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Just like to complement Matt at epaulet for great customer service and care ! Really a pleasure to deal with ! Thanks Matt!
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Also received great service from Leffot great people there! Thanks
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Naval boots are killer!
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

Lots of talk about fit lately - which, for a newcomer, must be utterly maddening. biggrin.gif

Nothing beats try-on, and there is no doubt that individual preference plays a part, as do other variables (e.g., insoles, thickness of sock).

Moreover, a person can try on the exact same model in the exact same size and may like how one pair fits and not the other ....

I consider myself TTS US9.5D (and UK8.5E). I wear a thin insole (not ortho) in all my dress shoes (always have, always will; I like how it feels). I don't even know the brand of the insole because it is so old and just keeps on ticking. But I do not wear an insole in any of my loafers, as I find the fit to be better if I don't. So, with all of that said, my sizing usually shakes out as follows:

9C - Van (slip-on)
9D - barrie, tremont, trubalance, plaza (shoes)
9.5B - aberdeen (slip-on)**
9.5C - M-58 (like barrie), M-75 (like Plaza)
9.5D - aberdeen (lace), plaza (boots), grant, hampton, snap, leydon

** If I get a 9.5D in an aberdeen slip-on, my foot damn near comes out of the shoe with every stride given the amount of heep slippage. Even the C width has too much heel slippage for my liking.

But even the above is not without certain exceptions, as I have M-75 and aberdeen models in 10C, I have hampton and aberdeen models in 9D, I have a snap model in 9.5C, and a Barrie model in 9.5B.

amazing.  A gold star -- and, obviously, well-fitting Aldens -- to you for perseverance.  

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Originally Posted by totalair1 View Post

Wait a minute!  you want to talk foot discrimination?  Many of the "famous" Alden dealers talked about on this forum don't stock above size 12.  Many of the pre-orders stop at size 12.  So "E" width might be an issue, but size 13 and above is a crisis!!!!!

 

I feel your pain!

 

See Ya,

Steve

Interesting I thought E was as popular as D.  I wear a C width and I can't even get a #8 NST.  I've been in pre-order purgatory for so long it feels like hell. 

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Tan Suede chukka day today:

 

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Originally Posted by green garden View Post

Interesting I thought E was as popular as D.  I wear a C width and I can't even get a #8 NST.  I've been in pre-order purgatory for so long it feels like hell. 

E widths are becoming increasingly popular (Leffot has helped with this) but key retailers like Unionmade, Epaulet, Need Supply, etc only order D. The Alden branded stores generally do a good job with E widths, but sometimes they can't get enough shoes (the Alden NYC ravello PTBs are only available in D for preorder for example)
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

Tan Suede chukka day today:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Nice shoes and nice photo!
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

nephew,
Aberdeen last works for me up going up one half size on my barrie last.. I do this both for loafers and tie shoes


I agree. I cannot where the shell slip ons as I have a very wide fore foot and narrow heel--the shell loafers create too much heel slip. A good rule of thumb is one half size longer for Aberdeen than Barrie.
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I guys - I'm planning to make my first purchase into Alden.

I was unable to get the AE Snuff Suede Amok So I plan to

order a pair of the Snuff Suede Chukkas.

 

Does anyone have any advice for sizing?

- I've read that they run TTS and Narrow & that sizing up in

length and width is usually the way to go.

 

They only sizing I know is AE sizing, which I am usually

a 9.5E in strands & 10D in daltons.  I'm know this might

be hard to give advice for sizing but if anyone has any

input I'd really appreciate it.

 

Thx

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Assuming you are looking at the leydon last chukkas, they run fairly true to size, so I'll guess you are a 10D. However, what I would do is order both sizes, then keep the one you like best and return the other.
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if I were to buy another pair, not only would they be TTS, but I'd probably attempt to go one width out 

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Originally Posted by aldenwear View Post

amazing.  A gold star -- and, obviously, well-fitting Aldens -- to you for perseverance.  

Thank you, sir. It's a relentless pursuit for shoes and boots that fit spot on - everytime.
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Originally Posted by itsmejson View Post

I guys - I'm planning to make my first purchase into Alden.

I was unable to get the AE Snuff Suede Amok So I plan to

order a pair of the Snuff Suede Chukkas.


Does anyone have any advice for sizing?

- I've read that they run TTS and Narrow & that sizing up in

length and width is usually the way to go.


They only sizing I know is AE sizing, which I am usually

a 9.5E in strands & 10D in daltons.  I'm know this might

be hard to give advice for sizing but if anyone has any

input I'd really appreciate it.


Thx

It seems there are 3 schools of thought on the Leydon last:

1. tts (say, 10D)
2. tts plus one width (10E)
3. tts plus half size in length (10.5D)

If you get a 10D and 10E, I suspect one of them will be right.
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

if I were to buy another pair, not only would they be TTS, but I'd probably attempt to go one width out 

This is a good point. The Leydon last is the only last - of any maker (literally) - where, for me, the thought of going beyond D (or medium) width is even within the realm of possibility. Should I order another Leydon lasted shoe or boot - not terribly likely - my plan will be to order tts and tts plus one width (and possibly even tts plus 1/2 size). As I recall, Leffot, at least sometimes, when carrying Leydon lasted models, only stocks E widths - the theory being that an E width in Leydon is more or less equal to a D width in most other lasts.
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