or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Streetwear and Denim › ***The official Alden thread ***
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

***The official Alden thread *** - Page 3261

post #48901 of 86680

Return and size down if possible.  Heel pads should be a last resort if you get stuck with a pair that is too big, ect.

 

The width of the whole last, because it goes from E/C to D/B.

 

Also, those are nice!

 

Edit:  If funds allow, keep that pair for now and order 7E.  If it's too narrow, you might have to just do tongue pad unless you can find a EE.

 

Have you tried them on with socks?  The fit might be perfect with medium thickness socks.

 

Good Luck.

Styles mentioned in this thread:

post #48902 of 86680
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bakes11771 View Post

Return and size down if possible.  Heel pads should be a last resort if you get stuck with a pair that is too big, ect.

The width of the whole last, because it goes from E/C to D/B.

Also, those are nice!

Edit:  If funds allow, keep that pair for now and order 7E.  If it's too narrow, you might have to just do tongue pad unless you can find a EE.

Have you tried them on with socks?  The fit might be perfect with medium thickness socks.

Good Luck.

I tried with some corgi socks, and obv my foot filled the shoe a little better. But still feels like my foot would come out too easy if I bend/flex. Wondering if I would've gotten the snug fit I wanted had I gone with a D width.

Goal was to wear them with thin pantherella type socks, and sockless.
Edited by Hermitedge - 4/18/13 at 6:19pm
post #48903 of 86680
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hermitedge View Post

Was real excited about getting some shell tassels in my life, but even after all the info on the last, i mis-sized. I'm an 8D on the brannock, 7.5D on trubal, and with common knowledge of aberdeen being narrow, i went with a 7.5E. Unfortunately, the shoe is still long (i can stick my finger in the back heel), though the width in the toe box seemed ok. Will a heel pad, insole, or something along those lines be my remedy? Or should I return and size down more bc it will always slip? Does the width of the whole last increase from D to E, or just the toe area?




If you are going to wear those without socks, they are way too big. You should go down 1/2 size and probably down a width too. I am TTS 9.5D, but I buy Aberdeen tassels in 9.5B (down 2 widths). I can't stand slippage with loafers. And with Alden's combo sizing, the heel width also gets proportionately more snug.
post #48904 of 86680
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ahab View Post

Is there another maker that produces as many shoes in Horween shell as Alden? Is anyone close?
I doubt it, certainly not when you consider variety of styles and overall volume. The other makers I mentioned do smaller runs or MTO (although Carmina keeps its web shop pretty well stocked with a lot of shell, mostly burgundy and black though they've also had other colors recently).
Quote:
Originally Posted by stevent View Post

Carmina does quite a bit of shell and its horween. Mike at epaulet also seems to have no issues sourcing cordovan neither so maybe he stocked up shells himself or carmina does.

Vass also uses Horween as far as I know. And the success Mike at Epaulet has had doing shell makeups in all colors recently goes to my point: he does runs of 6 or 8 shoes mostly. So be doesn't need as much shell to make it worth his while as Alden of AE.

Very possible he'll be saying he can't get any shell in a few months, of course. Time will tell.
post #48905 of 86680
Quote:
Originally Posted by macjedi View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post


Excellent boot!  What does it look like after a season of wear?  How much care do you have to put into it to keep it looking great?  I have two Alden calf offerings that get very little play bc of my growing shell collection.

 



Thanks RTP!  I've actually been wearing them at least once a week.  They still look new.  I take the same care I do with shell … Mac Method (wipe, brush, cloth - every wear).  I did a bit of wax around Jan/Feb.  I'm not sure this level of care is necessary, but it's become a habit.  Alden's calf is very robust compared to my AE's, but they look pretty nice still too.  Anyhoo, I'll be sure to post a photo the next time I wear them. Cheers!


Well done MJ. Thanks and wear in great health...

post #48906 of 86680

Anybody have pictures of the Unionmade Stoneman chukka #8 out in the wild?

post #48907 of 86680
It used to be, if you want such and such shells, buy them today, for we know next year for certain the price will be 5-10% higher.

Now its, if you get lucky and happen to find them, get them immediately, for we don't know if such and such shoe will be available again in the next 12-24 months!

I had no intentions of buying any whiskey this year. But I slowly began to covet it, after having it grow on me a few years. When a few things luckily popped up in my size, I jumped on them knowing that I may get the chance for a loooong time.
post #48908 of 86680
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hermitedge View Post

Was real excited about getting some shell tassels in my life, but even after all the info on the last, i mis-sized. I'm an 8D on the brannock, 7.5D on trubal, and with common knowledge of aberdeen being narrow, i went with a 7.5E. Unfortunately, the shoe is still long (i can stick my finger in the back heel), though the width in the toe box seemed ok. Will a heel pad, insole, or something along those lines be my remedy? Or should I return and size down more bc it will always slip? Does the width of the whole last increase from D to E, or just the toe area?




I hope you don't go to a Japanese restaurant where they ask you to remove your shoes. shog[1].gif
post #48909 of 86680
I actually disagree about sizing down on those tassels if he intends to wear them sockless. Why? Because cordovan is very hot in spring / summer, and if he wears them sockless, his feet may sweat... Wearing very tight cordovan shoes will exacerbate that and could make his feet uncomfortable. I have a pair of Marlow cordovan tassels in 10.5d (a length too big) that is great for sockless wear as it lets air get into the shoe. I got that pair for cheap and use it exclusively as a sockless pair.

For shoes in suede, chromexcel or other calf, I don't follow this logic, but I do for cordovan. YMMV
post #48910 of 86680
Quote:
Originally Posted by CalceoAdamator View Post

Black shell saddles today...

nephew,
i like your saddles
post #48911 of 86680
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hermitedge View Post

Was real excited about getting some shell tassels in my life, but even after all the info on the last, i mis-sized. I'm an 8D on the brannock, 7.5D on trubal, and with common knowledge of aberdeen being narrow, i went with a 7.5E.
Unfortunately, the shoe is still long (i can stick my finger in the back heel), though the width in the toe box seemed ok. Will a heel pad, insole, or something along those lines be my remedy? Or should I return and size down more bc it will always slip? Does the width of the
whole last increase from D to E, or just the toe area?





[IMG
ALT=""]http://www.styleforum.net/content/type/61/id/776570/width/350/height/700[/IMG]

IMO I'd return them. It's been my experience that if loafers don't work
out of the box they probably never will. I believe any home remedies would be a fruitless endeavor. File it under lesson learned and grab a pair that fit properly. Good Luck Sir!
post #48912 of 86680
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I actually disagree about sizing down on those tassels if he intends to wear them sockless. Why? Because cordovan is very hot in spring / summer, and if he wears them sockless, his feet may sweat... Wearing very tight cordovan shoes will exacerbate that and could make his feet uncomfortable. I have a pair of Marlow cordovan tassels in 10.5d (a length too big) that is great for sockless wear as it lets air get into the shoe. I got that pair for cheap and use it exclusively as a sockless pair.

For shoes in suede, chromexcel or other calf, I don't follow this logic, but I do for cordovan. YMMV

Foot temperature aside, the shoes don't fit. Based on his pics, his foot will literally come out of the shoe when taking a stride. I'm not suggesting a shoe that is tight. I'm suggesting a shoe that simply fits.
post #48913 of 86680
Quote:
Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

Foot temperature aside, the shoes don't fit. Based on his pics, his foot will literally come out of the shoe when taking a stride. I'm not suggesting a shoe that is tight. I'm suggesting a shoe that simply fits.

Fair - I was just cautioning if he intended to wear them mostly sockless. Any shoe that fits with socks should feel looser without socks... The length seems long but I would hesitate sizing down a width...
post #48914 of 86680
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Fair - I was just cautioning if he intended to wear them mostly sockless. Any shoe that fits with socks should feel looser without socks... The length seems long but I would hesitate sizing down a width...

Ideally I'd wear them with thin socks for work, and if I wore them the slutty way, i'd probably still wear a no-show sock like the Falke Step variety.

I appreciate all the advice, going to see if the place has anything smaller on hand, might try the 7D for snug fit with less complete foot slip. Also, does the van last fit fairly the same in the LHS #8?
post #48915 of 86680
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ahab View Post

Also, do not apply wax to them. Never clear wax.

 

I use Kiwi Neutral Wax on all my shell with no ill effects.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Streetwear and Denim

Styles mentioned in this thread:

Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Streetwear and Denim › ***The official Alden thread ***