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Okay, thanks. I did not know that. I suspect though that the J Crew Barrie boot fits like any other Barrie boot except a Barrie Chukka. But this may be difficult to verify since other Barrie boots are not too common.
I wonder how 'limited' they really are and if the initial pricing was really an error? Maybe they did that on purpose to generate some intial buzz for the product or something?
At any rate, they are neat Aldens, even at retail price.
Yes I have the Alden chukka in Ravello and all 5 shell colors of shell in the Dundee. Side by side you would be hard pressed to tell the difference with the exception of the 2 eyes vs. 3. The #1 last of the Dundee is slightly sleeker but not as much as I would have thought. Dropping down a half size from my TTS on the Barrie they fit similar, but of course with a lot more room in the heels of the Alden's. Slight heel lift but acceptable. Welt, heel and shape is very similar. Except the dovetail in the heel of the Alden looks like it was hand cut by a third grader and there is a large gap in it on the exposed edge of the heel. I plan on replacing the soles on them with commando and vibram heel anyhow so not a big deal to me.
Thanks. That's very helpful.
I'm not sure about how it compares to other Barrie boots, but I just got my JCrew captoe boots half size down my TTS and they fit very nicely.
For your reference, I had my feet measured at an Allen Edmonds store to be 10D. But I wear AE Park Avenue in 9.5D and Dalton in 10D. I also have a pair of Alden last unlined chukka (Leydon last) in 9.5E. Both 10D and 9.5E fit my feet very well, but the unlined chukka has a really thin and soft upper I opted for the 9.5E.
I have a pair of Plaza boots on order and am curious if I will love it or find it too sleek/dressy for my tastes. Keep in mind I never wear suits and am only in denim and khaki so my tastes differ from others.
Now, having expressed my thoughts to the SA, he produced a pair of swb Tremont last #8. They are virtually unworn, with very minimal creasing from being tried on numerous times. He is offering at $500 dueto said creasing. Seems too good a deal to pass up as the creasing wouldnt bother me in the slightest. Are the swb substantially less versatile? Ie, jeans, chinos etc?
Tried to find pics of casual #8 swb in the wild, without much results.
Sorry for the longwinded first post. Any help & guidance is greatly appreciated.
I've been reading for quite a while, and have been itching for my first pair of Aldens. Given the wealth of pictures, and realistic availability, I was leaning towards #8 lwb. I found a local carrier who carries them, in stock, in my size no less. I took the plunge and went to try on a pair to verify fit, and potentially purchase my first pair. Having tried on the lwb Barrie... Holy huge shoe! The thing seemed huge (aesthetically speaking). Did anyone else have a similar reaction, and subsequently end up falling in love?
Now, having expressed my thoughts to the SA, he produced a pair of swb Tremont last #8. They are virtually unworn, with very minimal creasing from being tried on. He is offering at $500. Seems too good a deal to a
Pretty different shoes for various reasons, but a discount even to reflect a little wear is hard to pass up. Since you know your size in LWB, unless it is really very rare, you can pick that up later easily.
Now: do the SWB fit well? And do you really like them? Don't spend the money on a second choice just for the feeling of getting a deal.
Good luck and let us know what you pick
Edit: for pics of a #8 SWB look for El Argentino's photos in this thread. I recall some fairly casual. It can certainly be done.
1/2 size up from barrie shoes i.e., TTS. I think it's rare but a few of us commented that the J. Crew PCT required sizing up from other barrie shoes. Good thing is that you can try on in store if you are have a J. Crew that carries Alden (Boston or NYC IIRC) or order both and return at any J. Crew store.
I go the same as my other barrie lasted shoes. Not nearly a big enough difference to go tts, for me at least.
Nah, I had to sell two captoe models (color 8 from Alden SF and ravello from Unionmade) due to the narrower fit. The socks didn't make a difference