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ALDEN NEWBIE / WILL THEY FIT ?

 

Newbie......Just bought my first pair of Aldens.....I have a fitting question. I recently purchased a pair of Indy boots (pictured). Normally I wear an 11D. Joe at the Shoemart was a wealth of info, he spent the better part of 30 minutes with me on the phone. I was ready to pull the trigger on my first pair of 10.5 D's on the Trubalance last, color 8.  I asked him if they by chance had the boots in Cigar.....He had one pair in 10.5 C, and after much discussion he felt these might fit....So I purchased. Upon opening the box, they were more than I hoped for...really beautiful boots. I tried them on and they felt perfect in the length, but perhaps a tiny bit snug in the width, but not tight. I have worn the boots for an hour or two over 2 - 3 days inside the house. They seem to be getting a bit more comfortable, but still snug. QUESTION: Will they continue to perhaps stretch a bit in the width upon wearing them more full time ? Opinions please......I want to keep these !!!  Thanks to all- 

 

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Cordovan does not stretch, so how they feel now is likely how they will continue to feel.  Indys are fundamentally workboots, so comfort is paramount.  What you are feeling is less-than-optimal fit.  

 

The question is whether they fit well enough for you to want to keep them.  It sounds from your description like the "d" width provides you the best fit for Indys.  These are great-looking boots, but they will never fit you as well as an Indy boot could or should.  

Solution:  If you really like these, keep them knowing they fit snug, and get a pair of Indys in the color 8 cordovan - the King of Cordovan -- in your proper size, 10.5D..  

post #62042 of 99216

I wouldn't say they are unconfortable, just a bit snug on the outside of little toe. I think at this point I can still return them, but if I go out and wear them full time for a few days to see if they will perhaps conform to my foot, they will be mine to keep. Take the risk ? Thanks

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I post mainly using Chrome on my iPhone. I can't figure out how to add a spoiler tag on mobile. Does anyone else know how?

I switch between chrome and safari and tried it on chrome but it was like writing code. On a mobile device it seemed extremely complex.
post #62044 of 99216
latestyle, personally I don't feel that having a rare cigar coloured cordovan boot is more important than being optimally comfortable when on your feet. Besides, these boots are too expensive not to have the best fit possible. Don't make a big deal about it, they're just shoes. Pack them up, send them back, ask for a "D" width boot. Everyone on this Alden thread, myself included, has gone ape shit over trying to find the right sized shoe. Welcome to the club sir.
post #62045 of 99216
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Originally Posted by latestyle View Post

I wouldn't say they are unconfortable, just a bit snug on the outside of little toe. I think at this point I can still return them, but if I go out and wear them full time for a few days to see if they will perhaps conform to my foot, they will be mine to keep. Take the risk ? Thanks
I've kept shoes that were "just a bit snug on the outside of the little toe."
I wore them a couple of times, then I would reach for other shoes which didn't fit snug at all. After a few MONTHS of not wearing them I sold them. I'm sorry, believe me, I would also want to keep them.

I think you should return while you can, $700-$800 for shoes that don't fit perfectly would be a mistake.
post #62046 of 99216
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Originally Posted by latestyle View Post
 

I wouldn't say they are unconfortable, just a bit snug on the outside of little toe. I think at this point I can still return them, but if I go out and wear them full time for a few days to see if they will perhaps conform to my foot, they will be mine to keep. Take the risk ? Thanks

 

From what I have read the general consensus seems to be that cordovan will mold to your feet. My own experience has been this as well. I have not had a pair of unlined cordovan as of yet but those might be more pliable, although that is not your situation with the Indy boot.

 

If it were me, I would most likely keep them (particularly because I want a cigar Indy boot pretty bad and have not been able to find one for some time).  Without knowing exactly how you feel in the boot, I can tell you I have a pair NST color 8's that I was unsure of because of snugness and my heels definitely could not have handled an added width.  I would have described it similar to your post i.e. not uncomfortable or painful.  After wearing them for several days, they have molded to my feet and I find them to be very comfortable during the day (on occasion they are ever so slightly snug in the morning).  

 

Ultimately, as you know, the decision is yours but I have a feeling it might be worth the risk, especially for those babies.  Quite frankly if you end up returning them, and go for the color 8 it's still a win.  Alternatively you always have the option of selling them if it ultimately doesn't work out, you'll most likely take a hit to some degree but your pain tolerance (in the pocket or the foot) depends on the individual.

 

Good luck and wear them(whatever you may choose) in good health

post #62047 of 99216
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I switch between chrome and safari and tried it on chrome but it was like writing code. On a mobile device it seemed extremely complex.

It's not that difficult, it just takes an extra few seconds. I mainly check SF on my iPhone and to add a spoiler you just have to type [ spoiler ] before the image and then [ / spoiler ] after the image. I had to add spaces in there otherwise it would have spoiler'd the middle of that sentence. When you type on your mobile device, don't include any spaces between the brackets or back slashes and it will work:
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like this! Typed out on my phone. I'm not actually expecting anybody to take the trouble to do this in this thread, but it couldn't hurt to pass some knowledge along smile.gif
post #62048 of 99216
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No sazons. Just the glare from the sun.

(Sazons is the new SF term for "scuffs".) wink.gif

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I'm finally famous for something! It's no "mac method" but I'll take it....
post #62049 of 99216
Leffot got a big size run restock of the color/8 alpine grain saddles, which IMO are one of the best makeups out there. They also got another pair of saddles.

Now only if Alden would ship the E width black longwings (apparently they were left out of the first shipment0
post #62050 of 99216
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Leffot got a big size run restock of the color/8 alpine grain saddles, which IMO are one of the best makeups out there. They also got another pair of saddles.

Now only if Alden would ship the E width black longwings (apparently they were left out of the first shipment0

 

I put myself on a shoe freeze as I have a bunch of different pre-orders going right now, but those saddles are calling my name big time

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It's not that difficult, it just takes an extra few seconds. I mainly check SF on my iPhone and to add a spoiler you just have to type [ spoiler ] before the image and then [ / spoiler ] after the image. I had to add spaces in there otherwise it would have spoiler'd the middle of that sentence. When you type on your mobile device, don't include any spaces between the brackets or back slashes and it will work:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
like this! Typed out on my phone. I'm not actually expecting anybody to take the trouble to do this in this thread, but it couldn't hurt to pass some knowledge along smile.gif

Testing testing...
post #62052 of 99216
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

It's not that difficult, it just takes an extra few seconds. I mainly check SF on my iPhone and to add a spoiler you just have to type [ spoiler ] before the image and then [ / spoiler ] after the image. I had to add spaces in there otherwise it would have spoiler'd the middle of that sentence. When you type on your mobile device, don't include any spaces between the brackets or back slashes and it will work:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
like this! Typed out on my phone. I'm not actually expecting anybody to take the trouble to do this in this thread, but it couldn't hurt to pass some knowledge along smile.gif
Very useful info, Beatle. Thanks.
post #62053 of 99216
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

I put myself on a shoe freeze as I have a bunch of different pre-orders going right now, but those saddles are calling my name big time
Same here. Saddles aren't calling my name, tho.
post #62054 of 99216
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post


Same here. Saddles aren't calling my name, tho.

 

I love saddles and think those are among the best saddle makeups. Must resist...

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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

I love saddles and think those are among the best saddle makeups. Must resist...
I'm not 100% sure what I'm going for next. It was supposed to be an NST. Still may be. I am going to have a quite good casual rotation once my pre-orders are filled from a couple brands. I may pick up a couple dress shell staples. I would like a straight tip bal in black and #8 and a black bal shortwing. Then I'd have a #8 and black cap and a #8 and black shortwing. That should cover everything I need.
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