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***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. iDoc

    iDoc Well-Known Member

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    Looking for sizing help. Interested in cordovan leisure handsewn mocs. I wear a size 8.5D in the cordovan chukkas with Barrie last. I can feel my toes touching the end of the shoe with the 8.5D LHS. The 9D LHS has too much heel slippage. What's the best size to go with? 8.5D and hope for some stretching? Or 9D with tongue pads to keep shoe in place?
     
  2. velomane

    velomane Well-Known Member

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    I'm an 8.5D in Barrie as well. My #8 LHS are 9C and they fit me very well. I must say, though, that I have a very low instep. I suspect most people wouldn't say the same.
     
  3. mr chorizo

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    from what i gather, the cordo chukkas have a very roomie fit, so expect 9d would be a good place to start. How much heel slippage do you have exactly? do your heels flop all the way out of the shoe when walking or do they just shift. the sole will break in, and when they do they will fit more snuggly.

    I wear 11d in LHS and can do either 10.5d or 11d in barrie or tru-b. occasionally, my "index toe" may hit the front of the LHS shoe but rarely. is 8.5 uncomfortable to wear? 11.5 d in LHS was wayyyyy to big for me.
     
  4. Mr.K

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    Navy Suede PTB Today
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  5. iDoc

    iDoc Well-Known Member

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    I agree that 9C may be ideal. But I'm looking at the cigar cordovan LHS and can't seem to find any in C widths, only D and E.

    In the 9D, my heels slip all the way out. I don't think it would fit more snuggly after breaking them in. My hope is that 8.5D may loosen enough to fit ok. The right shoe fits great. But my left foot is a bit bigger, and the big and 2nd toes touch the front. It's not uncomfortable when trying on at the store, but I'm worried it could be problematic with more extended wear.
     
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    trig Well-Known Member

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  7. FrankCowperwood

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    The flex welt is really nice. No personal experience with the Leydon, but I like this makeup. Let's just make it a saddle oxford...:)

    The flex welt really changes the profile and the shoe, even on the Barrie last. Thought for about five minutes about selling these LS PTBs on, and glad I didn't.

    I've found myself looking up that cap toe #8 Modified boot on Moulded Shoe's site recently. It's got a closed heel, and I feel like I've read somewhere that it has a single leather sole on it, though I don't see that right now at the site. VERY interested in this. Hoping to pay a visit Moulded at the end of June. Bet they won't have anything in my size. At least I can get sized for any Modified last opportunities that arise.
     
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    CHRK33 Well-Known Member

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    Make this a saddle oxford in #8 on Leydon and I am in as well.
     
  9. mr chorizo

    mr chorizo Well-Known Member

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    i know SF isn't keen on black, but it would be awesome to do a shell/pebble black LWB in the below left shoe w commando sole.

    my final non Alden MTO plug for this shoe...cmon guys!


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    hot damn, I love these.
    Wish I could find somewhere that had my size in stock
     
  11. Soylent Green

    Soylent Green Well-Known Member

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    I would go 8.5D and wear thin socks if need be. These do loosen up as the insole molds to your feet. Adding an insole to take up volume in this model is pretty much impossible, so be sure not to go too big, as there's really no fix. Tongue pads feel awful on the Lhs, too. 8.5d, no question.
     
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    I know that Brooks Brothers offers the LHS unlined in #8 (and i guess their madison ave store occasionally has an unlined whiskey LHS), but does anyone else offer unlined Shell LHS in other colors like ravello or cigar?
     
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  14. Coldsnap

    Coldsnap Well-Known Member

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    I don't know what I'm doing but I took a flannel cloth and a small small small dab, like a lil elmers glue dot. Then rubbed it into the creases of my aldens because they were looking a little dry after 20 wears. Then took another dab and did the toe cap, then the sides of shoe.
     
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  15. phototristan

    phototristan Well-Known Member

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    On shell cordovan, you can just wipe with a damp cloth then buff with a brush and also with a dry cloth. A lot of what people tend to think is dryness is actually built up wax in the folds. So simply buffing that off will instantly make the shell look better. This is like 90% of shining shell.
     
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    Ah okay true. This is a new pair though that I wore about 20 times, so it couldn't possibly be paste wax. I read that Saphir Reno also water proofs the leather just a little. I use like two dots of it on the whole boot, not sure if i can tell a difference. Letting it dry then going to hit it with a brush.
     
  17. phototristan

    phototristan Well-Known Member

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    They wax polish them at the factory as the final step before packing the shoes. Usually after folds develop, there is some serious wax build up in the folds.
     
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  18. Coldsnap

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    Oh wow, the more you know. Think this will be my only application of saphir reno for a long time.
     
  19. phototristan

    phototristan Well-Known Member

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    It's not going to hurt anything. But the wax built up that is there will come back soon. Until most of it is gone, it will continue to look white in the folds after wearing.

    Next time. try buffing with a slightly damp cloth and then dry cloth and brush, i think you'll notice an increase shine.
     
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  20. neelp3

    neelp3 Well-Known Member

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    can anyone tell me if the Alden brown leather chukka is CXL or normal brown calf leather?

    I have an option to buy a used pair of the LeatherSoul Alden CXL chukka boots for $250 (quite a bit of wear on the leather, needs some work) or Alden 2nds Brown leather chukkas from shoemart (not sure if these use CXL or not) for $300

    Any advice on which direction I should go would be great!
     
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