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Originally Posted by RLG212 View Post

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.

Do you fill out the width of the Indy or is there space? I know a lot of TTS D-widths could use a C-width in the Indy.

Also, I had a type-o as I am a TTS 11E.

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CXL Brixtons arrived Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Wow those are gorgeous. Love the laces. Congrats man.
+1
that`s a nice width between the uppers for lacing.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

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.

This. 100%
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Can anyone tell me how these Chamois Commando Sole calfskins would do in an NYC winter? Say for a commuting to work boot?

http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens_9_eyelet_cap_toe_boot_commando_sole_calfskin_chamois/pvc-ald-mxsb-40604hc_ald_m_9_eyelet_cap_toe_boot_commando_sole_calfskin.html



They don't seem to have a storm welt and probably aren't as good in winter as the 404 Kudus would be, however I love the color, calfskin and the captoe on the commandos more than the moc toe on the Kudus.

Though the Kudus have a better sole for snow/ice and a storm welt.

If the commandos would hold up fine however, I'd be all over them. Or should I just call it a day and pick up a pair of LL Bean Katadhins.....that also have a cap toe at a much cheaper cost....?
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^ I have the shoe version of that boot. I actually got stuck in NYC during a huge winter storm a couple years ago and they held up fine. They picked up a little salt from walking through deep puddles, but a light washing took it off. The oiled leather is pretty resilient.
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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?

Yes, more fitted clothing will help. Also it depends on your particular dimensions. I have wider shoulders and am tall so prefer larger shoes, otherwise my clothing just looks odd. I don't think Aldens are disproportionately small, at least not like wolverine 1000 mile boots are, for example. The Barrie last tends to be fairly chunky. When people refer to size they are talking about the whole "footprint" as well as the shape of the toe and sole.
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Originally Posted by Slooop View Post

Can anyone tell me how these Chamois Commando Sole calfskins would do in an NYC winter? Say for a commuting to work boot?
http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens_9_eyelet_cap_toe_boot_commando_sole_calfskin_chamois/pvc-ald-mxsb-40604hc_ald_m_9_eyelet_cap_toe_boot_commando_sole_calfskin.html

They don't seem to have a storm welt and probably aren't as good in winter as the 404 Kudus would be, however I love the color, calfskin and the captoe on the commandos more than the moc toe on the Kudus.
Though the Kudus have a better sole for snow/ice and a storm welt.
If the commandos would hold up fine however, I'd be all over them. Or should I just call it a day and pick up a pair of LL Bean Katadhins.....that also have a cap toe at a much cheaper cost....?

My chamois shoes are great in the wet, so the boots would be even better.  The heavily oiled leather also is good at resisting salt intrusion.  I posted about sealing mine several pages back.  

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http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/Shoes-Norwegian_Front_Boot_254.htm

http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/Shoes-Color_8_Wing_Tip_Boot_309.htm

Having recently acquired these two models, I dare say I will limit my Alden boot purchases to those on the Plaza Last moving forward. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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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 wear the same size, 10.5 D in BB LHS (Van) and BB tassel (Aberdeen). Did not change width. IMO, lower vamp on tassel might not work as well for you as the LHS. Good luck! Try on if you can...
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anybody having problems emailing Adam from AoC? keeps giving me delivery failure.

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Is it me or do the laces on the Alden rip really easily? The speed hooks creates holes in my laces...

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Originally Posted by HAL 9000 View Post

Is it me or do the laces on the Alden rip really easily? The speed hooks creates holes in my laces...

never had this problem.
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never had my laces rip or even show wear..

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Same here.  The only laces I have that are wearing down are on my conservation boots which have all eyelets.  Check for burrs on the eyelets or hooks.

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The only lace problem I have with my speed hooks is my cat chewing through them crazy.gif
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