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post #7471 of 96651
It looks like the recent color change in ravello is also apparent in whiskey. This new shoe from TSM is listed as whiskey but looks more like ravello.

post #7472 of 96651
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Originally Posted by dredey View Post
I wear a 9 in the Indys they fir great and I love them. But I fit into a 9.5 with the Red Wing GT. Does this make sense? I have a narrow foot too. The GT in size 9 squeezes the 3 toes so much they can't wiggle. The 9.5 GT there's room. But the Aldens size 9 is perfect and feels great. I never wore a size 9 in I don't know how long. Does this sound right? Chucks are 9.5, Sneakers are 10, Sperry's are 10, Brooks Brothers boats 9.5, Mephisto Battler 10. Alden Indy 9??

if it feels right, don't worry about it
post #7473 of 96651
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

Mr. Moo,

I came on just to catch up on the thread since I've been buried with work in the last week or so. Those are REALLY gorgeous. I am heavily considering ordering.
post #7474 of 96651
I put everyone's additions to the main post above. Hopefully it will be useful.
post #7475 of 96651
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Men's Shoe Net
http://www.menshoenet-alden-shoes.com/
Don't know much about them but they list several shoes for >$900 which seems like a typo or a ripoff.

they also have almost all their belts listed at $999, I doubt this place is legit
post #7476 of 96651
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post
they also have almost all their belts listed at $999, I doubt this place is legit

ok i will delete them unless someone has exp with them.
post #7477 of 96651
group shot of my shell collection Alden Cigar Shell Chukka (the newcomer) not quite vintage but old AE Hinsdale in a well patina'd burgundy vintage Florsheim burgundy which has stayed dark, for now anyways I would really like to add a Ravello boot, that is really all the colors I desire I think.
post #7478 of 96651
Sky Valet is another Alden source. http://www.skyvalet1.com/Default.aspx
post #7479 of 96651
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Originally Posted by MiniW View Post
^^ I doubt it, you may need to wear them every three days (or as long as it takes for them to dry completely inside) instead of the standard every other day. Some leathers (such as kudu) are nearly indestructible so they will last a couple of years minimum. Also while shell cordovan is very expensive, it seems like it can handle rough wear with protection such as sno-seal from what I've been reading on Crane's thread about the Wolverine boots. The protection will darken the boots it seems but it may be worth considering.

I don't think that anyone is seriously recommending that you use sno-seal on an Alden shell boot - period. If they are, don't listen.

I have been wearing Alden shells in Chicago for years now. That doesn't mean that I wear them when I'm digging out a car or sledding in the park with the kids (there I want/need waterproof and insulated) but they are fine in most every other situation that I encounter.

One additional benefit of shell - they appear impervious to salt. I still clean off my shoes after every wearing but the white salt stains that appear on leather shoes don't appear on shell (and you fellow Chicagoans know what I mean - you step off a curb and into a six inch salt, snow, ice, shit mix).
post #7480 of 96651
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Originally Posted by cheesecake View Post
Anywhere I can find a plain toe boot in cigar or #8 shell with commando soles?

It's not a plain toe boot, but I just picked up a cap toe boot in cigar on the commando sole from Alden DC. Sweet.
post #7481 of 96651
I caved in and bought those pebble grain cap toe's from Winn Perry that Mr. Moo posted.
post #7482 of 96651
Just had to vent. The last 2 pair of Aldens I purchased had defects. This one is minor but irritating for a $450 shoe (these are black calf pebble grain, not the #8 cordos). If you look at the stitching, there is a line of holes caused by obviously corrected mis-stitching. I can't believe the QC person let this through! Uploaded with ImageShack.us Reminds me of a defect we saw earlier this year.....
post #7483 of 96651
I have the same issue with my calf aberdeen NST's. May sound obvious, but thicker socks and pulling the laces tighter especially towards the toe makes them wearable. Of course the extra "work" means I don't wear them as often as I would otherwise.
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How tight should the Alden Indys fit? Should there be a little squeeze to your foot? I went to Shoemart today and got a measurement. My foot measured size 10. The salesman asked what size shoe I wear and I told him size 10. He brought out a 10 Indy and it was too big. Than he brought a 9.5 Indy and it felt better. I have a 9 that I already bought here at home that felt right at first but feels a little tight now. Not unbearable but definately tight. Should I go to a 9.5? I have the Chromexcel Brown. I mentioned in an earlier post I wear a 10 in Sperry and sneakers. The 9.5 Alden longwings and other styles felt correct and 10 felt large in those as well. How much if any will m Indys stretch or should the 9.5 be a better choice. To tell you the truth the salesman at Shoemart was no big help at all. I'm still not sure what I should do. The tight but comfortable pair of 9 or the straight comfortable size 9.5. I know there are tons of Alden guys here that know sizing well. One thing I do know for sure is that a 9.5 in the Alden regular shoes ie wingtips fits just right. Since I tried on some a Shoemart today. Long winded I know but confused is all. I can send back the 9 and get 9.5 no problem.
post #7485 of 96651
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Originally Posted by dredey View Post
How tight should the Alden Indys fit? Should there be a little squeeze to your foot? I went to Shoemart today and got a measurement. My foot measured size 10. The salesman asked what size shoe I wear and I told him size 10. He brought out a 10 Indy and it was too big. Than he brought a 9.5 Indy and it felt better. I have a 9 that I already bought here at home that felt right at first but feels a little tight now. Not unbearable but definately tight. Should I go to a 9.5? I have the Chromexcel Brown. I mentioned in an earlier post I wear a 10 in Sperry and sneakers. The 9.5 Alden longwings and other styles felt correct and 10 felt large in those as well. How much if any will m Indys stretch or should the 9.5 be a better choice. To tell you the truth the salesman at Shoemart was no big help at all. I'm still not sure what I should do. The tight but comfortable pair of 9 or the straight comfortable size 9.5. I know there are tons of Alden guys here that know sizing well. One thing I do know for sure is that a 9.5 in the Alden regular shoes ie wingtips fits just right. Since I tried on some a Shoemart today. Long winded I know but confused is all. I can send back the 9 and get 9.5 no problem.


9.5 sounds right for you.
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