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I wore Alden black shell captoe bluchers (gasp!) for my wedding. They were my first pair of "nice" shoes and obviously my first Alden. My wallet is still having regrets about the discovery. smile.gif

100 yrs did say he was wearing a charcoal suit, so I think there is a fairly wide range of "appropriate" footwear he can pair with it. The deciding factor should probably be the usefulness of the shoe in everyday life post-wedding. I would personally not go with a plain toe balmoral, as it falls short on this front.

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#8 WT's today

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Just pulled the trigger on my 2nd pair of aldens, AF89 black high calfskin boots, plain toe w/ commando sole on the leydon last from AoC. Pretty excited.

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Congrats!  Post some pics in the wild when the time comes...

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^^That does sound like a nice pair of Aldens, and something of an unusual makeup. Should wear well and I'm sure they'll look great in the wild.

Did you get them at the overstock pricing?
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Originally Posted by 100 yrs View Post

thanks for the input everyone. i think i'll go try on some park ave's and see what those are like. i've got a bit to decide.

You might consider these shell plain toe balmorals on the plaza last.
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^^That does sound like a nice pair of Aldens, and something of an unusual makeup. Should wear well and I'm sure they'll look great in the wild.

Did you get them at the overstock pricing?

I did yeah, $465, but the barrie version is $510. My only other pair of Aldens are the j.crew #8 cap toe (barrie), so I just went a half size up for these. I wanted something less dressy for my 2nd pair and these definitely fit the bill and will go with my non-work attire better. Commando sole was a big part of the decision too. 

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I was looking at that boot also. How is the leydon last? Thanks
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I did yeah, $465, but the barrie version is $510. My only other pair of Aldens are the j.crew #8 cap toe (barrie), so I just went a half size up for these. I wanted something less dressy for my 2nd pair and these definitely fit the bill and will go with my non-work attire better. Commando sole was a big part of the decision too. 

I think you'll like the commando sole. I have really just started wearing it and I think it is great.
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Of interest- a look at Leather Soul:

 

http://www.acontinuouslean.com/2013/01/14/great-things-found-in-unlikely-places/

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Another difficult sizing question:

 

9C Van & 9D Aberdeen fit like a glove all around.

 

Tried on a 9D Hampton today, and it seems like it will work, but it didn't fit like a glove all around.  Seemed like there was a little space, but not sloppy.  Ralph at Alden Madison said if I went 9C it would be killing me.

 

I didn't have a chance to try on any other size.  He measured me with the brannock and I told him my size in the other lasts, and he just brought the 9D.

 

Not sure if I should attribute the the inferior fit to the shape of the last not being as conducive to the shape of my feet, or if there is a better size for me.  Also, the Van and Aberdeen are slip-ons, while the Hampton is a lace up.  FWIW I walked around the city all day in some J&M Balmores that are a half size bigger and fit a little looser, and they didn't bother me.

 

Also was wearing VERY thin dress socks, they may have been more snug with dress sock of normal thickness.

 

The Hampton was not as narrow as I would have expected.  When I put on the 9Ds I thought they were 9.5Ds, and when he said they were 9s I thought 9E.

 

Anyone have any constructive thoughts on this?  Should I just go with 9D?

 

Not sure what else I can do as I don't think I'll have a chance to try on any other sizes without buying a pair first.


Edited by Bakes11771 - 1/14/13 at 1:54pm
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anyone other than Alden offering a cigar or ravello belt? 

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Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Another difficult sizing question:

9C Van & 9D Aberdeen fit like a glove all around.

Tried on a 9D Hampton today, and it seems like it will work, but it didn't fit like a glove all around.  Seemed like there was a little space, but not sloppy.  Ralph at Alden Madison said if I went 9C it would be killing me.

I didn't have a chance to try on any other size.  He measured me with the brannock and I told him my size in the other lasts, and he just brought the 9D.

Not sure if I should attribute the the inferior fit to the shape of the last not being as conducive to the shape of my feet, or if there is a better size for me.  Also, the Van and Aberdeen are slip-ons, while the Hampton is a lace up.  FWIW I walked around the city all day in some J&M Balmores that are a half size bigger and fit a little looser, and they didn't bother me.

Also was wearing VERY thin dress socks, they may have been more snug with dress sock of normal thickness.

The Hampton was not as narrow as I would have expected.  When I put on the 9Ds I thought they were 9.5Ds, and when he said they were 9s I thought 9E.

Anyone have any constructive thoughts on this?  Should I just go with 9D?

Not sure what else I can do as I don't think I'll have a chance to try on any other sizes without buying a pair first.

I am the same size in Aberdeen and Hampton. I prefer the Aberdeen. And yes, the fit not being as snug (or as good) certainly could be because the last doesn't 100% agree with your foot.
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You might consider these shell plain toe balmorals on the plaza last.

That may be the perfect shell bal if only it had a captoe. baldy[1].gif

Shell on the plaza last is great - shoe or boot.
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Originally Posted by mcbrown View Post

I wore Alden black shell captoe bluchers (gasp!) for my wedding. They were my first pair of "nice" shoes and obviously my first Alden. My wallet is still having regrets about the discovery. smile.gif

100 yrs did say he was wearing a charcoal suit, so I think there is a fairly wide range of "appropriate" footwear he can pair with it. The deciding factor should probably be the usefulness of the shoe in everyday life post-wedding. I would personally not go with a plain toe balmoral, as it falls short on this front.

+1

I used to own the black shell plaintoe bal. I got rid of it for lack of use. I much prefer a shell cap toe bal (straight tip or perf tip) for business wear. I also very much like the black shell captoe blucher. nod[1].gif
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