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Originally Posted by velomane View Post
Thanks for the reply, it is appreciated. One more question: how is the length of the 9D Aberdeen compared to the 9D Trubalance and Barrie? Would you say only marginally shorter? I ask because I am considering the 9D Aberdeen when I'm a 9C in Barrie.

Mike


I need to size up .5 when going from the Barrie to the Aberdeen to get a reasonable length. I can't help with length since I've never been able to find a comfortable fitting on the Aberdeen.
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Originally Posted by jasonfoote303 View Post
12 pairs of Alden. 1 pair is black. (Black Indy)
May I ask, how much play do your black Indys get? I was thinking about getting 'em in black but am conflicted. I'm pretty big on cigar.
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a lot of people seem to wear or own the indy and i know it comes in a lot of varieties now, but what is the consensus on soles? what sole unit do people prefer best?

which is best for all round wear and which is regarded as most comfortable?

also, if you could put any sole on yours what would you choose?
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Originally Posted by percy View Post
a lot of people seem to wear or own the indy and i know it comes in a lot of varieties now, but what is the consensus on soles? what sole unit do people prefer best?

which is best for all round wear and which is regarded as most comfortable?

also, if you could put any sole on yours what would you choose?

I know I'm in the minority among fellow members of the forum - I really don't like the Indy boot. To my eye the least unattractive one is Leffot's cigar Indy on the commando sole.
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I also hate the Indy boot, I don't get it. to me it's just an expensive clunky boot. in shell it's better, but that's far from what I would do with $650, any of the Barrie or Plaza lasted boots are so much more versatile and better looking I can't imagine wearing it with anything but jeans, which makes it...odd to me, especially if you often go to work in something other than jeans
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Originally Posted by makewayhomer View Post
for those that own standard issue, 2 eyelet Barrie last chukkas - how "locked in" do your feet feel? I feel like I am wearing the right size (shoe is snug all over, but not overly so) EXCEPT for the area above the laces. the extra material around the ankle just kind of floats there, and I can flex my ankle really far forward. it almost feels less secure than a blucher, even though I was expecting more of a true boot/bulletproof feel.

thoughts?

Both Barrie and Leydon chukkas feel that way to me.
I thought that was pretty much an attribute of 2 eyelet shoes.
post #7537 of 94332
thanks Zippy I have only owned 1 other 2 eyelet chukka but it didn't feel quite that way...the eyelets went up much further though
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thor i also wear 7d in barrie i take a 7.5d in grant. i've also tried on a 7d in grant and its a bit too snug.
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Originally Posted by Joenobody0 View Post
I need to size up .5 when going from the Barrie to the Aberdeen to get a reasonable length. I can't help with length since I've never been able to find a comfortable fitting on the Aberdeen.

You really need to try on anything on the Aberdeen before plunking down considerable $ for shoes (a mistake I made). The heel is much looser than on the Barrie and while the toe box is tight, it is quite loose through the vamp.

I recently purchased a pair of NSTs on the Aberdeen last and they felt more or less fine at first, but as the shoe broke in, my feet began to slide all over the place. If you have to buy online, do yourself a favor and wear them on carpet only for a week before deciding whether to keep them.

I think all of us who love Alden have gotten spoiled by the Barrie and Trubalance lasts, which accomodate a wide variety of feet with the utmost comfort and style. The Aberdeen is nowhere near as forgiving.
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Can't believe no one has posted Tom's #4 shell cordovan PTBs (not ravello)
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Originally Posted by number9dream View Post
You really need to try on anything on the Aberdeen before plunking down considerable $ for shoes (a mistake I made). The heel is much looser than on the Barrie and while the toe box is tight, it is quite loose through the vamp.

I recently purchased a pair of NSTs on the Aberdeen last and they felt more or less fine at first, but as the shoe broke in, my feet began to slide all over the place. If you have to buy online, do yourself a favor and wear them on carpet only for a week before deciding whether to keep them.

I think all of us who love Alden have gotten spoiled by the Barrie and Trubalance lasts, which accomodate a wide variety of feet with the utmost comfort and style. The Aberdeen is nowhere near as forgiving.

Thanks for taking the time to write that. Out of curiosity, what size do you wear in Barrie and Trubalance lasted shoes?
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Originally Posted by velomane View Post
Thanks for taking the time to write that. Out of curiosity, what size do you wear in Barrie and Trubalance lasted shoes?

I wear a 11D in Barrie and Trubalance. I purchased and 11.5D Aberdeen, and lengthwise it is fine, but it is so wide in the heel that it does not grip my foot (and my heel feels as though it could slide right out of the shoe at any time). I may be forced to sell the shoes at a loss.
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Originally Posted by rebel222 View Post
Can't believe no one has posted Tom's #4 shell cordovan PTBs (not ravello)




Sold out already,
post #7544 of 94332
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Originally Posted by percy View Post
a lot of people seem to wear or own the indy and i know it comes in a lot of varieties now, but what is the consensus on soles? what sole unit do people prefer best?

which is best for all round wear and which is regarded as most comfortable?

also, if you could put any sole on yours what would you choose?
I agree with what people have said about the Indy boot being most appropriate with jeans. It does look rather utilitarian, and as such I find the commando sole the perfect match for it (i.e. any of the LS Ultimate Indy's). My cigar Indy's get the most wear almost strictly for the versatility of the commando sole; that and I wear jeans seven days a week.

On an unrelated note, I experimented with the durability of cordovan in the rain after getting caught in a downpour last week. I tried wiping off the drops by rubbing my foot against my pant leg (jeans, of course) as soon as I got under cover but despite my best efforts "welps" formed where they had gotten wet. I had some cotton balls handy in the office and rubbed vigorously while the leather was still slightly damp, successfully getting rid of most of the welps. When I got home, a wipe with a damp cloth followed up with the horsehair brush took care of the rest.
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Originally Posted by cimabue View Post
May I ask, how much play do your black Indys get? I was thinking about getting 'em in black but am conflicted. I'm pretty big on cigar.

I wear the black Indies at least twice a week. I really love them
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