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Everyone who tries modified last seems to love it, but moulded shoe is the only store the USA that seems to sell it (and their selection of shell is without question the most limited out of any Alden store I've been to).

The reason apparently is that Alden sells their shoes for way more to international stores (like you pay 1k+ for Alden shell abroad) and the way they don't make them totally screwed is by making modified international-only. Moulded shoe has been around for so long that they always have sold modified and it didn't seem fair to their customer base to take it away.

Note also that their website doesn't really reflect their stock selection and they're out stock in a lot of styles (like the color 8 captoe).

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Originally Posted by 0ShinAkuma0 View Post

2nd cousins and other family members, I got a question. I mostly have AE shoes and have no idea how Alden shoes fit in general. I'm fairly close to buying the Alden Shell cap toe boot, color #8. Does anyone have any personal experience to whether it runs long or short, wide or narrow. Is it true to size?
I'm usually in a weird position, I normally wear 13 D, but my AE's in 13 are slightly too big (but still comfortable and not too much of a problem, I just double sock) and the 12's are, of course, slightly too small. As expected, many shoe models don't have a 12.5. 

Thanks

Ok I have a lot of experience with both brands of shoes. First, AE run about as true to size as any shoe on the planet. If you are a 12.5 in AE you will be a 12 in the Barrie. You can guess at the other lasts but trying them on is the best way. People here will try and cross the shoes, but Alden lasts change in both length, width and shape and it is critical you try them on. Also, unlike AE shoes, I have two shoes on the same lasts in different sizes which fit exactly the same.
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Cigar wingtip boots on Plaza (LS)
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Cigar LHS

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Cigar wingtip boots on Plaza (LS)
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Cigar LHS
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Looking good, gentlemen.
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Nice.

I'd buy a pair of these (or ravello or whiskey) if I could find them in 11 C.
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Leffot has opened up a pre-order for their #8 LWB with antique sole edging: http://leffot.com/shop/alden-x-leffot-color-8-longwing/

The price goes up again. #8 for $675??  Unbelievable!

 
I've been interested in this combination; however, I don't like how the welt's upper is dyed purple (I assume from the #8 coating) instead of having a similar natural color as the soles. Only reason why I chose the stock 975 with black soles over this make-up.
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Looking good, gentlemen.

Thanks! Sunny cold days are perfect for shell boots.
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Yes, the Modified last is awesome (still looking for a few gents interested in doing a Modified Kudu Indy boot).  The more I wear my Modified shoes; the more I like them.  The narrow waist and taller heel cup do a better job conforming to the shape of your foot.  And the shoe moves well with your foot.

 

It definitely sucks that the shell Modified is almost exclusively sold overseas, but you just have to factor that into the price comparison vis-a-vis a shell makeup on a different last.  For my money I haven't worn another shoe that fits as well as the Modified.

 

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Originally Posted by Chaos_Cow View Post

Everyone who tries modified last seems to love it, but moulded shoe is the only store the USA that seems to sell it (and their selection of shell is without question the most limited out of any Alden store I've been to).
The reason apparently is that Alden sells their shoes for way more to international stores (like you pay 1k+ for Alden shell abroad) and the way they don't make them totally screwed is by making modified international-only. Moulded shoe has been around for so long that they always have sold modified and it didn't seem fair to their customer base to take it away.
Note also that their website doesn't really reflect their stock selection and they're out stock in a lot of styles (like the color 8 captoe).
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Fresh from Connecticut, a pair of ptb next to a pair of lwb that I wore to work today. The lwbs arrived a little less than a year ago.
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Got the tobacco lwb from J. Crew today, they are going back. Color seems like it wants to be orange but is not fully there and it's not really a brown neither. Plus my student who always comments on my shoes that I get in said these felt like "cheap leather" butbut.gif compared to the other shoes I've gotten before. It's not cheap but color to me definitely looks off.
Color on mine is pretty close to this photo: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

You don't like? It's more of a "british tan" than a tobacco, IMHO. I like my pair, although I probably only wear them once a month or so.
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Cousin,
No.

rotflmao.gif Classic!
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I've been interested in this combination; however, I don't like how the welt's upper is dyed purple (I assume from the #8 coating) instead of having a similar natural color as the soles.

That was a factory mistake on some of the smaller sizes they got. I have these and the welt is natural, to match the edge trim.
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ShaunW: those cigar PTBs from Frans are so gorgeous. Congrats.
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With the help of Reddit, I finally identified this pair of shoes I got at a thrift store for $4 in poor condition years ago:

 

Alden for Brooks Brothers Plain Toe Cordovan Bluchers

 

I'm wondering if anyone here can help me figure out how old they might be?

 

I plan to get them fixed up, but I have some questions you guys might be able to help me with.  Alden is sending me a mailer to send to their factory to be restored, which costs $160.  They say they'll send them back if they're beyond repair.  What I really need is a new sole and heel, and hopefully the heel counters fixed.  I think they're beyond cosmetic repair with some deep scratches in the cordovan, and I really like the patina and worn away dye anyway.  My question is: would a local cobbler be able to handle the resole/heel without messing them up?  How about the heel counter?  Or would it be worth it to have Alden do the work.  I'm in Southern Michigan and I make it to Chicago frequently so if anyone knows of a cobbler that would be up to the task around here, I'd appreciate it.

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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

Yes, the Modified last is awesome (still looking for a few gents interested in doing a Modified Kudu Indy boot).  The more I wear my Modified shoes; the more I like them.  The narrow waist and taller heel cup do a better job conforming to the shape of your foot.  And the shoe moves well with your foot.

It definitely sucks that the shell Modified is almost exclusively sold overseas, but you just have to factor that into the price comparison vis-a-vis a shell makeup on a different last.  For my money I haven't worn another shoe that fits as well as the Modified.

Did you have to size down 1/2 a size compared to say the Barrie last?
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