they are on the plaza last
they were custom order
Had this happen on some single soled chukka's on me. Sent them back for a full refund. Same thing with my BB Unlined Cordo #8 Penny's. Just pick up Whiskey Chukka and hoping like hell they don't end up doing that... difference is... these are double sole maybe that will work. I also didn't care for the Leydon Chukka sole, felt really flimsy. Pass....
Ron, at Moulded, assures me this will work itself out after a few wears else he will fix it. We'll find out shortly.
I am a 9 1/2 D. I sized down 1/2 for a perfect moccasin fit 9D.
Down 1/2 BB LHS is what I did and love the fit now. I seem to remember a little struggle with them in the break in ... but now, very glad I went down 1/2.
It has perplexed me as well. My unlined BB was my first pair, and when I subsequently bought the lined version, I mistakenly ordered my true size. I had to exchange 2 pairs before I got an appropriate fit.
Edit: My 9.5D unlined and 9C lined also match up just about perfectly sole-to-sole, as mentioned above.
My standard size is 9d but I take 8.5D with these "two cousins".
In the beginning, the 986-987 fit much more tighter than the BB and, the first time, I thought I had no choice but sending them back.
I was right to keep them since they do stretch a little. On the other hand, the BB are immediately extremely comfortable.
I couldn't agree more with Bakes: the 986/987 really fit like wooden clogs!
For 7 to 9 months a year (depending where you live), take the BB - except if you really want rare shells, they'll do the job.
Don't know whether other guys feel that the Alden are not appropriate for summer (heat...).
Hope this helps.