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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post
 

Who needs college when you can have these, right? :embar:

One way to look at things is that I have profligately wasted away my child's college tuition. Another way to look at it is that I'm investing in Aldens by creating an opportunity to liquidate my collection at a major profit in the Asian market. The Frans Boone plaza boots should at least cover text books for the first semester. :teach:

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Originally Posted by Vicious49 View Post


I wear 8.5D in Barrie last. I picked those same chukkas up in a 9E after reading that they run slim and my pinky toe still pokes in to the side a bit but not enough to be bothersome. I haven't worn them yet so can't tell you how much it's going to stretch.

I sized up in the leydon snuff chukka to tts + 1width (i.e., 8.5d barrie = 9E leydon). Advice was given by Voltaire at Citishoes, who has yet to steer me wrong.

 

I'm trying to recall my break-in period with that chukka last summer. I don't recall any pinky poking; what I experience now (in fact just wore them with a pair of sweatpants to the grocery store yesterday...) is that they are loose and fit sort of like flip flops.

 

Regarding the gentleman who mentioned that the retailer was out of stock in the E width, I went through the same thing when I bought mine. Voltaire had them drop shipped to me; the chukkas appeared at my door in 2 days. Worth waiting to size things correctly. Like everyone's saying tonight, make sure there is a good enough fit from the beginning or you won't end up wearing them...

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Thanks to everyone for the suede chukka help. I am going to return them tomorrow, and see if I can find them in the next width up. Cannot pass up the snuff, so pretty. 

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Originally Posted by tylernim View Post
 

 

Well they aren't mine yet.  I've just been trying them on at home on the carpet and lounging.

I applaud your restraint. I often start out thinking I'm just insuring the correct fit and then decide in the first hour that they are so beautiful they need to be mine. Fortunately I haven't committed too many sizing errors due to this impulsivity.

 

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I agree completely with Namor.

Grant last was tough fit for me to figure out even when I had the luxury of trying on multiple pairs at Alden DC (rather than guessing online). If I size up 1/2 from my Barrie/TrueB size it is too long; it fits me snug, but not uncomfortable, if I wear it in my Barry/TrueB size.

Individual foot shape also has a huge impact on the overall fit of many lasts. I have one foot that's nearly a half size smaller than my other foot so I have to consider that as well. The accumulated knowledge and advice on this forum is great to get you in the ballpark with sizing, but finding the perfect fit takes trial and error.

There goes a peaceful night of sleep. You guys discussing the Grant last have me concerned that there is a better fit for me in each of the shoes I bought in the past year. 8.5d barrie = 9D grant, 8.5E grant or 8EE or 7.5 EEE. Oh whatever, I'm not ending up with blisters or crooked toes, fuggedaboutit...

 

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And as a few wise forum members have stated before, if you have any doubt about a fit it likely means that the shoe or boot just doesn't fit properly.

Trying to make a shoe or boot "fit" when improperly sized means that you'll shy away from wearing it and will likely favor another more comfortable pair. Then you've essentially purchased some lovely shell cordovan book ends or paperweights!

 

See, e.g., the cigar lhs I wore all of 3 times last summer due to this very issue. I went from tongue pad to tongue + heel pad to insole to unlined chukkas. Rookie mistake I don't plan to make again.

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Same here. I was lucky enough to have bought them in person at Alden DC so I got to try a number of different size combinations. I ended up with my Barrie size 8.5D. They are super comfortable but much like Namor if I spend a long day of walking in them it starts getting uncomfortable for my pinky toes. On days I know I'm going to be out walking a lot I go with my Indys or any of my Barrie lasted shoes.

Vicious, I thought we were the same size; I went with 9D grant!

 

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I forgot to add that due to my experience with the Grant last I'm scared to try the Plaza last since I've heard it's even narrower. Can anyone with experience with both Grant and Plaza comment on if I sized up to 9D in plaza if I should be safe. My main concern is the pinky toe rubbing issue that Namor has.

I'll try to take some comparison pics later on with the grant and plaza boots. Mine are 9D in each of those lasts. I haven't experienced the pinky toe rubbing and I have feet I believe are on the wider side of D (in fact I've bought an 8E in Barrie longwings and boots before and find that fit very lovely). I wore the FB Plaza Indys for Mac Break-in day today and thought they were absolutely comfy until I noticed a bit of soreness in my arch after a 12 hour day today. Of course, it's hard to know what that soreness was from, as I briskly walked about a mile in my Plaza wt boots during lunch while running errands.

 

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I had to sell my Grant lasted cigar captoe boots in 9D from Alden DC since these were too lose on me. I wear 8.5D in Barrie and TB and 9D in Plaza.

I'm on the Kathy's list for 8.5D for the next batch though:nodding:

I'm hoping you guys have created enough Grant sizing neuroticism to get some folks ahead of me to drop off the cigar list for Kathy's boot (a guy can always wish, right?). Did you hear that guys? The grant last is not worth it. Go get a Plaza boot. I hear the black medallion plaza boot from Yenni is elegant and versatile at this time of year!:spam:

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Originally Posted by DuckOB View Post
 

Doc and Vicious  - awesome looking CXL Chukkas tonight. Something in there air today I guess for us 8.5 D Barries. :cheers:  I stopped by and picked up some 6 eyed CXL Chukkas today from Need Supply.  My first Crepe Sole. So far so good.

 

Thanks DuckOB! I think the brown cxl will be a great knockabout, picking up croissants on Sunday morning kind of shoe this spring. I like the 6 eye chukka and am a big fan of the crepe for comfort. I hope you were able to use the NeedSupply SF discount code. Enjoy!

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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post
 

One way to look at things is that I have profligately wasted away my child's college tuition. Another way to look at it is that I'm investing in Aldens by creating an opportunity to liquidate my collection at a major profit in the Asian market. The Frans Boone plaza boots should at least cover text books for the first semester. :teach:

At a 7% annual increase (college tuition), my 9 year old daughter will need several pairs of Frans Boone plaza-lasted shell cordovan "work boots" to cover first semester books in the fall of 2023.  Not sure what Harvard, Stanford, or Yale will charge for tuition by then, but I suppose scholarships and grants in aid will have to suffice!

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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post
 

At a 7% annual increase (college tuition), my 9 year old daughter will need several pairs of Frans Boone plaza-lasted shell cordovan "work boots" to cover first semester books in the fall of 2023.  Not sure what Harvard, Stanford, or Yale will charge for tuition by then, but I suppose scholarships and grants in aid will have to suffice!

Good point. Guess I'll have to keep collecting so I have ever more 8.5 and 9Ds to offer the Asian market after I turn 40 this year and my foot size goes up +.5.

 

Better work on my kid's soccer and chess skills I guess :violin:

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Looks like another night of insomnia. So, as requested, I decided to snap a color 8 study to compare and contrast the plaza and grant lasts for boots. I'm not feeling so eloquent with words, so I'll just share the pics and perhaps other owners of these boots can compare fits.

 

 

 

And since I was in a color 8 kind of mood, here is a plaza vs barrie shot

 

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Barrie unlined dovers and 975

 

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Originally Posted by Vicious49 View Post

I forgot to add that due to my experience with the Grant last I'm scared to try the Plaza last since I've heard it's even narrower. Can anyone with experience with both Grant and Plaza comment on if I sized up to 9D in plaza if I should be safe. My main concern is the pinky toe rubbing issue that Namor has.

I am

9D plaza shoes
9.5D plaza boots
9.5D grant boots
I have purchased one grant shoe, in 9D, but had to return it as it was too small. They had no 9.5 D.
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My 1st Impression of Alden #401 Indy Boots (Black).

Alden Boots are GREAT! Highly recommend them!

Perhaps 405s will be next!

 

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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post
 

Vicious, I thought we were the same size; I went with 9D grant!

 

I'll try to take some comparison pics later on with the grant and plaza boots. Mine are 9D in each of those lasts. I haven't experienced the pinky toe rubbing and I have feet I believe are on the wider side of D (in fact I've bought an 8E in Barrie longwings and boots before and find that fit very lovely). 

 

The 9D Grant felt too long and the creasing on my shoes now shows that I did get the proper size.

 

Thanks for the pics but I have a feeling I won't truly know until I try on a few pairs of Plazas. I'll have to make a trip in to Alden DC again before I move to Texas this summer.

 

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Originally Posted by docalden2013 View Post
 

Thanks DuckOB! I think the brown cxl will be a great knockabout, picking up croissants on Sunday morning kind of shoe this spring. I like the 6 eye chukka and am a big fan of the crepe for comfort. I hope you were able to use the NeedSupply SF discount code. Enjoy!

 

I was trying to avoid all those laces but if the 2 eyelet chukkas give me some heel slippage, I might send them back to get these 6 eyelet versions instead.

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Originally Posted by Vicious49 View Post
 

 

The 9D Grant felt too long and the creasing on my shoes now shows that I did get the proper size.

 

Thanks for the pics but I have a feeling I won't truly know until I try on a few pairs of Plazas. I'll have to make a trip in to Alden DC again before I move to Texas this summer.

 

 

Vicious...could I get some pics of your creasing?  I've been looking through pictures to figure out if the ones I'm lingering on are going to crease correctly.  It feels like they are.  No creasing past the cap and it looks like the creasing may stop short of the facing.

 

I was looking through pictures on the forum and this pair seems to be an anomaly.  Creasing all the way back under the facing etc.  If it is somewhat out of the ordinary, what would cause this?

 

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Speaking of Grant boots:

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Originally Posted by odessaboots View Post

Got a question for you guys: I just picked up the unlined suede chukka on the leydon last in 1/2 size larger than my Barrie sizing, but same width. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The retailer did not have additional widths. They seem tight, and I am wondering how much they will stretch? Do those of you that have them find they stretch to fit the foot a bit after some wearing, or am I looking at that tightness for the life of the shoe? 

Thanks for the help. 

I cannot comment on stretching of unlined suede chukkas, but I do seem to share the same sizing experience as others: 11 C barrie PTB, 11.5 D leydon unlined chukka.
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