a variety of pairs in that size. For Barrie last, both boots and butchers, I go for 10D. Hope this helps, but yes the 10.5C point of reference definitely helps.

-Mike
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MP, I got you beat when it comes to the number of shoes (unless you have a number of non-Alden shoes) and I have to pack and drag them for the move! At least I've worn all my shoes shog[1].gif

I put a few up I wouldn't mind parting with; I took quick pictures just to get them up and I can always take better ones after we move.

We're not commiting to a house for now but looking for apartments. Possible opportunities are towards EL so I've been looking at Okemos to avoid the undergrad drunkfest (and potential beer dripping on my shell). I did apply to Henry Ford at Wyandotte and a couple of facilities in Southfield so I think that's closer to your area. If I end up in the Detroit burbs we're thinking of Troy/Birmingham/FH.

 

If either of you gents wear a TTS 11d give me a shout. 

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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

 

RTP, I am afraid you are mistaken.  Alden does not use the term Cap Toe anywhere that I can see on these shoes (please correct me if I am wrong this time).  They use the term Straight Tip (or Medallion Tip on the one with a medallion).  I don't think I've misunderstood anything, and I'm not meaning to sound frustrated or condescending.  I'm simply surprised that there was such a long debate over something that is easily referenced on their website for all to see.  All I was really trying to say is that Alden uses their own terminology to describe shoes that have the same traditional patterns as other high quality dress shoe manufacturers.  They are the only ones that use their own terminology, in spite of the fact that the other terminology is quite mainstream and recognized.  I really don't care if someone chooses to use their own terminology for their product, but apparently it is causing confusion (hence this conversation), and I do find that frustrating. 

 

http://aldenshoe.com/DrawProducts.aspx?Action=GetDetails&CategoryID=2&ProductID=69&PageID=8

 

http://aldenshoe.com/DrawProducts.aspx?Action=GetDetails&CategoryID=2&ProductID=71&PageID=8

 

http://aldenshoe.com/DrawProducts.aspx?Action=GetDetails&CategoryID=2&ProductID=72&PageID=8

 

http://aldenshoe.com/DrawProducts.aspx?Action=GetDetails&CategoryID=2&ProductID=73&PageID=8

 

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I went back and read your original post. You seem to have missed in my quote above where I said that other retailers (such as The Shoe Mart) do refer to some of their Alden Shoes as Cap Toes. However, that doesn't change that Alden does not call them Cap Toes, they call them Straight Tips. Insert people's confusion.


I guess the discrepancy arises from the fact that I had been using information from the Alden SF and Madison websites (which I'm guessing you have reviewed) as well as conversations with Kathy at Alden DC.  These Alden stores use the phrases cap toe and straight tip in the fashion that SFTG and I described it. The confusion comes from the apparent inconsistency in Alden's use of the terms. In any case, a discussion like this, on this particular thread should not be that big a deal.  If our elementary questions and answers are bothersome/frustrating to you, you may just want to ignore.  I do however thank you, my friend, for enlightening us with your knowledge.  I hope you enjoy your weekend...

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MP,

I am still ready to lighten your load by one pair of Whiskey Indys. I am not sure if you still want to sell them? but I am ready and waiting if you are
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Originally Posted by ATLVol View Post

Trying to size up some Ralph Lauren shell tassels.....any suggestions on comparison to Alden lasts?


In my experience they (C&J for RL) size similarly to the Alden Tassel moc

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suede lwb x leffot Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

I love these! Every time I see them I immediately want to put my navy shortwings up for sale and get a pair of these instead.

I would be happy with either one.  They both look very cool and incredibly comfortable.

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Originally Posted by aldenwear View Post

I think I recall The Shoe Mart listing this.  I could be wrong, however, and I have not double-checked.
Thanks! Argh, just checked it and the smallest they carry is a 7D; I need 6.5D for the Van. I wonder if I reach out to Ed he could accomodate.
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Originally Posted by TactileOne View Post

If either of you gents wear a TTS 11d give me a shout. 
Unfortunately I'm on the other end of the spectrum (Barrie 6.5D). Harder to get shoes at the extremes.
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Hey guys - regarding sizing for LHS... (Which is impossible to search for by the way.)

Barrie Boots = 8.5D (pretty perfect)
Barrie Shoes = 8.5D (slightly loose in heel)
Plaza Boots = 9D (oddly, maybe slightly roomy overall)

LHS = ?? (I'm thinking 8.5C especially considering I'd like to wear them sockless much of the time)

Sadly, I don't really have the option of trying any on, so your advice would be appreciated even though I know sizing is extra difficult for loafers.
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fiestaplatypus: Is that based on a Barrie size or TTS? I've been curious about this as well and have always had trouble fitting loafers due to my wide toes and low instep. If I could size down to a 12 (instead of a 13...they don't do half sizes past 10 or 11) and the toebox were still adequate, I might have a winner. Thanks in advance.

I wear 9.5B in Aberdeen loafers (tassels/full straps).
I wear 9C in Van LHS.
I wear no insole with my loafers.
I wear a thin insole with my laced shoes and generally wear 9.5D (9D in Barrie/TruB).

The C&J for RL shell tassels come only in D width. I have tried them in 9D (foot literally came out of the shoe with each stride) and 8.5D (still way too much heel slippage). The 9.5D would have been laughable.

But everyone has different feet - don't know till you try ....
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