The Official Alden Thread for 2016 - Share reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

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  1. kelpqq

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    I happened to have the J Crew Waxed LWBs for a while, IMO, they were dark at first but really lightens up towards to yellow side which was too casual for me. I would go for the 979s because the color is slightly richer or the wingtip boot.

    I found my J Crew PCT fit more towards TTS, I wear 9D in PCT and 8.5D in the calf LWBs
     


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    Thanks a bunch!! :)
     


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    I recently purchased the 979's and initially had the same question about the difference between the "waxed" and the "burnished tan" and I am not sure that there is any difference at all. If you look at the other Alden offerings from J.Crew, they have other shoes listed as the color "tobacco" (same as the "waxed" longwings) that are also listed as "burnished tan" in the description. For what it is worth, I love the burnished tan longwings and would recommend you buy from the Shoe Mart as they have excellent customer service. My size was out of stock, but came in a few days directly from Alden.
     


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    Here are my two cents about sizing.

    On the bannock I'm also barely a 7 and barely an E width, I have the typical features of Asian feet: high arch with a wide forefoot. I wear 7E in most Alden sizes, in Aberdeen and Plaza boots, 7EE is more comfortable. As other members mentioned already, the Barrie is a pretty forgiving last, you can fit most feet shape with some fine tuning in the thickness of socks to wear.

    A few observations I've made in finding my correct size:

    1.) Nothing beats trying a pair on in the a store, if that is not possible, find a place with a good return policy (TSM) and be mindful when trying the shoes on

    2.) I find sizing via heel to ball measurement to be more accurate for high insteps, especially if you have short and wide toes

    3.) Shell tend to fit slightly bigger than non-shell, but they won't stretch

    4.) I go up a width for boots in narrow lasts (plaza, aberdeen, etc)

    Hope that helps!
     


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    Thanks! Haha, you're the guy on eBay that I made an offer for those boots :D Is the 7E grant to narrow in the instep?
     


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    I am a fan of the Alden Plain Toe Boot, and I am curious to know how one would go about acquiring a pair in one of the uncommon shell cordovan colors (cigar, ravello, whiskey)?
     


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    Thanks :)
     


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    - I have several pair in the Barrie last and wear a 9.5B - they fit me beautifully.
    - In the Hampton, Aberdeen and Copley lasts I am a 10B.
    - I wear dress socks with all 4 lasts.
    - In your case I would start with a 6.5E in the Barrie last if you are usually a 7E in dress shoes.
    - I wouldn't size down in the width - get the length right as the widths seem consistent across their lasts.

    Hope this helps
     
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    anatomica of paris has offered cigar and ravello plain toe boots. might want to email them.
     


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