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post #70006 of 122416
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Originally Posted by specialk0449 View Post
 

Your PTB's in color 8 look fantastic. My wife bought the same pair for me as a Christmas gift. Our wives have great taste in shoes!!

If only their taste in men was as good as their taste in footwear :fonz:

post #70007 of 122416

^^Someday when my Cigar Shell LHS' grow up, I want them to look like that!

post #70008 of 122416
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If only their taste in men was as good as their taste in footwear :fonz:

rydenfan, You speak the truth as far as I am concerned.  :nodding:

post #70009 of 122416
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Originally Posted by blackboard_knowledge View Post

It seems that most of your sizes are consistent, minus the Brannock measurement. Keep in mind that a C&J 6.5E is a US7.5D. Also, AE #5 tends to fit TTS, so your TTS appears to be 7.5D, which is what you might wear in the Plaza or Aberdeen. The Barrie fits 0.5 large, like the Trubalance last, so I would go with a 7D, like your Indys. I don't think that it is more complicated than that.

With that said, you can always go and get fitted to be completely sure.

Thank you. I always keep the Brannock in there in case there is a length issue (sometimes my toes graze the end of a shoe or are slightly pinched, but it hasn't been a major issue yet). Also to note that the C&J fitments are a bit odd - not a whole lot of people take the same a full size down in both the 337 and 348 - usually it's one or the other, or just both 1/2 size down. So I thought that would be telling but I understand if many people in this thread don't have experience with those. Oh well.

Tried to get fitted by Alden in SF a couple years back on vacation when purchasing my Indy boots, they literally refused to do it (hence me originally coming here for sizing advice). There's a place a hundred mile miles away but they don't have anything in my size.

More of less I was hoping to get some info on more of the differences between the trubalance and the barrie last, perhaps the fitment issues with cordovan shoes (some reports say they run a bit larger due to lack of stretch in the leather) and so on. The best I can tell is they have a higher instep, wider heel, and narrower toe box, but I can't say for certain. But if they do, for my foot type, a 7.5c seems like it would be better, or perhaps I have a foot type that just won't work with this last - which would bum me out at this have been one of my 'end game' shoes. Now I have a 7d coming, hopefully that will clarify things.
post #70010 of 122416
hey... i'm thinking of doing an restoration on my jcrew aldens, but im not from the states.

How or who do i contact for this?
post #70011 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Chien View Post

hey... i'm thinking of doing an restoration on my jcrew aldens, but im not from the states.

How or who do i contact for this?

go to the Alden website and under restoration it will give you the email address to request your mailing envelope....

post #70012 of 122416
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Originally Posted by specialk0449 View Post
 

rydenfan, You speak the truth as far as I am concerned.  :nodding:

Haha, if only you knew how far above my head I married, 27 years ago.

post #70013 of 122416
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Originally Posted by brandall10 View Post

Thank you. I always keep the Brannock in there in case there is a length issue (sometimes my toes graze the end of a shoe or are slightly pinched, but it hasn't been a major issue yet). Also to note that the C&J fitments are a bit odd - not a whole lot of people take the same a full size down in both the 337 and 348 - usually it's one or the other, or just both 1/2 size down. So I thought that would be telling but I understand if many people in this thread don't have experience with those. Oh well.

Tried to get fitted by Alden in SF a couple years back on vacation when purchasing my Indy boots, they literally refused to do it (hence me originally coming here for sizing advice). There's a place a hundred mile miles away but they don't have anything in my size.

More of less I was hoping to get some info on more of the differences between the trubalance and the barrie last, perhaps the fitment issues with cordovan shoes (some reports say they run a bit larger due to lack of stretch in the leather) and so on. The best I can tell is they have a higher instep, wider heel, and narrower toe box, but I can't say for certain. But if they do, for my foot type, a 7.5c seems like it would be better, or perhaps I have a foot type that just won't work with this last - which would bum me out at this have been one of my 'end game' shoes. Now I have a 7d coming, hopefully that will clarify things.

Alden SF refused to measure you? What other purpose do they serve if they do not ensure that their customer's shoes fit? Alden DC does a great job of sizing folks, even if they may not be ready to pull the trigger that moment.

Honestly, if you continue to have serious reservations, perhaps order a pair of Barrie lasted shoes in 7.5D from J. Crew for size. They have LWBs and cordovan Cadet shoes in your size. You can try them on for size and return them at a J. Crew near you. From what you have told me though, I suspect that the 7.5D will fit.
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

happy new year everyone. be safe out there tonight.
ravello nst


Wonderful shoes.

My Aberdeen NSTs in color 8 and ravello would be among the first pairs I would grab if my house was on fire (of course, only after securing the safety of those things in my life that actually matter - wife and children).

Happy new year to all. fistbump.gif
post #70015 of 122416

Just picked up a pair of BB color #8 wingtips on ebay. Looked pretty good when I got them. Before and after (deer bone, reno, light wax and buff) attached.

 

 

 

 

Few quick questions....

 

1) one of the shoes looks sunfaded. I tried to darken it up with a little black paste wax but its still clearly a different. 

 

2) i usually reno my shoes till nothing more comes off on the cloth (grime, polish etc). this shoes i worked on for half an hour with multiple coats of reno all over and still couldnt get all the cloth to come off clean. should i try something else?

 

im loving the pantina on these shoes.

post #70016 of 122416
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Originally Posted by brandall10 View Post

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Originally Posted by blackboard_knowledge View Post

It seems that most of your sizes are consistent, minus the Brannock measurement. Keep in mind that a C&J 6.5E is a US7.5D. Also, AE #5 tends to fit TTS, so your TTS appears to be 7.5D, which is what you might wear in the Plaza or Aberdeen. The Barrie fits 0.5 large, like the Trubalance last, so I would go with a 7D, like your Indys. I don't think that it is more complicated than that.

With that said, you can always go and get fitted to be completely sure.

Thank you. I always keep the Brannock in there in case there is a length issue (sometimes my toes graze the end of a shoe or are slightly pinched, but it hasn't been a major issue yet). Also to note that the C&J fitments are a bit odd - not a whole lot of people take the same a full size down in both the 337 and 348 - usually it's one or the other, or just both 1/2 size down. So I thought that would be telling but I understand if many people in this thread don't have experience with those. Oh well.

Tried to get fitted by Alden in SF a couple years back on vacation when purchasing my Indy boots, they literally refused to do it
(hence me originally coming here for sizing advice). There's a place a hundred mile miles away but they don't have anything in my size.

More of less I was hoping to get some info on more of the differences between the trubalance and the barrie last, perhaps the fitment issues with cordovan shoes (some reports say they run a bit larger due to lack of stretch in the leather) and so on. The best I can tell is they have a higher instep, wider heel, and narrower toe box, but I can't say for certain. But if they do, for my foot type, a 7.5c seems like it would be better, or perhaps I have a foot type that just won't work with this last - which would bum me out at this have been one of my 'end game' shoes. Now I have a 7d coming, hopefully that will clarify things.

Sorry to hear this. I have found Alden SF one of the best (perhaps the best) and most helpful Alden retailers to deal with. Jim, the manager, is nothing if not top notch.
post #70017 of 122416
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Originally Posted by blackboard_knowledge View Post

Alden SF refused to measure you? What other purpose do they serve if they do not ensure that their customer's shoes fit? Alden DC does a great job of sizing folks, even if they may not be ready to pull the trigger that moment.

Honestly, if you continue to have serious reservations, perhaps order a pair of Barrie lasted shoes in 7.5D from J. Crew for size. They have LWBs and cordovan Cadet shoes in your size. You can try them on for size and return them at a J. Crew near you. From what you have told me though, I suspect that the 7.5D will fit.

Literally, the conversation was like

Me: "Hey, I want to purchase some Indy boots. I'm not sure of my size, it's probably a 7d, 7.5c, or 7.5d. Could I come in and get fitted?"
Alden: "We don't have any of those in stock."
Me: "Anything else with the Trubalance last in my size?"
Alden: "We might, but that will take some time to find out."
Me: "Could I come down there and get fitted somehow?"
Alden: "Sure, we'll be happy to measure your foot."
Me: "You mean on a Brannock device?"
Alden: "Yes."
Me: "That doesn't work, I measure much larger than my dress shoe fitment."
Alden: "Then you're probably wearing shoes too small for your feet."
Me: "Can't I just come down and try on shoes in my size with a Trubalance last?"
Alden: "You can come down, but we can't guarantee anything. We're really busy here."

Maybe that particular sales associate, but at the time the Yelp reviews for that store complained about pretty dismal customer service, so I pressed my luck mail order.

Noted on J Crew, I hadn't thought of them. I do feel kinda bad purchasing something mail order that I have full intention of returning even if it does fit as I want #8 cordovan, so I have some incoming from Shoe Mart, happy to eat the $8 fee.
post #70018 of 122416
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Originally Posted by brandall10 View Post


Literally, the conversation was like

Me: "Hey, I want to purchase some Indy boots. I'm not sure of my size, it's probably a 7d, 7.5c, or 7.5d. Could I come in and get fitted?"
Alden: "We don't have any of those in stock."
Me: "Anything else with the Trubalance last in my size?"
Alden: "We might, but that will take some time to find out."
Me: "Could I come down there and get fitted somehow?"
Alden: "Sure, we'll be happy to measure your foot."
Me: "You mean on a Brannock device?"
Alden: "Yes."
Me: "That doesn't work, I measure much larger than my dress shoe fitment."
Alden: "Then you're probably wearing shoes too small for your feet."
Me: "Can't I just come down and try on shoes in my size with a Trubalance last?"
Alden: "You can come down, but we can't guarantee anything. We're really busy here."

Maybe that particular sales associate, but at the time the Yelp reviews for that store complained about pretty dismal customer service, so I pressed my luck mail order.

Noted on J Crew, I hadn't thought of them. I do feel kinda bad purchasing something mail order that I have full intention of returning even if it does fit as I want #8 cordovan, so I have some incoming from Shoe Mart, happy to eat the $8 fee.

 

Brandall,

 

Sorry to hear about your bad experience with Alden SF. I have had many good experiences there personally. Robert is pretty patient and will help you out no matter how many shoes you need to try on. When I first got fitted for my Tasseled Loafers (Aberdeen Last), he pulled out a 10D, 10.5B, 10.5C, 10.5D, 11B, 11C for me to try on. I ended up liking the 11B the best. They may not have a lot on the Trubalance last, but the Indy is one of Alden's classics.

 

Also, it is very nice to see another San Diegan on here!

 

Happy New Year!

 

-Mike

post #70019 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post


cigar lhs
argyles otc
The cigar looks splendid today.
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

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nephew,
good looking combo
good shine on your nst
Thanks uncle.
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Stunning combo, MrDV.
Thanks for the kind words.
post #70020 of 122416
I've worked with Alden SF over the phone, over the internet and in person. All of the interactions have been top notch.

Honestly, there seem to be at least one horror story with every single Alden retailer out there. In my experience, all of them are pretty good.
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