Originally Posted by garsag
So, I bought my first pair of Alden shoes today; the unlined chukkas on the Leydon last. While they seem to fit my foot properly, afeter only walking for a few minutes I noticed how they dug into my ankles. After a 30 minutes or so quite irritating walk I ended up with small blisters on both my ankles. I wore quite thin socks, but not ultra-thin.
How long should these shoes take to break in? Any tips here? Or should I just consider not wearing them and hope for a return?
Garsag, I'm so sorry to hear you're having this struggling in your maiden voyage with Alden shoes. I hope you don't come away from the experience traumatized and Alden-less. As the length of this thread can demonstrate, Alden makes truly high quality, durable and interesting shoes. I've only been reading this thread since late Jan/early Feb and have succumbed 13 times to the Alden fever and have had major fun doing so (marital issues notwithstanding).
If necessary, you should be able to sell them on SF; the Leydon chukkas have been mentioned at least several times here just this past week. They are truly a fun, versatile shoe. IIRC, LeatherSoul recently cited them as their favorite casual Alden.
Regarding sizing issues, I was advised by Voltaire at Citishoes to go TTS plus an extra width (Barrie lasted 8.5D --> Leydon last 9E). I have, however, received slightly divergent advice from another reputable source, Kathy at Alden of Washington DC. She had advised me to go TTS without the extra width, noting that the chukkas would stretch ever so slightly (given the shank/soles relaxing and the slight give one gets from suede or calfskin). Obviously, YMMV. Perhaps it's best to go to the closest Alden retailer and start with the Brannock device. It's also helpful at the outset to consider which retailers are willing to work with you on free shipping both ways. I've had this experience with Alden of DC, Epaulet & JCrew.
Originally Posted by dahl5yankees
I size up 1/2 size on Leydon last
Originally Posted by kwhitelaw
I should have went TTS on the leydon chukkas I bought, but hoped .5 down would miraculously work..
sold them on here a week later. shame cause I got a great deal on them
Sorry kwl, your post makes me wish there was an addition to the Alden last chart that frequently circulates; such an addition should comment on which type of feet are best served by which lasts given that there are sometimes conflicting pieces of info on the thread (e.g., in researching LHS shell fit, some said to size Barrie-ly, whereas others said to go TTS minus one letter width). I'd also love to see a chart sketching out changes in width and length as one traverses the various sizes (I know the issue of whether there is a uniformly graduated increase in length and width as size increases was discussed, but I can't recall what conclusion was drawn).
Originally Posted by ATLVol
But.....they went to a fellow SF member who loves them!
I ended up selling the pair that I had initially ordered 1/2 size down as well.....TTS is the way to go on these.
I'm really feeling for fellow members that have encountered sizing issues that necessitate selling shoes. After ordering a second pair of loafers (snuff suede UPLs), I've confirmed that I was just a smidge off on sizing for the Cigar shell LHSs I bought a couple months ago (should have gone 8.5D, not 9C, doh!). I'm attempting to make peace with my mistake by employing tongue pads and a heel insert, but it pains me to know that there is a better size out there for me in this model and that I could have figured this out had I been willing to ship shoes back and forth for just an extra four our five days. I think one of the more learned members of this thread recently pointed out that it's part of the process and that such miscalculations help us know much more deeply how to get the best fit for our subsequent grail shoes and impulse buys.
Anyone else willing to share what have been the most desired shoes others have ended up giving up due to sizing issues?