Originally Posted by Winterbourne
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.