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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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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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My Christmas present from the wife
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From Wifey Claus.
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I wanted to show you guys this bit of customizing done by B. Nelson.

This was the J. Crew/Alden black shell wingtip boot from last year. I wanted to change the look of it and so added a storm welt and dbl. leather Rendenbach sole. As you can see the edging was done in natural/antique.

I love them and now want to smack my head against a wall as they are too tight. This boot was always a bit snug but is now decidedly too snug for me. I usually wear a thicker boot sock for our NE winters and can no longer do it with this pair. So it's a Barrie 7.5 that fits like a 7.

If anyone is interested it's on the B+S forum. They'll go to fleabay next week

cheers and Happy Holidays to all.


p.s. Mr. Spoo sold me a pair of killer EG's at a great price. Highly recommended!




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p.s. I need to get my act together and post a few pics of my Alden collection as I greatly enjoy the pictures that you all have posted...

17 pair, 8 of which are shell. Actually 18/9 if you count the above pair that I am selling

Happy Holidays to all
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Merry Christams to all!


Any idea where I can find the (whiskey shell?) medallion cap toe??

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My Christmas present from the wife

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From Wifey Claus.

You guys have fantastic wives! Congrats!
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Any idea where I can find the (whiskey shell?) medallion cap toe??

Nowhere that I know of.

I have the ravello medallion captoe in the picture and I got that model from Alden DC.
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Originally Posted by tmw View Post

I wanted to show you guys this bit of customizing done by B. Nelson.
This was the J. Crew/Alden black shell wingtip boot from last year. I wanted to change the look of it and so added a storm welt and dbl. leather Rendenbach sole. As you can see the edging was done in natural/antique.
I love them and now want to smack my head against a wall as they are too tight. This boot was always a bit snug but is now decidedly too snug for me. I usually wear a thicker boot sock for our NE winters and can no longer do it with this pair. So it's a Barrie 7.5 that fits like a 7.
If anyone is interested it's on the B+S forum. They'll go to fleabay next week
cheers and Happy Holidays to all.
p.s. Mr. Spoo sold me a pair of killer EG's at a great price. Highly recommended!





I once sent a pair to AE for restoration and they came back too tight. I made them aware of it. Their suggestion: they gave me a brand new pair of my choosing.

It seems to me BNelson will take steps to remedy your problem if you bring it to their attention. Perhaps you already have?
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C&J burgundy shell captoe boots at BB online are on sale for 748.50. An additional 15% off is yours for the taking if you order online by 12/27 ($636.23). Still many sizes left. Just FYI .....
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Well my Mother inlaw wants to buy me a pair of shoes for Christmas I posted earlier the Cromexcel LWB. So now I am trying to decide
between these two. What to do? I already have all colors covered so that does not help. Any thoughts from the crowd

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