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Alden fit help

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by tanghy, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. tanghy

    tanghy Member

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    Hi there,

    I don't live near a Alden dealer so I have to order them by mail. I'm wondering what size will fit me on the Barrie & Trubalace lasts? I already know that I have to size down 1/2 size lengthwise but I am unsure of the fitting width wise?

    I usually wear 11E for normal shoes & 11.5E for running shoes. I have low (but not flat) arches as well.

    Any help and advice will be most appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. kraftar

    kraftar Senior member

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    Are you in the US? If so you might want to consider ordering some shoes from the shoe mart (www.theshoemart.com)... it's $7.99 to return them so it isn't free but it is cheaper than buying a pair of shoes that don't fit. Once you figure out the proper size for the Barrie & Trubalance lasts you can go ahead and buy what you want.

    Given your information, I'd start off with an 10.5E, but wouldn't be shocked if a 10E or 10.5D would fit as well or better.
     
  3. denimdestroyedmylife

    denimdestroyedmylife Senior member

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    I find that I wear the same size in Converse Chuck Taylors as Alden Barrie, Trubalance, and Van lasts.

    With running shoes, I find I am true to size (whatever that means anymore) and in "normal shoes" (not sure what that means) I size down a half size.

    I write this in the hope that it helps you size your Alden shoe purchase.
    Which ones are you looking to procure?

    Your friend,

    Owen

    PS: You may want to experiment on eBay before you pay full retail on a pair of Alden shoes that may prove to be ill-fitting. It sounds like you are as return-averse as I am.
     
  4. tanghy

    tanghy Member

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    Are you in the US? If so you might want to consider ordering some shoes from the shoe mart (www.theshoemart.com)... it's $7.99 to return them so it isn't free but it is cheaper than buying a pair of shoes that don't fit. Once you figure out the proper size for the Barrie & Trubalance lasts you can go ahead and buy what you want.

    Given your information, I'd start off with an 10.5E, but wouldn't be shocked if a 10E or 10.5D would fit as well or better.


    Thanks for your tip but I'm not in the US, which makes things really difficult. I rotate work between Singapore, Indonesia and Australia which does not really help either.
     
  5. tanghy

    tanghy Member

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    I find that I wear the same size in Converse Chuck Taylors as Alden Barrie, Trubalance, and Van lasts.

    With running shoes, I find I am true to size (whatever that means anymore) and in "normal shoes" (not sure what that means) I size down a half size.

    I write this in the hope that it helps you size your Alden shoe purchase.
    Which ones are you looking to procure?

    Your friend,

    Owen

    PS: You may want to experiment on eBay before you pay full retail on a pair of Alden shoes that may prove to be ill-fitting. It sounds like you are as return-averse as I am.


    I'm looking to get some longwings in the Barrie last or Indys in the Trubalance last. I do wonder if the 2 lasts differ in width and volume because ,as I've mentioned, I have low arches.
     
  6. denimdestroyedmylife

    denimdestroyedmylife Senior member

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    As I understand, the Barrie is their most democratic last. If you are worried about the Trubalance not fitting your feet, I'd go Barrie.
     
  7. unclesam099

    unclesam099 Senior member

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    I'm looking to get some longwings in the Barrie last or Indys in the Trubalance last. I do wonder if the 2 lasts differ in width and volume because ,as I've mentioned, I have low arches.

    I am a 13D on the brannock device and wear 13D Nike running shoes. But with low arches, I fit an 11.5D in the Barrie. I might be the same or even 11.5C in the Trubalance since it looks so wide. I wear a 12D in the Grant last; and 11.5D in the Tremont.

    You could use an insole insert or tongue pad if they're too large.
     
  8. Islander

    Islander Senior member

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    Are you in the US? If so you might want to consider ordering some shoes from the shoe mart (www.theshoemart.com)... it's $7.99 to return them so it isn't free but it is cheaper than buying a pair of shoes that don't fit. Once you figure out the proper size for the Barrie & Trubalance lasts you can go ahead and buy what you want. Given your information, I'd start off with an 10.5E, but wouldn't be shocked if a 10E or 10.5D would fit as well or better.
    Maybe Tassels if you are ever in Hong Kong... Or eBay
     
  9. tanghy

    tanghy Member

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    anyone else care to chime in?
     
  10. commodorewheeler

    commodorewheeler Senior member

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    anyone else care to chime in?

    I think you should get yourself measured on a Brannock device. The sizing advice you get with a Brannock measurement will likely be far more accurate than what you get through a comparison with other brands and types of shoes.

    In the US, just about every shoe store has a Brannock, though it is my understanding that they are a little less common in some other countries.
     
  11. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    click the link in my sig "ALDEN SHOE SIZING GUIDE"
     

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