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Originally Posted by Calikid View Post

Namor,

 

In light of the discussions on Alden quality, what do you think so far of the Florsheim by Duckie Brown longwing?

Awesome collection!


I love them. They are made in India from Horween Cordovan. This was my second pair because the first pair I bought from Brooks brothers was in awful shape. Those went back immediately. The second go around was much nicer. I created a thread for the shoe "search Brooks Brothers Cordovan Longwing"
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Originally Posted by geoffmartin17 View Post

Those plaza captoes are unreal - I have those and plaza nst boots coming from Jgilbert, can'tw ait.

Plaza NST? nice! what color?
post #16232 of 99252
Shell #8!

Would have had my captoes by now but they didn't pass inspection, and they had no more of my size left : (
post #16233 of 99252
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Originally Posted by wj4 View Post

I'm tempted to clean my Indys or Indy Oxfords to see how they turn out.

PS does anyone here have Trickers too? If so, how do you like it compared to Aldens, as far as quality and comfort.

I stopped by Leather Soul BH today and fell in love with navy Trickers Keswick. Unfortunately, they didn't have my size, so I just left with a shoe horn.

Trickers are great. Its a different aesthetic and the quality is better than Alden. Or atleast its more consistent. Zippyh is the resident Trickers expert.
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Shell #8!

Would have had my captoes by now but they didn't pass inspection, and they had no more of my size left : (

what was wrong with them?
post #16234 of 99252
Someone asked me about Alden sizing, specifically, narrow sizes. Yesterday I posted a few photos and most of my sizes are narrow when my foot isnt. Here is why:

I reconsidered the sizing situation with the Barrie and Trubalance last. Rather than sizing down one half size, I instead stayed tts and went down a width or two. I wear all of my boots with a dress sock because a) im in california, and b) I like to keep a sleek boot profile.

I am a TTS 12D and I have found these to be my best fitting and best looking lasts:

Aberdeen 12D or 12C (a little tight but wearable)
Barrie 12C
Trubalance 12C or 12B a little tight
Grant 11.5D
Plaza 12D
Leydon 12E (I think this is Alden's narrowest last)

I can also fit into size 11E or 11D Trubalance or 11E Barrie. But the point is that when you go down in size, the shape of the last gets stalkier and more compact then I would like. Staying TTS gives the shoe a longer, more elongated (sexier? icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif ) profile. Again, all these sizes listed are with a dress sock. For reference im 6'2" 200lb, medium build. I have a relatively regular foot (not too wide or narrow) so for those with wider feet, this probably wont work.
post #16235 of 99252
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post


Trickers are great. Its a different aesthetic and the quality is better than Alden. Or atleast its more consistent. Zippyh is the resident Trickers expert.



what was wrong with them?

Not too sure, Yenni just said that alden told them they were unsellable. Annoying after waiting 8 months...not sure how much longer it iwill take, probably another 8?
post #16236 of 99252
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Originally Posted by geoffmartin17 View Post


Not too sure, Yenni just said that alden told them they were unsellable. Annoying after waiting 8 months...not sure how much longer it iwill take, probably another 8?

ooof, its worth it though!

Size 10.5. Someone buy the power pack!

http://www.ebay.com/sch/horweennumber8/m.html?_trksid=p4340.l2562
post #16237 of 99252
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Originally Posted by wj4 View Post

To those with natural chromexcel: do you fellas ever use cleaning and conditioning products on the shoes? I'm wearing my natural chromexcel Indy Oxfords for the 3rd time today and I'm tempted to do so.

i just touch up the scuffs with neatsfoot oil.
post #16238 of 99252
So, NAMOR, does going down a width apply to Alden shoes, too? Would a possible solution to those who find Barrie-lasted shoes too wide in the heel be to go down a width (if you're regularly a 9D, say a 9C) instead of going down a half size (if you're regularly a 9D, say a 8.5D)?
post #16239 of 99252
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Originally Posted by gfreeman View Post

So, NAMOR, does going down a width apply to Alden shoes, too? Would a possible solution to those who find Barrie-lasted shoes too wide in the heel be to go down a width (if you're regularly a 9D, say a 9C) instead of going down a half size (if you're regularly a 9D, say a 8.5D)?

exactly. and I just think it looks better. But try on as many last/widths as possible before making a big purchase (i.e. a MTO)
post #16240 of 99252
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post


exactly. I just think it looks better. But try on as many last/widths as possible before making a big purchase (i.e. a MTO)

If I wasn't in Deadmonton, Alberta, that might be easier to do than it is. Hmm.

It's good information to know, however!
post #16241 of 99252
Holy shit at that power pack. I would buy that in a heartbeat, half a size lower....love plaza.
post #16242 of 99252
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Originally Posted by gfreeman View Post

So, NAMOR, does going down a width apply to Alden shoes, too? Would a possible solution to those who find Barrie-lasted shoes too wide in the heel be to go down a width (if you're regularly a 9D, say a 9C) instead of going down a half size (if you're regularly a 9D, say a 8.5D)?

A 9C is going to be nearly the same width as a 8.5D
post #16243 of 99252
Hey guys, how goes it?

I got my Alden CXL Pitt Boots in the mail today from Leather Soul. First off, $30 shipping and $41.57 in tax?! This will probably be my only pair of Alden shoes for the next year or two. College student budget, you know. wink.gif

Is it normal for these shoes to have a few scratches on the leather? Nothing too deep or serious, of course, but I just want to double check to make sure since there's always discussion about Alden's (apparently lack of) QC. There are some minor blemishes here and there, but I feel like it's nothing a normal person would realize.

I'm getting a little bit of heel slip. I sized down one from my typical dress shoe size. Not a big deal, I think. Anyway, I already creased these shoes up after wearing them around for two minutes, so it's a bit too late to return them. shog[1].gif
post #16244 of 99252
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Originally Posted by jslade View Post

Hey guys, how goes it?

I got my Alden CXL Pitt Boots in the mail today from Leather Soul. First off, $30 shipping and $41.57 in tax?! This will probably be my only pair of Alden shoes for the next year or two. College student budget, you know. wink.gif

Is it normal for these shoes to have a few scratches on the leather? Nothing too deep or serious, of course, but I just want to double check to make sure since there's always discussion about Alden's (apparently lack of) QC. There are some minor blemishes here and there, but I feel like it's nothing a normal person would realize.

I'm getting a little bit of heel slip. I sized down one from my typical dress shoe size. Not a big deal, I think. Anyway, I already creased these shoes up after wearing them around for two minutes, so it's a bit too late to return them. shog[1].gif

It's CXL. My natural chromexcel shows all the scratches.
post #16245 of 99252
CXL is a soft leather. They are going to develop lots of surface scratches. You should be able to buff them out though. Try brushing them with a horse hair brush for a few minutes. If that doesn't work try some leather conditioner.
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