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Folks, I'm in a bit of a bind here and could use your advice.

I ordered a pair of size 10 aldens on a truebalance last for J. Crew because I thought I wore an 11 in Nike and an 11 in redwing Beckman chukkas (though they are a little big on me), 12 in Bed Stu, 11 and an 11 in Timberland.

Well my surmising I wore an 11 in Nikes was wrong and they are actually all 12s. Panicked that I ordered too small of a pair of Aldens I tried to cancel the order quickly to reorder a bigger size. Well the order had already been processed but customer support suggested I just order my new pair and return the other ones.

I was indecisive about whether to go with an 11 or a 10.5, but I chose the former. Now I'm wondering how strict their return policy is. Are Aldens packaged in such a way that it'd be evident if I tried one on? Is there a particular one I should try my luck with first in the scenario they only accept untouched shoes - again this is contingent on how Aldens are packaged. More and more I'm wondering if I should've just went with the 10.5.

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post #37472 of 89399
You can return Aldens from J Crew just fine. Just only wear them on carpet.
post #37473 of 89399
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Originally Posted by Winterbourne View Post

Folks, I'm in a bit of a bind here and could use your advice.
I ordered a pair of size 10 aldens on a truebalance last for J. Crew because I thought I wore an 11 in Nike and an 11 in redwing Beckman chukkas (though they are a little big on me), 12 in Bed Stu, 11 and an 11 in Timberland.
Well my surmising I wore an 11 in Nikes was wrong and they are actually all 12s. Panicked that I ordered too small of a pair of Aldens I tried to cancel the order quickly to reorder a bigger size. Well the order had already been processed but customer support suggested I just order my new pair and return the other ones.
I was indecisive about whether to go with an 11 or a 10.5, but I chose the former. Now I'm wondering how strict their return policy is. Are Aldens packaged in such a way that it'd be evident if I tried one on? Is there a particular one I should try my luck with first in the scenario they only accept untouched shoes - again this is contingent on how Aldens are packaged. More and more I'm wondering if I should've just went with the 10.5.

I wear 12 in Nike and 9.5 D or 10C in Truebalance and Barrie. 10D in Plaza........................crazy, but I size my Nikes with enough toe room for running. They are Nike air by the way. I think you might be surprised that 10 is just right................
post #37474 of 89399
Thanks for the encouraging and prompt replies!
post #37475 of 89399
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Folks, I'm in a bit of a bind here and could use your advice. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I ordered a pair of size 10 aldens on a truebalance last for J. Crew because I thought I wore an 11 in Nike and an 11 in redwing Beckman chukkas (though they are a little big on me), 12 in Bed Stu, 11 and an 11 in Timberland.
Well my surmising I wore an 11 in Nikes was wrong and they are actually all 12s. Panicked that I ordered too small of a pair of Aldens I tried to cancel the order quickly to reorder a bigger size. Well the order had already been processed but customer support suggested I just order my new pair and return the other ones.
I was indecisive about whether to go with an 11 or a 10.5, but I chose the former. Now I'm wondering how strict their return policy is. Are Aldens packaged in such a way that it'd be evident if I tried one on? Is there a particular one I should try my luck with first in the scenario they only accept untouched shoes - again this is contingent on how Aldens are packaged. More and more I'm wondering if I should've just went with the 10.5.

Once you know your size in a dress shoe, it's going to be much easier for people here to give you sizing advice. Also, having more shoes to try on is a good thing. Just use a shoe horn, walk on carpet when trying on, and return the pair(s) that don't fit.
post #37476 of 89399
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


I wear 9D in AE's 5 last and Alden's Barrie last.

 

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Interesting... i've been told by many that have had experience with both lasts that the Barrie is at least a size off from the 5.  Regardless, I'll get fitted first before hitting up the shoemart.

 

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I also wear the same size in the 5 last and Barrie

 

My experience is the same as sevenfoldtieguy and Grendel --- same size in the AE 5 last and Barrie.

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post #37478 of 89399
Appreciate the laces - where from? That forum affiliate (Can't think of the name offhand)?
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Appreciate the laces - where from? That forum affiliate (Can't think of the name offhand)?

Actually, they're my old Newton laces from my running shoes.
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Originally Posted by Winterbourne View Post

Thanks for the encouraging and prompt replies!

For what it is worth, I wear an 11.5 in Adidas and a 10D Alden Hampton and a 9.5 Barrie. I used to wear a 10 Adidas, back when they actually made them in Germany.
post #37482 of 89399

Thinking of pulling the trigger on cigar shell NST barrie last.  Anyone have some experience with these... barrie last and NST (decent combination??)  Looking for a solid go-to pair for casual to business casual shoes.

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Originally Posted by Papa Doble View Post

Once you know your size in a dress shoe, it's going to be much easier for people here to give you sizing advice. Also, having more shoes to try on is a good thing. Just use a shoe horn, walk on carpet when trying on, and return the pair(s) that don't fit.

Unless it is shell cordovan and you ordered from a "no crease" retailer. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

Unless it is shell cordovan and you ordered from a "no crease" retailer. biggrin.gif

Definitely true. Since he ordered from J. Crew, I assume they are not such a retailer (but correct me if I'm wrong).
post #37485 of 89399
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post

Thinking of pulling the trigger on cigar shell NST barrie last.  Anyone have some experience with these... barrie last and NST (decent combination??)  Looking for a solid go-to pair for casual to business casual shoes.

I don't own NSTs yet, but I like them on the Barrie or Plaza last. You've probably seen these, but here's a recent Mac post of the Barrie last shoe version in cigar, and here's the Plaza last boot version.
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