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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. marg

    marg Well-Known Member

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    i got fitted at a store for the longwings, and my left foot is a half size shorter than my right. is the piston sound from heel slippage? i would rather not spend the extra 150 on a custom set of shoes in different sizes...

    as for that dbag PEBBLEGRAIN that took a cut at me, he is obviously a clown
     
  2. thebunk

    thebunk Well-Known Member

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    Yes - I find trubalance to be slightly larger even than Barrie.

    Thanks man!
     
  3. cfull

    cfull Active Member

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    dual alden noob mfers talking about air piston sounds with their same-as-sneaker sized barries. thefucaoutahere with your newfound authentica
    well excuse the FUCK out of me. These ARE my first real pair of really nice shoes (that i've kept longer than a week). Thanks for welcoming a newb into the fold. Was that really necessary? I swear, some people. These aren't same-as-sneaker-size. I typically wear 10.5 or 11 in some sneakers, a 10 in just about every dress shoe, so I sized down to 9.5 for the Indys. I talked myself into making 9s in the 404 work because of an amazing deal i got on them, but had to let them go a couple days later as they were too tight in reality.
     
  4. wangvicous

    wangvicous Well-Known Member

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    Everyone's feet are different sizes... you guys either got the wrong size or you need to different width. Ime dress shoes should be sized down until you can't shift your foot left or right with the shoe tied but ymmv
     
  5. cfull

    cfull Active Member

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    Everyone's feet are different sizes... you guys either got the wrong size or you need to different width. Ime dress shoes should be sized down until you can't shift your foot left or right with the shoe tied but ymmv

    i actually can't shift my foot around in the boot. However, i do think that some air is getting down in there and forced back out around the ankle, as i do have some space in there with the boot tied thanks to bony ankles.
     
  6. CTYGGG

    CTYGGG Well-Known Member

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    Are all Alden seconds marked with an R? Do some pairs slip through without being marked with the R on the sole?
     
  7. HorseHide

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    well excuse the FUCK out of me. These ARE my first real pair of really nice shoes (that i've kept longer than a week). Thanks for welcoming a newb into the fold. Was that really necessary? I swear, some people.

    These aren't same-as-sneaker-size. I typically wear 10.5 or 11 in some sneakers, a 10 in just about every dress shoe, so I sized down to 9.5 for the Indys. I talked myself into making 9s in the 404 work because of an amazing deal i got on them, but had to let them go a couple days later as they were too tight in reality.


    Necessary? Probably not. But funny (of course I'm already on record stating that I don't give a shit what size you are in the Trubalance last, or was it Barrie?).

    More pics, less sizing ...
     
  8. harrythedog

    harrythedog Well-Known Member

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    Opinions? - everyone when nuts on the beautiful saddle that Tom did in #4 - these have been available for a while at ShoeMart - seems like it's the type of shoe that I'll either love or hate when I get them, no in between.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. QTime

    QTime Well-Known Member

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    Opinions? - everyone when nuts on the beautiful saddle that Tom did in #4 - these have been available for a while at ShoeMart - seems like it's the type of shoe that I'll either love or hate when I get them, no in between.

    Not made of shell so nothing special. Thats why nobody talks about it ^^
     
  11. interlockingny

    interlockingny Well-Known Member

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    Not made of shell so nothing special. Thats why nobody talks about it ^^

    The black part of the saddle shoe is shell cordovan.
     
  12. ChrisGold

    ChrisGold Well-Known Member

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    The black part of the saddle shoe is shell cordovan.

    Exactly - I realize the main part is calf, was looking for comments on the look.
     
  13. Pastor

    Pastor Well-Known Member

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    The pics I posted yesterday (the cigar LWB and Ravello WingTip boots) are of my first Aldens. I wear a 10D or a 9.5E in AE shoes. The SA suggested I order a 9.5 D in the Barrie last. Right out of the box they looked big to me but that could be because of the size of the sole. When I tried on the Ravello boots I thought they felt great. I laced them up walked around a bit and experienced no slippage whatsoever. They really feel nice on my feet although they still look huge to me. I next tried to put on the LWB and just putting my feet in them they felt too big. I laced them up stood up and by simply picking my foot up I felt some slippage on my heel. It seems weird that one pair would feel great while the other pair felt too big. Both are the same size on the same last. I called and asked them to send me a 9D so that I can try it on side by side with the 9.5D. I'll keep the ones that fit the best. Anyone else had any kind of experiences like this?
     
  14. zippyh

    zippyh Well-Known Member

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    Not at all surprising that your foot feels more secure in a pair of boots versus shoes.
    Heel slipage also isn't surprising with a new pair of double leather sole shoes.
     
  15. mike f

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    Been awhile since I got an Alden IRR update from The Shoe Mart, 2 or 3 months? Has anyone got a recent update or are they doing it differently?

    Best and TIA
     
  16. CTYGGG

    CTYGGG Well-Known Member

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    Been awhile since I got an Alden IRR update from The Shoe Mart, 2 or 3 months? Has anyone got a recent update or are they doing it differently?

    Best and TIA

    You need to call them and they will email the list to you. The computer system has a glitch and it's not sending out the emails. At least that's what they told me over the phone. Hope this helps.
     
  17. norcal_indy

    norcal_indy Well-Known Member

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    I asked this same question here a couple weeks back. Apparently Alden puts a shine on them at the factory and you don't need to do anything special. Just wear them and use the Mac method for polishing:

    (pasted from the agatine eyelet blog)

    1- Clean shoes with damp cloth
    2- Brush vigorously with a horsehair brush
    3- Buff with smooth cloth
    4- Use wax after a minimum of fifteen wearings


    Its been working great for me. Thanks Mac and Jason.


    Cool - thanks for the information!
     
  18. koalb

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    I'm in the hunt for my first pair of Alden Indys. They're a special gift to myself after a recent promotion at work. Had a few questions for seasoned wearers.

    > I'm leaning towards the 403. Love the color. What's the neoprene and cork sole really like during daily use? Enjoyable or uncomfortable? It seems like an antiquated sole design - yet is part of the Indy boot heritage, I understand. I can imagine its limitations in ice and snow, but what about the rest of the year?

    > Related to that, the local shoe shop I'm working with indicated that the wait for Indys can be long. Upwards of 10-12 weeks if it's currently out of production stock. If that's true, and Alden needs to do another run before I can get mine, what's the chance of being able to order a pair with a custom sole - like the rubber and leather commando?

    > What do folks typically do to maintain their Indys? Polish? Anything? Use trees?

    Thanks!
     
  19. FENWAY

    FENWAY Well-Known Member

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    I've been wearing my 403s all winter and have been pleasantly surprised with this performance of the neoprene sole. Now that I've said that, I'll probably end up flat on my back tomorrow morning.

    Dozens of great threads on the Indy maintenence topic here...search is your friend
     
  20. unclesam099

    unclesam099 Well-Known Member

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    New dilemma - what to do with the 12D 974s from Sherman Brothers now that I have a pair of J. Crew #8 Cap Toes coming? I ordered an 11.5 (D I guess) in the boot since it's on the Barrie last, and the 12D shortwing is a bit too big/wide on my foot... Very odd since I measure 13D on the Brannock.
     
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