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Alden question

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Stu, Nov 10, 2003.

  1. Stu

    Stu Senior member

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    I just put in an order for my first pair of cordovans, at the Alden Shop in San Francisco. I chose the Norweigan Front Bluchers, which have a backlog of several weeks, which is fine with me.

    But apart from that, the guy who took my call recommended I order 9 1/2 E, when I wear 9 1/2 D in every American shoe I own and my Ferragamos.

    I'm not sure of the last on the Norweigans, but for the shoe mongers here, does that sound feasible, that I should wear a 9.5 E in those Alden shoes when I have always worn a 9.5 D in everything else?
     


  2. shoefan

    shoefan Senior member

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    If you were measured for the shoes, I would trust the salesman; if not, this situation does sound a little unusual, since Ferragamos seem narrower than Aldens in my experience. I would recommend you find an Alden retailer and get measured there (if you are near a Brooks Brothers, you can try them, since Alden makes their high-end American made shoes). Given the money involved, I think you want to make sure to get it right.
     


  3. Stu

    Stu Senior member

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    Thanks Shoefan. My problem is that I don't live in the U.S. right now -- at least not the mainland. When I move back. so I will try to find an Alden retailer then.
     


  4. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Allen White is the proprietor of the Alden Shop in San Francisco, and he knows what he's talking about. If he's recommending a 9.5 E instead of a 9.5 D, there must be some reason, and he'll probably share it if you ask him.

    FWIW, I own the shoe that you're considering. It's made on the Aberdeen last, and I've found that it's a bit narrower than than the other Alden lasts.
     


  5. Stu

    Stu Senior member

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    Thanks Jcusey. Mr. White was in fact the man I spoke to.
     


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