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Originally Posted by stevent View Post

Frans Boone service is ridiculously good and I haven't even bought anything yet. How much customs?

I agree, best service of any retailer from which I've purchased. No customs fee on this one because Frans marked as US origin. Previous purchase from him I paid $64 so was glad we figured it out this time around. Love the Frans Boone makeups and will definitely buy from him again.
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Originally Posted by ThArtOfWardrobe View Post

In honor of the maiden voyage of my cigar plain toe, my apartment has given me the gift of shitty lighting.







My carpet is white.

I don't do crepe, but these look sharp nonetheless. nod[1].gif
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Can anyone help me with some last information?

 

Alden for Brooks Brothers LHS and Tassel, Van and Aberdeen respectively? Size down/TTS?

I have a low instep, which last would suit me best?

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Has anyone ever come across a double soled version of the unlined suede chukka? I find the standard single sole on the unlined chukka a bit thin.
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CXL Brixtons arrived

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Originally Posted by ThArtOfWardrobe View Post


I agree, best service of any retailer from which I've purchased. No customs fee on this one because Frans marked as US origin. Previous purchase from him I paid $64 so was glad we figured it out this time around. Love the Frans Boone makeups and will definitely buy from him again.

 

The customs fee is still a gamble FYI. I just got the cigar plain toe boot from them and was hit with a fee of $117!! The package was clearly marked same as yours with US origin.

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Originally Posted by joiji View Post

Can anyone help me with some last information?

Alden for Brooks Brothers LHS and Tassel, Van and Aberdeen respectively? Size down/TTS?
I have a low instep, which last would suit me best?

I have both. You are correct on lasts. As for low instep inquiries, I will defer to someone who has the same issue.

Van - 1/2 size down; and perhaps also one width down
Aberdeen - TTS
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I don't do crepe, but these look sharp nonetheless. nod[1].gif

Thanks man
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I've read comments where people say a lot of Alden boots appear clunky and blocky but I'm finding the exact opposite.

In fact, I sent my last pair of 10d plain toe boots back for a 10 1/2 d hoping to remedy this aesthetic dilemma.

Perhaps I'm just too use to my RWs, but when I had the Aldens on my feet appeared disproportionately small compared to the rest of my body. Worst part is: my girlfriend even thought the same, so I know it wasn't just a skewed perception issue from myself.

Can tightness of pants counteract this a lot, in your personal experience?

Furthermore, I like the Plain toes a lot, looks wise just about the same as the 1000 Mile boot. However, would you agree that the leather and durability overall is in Aldens favor here? Anyone have/had both who can comment?
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Originally Posted by shaunw View Post

The customs fee is still a gamble FYI. I just got the cigar plain toe boot from them and was hit with a fee of $117!! The package was clearly marked same as yours with US origin.

Ouch, good to know. Thanks for the heads up and congrats on your new boots.
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CXL Brixtons arrived
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Wow those are gorgeous. Love the laces. Congrats man.
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Originally Posted by Winterbourne View Post

I've read comments where people say a lot of Alden boots appear clunky and blocky but I'm finding the exact opposite.
In fact, I sent my last pair of 10d plain toe boots back for a 10 1/2 d hoping to remedy this aesthetic dilemma.
Perhaps I'm just too use to my RWs, but when I had the Aldens on my feet appeared disproportionately small compared to the rest of my body. Worst part is: my girlfriend even thought the same, so I know it wasn't just a skewed perception issue from myself.
Can tightness of pants counteract this a lot, in your personal experience?
Furthermore, I like the Plain toes a lot, looks wise just about the same as the 1000 Mile boot. However, would you agree that the leather and durability overall is in Aldens favor here? Anyone have/had both who can comment?

I think people who refer to the "clunkiness"  of Aldens are generally using this as a term of endearment (assuming they are Alden fans of course smile.gif).  It is sort of a quintessentially "American" look.  When compared to the sleeker English made shoes and boots, Aldens are significantly heavier looking.  I don't think it is fair to compare them to Red Wing when you are strictly looking at sleekness/clunkiness. 

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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post

How do people usually size in the Leydon unlined relative to their Van, TB, or Barrie size? I'd like to get a pair of unlined chukkas. I am a TTS 11D, the TB fits me in 10.5D, the Barrie I take a 10.5E (fits in the forefoot but heel is loose), and the van I take an 11D (both lined andunlined). I've heard the Leydon runs narrow, so should I go 11E in an unlined Leydon chukka?

 

I'm normally a 10D in the Barrie last. I ordered a pair of the unlined chukkas through Leffot and Steven sized me up a 1/2 size and put me in an E width (So I'm in a 10.5E in them). I'm very happy with the fit.

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Originally Posted by Winterbourne View Post

I've read comments where people say a lot of Alden boots appear clunky and blocky but I'm finding the exact opposite.
In fact, I sent my last pair of 10d plain toe boots back for a 10 1/2 d hoping to remedy this aesthetic dilemma.
Perhaps I'm just too use to my RWs, but when I had the Aldens on my feet appeared disproportionately small compared to the rest of my body. Worst part is: my girlfriend even thought the same, so I know it wasn't just a skewed perception issue from myself.
Can tightness of pants counteract this a lot, in your personal experience?
Furthermore, I like the Plain toes a lot, looks wise just about the same as the 1000 Mile boot. However, would you agree that the leather and durability overall is in Aldens favor here? Anyone have/had both who can comment?

A lot of people debate this, but non-Indy Alden shoes and boots are essentially "dress" or "dress casual" shoes and boots... Red Wings are work boots, so they will look more substantial. They are simply a different look. If you don't wear dress shoes all the time, Alden shoes may look "small" relative to your other wear. Smaller leg openings will help.
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