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The Official Alden Thread for 2016 - Share reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by mdubs, Jan 1, 2016.

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  1. Wesley Crusher

    Wesley Crusher Well-Known Member

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    Got my boots from Alden SF today. Love them! [​IMG]
     
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  2. mdubs

    mdubs Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on your new Barrie Cap Toes Wesley!

    -Mike
     
  3. AliMurtaza

    AliMurtaza Well-Known Member

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    Thank you. I think my correct size on Barrie may be 10 B. I have two Barrie wing tips 10 C and 9.5 C on the way. I want to try them first :)
     
  4. sleepyinsanfran

    sleepyinsanfran Well-Known Member

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    these look superb! congrats!
     
  5. Wesley Crusher

    Wesley Crusher Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, gentlemen! The boots are beautifully made. They feel like a million bucks (and they cost almost as much [​IMG]). I couldn't be happier with my purchase.
     
  6. TheSizzle

    TheSizzle Well-Known Member

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    -very used 403 with a coat of black dye
    -403 (brown CXL on trubalance)
    -405 (brown cowhide on trubalance)
    -40531H (Alden of Madison, snuff suede on lightweight brick sole)
    Bottom:
    -D4907 (Alden x Moulded Shoe, Alpine Grain on modified)
    -40724H (Alden x Leather Soul Vanguard boot, brown CXL on Barrie)
    -45183H (plain toe, natural CXL on Barrie)
    -45110 (tan suede with crepe sole on Barrie)

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    I'm thinking of getting another pair of indy boots. I'd most likely snag the reverse tobacco chamois, but considering the kudu on neocork or a brown suede plain toe on the modified last.
     
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  7. ATLVol

    ATLVol Well-Known Member

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    Do #8 LWBs with antique edge (leffot, the bureau, etc) typiaclly have an antique welt as well?
     
  8. tifosi

    tifosi Well-Known Member

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    I want to say, yes. All of my Leffot pairs had an antique welt.
     
  9. JSO1

    JSO1 Well-Known Member

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    My Bureau Belfast pair (97505Y) has an antique welt along with antique edges. Funnily enough, I'm wearing them today.

    [​IMG]
     
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  10. peppercorn78

    peppercorn78 Well-Known Member

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    Watch and I have been continuing the spirit of the MTO days through Vass and Enzo Bonafe, who both offer vastly superior quality to AE at roughly the same price point, once all is said and done. And of course, the spirit lives on in some of awesome Alden makeups that retailers like Epaulet and Yenni are churning out.

    BTW, my Barrie sizing oddessy continues. Over the summer I was sized at 10.5 E, and ordered a pair of 975s. When they came in, they were almost painfully tight in the forefoot, and so I went to another retailer and was sized again using a brannock device as 10.5 3E Barrie. There weren't any actual shoes in this size handy, so we special ordered a new 975. Fast forward 6 months, and I received the shoes (they looked gorgeous, great QC on this pair), but they were too WIDE this time. So fortunately the retailer agrees to take them back (was very extra careful not to crease them) and special order a 10.5 2E, which I hope will be the goldilocks size. Now just to wait another 6 months! Ah well, I'm sure it will be worth it.

    :)
     
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  11. JSO1

    JSO1 Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried 11D or 11E, out of curiosity?
     
  12. Kahuna75

    Kahuna75 Well-Known Member

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    Nice collection...you need an NST!
     
  13. Watchman1

    Watchman1 Well-Known Member

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    Hate to say I told you so....but, well....you know.....[​IMG]
     
  14. Watchman1

    Watchman1 Well-Known Member

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    Dr. Pepper,

    I also think that a 10EEE would do you right as well....

    And remember, while Alden sizing is not nearly as wacky as Vass, it still is more than other makers I have dealt with.

    IME, AE and Carmina sizing are the most consistent.
     
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  15. Allen Dreadmon

    Allen Dreadmon Well-Known Member

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    It's comforting to know that some Alden vets here have sizing issues too. You would think their feet fit every last perfectly by the size of their collections. Tongue pads are pretty much a necessary evil for me and if that lets me wear beautiful shoes, then I'm game.

    BTW, Trunk Clothiers has a few pairs on sale at 50% off right now. I've purchased from them before. They ship Fedex and in a "friendly" way. After VAT reduction, they're about 200 pounds plus 20 shipping to NA.
     
  16. peppercorn78

    peppercorn78 Well-Known Member

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    11 would def be too long.


    You did!


    Hmm. Now that's a thought. Damnit. Fit is so complicated. Not really sure if that would work as my toes splay out, but worth at try.

    For the record I wear 10.5 3E in all AE lasts, 10 EEE UK in Carmina Detroit, 10 H UK Bonafe, 44.5 H Vass and 10 EE UK Lobb 7000.
     
  17. TheSizzle

    TheSizzle Well-Known Member

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    If only it were easy to find in my size (6D)... That's why my choices are limited.
     
  18. Watchman1

    Watchman1 Well-Known Member

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    Just for reference, I get almost as much overall width and girth from an Alden 10E Barrie as the AE 65 in 10 3E.
     
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  19. peppercorn78

    peppercorn78 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, my feet are complicated. Lol. My right foot is extra wide at the ball because of a bunion that I'm not having corrected anytime soon, and the left one is narrower at the ball but longer in the toe by .5 size and the big toe splays out due to a previous bunion surgery that was overcorrected/botched. The 10.5 E Barrie was painfully tight on my right bunion, and on the side of my splayed left big toe.

    Ha! Sorry if this is TMI. The last's that fit me best are actually the AE 511, JL 7000, and Vass U.
     
  20. JSO1

    JSO1 Well-Known Member

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    I'm guessing you are a 6D in Trubalance/Barrie, so that would make you 6.5D TTS, so you'd probably want 6.5D in Aberdeen/Grant/Plaza...

    Perhaps these boots could be a nice addition - a touch more formal, but a really fantastic makeup, and available in 6.5D!

    http://leffot.com/shop/index.php/shoes/alden/d5804h-shortwing-boot.html

    [​IMG]
     
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