Just wait. Irrational exuberance reigns supreme when it comes to shell cordovan. However, they would be gone already if they were in Ravello, whiskey, or #4.
Alden NYC would be the obvious choice. You may also try Leffot and Epaulet but I guess most their make-ups will be on the Barrie last.
I have a pair of Cigar NST's that are too tight. They are 10 B/D, I'm wondering how to figure out what last they are on? If I am going to size up, I'll need to not make the same mistake. I'm usually a 10.5 D, but obviously these aren't Barrie.
I am guessing they are Aberdeen (they are from TSM and thats what the current models are), but I am looking for better than a guess.
Awesome shoe, I've just come to the conclusion that they are a bit too snug for comfort.
Not sure that there is a place that won't get annoyed at you trying on over a dozen pairs of shoes to figure out your size in order to buy shoes from other retailers. I wouldn't be surprised if Ralph at Alden Madison has thrown someone out of the store for trying to do such a thing.
You probably don't need to know your size in every last anyway. Chances are, you will only ever own shoes in 3 or 4 of them. You can go to J. Crew to determine Barrie and Tru Balance. They are likely to put up with it. Come back with those sizes as proxies and we can probably zero in on your sizes for other lasts. We could probably be pretty accurate with just your brannock measurement any notes about peculiarities of your foot (high arch, high instep, wide forefoot, narrow heel, ect).
Personally, I'm pretty much over Alden. I think its been over a year since I bought a pair. I have most of what interests me, there are very few new models being introduced, the prices are getting to be more than the shoes are worth [to me]. The only thing that is consistent about their QC is that it is consistently deteriorating. I have a pretty well rounded line-up at around 20 pairs of shoes. Anything additional is just excessive, however, I am still adding, albeit at a decreased rate.
Pick up some stock models in Color 8, Black, and non-cordovan leathers if any of them interest you. If you get lucky and grab a hard-to-get pair, that is just a bonus. This is basically my attempt to manage the expectations of someone who is new to Alden. Chances of you getting a ravello boot are almost non-existent. #4, basically impossible. If you are able to grab a LWB in an exotic color, that is something to be excited about.
i really like the look of this boot - the brass eyelets really look distinctive on this and they do on the Leffot brown cxl plain toe boot. And I think the crepe sole is very comfortable.
But I will probably not get this boot because it has crepe, not commando, soles. Where I live, it is too hot for boots in the Summer and the Winters are long, snowy and icy. Alden's crepe soles are, at best, useless in the snow and ice and, at worst, downright treacherous. Crepe-soled boots, then, lose at least half of the prime wearing time and I am just not willing to spend the money on boots that I cannot wear in icy conditions. I have the commando sole to work very well in the Winter conditions to which I am subject. So when I see a boot like this, that is ideal in every way except the crepe sole, it is a so-close-but-so-far moment. And I wonder why it was not made in a commando sole that would obviously be more versatile.
I guess it is Leffot's way of not having its way with my pocketbook all of the time.