Alden Modified Last: If You Wear, or are Interested, Please Read

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Roguls, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Vass, and others, makes a banana last like the Modified, but the Modified is unique in how it fits heel through arch and then opens in the forefoot. In addition, there is the Thompson heel (not so important to me) and the very good arch support. It is all about the last. Construction-wise, Alden is good for the U.S., but mediocre by worldwide standards (for welted shoes).
     
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    I agree. The C&J 367 sounds like it incorporates ML features. I will check this out if the opportunity comes up. If it's only offered in Japan/Asia, there may be a limited range of sizes.
     
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    I've searched around Japanese web pages for a long time and there isn't much info out there. I haven't tried contacting C&J directly though.
     
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    I may wander over to Japan in a bit.
     
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    you're welcome. for the sake of this thread. i do not want to open a can of worms. i'll pm rogulsy and you and you deceide, which part is suitable for this thread.


    no offense, you know that i do custom made shoes since yeare with a few exceptions. besides, alden doesn't meet my quality standards in various aspects. no need to go into details, as they are not necessarily relevant to someone else. this is not an option for me, sorry. my closest place to try them on would be anatomica, which is Paris, right? another barrier.

     
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    i take your word that there's nothing else out there. saves me a lot of back and forth and a lot of research work. discuss...
     
  7. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Well . . .I suppose I can only say "unique" in my own experience.
    Frankly, if there is something else out there with a similar fit and last shape, but with a better quality of make and design, I would be eager to know about it.
    For example, it would not be hard for Vass to alter one of their existing lasts.
     
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    fritzl Senior member

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    altering a last is a very difficult task.

    which vass lasts have you tried?
     
  9. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I don't recall all that I tried with Gabor Halmos, but P2, which is a variant of the banana, was the best fit and the one that we settled on. I have not tried the banana last itself. One mistake is that back then I was trying shoes with my orthotic. With the modfied last, I don't need an orthotic, just a metatarsal pad. It is possible I might be able to do the same with the banana last or maybe even a different sized P2 (you are forcing me to rethink this fritzl, which is good).
     
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    herrmj Senior member

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    fritzl, I would love for you to drop some knowledge on modified last alternatives.
     
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    fritzl Senior member

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    go for it. always happy to help. i'll pm you tonite with a special request. no worries. easy task.
     
  12. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Not sure how I can. Is it possible to try on the various Vass lasts and sizes without a trip to Budapest? The best opportunity I recall was when Gabor held a trunk show.

    OK. I will look for it.
     
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    Me too.
     
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    fritzl Senior member

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    we'll work it out. with respect to roguls, i will hold back until we have green light.

    understood, there's no guarantee that my advice will work. there's always a bit of try and error involved. ad hoc: due dilligence and doing your homework are important parameters to reach this goal.

    actually, you can discuss some points in the AH thread. shoe lovers are always welcome.

    thank you for your understanding.
     
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    ad hoc: not sure right now, either. a little hint: think of the courage comment from yesterday.

    pm's will arrive a little later. thanks
     

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