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Alden Hampton Last Sizing

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Douglas, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. Douglas

    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    I have read a few conflicting accounts on the Alden Hampton last. Some say true-to-size, some say order a 1/2 size smaller than usual. Other background info says to make sure shell cordovan shoes fit snugly at first, as they'll stretch and adapt to your feet once broken in.

    I suppose I'm calling out again for all possible responses and thoughts. I normally wear a 10.5, but I've worn a few 10-equivalents in Euro sizing. I am looking at a pair of shell Aldens on the Hampton last only available in size 10, and wondering if they'll work. Thanks.
     


  2. Tarmac

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    IMHO Hampton is a pretty neutral last and it fits my feet true.
     


  3. LeatherSOUL

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  4. JayJay

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    I have two pairs of Aldens on the Hampton last and they fit me better than any of my other Aldens. For me they fit true to size.
     


  5. Skyler

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    I have read a few conflicting accounts on the Alden Hampton last...

    ...with good reason. Though my foot measures a 9.5D, the only size I can wear in a Hampton is a 10.5C. A full 1 sizer larger and more narrow, which fits me beautifully.

    But it was like pulling teeth to figure this out - several Alden pair bought and resold on Ebay before doing so. (For further comparison's sake, a 10D in Alden's Plaza last is a superb fit).

    In the end, I decided to wait until a business trip took me to a place w/ a legitimate Alden dealer - in my case, San Francisco, where I was finally able to be fitted in the Hampton 10.5C.

    And I'm glad I did: many of Alden's most traditional and elegant shoes are exclusively on the Hampton.
     


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    I am about to purchase a 2nd pair on the Hampton Last in 10B/D, but always wondered why I in most Alden Loafers I am a 9 (Cape Cod Horse & Full Strap). My current Hampton 10 B/D has gotten a little loose, but has holes in the sole and need to be refurbished.

    How much smaller would a Hampton 9.5 B/D be? Should I go with that, and have it stretch out?
     


  7. benjamin831

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    I have a full-brogue on the Hampton. I find that it runs pretty true to size, but a little on the wide side.
     


  8. JayJay

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    I have a couple of pairs on the Hampton, and it runs true to size for me. They are my most comfortable Alden shoes.
     


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    I have a coupe as well--true to size!
     


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    Does anybody have a shoe on the Hampton Last and the Aberdeen Last.

    I seem to wear 10 B/D in Hampton, and I thought 9.5 B/D in the Aberdeen were too long. My heel was slipping.

    Also, My shoes are marked 10 B/D does that mean they are a 10 B or a 10 D?
     


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    Does anybody have a shoe on the Hampton Last and the Aberdeen Last. I seem to wear 10 B/D in Hampton, and I thought 9.5 B/D in the Aberdeen were too long. My heel was slipping. Also, My shoes are marked 10 B/D does that mean they are a 10 B or a 10 D?
    Yes but I only have 1 example in Aberdeen, the monk. I wear 9.5 B/D in my Hampton laceups and 9 B/D in the Aberdeen monk. But, it's such a slight difference, I would probably go 9.5 B/D if I bought an Aberdeen without being able to try it on. D is the forefoot width, the primary width indicator
     


  12. imolazhp_ci

    imolazhp_ci Senior member

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    definitely true to size. i ordered a pair on the hampton last .5 size down as i do all alden's and they are VERY snug. i should have ordered my true size.
     


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    I have multiple pairs on each last, and in multiple sizes - I have had trouble getting the "perfect" size in both.

    Heel slippage on the Aberdeen might not be due to excessive length, but to the shape of the heel. I find that the Aberdeen has a very wide heel width compared to the ball width. I have Aberdeen shoes in 10.5E, 10.5D and 10E. All of them felt fine on first fitting but feel a tiny bit "off" after extended wear.

    I have Hampton shoes in 10.5D and 10.5E. E width is a bit too roomy in the toe box. D width scrunches my pinky toe. Heel is fine on both.

    Of course feet are complicated three-dimensional objects, and RTW shoe sizes come with at most two degrees of freedom, so YMMV.
     


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