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In my experience, chukkas fit slightly looser than PTBs, so, IMO, chukkas do not fit a touch smaller than other Barrie lasted shoes.

 

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nephew,
from my experience, the two eyelet chukkas i never felt totally comfortable; accordingly, i have sold all my two eyelet chukkas and i have found the six eyelet chukkas work very well for me

 

Thank you guys.

Just ordered a pair of whiskey chukka from Alden SF which is the same size of my barrie last ptb.

I got a snug fit in my ptb, so hopefully the chukka would fit me as well.

BTW, the whiskey chukka from SF should be in barrie last, right? Forgot to ask before ordering it, lol.

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Thank you guys.
Just ordered a pair of whiskey chukka from Alden SF which is the same size of my barrie last ptb.
I got a snug fit in my ptb, so hopefully the chukka would fit me as well.
BTW, the whiskey chukka from SF should be in barrie last, right? Forgot to ask before ordering it, lol.


Yes. If it is the two eyelet chukka it is Barrie.
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Wow.  Beautiful.

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Do either of you recommend the plaza last in non-boot offerings?  I'm considering a straight tip bal and a medallion toe blucher both on the plaza last from J Gilbert. Thanks...

nephew,
my recommendation is go for it, you will be please as long as the plaza last works for your feet

 

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i have a NST shoe on the plaza from J Gilbert. Highly recommended!

 

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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

I have calf shoes, shell shoes, and shell boots on the Plaza last. I like said last.

JGilbert is great. Indeed, on Sunday I decided to pull the trigger on the color 8 plaintoe high boots on the Plaza (commando sole)

 

Thanks for the feedback.  I'm guessing that I should go TTS with the Plaza Last (or my Aberdeen-last size).  Any potential reasons why or how the plaza last may not work for my feet?

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Ok guys one more question. I been eye balling these also and wanted your thoughts. I never had a cromexcel leather before but like the looks here
These look great. Chromexcel should suit an LWB nicely. I don't have Alden CXL, though there are quite a few on this thread who do. The leather is very sturdy and good in adverse conditions. It is on the casual end of the spectrum IMO and isn't going to shine like calf or shell. All that said, I think you will like these shoes.
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Thanks for the feedback.  I'm guessing that I should go TTS with the Plaza Last (or my Aberdeen-last size).  Any potential reasons why or how the plaza last may not work for my feet?

Go TTS.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

If you have a wide-ish forefoot, your TTS size in Barrie would likely have an E width... So if you are TTS 10E, sizing down to 9.5E in Barrie tends to work really well. However, if an E width is not available, then it is best to stick with a 10D
From what I can tell, retailers are starting to order more E widths, which is a good trend for guys with wider feet

This is proper advice re: Barrie fitting.
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re: Anatomica website.
I am unable to access their Alden selection when I get there.
Do they have a different website that is more user friendly for those of us who might like to look at their selection and perhaps order a pair?
thanks
Todd

Send them an email with the size you want. They will reply with photos of what they have in stock.

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Who's offering these right now?
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Originally Posted by Michael Haines View Post


Ok guys one more question. I been eye balling these also and wanted your thoughts. I never had a cromexcel leather before but like the looks here

 

I've got a pair of Chromexcel Alden x Epaulet Brixtons, and a pair of Oak Street Bootmakers Chromexcel boat shoes.  I love them both, but the leather is definitely on the casual end.  It seems to me like it tends to wrinkle a bit more at articulation points, but I'd wait on somebody else to confirm that.  It does seem to resist water a bit more than my other shoes, and I think it could work well as a damp-weather shoe.

 

 

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Who's offering these right now?

Leffot.

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Originally Posted by Roguls View Post

Avoid 1/2 down forum-logic if you have a wide-ish forefoot. Barrie is a voluminous last, but not that much so
Thanks for compliments, gents.

My experience for reference - I followed the general forum advice on roughly 1/2 dozen Barrie lasted shoes. I discovered that in order to get the perfect fit, I actually had to size down even further. My regular size is 10E. I ended up at 9E on both the Barrie and Trubalance last. I have low and wide feet.

There are a few things I did not account for in my original sizing that perhaps can help others new to Alden
1. Wearing thin merino wool socks leaves extra room in your shoes. If you are used to wearing thicker socks and switch to thinner Marcoliani argyles, you should account for this in your sizing calculation.
2. While cordovan does not stretch, the insole of the shoe conforms to your foot after a few wears. Your foot ends up a tad bit lower in the shoe so the effect is that the shoe feels a bit looser even though the leather has not stretched. All of the Alden boots/shoes I purchased in 9E felt a bit tight across the top of my foot the first few wears and then loosened up. I would not extend this logic to the fit of the shoes as it relates to the sides of your feet.
3. The Alden combination last means the heel of the shoe gets larger as you go up in width. This makes getting a perfect fit difficult but not impossible for some of us whose foot width is not matched by heel girth. Where possible, I get Alden boots now since they tend to mask the issue of the heel not fitting as perfectly as it should.
4. I have noticed size differences between various Alden shoe styles. For example, the cap-toes on the Barrie last feel a bit tighter to me and did not loosen up as I though they might. I eventually sold those. Plain toes feel a bit looser to me. Calf/Suede stretches out a bit more.

I would suggest there is nothing quite like going to the store and trying them on yourself to gauge the perfect fit. Do not compromise on fit irrespective of the beauty of the shoe.
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RMCPTS



Merry Christams to all!
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I find the CXL to scuff and scratch very easily. One thing to consider when looking at that CXL LWB.
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Does anyone know where to purchase flat waxed boot laces? My cat has an obsession with cordovan and likes the laces even more. censored.gif
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

Send them an email with the size you want. They will reply with photos of what they have in stock.

OK, thanks.
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