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Originally Posted by believeland View Post

Joining the fray as a new Alden owner.

I bought a pair of 403s this past weekend, and was sized for a 9.5E at the NY store (little surprising since I'm a 9.5E on the Allen Edmond's 5 last and had heard to size down). 

Now I'm nervous these will turn out too large after breaking in! I imagine I'm younger than most Alden clientele, and was a little reluctant to push the salesman (3 decades of experience) on the sizing.

Someone console me? Have others not sized down on Trubalance?

Not unheard of. For all the talk about sizing down, this is my case on the barrie last. Now I've got a pair of 8.5d bluchers that hurt too much to wear. Trust the fittinh!

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Classic 974.

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Originally Posted by believeland View Post
 

Joining the fray as a new Alden owner.

 

I bought a pair of 403s this past weekend, and was sized for a 9.5E at the NY store (little surprising since I'm a 9.5E on the Allen Edmond's 5 last and had heard to size down). 

 

Now I'm nervous these will turn out too large after breaking in! I imagine I'm younger than most Alden clientele, and was a little reluctant to push the salesman (3 decades of experience) on the sizing.

 

Someone console me? Have others not sized down on Trubalance?

I didn't size down on my indy's, but did on my chukkas, but only because they were the only size they had.  I prefer the fit of my indy's.  Slim pickings when you're a EEE.

 

405's just treated with VSC and then Obenauf's HDLP to get them ready for winter.  The VSC seems to have darkened them a bit, they look more brown now than they did before.  

 

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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

Unless they are 8.5D...then HELLZNO!
How'd you know??
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

Inorite...what a joke

Can't you order a C width through this Leffot run?
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Originally Posted by kwhitelaw View Post

curious if you guys would keep this shoe with this inwards bump on the outer toe area? didnt pay retail, and no hope of exchanging..



Easy call for me. Yes.
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Originally Posted by Shawnc View Post

Easy call for me. Yes.

Same here. I doubt I would have even noticed that.
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Originally Posted by zbix View Post

Every foot is different. The wildcard is usually instep. Some people size down, some don't. I personally have various barrie lasted pairs in two sizes. Sometimes there's even variation from one pair to the next of the same size. If they fit, they fit. As far as the age thing, you might be surprised. I think the forum, and this thread in particular, runs the gamut.

And welcome.

This is absolutely true.
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Any of you kind gents have any experience with snuff suede chukkas with the captoes being lighter than the other parts of the shoe? Is this a defect? If not how would you fix?

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Originally Posted by believeland View Post

Joining the fray as a new Alden owner.

I bought a pair of 403s this past weekend, and was sized for a 9.5E at the NY store (little surprising since I'm a 9.5E on the Allen Edmond's 5 last and had heard to size down). 

Now I'm nervous these will turn out too large after breaking in! I imagine I'm younger than most Alden clientele, and was a little reluctant to push the salesman (3 decades of experience) on the sizing.

Someone console me? Have others not sized down on Trubalance?

I wear the same size in Alden TruB last as I do in AE's 5 last - 9D.

I am TTS 9.5D.
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Originally Posted by brp2 View Post

Same here. I doubt I would have even noticed that.

That pic downplayed it a bit, but I was able to push some of the bump back out.

Moot point now, already set my creases so they're staying. Atleast until I get an itch to sell
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Originally Posted by believeland View Post

Joining the fray as a new Alden owner.

I bought a pair of 403s this past weekend, and was sized for a 9.5E at the NY store (little surprising since I'm a 9.5E on the Allen Edmond's 5 last and had heard to size down). 

Now I'm nervous these will turn out too large after breaking in! I imagine I'm younger than most Alden clientele, and was a little reluctant to push the salesman (3 decades of experience) on the sizing.

Someone console me? Have others not sized down on Trubalance?

I've been very unimpressed with the guys in NYC. I know my size, and I know Alden's lasts. They've tried to sell me shoes that were obviously not on the last they claimed they were as well as trying to put the squeeze on me to purchase sizes that don't fit by saying they'll fit once they break in, the shell will stretch to fit, etc. I don't buy from them anymore because of this. Others have had better experiences.
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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post

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There were already a lot of votes for the short wings and I'll add my voice to that list.

I don't normally like short wings with a lot of casual looks, especially denim, but I think the Alden alpine grain leather combined with the short wing would work really well for quite a bit. And if you really wanted a commando sole, you could always take it to a good cobbler near you (or send of to somewhere like the ever recommended B. Nelson in NYC) and have the soles changed.

Thanks a lot. I ordered the short wing today. Question: Do I have to break in the waterlock soles acc to the Mac method or are they supple enough to merely wear? Can't wait to get them!
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Here's a comparison pic verus my ravello LWB (new stock)

Oh God, how beautiful. I want both those shoes now ... in 8.5D.

 

Just got into Aldens and bought three pairs in two week: 405, LWB in Walnut/ Commando sole from Unionmade and the 25%-off J.Crew LWB in Tobacco (Now delayed until January) - Gotta start somewhere. Now I want those two ...

 

Mike

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Originally Posted by stevent View Post

Color #4 Wingtip today:

 



Nice shot...with the dark shoes on light wood with dog looking up, it appears you are levitating at first glance.

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Originally Posted by BeSpiffington View Post

"Gimmie da shoes or da dog gets it". If you want your dog back still barking you'll have to give me the gunboats. Just jealous I guess. I've got a one-piece Horween #4 belt, now I need the matching footwear. Rock on my brother, rock on! Oh, btw my gf is a sucker for any picture of a cute dog.

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As much as I love these shoes, I love the look on this dog's face even more

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It does appear that your dog is observing in awe as you are suspended in air.  Nice gunboats, btw.

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One of Alden's best in my opinion.
We should nickname them "Phoenix"

Thanks gentlemen, and BeSpiffington very nice on the belt, I myself couldn't pull the trigger, regret it a bit now though
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