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Allen Edmonds vs Alden Cordovan LongWing Brouges

Phangtonpower

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This is not a thread of which is better, but more about sizing. I already own two pair of AE Mac Neills that I'm happy with...kinda.

First a little background. I live in the country side of Japan and quality shoes are impossible to find and be able try on. Ordering shoes from abroad is expensive as they charge a 40% import tax on anything over $100. Stores that do sell AE or Alden charge any where from $1300 to $2500, even used. My cousin will be visiting next year in March, so I can have him bring them to me when he comes.

I really want to order a pair of Aldens, but I want to get it right because I wont have an opportunity to try them on or even return them because they will probably be way past the 10 day return policy places have. These are expensive shoes for me and I am poor.

I usually wear a size 10 in Adidas, Clarks, Loake loafers, and Churches. I also have a couple of pairs of Allen Edmond Mac Neils in 10D. They fit, but are a little tight, but still comfortable, around the toe box/last. Both were used. The first were barley worn calfskin, so they were a little tight at first at the pinky toe, but are fine now after breaking them in. The second were well worn black cordovan. I guess the last owner really stretched them out as they fit slightly looser than my calfskins, but still a little cramped in the toe box. Both still have a little wiggle room though.

I know Alden recommends to size half a step down because of the last, but I was thinking that a 10D would fit better than the Mac Neils I already own? Are the lasts on the Alden longer or wider than the AEs. Does anyone own both and can compare?

I tried asking Alden of Carmel, but they keep replying that they are half a size bigger than normal, which I already know.

Thanks for the help.
 

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I've emailed a couple other places, but still haven't gone anymore info. It would be nice if anyone with both shoes can chime in.
 

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I've went ahead and asked the same question on the Aldens thread, but it moves so fast that questions get buried, especially with questions as uninteresting as mine, but I'm going to go ahead and update this thread for future reference.

So I found a United Arrows a couple hours away that have Alden Longwings. Problem is the largest size they had was an 8.5D.

Surprised that they some what fit me. A little bit tight. Don't think I would go that small, but it made me re look at all my shoes which are mostly 10s. Since they don't use any kind of measuring system for feet here, I downloaded a printable brannock device. The length of my foot is actually 8.5 to 9, which surprised me. Double checked with all my shoes and most of them do have a lot of room from the tip of longest toe to the tip of the shoe by 1"-1.5". I guess I always went with how the ball of my foot fit in a shoe and never worried about length.

Now I have no idea what size to get :( There is another United Arrows a few a hours away. Hopefully they have more sizes :/
 

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