Thanks... This last is in the mid-range of lasts, for me tts works... But the last chart reccomends downsizing a half size...
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I'm waiting on another pre-order with Epaulet for a Leydon lasted Cigar LWB. I can probably expect that sometime in 2015.
Mediahound: how many pairs of Alden cordovan do you have? Just wondering...
I mean the difference isn't huge, but I've certainly noticed it. Then again, Alden has always been inconsistent in the last 3 years I've been buying them... I'm on my 4th pair of 403s (really burn through them...) and during my 2nd and 3rd pair I had to deal with some that had a really short tongue (that was below the shaft of the boot) - this is a defect.
I have upwards of 25 pairs of Barrie lasted shoes and boots, 12 of which are shell.
Although I have definitely noticed some pairs fit different than the rest, I don't think it is reasonable to make any meaningful generalizations regarding style X in material Y fits different than others. Further, the four pairs that I can think of which fit different than the others really don't fit different enough that I would take another size.
The pairs that I've noticed a sizing difference are
Suede short wings.
Brown CXL PTB
Cigar shell PTB
Natural CXL wingtip boots.
These above four ran slightly big.
Epaulet "Obscura" calf boots run ever so slightly smaller.
I think any variation in sizing one encounters is due more to what particular old dude made your shoe that day.
There's a limit to the accuracy with which one can use the interweb to size their shoes.
Drawing conclusion based on style and material on the same last seems to be beyond those limits. You just need to try them on.
This is my issue with Barries. Walking around with the LWB, my pinky toes get crowded and I get heel slip. The same size in Barrie boots is a crap shoot: my SWB is tight but fits, the NSTs I bought are just too narrow. If the 9.5E NSTs I pre-ordered don't fit well, I think I'm going to give up on the Barrie last altogether.
Edited by alex4nder - 3/26/13 at 11:07pm
Barrie boots, Chukkas not included, seem to be TTS. For me, Chukkas and LWB run big. I found this out in an unfortunate way.
For LWB, I have to size down. I went on a rainbow spree, purchasing the Whiskey, Ravello and Cigar LWB all within 3 weeks because I liked the look and figured the sizing would be the same as boots. By the time I actually tried them on, none fit me in 9D and the 8.5D were sold out. Same issue with my Ravello Chukkas in 9D.
Also, Whiskey LWB arrived with huge scratch, Ravello LWB had severe vamp discoloration. The Cigar LWB, which was perfect I actually sent back to return for the 8.5, which was "on hold" for me and Adam pulled that money order for final sale nonesense and then when I agreed to send a money order, he never wrote me back. So that was my LWB rainbow nightmare. I also had the J. Crew, which was beautiful, but didn't fit . The moral of the story is don't power order rare colors and wait weeks to try them on.
Now, it'll be years before I have another swing at that pitch.
I hate to promote items, but the brand new Ravello Chukka is available in marketplace in 9D. I love TSM, but returns take forever and I'd rather trade it or sell it. It's a sparkling new, perfectly beautiful Ravello Chukka.....that is one size too big.