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post #27811 of 86560
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Originally Posted by Factor Xll View Post

Does anyone own the 403s and Clark's DB?
I am looking to compare sizes for owners of both.
I know to size down by 1/2 a size vs. normal shoe size, but I 've grown to love the clarks in size 9 and i looking for a similar fit.
Thanks.


I fit a size 9 DB really well.  After a few wears, I felt like I was swimming in a 403 in 9D (see sig).  There was just too much volume all around.  Ended up going with an 8.5 D in the 403 and, while snug at first, it fits me very similarly to the size 9 DB.  Go figure.  Further evidence that trying on the specific shoe in various of sizes/widths is the only real way to go if you want the best fit.  The problem I encountered was, and the CXL 403 is my only Alden experience, I wasn't able to tell whether the fit was proper after only a couple short wears walking around on a 5'x8' rug.  By the time I realized they were too big, I had already worn them quite a bit.  I'm sure this is due in part to my own inexperience with this brand/leather. And I understand the recommendation to not buy a shoe that is uncomfortable in any way when brand new.  But for me, there was a pressure point on the outside of my foot when I first started wearing the 8.5 D 403, but that pressure is no longer present after 2 weeks of solid wear.  The boots fit great.  If I had gone to a 8.5 E, I'm pretty sure it would have been too wide in the heel.  That lead me to the conclusion that a) 8.5D is the correct size in a CXL Indy boot or b) the TruBalance is not the best last for me.  So, basically, you have to take into consideration not only the last, but also the material, as well as the type of footwear (shoe, chukka, boot). 

 

If I had to do it over, I think I would have been better off shopping for a used 403 on B/S (seems like you don't have to wait long until the size(s) you're looking for will turn up.  Particularly with this leather, a little beausage is not going to detract from the quality or value of the boot.  This way, you can be a bit more aggressive in determining your size than with what the Mac break-in method allows for.  Plus, you're saving money up front, and again if and when you resell them due to them not fitting.

 

Haven't been around here long, but this is sound advice. Trust me.  (And I'm not just saying that because I'm selling my gently used 403's  laugh.gif)

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post #27812 of 86560
^my exact experience, down to the sizes and all. Pisses me off that I'm losing $100+ because of such a minor sizing mistake =/
post #27813 of 86560
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Can't get much better than that...

thank you
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Excellent patina sir

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post #27815 of 86560
Anybody have a picture of a worn in ravello or #4 WT boot?
post #27816 of 86560
This is why I'm posting here because Leather Soul sold out within 5 hours and they're sales usually goes to the locals first.
post #27817 of 86560
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Originally Posted by AldenLuver View Post


You should call Leather Soul.  They apparently have a few in stock.  Whoever got the 10D before I could call today, congrats.  I'm jealous, big-time!  May just have to settle for the LWB...

The above post was reply to this. Forot to add the quote.

I'm still looking to buy this pair so OM me and I'll pay a lot more than retail.
post #27818 of 86560
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Originally Posted by Therendition View Post

Came across some more coming Alden for J.Crew models.  Again, rough descriptions:

Ravello longwing bluchers

Flex-toe navy suede chukkas

Navy suede longwings

Indy boot in "hummus" (?) suede

Longwing bluchers in antique natural (?)

Snuff suede chukkas

Hi - can you let us know where you're getting this info from? Sounds very interesting...
post #27819 of 86560
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Originally Posted by docstradamus View Post


I fit a size 9 DB really well.  After a few wears, I felt like I was swimming in a 403 in 9D (see sig).  There was just too much volume all around.  Ended up going with an 8.5 D in the 403 and, while snug at first, it fits me very similarly to the size 9 DB.  Go figure.  Further evidence that trying on the specific shoe in various of sizes/widths is the only real way to go if you want the best fit.  The problem I encountered was, and the CXL 403 is my only Alden experience, I wasn't able to tell whether the fit was proper after only a couple short wears walking around on a 5'x8' rug.  By the time I realized they were too big, I had already worn them quite a bit.  I'm sure this is due in part to my own inexperience with this brand/leather. And I understand the recommendation to not buy a shoe that is uncomfortable in any way when brand new.  But for me, there was a pressure point on the outside of my foot when I first started wearing the 8.5 D 403, but that pressure is no longer present after 2 weeks of solid wear.  The boots fit great.  If I had gone to a 8.5 E, I'm pretty sure it would have been too wide in the heel.  That lead me to the conclusion that a) 8.5D is the correct size in a CXL Indy boot or b) the TruBalance is not the best last for me.  So, basically, you have to take into consideration not only the last, but also the material, as well as the type of footwear (shoe, chukka, boot). 

 

If I had to do it over, I think I would have been better off shopping for a used 403 on B/S (seems like you don't have to wait long until the size(s) you're looking for will turn up.  Particularly with this leather, a little beausage is not going to detract from the quality or value of the boot.  This way, you can be a bit more aggressive in determining your size than with what the Mac break-in method allows for.  Plus, you're saving money up front, and again if and when you resell them due to them not fitting.

 

Haven't been around here long, but this is sound advice. Trust me.  (And I'm not just saying that because I'm selling my gently used 403's  laugh.gif)


I feel the same way about my Barrie LWBs.  My first pair I went with 10D (I normally wear 10.5 tts).  I thought they were too tight initially and bought another pair of 10E.  After wearing both for a couple of months, the 10D is perfect and the 10E is huge.  In general I think the barrie last LWB will stretch and conform to your foot.  I now know the perfect fit/size regardless of the slightly tight initial feel.  I suppose the same applies to the Indy's and the TruBalance

post #27820 of 86560

^^^^ Fit will change (or not) depending on the leather).  Don't expect shell to stretch with break in.

post #27821 of 86560
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

^^^^ Fit will change (or not) depending on the leather).  Don't expect shell to stretch with break in.

Here is my experience - shell does stretch a tiny bit. Not a lot but it does stretch. The other thing to consider is that the shoe will loosen up as your foot molds to the cork bed and sinks just a wee bit further down into the shoe. This happened with all of my 9e barrie-lasted Alden shoes. They felt a tad tight across the vamp the first week or so and then loosened up accordingly and fit like a glove now. I would not expect to be able to get enough stretch in width to go from a size D to a E though.
post #27822 of 86560
Just my experience, shell will 'mold to your the shape of your feet' rather than 'stretch.'
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post #27824 of 86560
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Originally Posted by kippy View Post

Here is my experience - shell does stretch a tiny bit. Not a lot but it does stretch. The other thing to consider is that the shoe will loosen up as your foot molds to the cork bed and sinks just a wee bit further down into the shoe. This happened with all of my 9e barrie-lasted Alden shoes. They felt a tad tight across the vamp the first week or so and then loosened up accordingly and fit like a glove now. I would not expect to be able to get enough stretch in width to go from a size D to a E though.

+1

Only time to wider than what typically wear is when there is a Whiskey or Ravello also available satisfied.gif
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