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Cool Shoes, Paraphernalia & Desiderata - Part II

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by RJman, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. isshinryu101

    isshinryu101 Senior member

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    B widths are tricky animals.
     


  2. onix

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    +1. Based on my experience, B is much closer to A than to C. It's odd how Alden always uses B/D.
     


  3. hikari013

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    B is the heel width in that case. On an Alden C width pair, the size will be marked A/C.
     


  4. onix

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    3000+ posts and I do not know this :facepalm:
     


  5. itbegins

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    I think there's recent evidence lurking in the B&S.
     


  6. Achilles_

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    You mean the $99 ones? They were going for $40 plus shipping :plain:

    That kind of ticks me off.
     


  7. isshinryu101

    isshinryu101 Senior member

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    Absolutely right. Same formula used for many vintage brands. Alden's use of the formula doesn't really have any value (since the heel width is 2 letters more narrow than the forefoot in ALL their shoes).

    HOWEVER, in some "Vintage Times", PERFECT fit was such an important issue that many brands had "wide heel" (IE "C/D" for a Medium width forefoot & wide heel) sizes to prevent foot slippage.

    ALSO, keep in mind that shoe stores kept these sizes IN STOCK at all times.

    To put this in perspective, for EACH model of a shoe for sale, they had 5 narrow widths (down to AAA) & 3 wide widths (up to EEE), along with the regular "D". NOW, add in the "wide heel option" (may have only been used with a "D" shoe, as I've not yet seen it with any other size), and you have 10+ "Sub-Sizes for each size.

    The stockroom for vintage shoe stores HAD to be huge. This is also a reason why there is so much "Dead Stock" that's constantly being unearthed.


    **As a side note, in the 1930's, some brands introduced 1/4 sizes to get an even better fit. Contrast this to many makers who have only a standard "D" width, or maybe only a couple of narrow or wide options.
     


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    $40 before coupons, at that.
     


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