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The Official Alden Thread for 2019 - Share Reviews, Sizing, Advice, and Photos.

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anyone here size their boots differently? I'm somewhat in between sizes on the barrie between a 6d and 6e (no boots.. yet). Was mentioning this with Mack over at Brogue because I'm considering getting their cognac tankers possibly in the 6e size they have, but he actually said if I am a 6E in my shoes/lace-ups, then in the boots I should probably be a 6.5D. anyone do this as well between their boots and shoes?
Yes, I size up a 1/2 size in Barrie boots compared to shoes. I'm a 10.5D in shoes on the Barrie last, but 11D in boots are a better fit for me.
 

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Fellow Aldenites, I'm attempting to appreciate certain designs more. One in particular are plain toe. My usually simple mind thinks they are too...simple? Is that the beauty of them? Even in the Alden store, looking at all manner of material with plain toe, I couldn't get behind them. Plain toe boots as well. I'm coming with an open mind, educate me (I'm also fully aware they may never fit my eye, but I overcame my loafer distaste and now absolutely love them)
 

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Yes, I size up a 1/2 size in Barrie boots compared to shoes. I'm a 10.5D in shoes on the Barrie last, but 11D in boots are a better fit for me.
is that for the width? does the added length bother ?
 

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Fellow Aldenites, I'm attempting to appreciate certain designs more. One in particular are plain toe. My usually simple mind thinks they are too...simple? Is that the beauty of them? Even in the Alden store, looking at all manner of material with plain toe, I couldn't get behind them. Plain toe boots as well. I'm coming with an open mind, educate me (I'm also fully aware they may never fit my eye, but I overcame my loafer distaste and now absolutely love them)
For me, plain toe boots, due to their simplicity, are beautiful. The boot, not perfing or caps have to speak for themselves. I don't think they are "dressy", but rather utilitarian in their appearance, and that is the appeal for me. Just a boot being a boot.
 

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Fellow Aldenites, I'm attempting to appreciate certain designs more. One in particular are plain toe. My usually simple mind thinks they are too...simple? Is that the beauty of them? Even in the Alden store, looking at all manner of material with plain toe, I couldn't get behind them. Plain toe boots as well. I'm coming with an open mind, educate me (I'm also fully aware they may never fit my eye, but I overcame my loafer distaste and now absolutely love them)
The plain toes are the only Alden boots I am not too big a fan of. Just like things better with at least a cap toe if not more.
 

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is that for the width? does the added length bother ?
Mostly for the width. I think the extra length is more forgiving in boots than shoes. I have also worn an 11c in Barrie lasted shoes and the fit is alright, but feels just a tad long.
 

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Just bought a pair of shell alden indys in the same size as my 403's, but the shell ones feel tighter, should I have sized up on the shell indy's or is this normal since I have not broken in the shell's as opposed to the cxl 403's that I have worn for a year now.
 

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Just bought a pair of shell alden indys in the same size as my 403's, but the shell ones feel tighter, should I have sized up on the shell indy's or is this normal since I have not broken in the shell's as opposed to the cxl 403's that I have worn for a year now.
If anything, shell will generally be lasted slightly looser than CXL since it has a tendency to tear if pulled too tightly. I imagine the CXL pair being broken in is part of it but I've noticed minor sizing variation in two pairs on the same last in the same size, which is bound to happen in a pair of handmade shoes. The footbed will break in some on the shell indys over time but shell won't really stretch like CXL will. If they're too tight you may need to go up a size in length or width.
 

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anyone here size their boots differently? I'm somewhat in between sizes on the barrie between a 6d and 6e (no boots.. yet). Was mentioning this with Mack over at Brogue because I'm considering getting their cognac tankers possibly in the 6e size they have, but he actually said if I am a 6E in my shoes/lace-ups, then in the boots I should probably be a 6.5D. anyone do this as well between their boots and shoes?
I do size up my Barrie boots by 1/2 from my Barrie shoes, due in part because I tend to wear thicker socks with boots and in part because boots fit more securely on my heel.
 
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