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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. ltjaw

    ltjaw Well-Known Member

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    Another sizing advice request:

    I have been breaking in a pair of natural CXL plain toe boots with regular wear over the last 2 months. These boots are on the Barrie last and were only available in D width. I was fitted at Alden SF and settled on 9.5. I recall size 10 feeling too roomy and noticed heel slippage. The boots I have are comfortable, but I could use just a little more length for my toes. I am a Brannock size 10.5 B/C, and these Alden boots have me thinking size 10C would be my ideal Barrie fit. Perhaps these boots will continue to stretch a little?

    Looking ahead to some new shell cordovan boots, I am wondering where/how to track some down in size 10C. TSM has an option or two. Would I do better to look at some boots in a different last? I am unfamiliar with the Grant, Aberdeen, and Plaza lasts. Would one of these lasts be a better fit for my slightly narrow foot in the standard (D) width? If I'm a Barrie 10C, where should I start with the other lasts?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Poomba

    Poomba Well-Known Member

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    I picked up a pair of PTB's at Epaulets sale as my first pair of Aldens! Brown CXL with a commando sole. Is there a good option of swapping out the heel for a less chunky piece of rubber? I feel like there could easily be another leather piece on the stack with thinner rubber and it would be just as durable, while looking better. Any ideas?
     
  3. gatszu

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    @Burzan my deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time!
     
  4. smoothie1

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    Explore other lasts. I recognize that certain popular styles are often made on the Barrie last, but for narrow feet, you will likely need to opt for C widths on the Barrie, which sometimes require a special order.
    A lot of fellows enjoy the Barrie because it is generous in terms of its width and shape. Personally, I prefer the Grant, Aberdeen, and Van over Barrie, but then again I also have narrow feet and just don't yearn for Barrie, which is too blobby to me.
     
  5. Burzan

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    Thank you for the kind words gentleman
     
  6. JayDotz

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    Anyone know of a stockist that has color 8 tanker with antique edge on Barrie for sale or pre order? Thanks!
     
  7. MrDV

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    Sorry to hear about your loss Burzan. My deepest condolences.
     
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    Unlined snuff suede ptb, modified last

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    #8 BB unlined loafers. Can u say eggplant?

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  12. chinngiskhaan

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    once I decided that mine fit me well, I wore them around the house for a few days... however, mine were super comfortable right away. The most comfortable footwear I've ever had right out of the box.
     
  13. newbiealden

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    I always where them in the office on carpet for a few weeks - this seems to compact the sole more - and the tips of the soles tend to last a lot longer as a result. of course this means you have to change your shoes during the day!
     
  14. Don L

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    BB Suede LHS

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    tsm saddles
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    Jesse, So very sorry to hear of this. My prayers are with your family. My condolences!
     
  17. Landau

    Landau Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys!

    I just got a pair of second hand Alden Shells in #8. The person who owned these before me didnt seem to take much care of them. I was wondering if shell bloom, left on the shoe, would turn black after a period of time as there are black marks around all the creases on the shoe.
     
  18. stevefok

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    I don't think blooming will turn to black mark. It'd easier if you could post some photos of your shoes.
     
  19. Landau

    Landau Well-Known Member

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    I just dropped them off at the cobblers, but they resemble these marks:
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  20. stevefok

    stevefok Well-Known Member

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    pretty sure that the stains are not cuased by blooming. It should be some dirt or stain that the previously owner didn't take proper care of.

    IMHO, I think regular shoe care is not enough to remove those stains. May need to redye the uppers in order to make the stains going away.
     
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