Alden Cordovan boots

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  1. Garage/Surf Rock

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    I placed my order with A of C and had a sizing question. My normal shoe size is 9 1/2, for almost every shoe brand I try. I sent my payment information and everything to him. But once he got my foot tracing, which I faxed to him, he said the size 9s would be too big and does not want to ship me the 9s, presumably because it may result in a back and forth exchange of parcels. Understandable.

    But may I just express my heartbreak at this transaction? I was so desperately wanting the monk chukkas. This just sucks. Any suggestions, or should I just throw in the towel?


    You live in Brooklyn. Get on the train to Manhattan and try on some Alden shoes so you can be certain of your size. try Moulded Shoe at 10 East 39th, the Alden Shop on Madison around 43rd street, Citishoes on Park around 56th and probably half a dozen others. Once you know your size, you can order with confidence. It probably makes sense to try on some shoes in the same last as the ones you like from A of C. And you may find something you like to buy. All of the stores I mentioned have special makeups too.
     


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    I placed my order with A of C and had a sizing question. My normal shoe size is 9 1/2, for almost every shoe brand I try. I sent my payment information and everything to him. But once he got my foot tracing, which I faxed to him, he said the size 9s would be too big and does not want to ship them to me, presumably because it may result in a back and forth exchange of parcels. Understandable. 8 1/2s are out.

    But may I just express my heartbreak at this transaction? I was so desperately wanting the monk chukkas. This just sucks. Any suggestions, or should I just throw in the towel?



    Ron Rider, Martegani's N. American representative, provided the opportunity this summer to order MTO shell cordovan shoes. I didn't think of a monk chukka at the time or I would have ordered one, but someone on the forum ordered a pair, perhaps Tom W. Ron was very accommodating, told me I could order basically anything in the Martegani archive in shell cordovan, and worked with me to design a replica of the whiskey/mahogany Alden Fan shoe posted above (I thought A of C had discontinued it and/or there was a prohibitively long wait for whisky shell). He also sent 2 different sizes of try-on shoes on 2 different lasts (4 pairs, total) at no cost. I believe Ron may make a similar offer again sometime this Fall, depending on the availability of shell.
     


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    I'm the future recipient of the monk chukka from Ron. In navy shell.
     


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    [​IMG] Courtesy of Leather Soul Hawaii. Astonishing. If I had $600, these would be at my house yesterday.
     


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    If someone else did not buy the only pair of size 12's, these would be at my house yesterday.
     


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    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    if i had purchased my pair a few days earlier, they would be at my house yesterday.
     


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    if i had purchased my pair a few days earlier, they would be at my house yesterday.

    [​IMG]
     


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    if i had purchased my pair a few days earlier, they would be at my house yesterday.
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    I placed my order with A of C and had a sizing question. My normal shoe size is 9 1/2, for almost every shoe brand I try. I sent my payment information and everything to him. But once he got my foot tracing, which I faxed to him, he said the size 9s would be too big and does not want to ship them to me, presumably because it may result in a back and forth exchange of parcels. Understandable. 8 1/2s are out.

    But may I just express my heartbreak at this transaction? I was so desperately wanting the monk chukkas. This just sucks. Any suggestions, or should I just throw in the towel?


    Im glad I saw this thread because I was going to just buy some Alden boots and get my regular size (9.5D). Thats a pretty big discrepancy between 9.5 and 8.5. I wear 9.5D in everything from vans, chucks, purcells, asics, and even red wings. Im sure they know what they are doing but I would still get the 9's.
     


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    Im glad I saw this thread because I was going to just buy some Alden boots and get my regular size (9.5D). Thats a pretty big discrepancy between 9.5 and 8.5. I wear 9.5D in everything from vans, chucks, purcells, asics, and even red wings. Im sure they know what they are doing but I would still get the 9's.

    FWIW, I wear a 9.5D in all of those shoes, including the Alden Barrie last. I can also fit the Barrie last in a 9E. A 9D is too narrow, however.
     


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    I have the shell chukka in cigar and in #8. I typically don't wear them with suits, although I do wear the #8 with a suit when its raining, as it has a commando sole. I only wear a suit about twice a month, however. I definitely wear them with odd trousers and jackets, which I wear the rest of the month. I love them and echo everyone's praise.
     


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    I placed my order with A of C and had a sizing question. My normal shoe size is 9 1/2, for almost every shoe brand I try. I sent my payment information and everything to him. But once he got my foot tracing, which I faxed to him, he said the size 9s would be too big and does not want to ship them to me, presumably because it may result in a back and forth exchange of parcels. Understandable. 8 1/2s are out.

    But may I just express my heartbreak at this transaction? I was so desperately wanting the monk chukkas. This just sucks. Any suggestions, or should I just throw in the towel?


    Which last?
     


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    if i had purchased my pair a few days earlier, they would be at my house yesterday.

    I bought mine today so they'll be at my house next week.

    All joking aside...I was powerless when I saw the pic of the Aberdeen last wingtip boots on LeatherSoul's website. I emailed Tom immediately. Incredible. They look dark, edgy and elegant all at the same time.
     


  15. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    you mean plaza last? the first boot that shows up on his website.
     


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