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post #45256 of 96590
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Originally Posted by rcb35 View Post

I saw a pair of shells on ebay and the seller claims they have only been worn a handful of times and the pics seem to verify that. Any downside regarding fit with pre owned alden shells?
I recently purchased a pair of shell boots I would estimate had been worn @ 10 to 12 times to be honest with you they felt no different than my brand new indy boots I got a couple weeks before . Just saying
post #45257 of 96590
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If you know the fit is your size, you could score a great deal. Should get 150$ under retail and no tax, about 13.00$ to ship. 

Looks like I would only save about $80-$90 over new, maybe I will just wait until new ones are available in my size.
post #45258 of 96590

How would you suggest sizing on the Alden's Indy Boot. I wear a 7.5 or 8 in AE Fifth Avenues and an 8.5 in Meermin. Haven't really worn anything besides that, so I have nothing else to add. These are rough estimates, but my length is 25.4 cm and width is 10 cm

 

http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens-indy-boot-high-top-blucher-workboot-natural-chrome-excel/pvc-ald-mxsbc-40557h_ald_m_indy_boot_high_top_blucher_workboot.html?utm_medium=shoppingengine&utm_source=pricegrabber

post #45259 of 96590
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Originally Posted by amathew View Post

How would you suggest sizing on the Alden's Indy Boot. I wear a 7.5 or 8 in AE Fifth Avenues and an 8.5 in Meermin. Haven't really worn anything besides that, so I have nothing else to add. These are rough estimates, but my length is 25.4 cm and width is 10 cm

 

http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-mens-indy-boot-high-top-blucher-workboot-natural-chrome-excel/pvc-ald-mxsbc-40557h_ald_m_indy_boot_high_top_blucher_workboot.html?utm_medium=shoppingengine&utm_source=pricegrabber

 

Are you saying you sized up from AE to Meermin between a half size and a whole size? You seem to be an outlier on the sizing rules if that were true. I thought the standard suggestion was to take your AE size and subtract a half to move to the Barrie or Trubalance lasts, which run a half size large. However, your information about your size adjustment to Meermin is puzzling.

post #45260 of 96590

Valuation should be about 30% off,  if just hardly used, since you can hold out for new at a major retailer and save 15 - 20% on sale at say Brooks Brothers and  + 5- 8 % 

tax at check out. As always it depends on the rarity of the shoe and will you find your size and proper fit then. I popped on the plain toe cordovan on E-bay because the pics were legit and the fit was perfect, also a nice seller who was trying to get into a different pair as he tried to move past really poor salesmanship and service were he bought.

post #45261 of 96590
Most well maintained shell I have seen holds way higher re-sale value than 70%
post #45262 of 96590
Since we've been discussing shoe trees as of late: How much does it matter if I use AE or alden shoe trees? When sizing if one is an 8d but said shoe/boot is on the Barrie should one use a larger tree? I wear an 8.5d in other lasts.
post #45263 of 96590
Since we've been discussing shoe trees as of late: How much does it matter if I use AE or alden shoe trees? When sizing if one is an 8d but said shoe/boot is on the Barrie should one use a larger tree? I wear an 8.5d in other lasts.
post #45264 of 96590
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

Since we've been discussing shoe trees as of late: How much does it matter if I use AE or alden shoe trees? When sizing if one is an 8d but said shoe/boot is on the Barrie should one use a larger tree? I wear an 8.5d in other lasts.

Alden trees are made by Woodlore, which is an Allen Edmonds brand. The only difference is the name plate.

post #45265 of 96590
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Originally Posted by TheSizzle View Post

 

Are you saying you sized up from AE to Meermin between a half size and a whole size? You seem to be an outlier on the sizing rules if that were true. I thought the standard suggestion was to take your AE size and subtract a half to move to the Barrie or Trubalance lasts, which run a half size large. However, your information about your size adjustment to Meermin is puzzling.

 

There can be quite a variance in sizing depending on the individual.  I, for example, take anything from a 10.5D, 11C, 11.5B, or 11.5C depending on the vendor, last etc.  Factor in the difference between heel to toe and heel to arch shoe measurements as well as improperly fitted shoes that are "close enough" and you can easily end up in a large variance in terms of shoe sizes.

post #45266 of 96590
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

 

There can be quite a variance in sizing depending on the individual.  I, for example, take anything from a 10.5D, 11C, 11.5B, or 11.5C depending on the vendor, last etc.  Factor in the difference between heel to toe and heel to arch shoe measurements as well as improperly fitted shoes that are "close enough" and you can easily end up in a large variance in terms of shoe sizes.

 

Of course there is variance. I just found it odd to size up by so much considering most people do the reverse. Given that oddity, I found it difficult to guide him directly to specific sizing on the Indy boot. Considering that his foot doesn't seem to follow the general trends, I guess he'd be better off going to try them on in person. Avoiding a retail shop might be more difficult for him.

post #45267 of 96590
Got two pairs of laces in the mail yesterday from Alden HQ for some popped boot laces that I contacted them about. Emailed them Monday afternoon and had the laces on Friday, so good on them.

Also to the debate above regarding used shell: I am a full supporter of using the bay to pick up shoes and then restore the uppers yourself. I'm generally priced out of new shell, so second hand is my main method of acquisition. If you're patient (and I mean 1-2 year patient) you'll be able to find something up your alley.
post #45268 of 96590
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

Since we've been discussing shoe trees as of late: How much does it matter if I use AE or alden shoe trees? When sizing if one is an 8d but said shoe/boot is on the Barrie should one use a larger tree? I wear an 8.5d in other lasts.


It makes no difference if you have AE or Alden shoe trees as I believe both of their cedar trees are made by the same company.  BTW, you should get the 100% cedar trees (imo).  You are right on the border between size medium and large.  AE's shoe tree chart (and it's pretty standard) says you should go with a size small.  If you had 8.5E you'd go with medium. I suppose if you wanted a slight stretch in the width you could go with medium.  I'm also at the borderline with 10.5D (10D in barrie).  Good luck...

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF350C_1_40000000001_-1

post #45269 of 96590

I would say you are a small in the Trees and I use both AE and Alden trees and see no difference.

 

I have also gotten some good acquisitions on the bay and see no issue - in one case I got a pair fresh back from Alden restoration and in the other case they were worn less than 10 times and after some Mac method love they were perfect.

post #45270 of 96590
My best ebay acquisition was a pair of 975 ... they were listed as pre-owned but looked like they just arrived from the factory. I jumped at the BIN price of $440 (shipping included).
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