Originally Posted by docalden2013
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.
Thanks a lot for the reply. My problem is however not in the sizing as I see it. The shoes fit quite good on the "foot" part, it's just my ankle that got weary - I don't think sizing up or down would solve this issue without making the size be a little off on the foot. I went TTS btw.
I will give the shoes a new chance tomorrow - then with slightly thicker socks and blister cushions to see if I can break them in a bit. I bought the shoes in-store at Leffot, so I will probably contact them if I find no immediate solution!