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post #72961 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Kwaker View Post


you'll have a hot-spot there until you break in the shoe ... recommend wearing bandages in that area until the foot bed compresses ... good luck

I can handle a hotspot.  I also wear decently thick socks which help quite a bit.  

 

I'm just glad to hear that you are basically confirming that they will break in and it won't be an issue in the future...

post #72962 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post


Did you read the rest of his post? He's not basing his choice on his sneaker size - he specifically mentioned his size in the Indy boot, which he says fits great. Generally
speaking, most people wear the same size in the Trubalance and Barrie lasts.

The thing that doesn't make any sense is how 9.5D is tight, but just one width up in 9.5E is much too roomy. There's no size in between those two, so if neither of them fit then the boot probably won't work for OP's foot. Maybe try a 9E? Based on the description of how the 9.5E felt (good in width but too long), a 9E may work. If a cordovan boot feels tight at first, it's not going to stretch all that much with wear.

 

I did read the entire thing. I still think he doesn't know his actual size. The Indy boot happened to fit but that doesn't mean has the proper size for it. I realized a few years back that I had been wearing dress shoes a full size too big my entire life because I based it off my Nike size. Luckily they were cheap dress shoes and boots and I gave them all to my dad since that is his size but the point is that there's lots of people who go based off what they've always worn in sneakers when they were younger. My old shoes fit fine and I didn't even notice there was something wrong until I went in to AE to get fitted for a pair of shoes and they told me I'm a 9 and not a 10. I got back home, tried on and my old shoes and realized there was a lot of extra space in my shoes that I had just attributed to 'that's how dress shoes fit i guess' all this time.

post #72963 of 122416
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Originally Posted by nickfas121 View Post

I've got a challenge. If you were only able to have 4 pairs of shoes from Alden what would you buy?

-#8 Captoe Boot on Grant
-Ravello Long Wing Blucher on ??? last
-Snuff Suede Plain Toe Boot on Grant
-Black Calfskin Captoe Balmoral on ??? last (or maybe cordovan?)

Thoughts? I wanna see what people come up with!

Probably:

#8 cap toe boot or NST boot
Cigar LWB or chukka
Ravello PTB
Whiskey LHS
post #72964 of 122416
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Originally Posted by nickfas121 View Post

I've got a challenge. If you were only able to have 4 pairs of shoes from Alden what would you buy?

-#8 Captoe Boot on Grant
-Ravello Long Wing Blucher on ??? last
-Snuff Suede Plain Toe Boot on Grant
-Black Calfskin Captoe Balmoral on ??? last (or maybe cordovan?)

Thoughts? I wanna see what people come up with!


Are you asking for ideas for MTOs (which can not be done)...  Ravello LWB on a last other than barrie??  Snuff suede PT Boot on grant??  Do these even exist??

 

For now, but this could very easily change... (in no particular order)

Ravello Indy on plaza

BB's Black shell PTB

Color 8 LWB

Snuff Suede LWB

 

A few points to note about my choices...

a. I generally dress business casual to somewhat dressy so I look for versatility

b. I had to include one snuff suede pair

c. I love the LWB

d. Excluding a cigar model was really hard, but I have C&J for RL Marlow :D

post #72965 of 122416
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post




Alden Whiskey LHS

Nice, Mike. Very nice. I love the subtle variation in the shell. Loads of character.
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post #72966 of 122416
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Originally Posted by danomagazine View Post
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Anyone have experience with the AF43 Cordovan trubalance boot? I've purchased a pair and tried a couple of sizes but can't figure out what to do.

 

I wear a 10.5 in most shoes/sneakers. I own the Indy boot in 9.5 C and they fit great. I've tried a 9.5 D Indy and it fits fine. I've also tried a friend's 10 D trubalance boot and it's much too roomy.

 

So I ordered the AF43 in 9.5 D assuming it would fit fine, but it was very tight on the top of forefoot especially, even though there was room in the toes (plenty of space to wiggle them).  I tried them on on carpet and after about 10 minutes my foot wasn't numb but felt constricted. I don't have experience with new cordovan so I don't if they are just stiff in that area or the wrong size. 

 

I swapped them for a 9.5 E and just got them, and they are comfortably fitted on the width, but they are very roomy in the toes, and there is a lot of room in the heel (I can fit more than a finger behind my heel).

 

Is this just how different cordovan feels on the trubalance last? Does anyone own the AF43 and find they fit differently than Indy boots, etc? Should I just get the D width and expect it to mold to my foot? It almost seems like 9.5 is a little long for me as well. Sometimes my foot feels like an anomaly in sizing.

 

Appreciate any input on this, it's frustrating switching sizes through the mail, but want to make sure I get the right one. 

 

No offense my friend, but I bet Adam (from Alden of Carmel) loves you!  :rotflmao:

post #72967 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Vicious49 View Post

 

I did read the entire thing. I still think he doesn't know his actual size. The Indy boot happened to fit but that doesn't mean has the proper size for it. I realized a few years back that I had been wearing dress shoes a full size too big my entire life because I based it off my Nike size. Luckily they were cheap dress shoes and boots and I gave them all to my dad since that is his size but the point is that there's lots of people who go based off what they've always worn in sneakers when they were younger. My old shoes fit fine and I didn't even notice there was something wrong until I went in to AE to get fitted for a pair of shoes and they told me I'm a 9 and not a 10. I got back home, tried on and my old shoes and realized there was a lot of extra space in my shoes that I had just attributed to 'that's how dress shoes fit i guess' all this time.

My friend, you need to work on your reading comprehension.  Danomagazine said he owns the traditional Indy (trubalance last) in 9.5C and it's a great fit.  He's tried a 9.5D Indy and it fits fine, but 9.5C is best.  He bought a shell boot (AF43) on the trubalance last and surprisingly had problems with sizing with this different model on the same last.  His sneaker size had nothing to do with this process.

post #72968 of 122416
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No offense my friend, but I bet Adam (from Alden of Carmel) loves you!  rotflmao.gif

Was thinking precisely the same thing........
post #72969 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

My friend, you need to work on your reading comprehension.  Danomagazine said he owns the traditional Indy (trubalance last) in 9.5C and it's a great fit.  He's tried a 9.5D Indy and it fits fine, but 9.5C is best.  He bought a shell boot (AF43) on the trubalance last and surprisingly had problems with sizing with this different model on the same last.  His sneaker size had nothing to do with this process.

I go based off contextual clues and assume I'm dealing with the lowest common denominator. Too much time spent in forums and working in IT have made me cynical that way. If his sneaker sizing had nothing to do with this process it didn't need to be mentioned. It still sounds to me that he's going about this through trial and error and not actually being fitted at an Alden store. I could be wrong and if he comes on here and says that he has been fitted in the past, I'll apologize and admit my mistake.
Edited by Vicious49 - 2/8/14 at 8:28am
post #72970 of 122416
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Just curious, how did this happen?

 

I bought them second hand from on here. factory seconds from the beginning, slated for a French store (Bellerose I believe)

 

some extra creasing on the insides led to the factory second branding..

 

that being said, when I received them, they looked great. (finish wise). the left shoe just always had a hazy appearance, so I tried renovatuer, then renomat, then said F it and went straight to nail polish. took a TON of product off, but surprisingly, did little to no effect to the toe cap (nail polish remover was equally applied across the entire front of the shoe). Part of me wonders if I kept hitting the the vamp with polish remover if I'd eventually end up like the right shoe (nothing done to it whatsoever since I acquired them). I imagine I'm well past the alden applied finish at this point, so if there's any saving, it would be by them. :fingers crossed:

 

at this point, if alden says there is nothing they can do ( in regards to reapplying finish, then no biggie) I paid $250 IIRC, and mainly did it as a litmus to see if my foot would work with the modified last.

 

now knowing that I can do the ML, I have no problem ordering in the future first quality pairs (understanding of course that Moulded Shoe is stricken from ML shell :censored:

 

 

sorry for the long winded response.. will update when these *hopefully* come back from alden restored.  

 

(wincing)

post #72971 of 122416

Been breaking in my AF53s and wearing them pretty hard for the past two weeks. I bought them with the intention of using them more regularly and in more inclement weather than my other pairs of shell. Basically to treat them like nothing more than a pair of boots. So far so good.

 

I find it interesting how each pair of my shell boots has "broken in" differently from the others, but this pair even more so. This is my first pair of plain toe shell (not counting my Ravello chukkas) and they display far more wrinkles than my Cigar Indys, #8 cap toes, #8 Brixtons, and black short wing boots from TSM. I really like the rippling nuances of the shell and color variations on my AF53s.

 

I'm assuming my other pairs look considerably different in the toe/toe box area because of the differences in their construction that provide more rigidity in that area. The Indys have the hand-stitching which I think acts like a stiffener and influences how the shell creases, the cap toes have the extra "cap" that helps define where the shell "breaks", and both pairs of wing tips broke in similarly to each other.

 

I guess I'm rambling on and on with nothing to say other than I think it's amazing how each pair has a different look once broken in, even when wrapped around the same pair of feet.

post #72972 of 122416
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Originally Posted by nickfas121 View Post

I've got a challenge. If you were only able to have 4 pairs of shoes from Alden what would you buy?

-#8 Captoe Boot on Grant
-Ravello Long Wing Blucher on ??? last
-Snuff Suede Plain Toe Boot on Grant
-Black Calfskin Captoe Balmoral on ??? last (or maybe cordovan?)

Thoughts? I wanna see what people come up with!

I'll limit these to four in my collection

1) Cigar captoe boots on grant
2) Color 8 tankers
3) Black captoe punch balmorals
4) Color 8 PTB
post #72973 of 122416
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Originally Posted by danomagazine View Post
 

Anyone have experience with the AF43 Cordovan trubalance boot? I've purchased a pair and tried a couple of sizes but can't figure out what to do.

 

I wear a 10.5 in most shoes/sneakers. I own the Indy boot in 9.5 C and they fit great. I've tried a 9.5 D Indy and it fits fine. I've also tried a friend's 10 D trubalance boot and it's much too roomy.

 

So I ordered the AF43 in 9.5 D assuming it would fit fine, but it was very tight on the top of forefoot especially, even though there was room in the toes (plenty of space to wiggle them).  I tried them on on carpet and after about 10 minutes my foot wasn't numb but felt constricted. I don't have experience with new cordovan so I don't if they are just stiff in that area or the wrong size. 

 

I swapped them for a 9.5 E and just got them, and they are comfortably fitted on the width, but they are very roomy in the toes, and there is a lot of room in the heel (I can fit more than a finger behind my heel).

 

Is this just how different cordovan feels on the trubalance last? Does anyone own the AF43 and find they fit differently than Indy boots, etc? Should I just get the D width and expect it to mold to my foot? It almost seems like 9.5 is a little long for me as well. Sometimes my foot feels like an anomaly in sizing.

 

Appreciate any input on this, it's frustrating switching sizes through the mail, but want to make sure I get the right one. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post
No offense my friend, but I bet Adam (from Alden of Carmel) loves you!  :rotflmao:

 

The first time I bought from AoC, Adam specifically asked me if I'd been fitted on the particular last I was buying.  I'm sure he asked you the same thing, but even if you hadn't been it sounds like you gave him plenty of info, and I doubt he would have sold you what he sold you if he thought it wouldn't fit.  Adam is a good guy and you ought to be able to work with him on ultimately getting it right.  Even two exactly the same shell pairs can vary in fit - sometimes you have to just keep trying until you find the ones.  A pain in the @ss, to be sure, but welcome to Internet shopping.

post #72974 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I'll limit these to four in my collection

1) Cigar captoe boots on grant
2) Color 8 tankers
3) Black captoe punch balmorals
4) Color 8 PTB


Nice list Al.

Mine, from my collection, would be:

1. 975s
2. Color 4 Wingtip Boot
3. Ravello PTB
4. Color 8 NST Boot on Plaza
post #72975 of 122416
Gents - Jan was a hard month !

I'm one month into my 1 year Alden moratorium. No new Aldens for a year. Ouch, that hurts to say.

Okay, in a moment of weakness I ordered a pair of snuff suede captoe boots before the price increase. Interestingly, my normal Barrie size was way too tight. I took this as a sign from the Alden Gods. They were returned.

Of course, this does not include pre-orders or waiting lists from last year. So I have potentially 3 pair coming this year, if they ever get made !

Over the past several months, I have parted with:

Alden Whiskey LWB
Alden Cigar LWB
Alden Nat CXL Tankers
Alden #8 Indys
Alden #8 Plain Toe boot on the Plaza
Alden x J Crew CXL indys
Alden #8 LHS
Alden Blue Suede Captoe boots on the Plaza

AE #8 Shell Wingtips
AE Snuff Suede Wingtips
AE Cigar Shell Strands
AE Strand Walnut Shell
AE Walnut Park Ave
AE #8 Shell Park Ave

Alfred Sargent Captoe Boots
RedWing 8890
Red Wing 1907

I replaced a few spots with Vibergs and Oak ST trench boots, but for the most part, I'm trying to get this collection under control.

The kids need clothes and food and all this other non-sense...
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