Originally Posted by Jorge
There's really no substitute for trying them on, I've experienced variation between Alden shoes of the same model, and size. (I know that's not what anyone wants to hear.)
Funny you should mention that. I went to a local Men's store with a very limited Alden collection and extremely limited knowledge of Alden Lasts by the staff. They were very friendly and tried to be helpful, but I did not have much luck.
I was hoping for a Barrie, but they had none in my size and I'm not sure if they even knew if they had one so I could look at it up close.
A Plaza in a 10D was a no go.
An Aberdeen in 11 D seemed to be wide enough in the one shoe they found, but I had definite heel slippage.
The Tremont in a 10.5C was definitely too narrow.
The closest I came was with the Hampton in a 10.5 D. It was a little tight in the ball of foot. Not sure if they'd widen or if a 10.5E would work better.
I have a pair of JCrew 403 Indy's at 10.5D, which is great with hiking socks but loose with dress socks. Same deal with a seconds pair of 405 Indy's at 10.5E, fine with hiking socks, loose with dress socks.
I've checked out Alden of Carmel's sizing info. Unfortunately the Hampton and Tremont did not make their list. How do those compare to the other Lasts?
What size can I get away with in Barrie shoe? I was thinking 10D or 10E.
I'm hoping to get the chance to check out another store...
Thanks in advance...