Alden quality control strikes again... but this time it didn't really hurt.
My marble suede Indy's came from Leffot this evening. Went through typical Alden unboxing:
- Open box.
- Inspect for blemishes.
- Make sure shoes are right size.
Both shoes are marked half a size larger than the box which had size I actually ordered. Oops.
- Break out ruler, compare outsole to other True Balance lasted boot (a Tanker, which was just approximate)
- Lace-up and try on with thin socks. For some folks this would be the obvious first step, but lacing suede leaves marks, so why bother killing the mint condition if the size wasn't even ballpark? It was.
- Shoes fit well.
- Try on Tankers for immediate comparison so I know I'm not suffering from wishful thinking.
Long story short, size on shoe appears to be wrong. Box appears to be right. I will say that the off-white suede makes the shoe look bigger than a dark shoe of similar size. Have had worse issues with Aldens out of the box -- a pair of polish-stained shoes, one with loose threads and another with a gash in the side of a sole. At least they don't have to go back with no stock in my size to exchange for...
Sorry to hear those didn't work out for you, but I believe most if not all Tankers are on the Barrie last and not the Trubalance. Epaulet recently made a Natural Chromexcel Tanker boot and that was on the Trubalance but Leffot and Context have their Tanker boots on the Barrie.