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TBH, there really isn't that much of a difference.  Somehow, the LWB seems to be the outlier, but not by much.  I'd stay with the same size with any barrie lasted shoe.

 

Yeah, you are probably right. I suppose one can make up the slight difference in the LWB by wearing a thicker sock, which I've been doing and it's been fine. 


If you have the luxury of trying on sizes in different barrie lasted shoes, I'd go for it.  BTW, your videos on YouTube have been extremely helpful.  I would estimate that about 4 of my shell cordovan purchases over the last year were in large part, facilitated by your videos.  Thank you very much! worship.gif

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Apologies for double post.

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If you have the luxury of trying on sizes in different barrie lasted shoes, I'd go for it.  BTW, your videos on YouTube have been extremely helpful.  I would estimate that about 4 of my shell cordovan purchases over the last year were in large part, facilitated by your videos.  Thank you very much! worship.gif

 

Thanks!

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I went down a half size for my Indy boots from barrie, and the fit is much better. My Indy boots that were the same size as my Barrie shoes always just felt too large. 

But I'm thinking my LWB size should now also be a half size down since those run big too. 

I am always intrigued by the thought of trying Indy's a half size down. Interesting that it worked for you cause I always here that everyone goes same size on Trubalance and Barrie. I compensate by lacing tight and using a thicker sock but ultimately I think a half size down is the right answer
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I am always intrigued by the thought of trying Indy's a half size down. Interesting that it worked for you cause I always here that everyone goes same size on Trubalance and Barrie. I compensate by lacing tight and using a thicker sock but ultimately I think a half size down is the right answer

 

It's really a lot better for me. Before my Indy boots felt clunky, now that I sized down they feel just right and frankly a lot more comfy and fun to wear. The difference is a minor one, but for my feet, it became very clear that my Trubalance  size is 8D even though my Barrie size is 8.5D. 

 

I think this can work well in part because Trublance is such a wide last. 

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I was fortunate enough to find an Indy boot on the Barrie last , in cigar to boot. My favorite Alden purchase to date, until I find a pair of #4 cap toes.
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Thank you, Sir.

$500-$600 puts you in the calf range.  If you can spend a little more you can get shell cordovan.

I agree with Frank, I would get either the Perforated Cap Toe in Black or Color 8 or the Strait Tip Balmoral in Black or Color 8. (or the Strait tip Blucher in either color for that matter)

I respectfully disagree with media hound.  I find that a Short Wing Bal is more appropriate for an interview than a PTB.  Assuming you would be wearing a suit.  I doubt that wearing either one would make a difference between you getting and not getting the job.  Unless of course someone from this thread is the one interviewing you.

I think the #8 is a bit more versatile than black in the sense that it can be worn with a blue or charcoal suit.  I consider black to be a little more formal, and don't like the way black shoes look with a blue suit, unless you are a train conductor or mailman.  These points are highly debatable though.  Also, if you are in any of the weddings, they may request that you wear black shoes.

You shouldn't have much difficulty finding either model that I mentioned in calf or shell.  Most people wouldn't know the difference.

Good Luck!

Make sure you come back to post pics of your acquisition.


Edit:  After thinking more about your situation, I have decided that the only thing for you to do is spend a few thousand dollars on a well-rounded collection of Aldens.  I see no way around it.

Edit: Edit:  Actually, Strait Tip Blucher in Burgundy might not be that easy to find.
I love that on this thread there are those who have the temerity to opine with civility and manners. It's almost quaint. As to the matter of which Alden is a good first choice, that is a question fraught with danger and peril. Many have spoken eloquently of balmorals and bluchers. I say if the shoes are for those odd occasions when your not wearing sneakers then buy anything in #8. If your beginning the journey with "Dorothy" and friends down the yellow brick road toward Oz to meet the wizard then blow as much scratch as you can and get whatever the hell suits your fancy. This is about shoes that were designed in the 19th century, but are still hand made in the 21st century. Conventions of propriety and decorum are not as important as they once were. Unless your actually in the 1%, and because there's only 1% I believe I'm pretty safe here, nobody really gives a rats ass. Show up and suit up. With a smile on your face and a shine on your shoes the world can be your oyster. Whether it's Ravello wingtips with a navy suit, or black monk straps with green chinos, its all good.
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Any recommendations for a first pair of Alden's that'll serve me well with some upcoming weddings this spring/summer while also appropriate for job interviews? I'm partial towards wing tips and I want to keep my budget ~$500-600. I'm a young adult if that makes any difference.
Get the unlined PTB from Alden of DC. Call Kathy, she'll hook you up.
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I was fortunate enough to find an Indy boot on the Barrie last , in cigar to boot. My favorite Alden purchase to date, until I find a pair of #4 cap toes.

 

Nice. I was thinking about those (Alden SF had them a few months back and may still), since I really like Barrie lasted boots (like my J Crew Cap Toes). But since I actually prefer calf for my Indy boots (really dig the original 405s), I decided against spending the money. 

 

I've become a purist with regards to the Alden Work Boot. For me, the 405 is the one and only -

 

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Any recommendations for a first pair of Alden's that'll serve me well with some upcoming weddings this spring/summer while also appropriate for job interviews? I'm partial towards wing tips and I want to keep my budget ~$500-600. I'm a young adult if that makes any difference.
Get the unlined PTB from Alden of DC. Call Kathy, she'll hook you up.


For $500-600...  in suede, maybe if the stock them, but certainly not in shell.  Right?

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No problem.

By the way here's a diagram of their Lasts. As you can see the Trubalnce is just a bit bigger than the Barrie.



Every time I see this diagram I think what the hell have I gotten myself into.
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If you have the luxury of trying on sizes in different barrie lasted shoes, I'd go for it.  BTW, your videos on YouTube have been extremely helpful.  I would estimate that about 4 of my shell cordovan purchases over the last year were in large part, facilitated by your videos.  Thank you very much! worship.gif
+1 on the vids mediahound. They introduced me to the "very rare" Ravello king of all gunboats.
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For $500-600...  in suede, maybe if the stock them, but certainly not in shell.  Right?
It's all about the Benjamin's prepster.
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The Indy in Trubalance may be Alden's widest shoe. My cigar Indy boots in 9.5E are the widest Aldens I own. My 10D whiskey and 405 Indy boots are a bit long but wide enough for me. I am traveling but I will post a comparison of my cigar Indy boots and color 8 tanker when I get back...

I am wearing thin socks with my tanker boots until they break in more, then I will move to thicker socks
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Pretty OT but mediahound, we have freakishly similar interests. I had a Topre Realforce 86U... sold it and I'm using my Leopold Brown 10-keyless right now haha. I'm into the audio equipment too... icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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