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

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Brannock. In fact, it’s even less sizing down than that. I’m a 10.25-10.5D brannock, the 10D in these tankers are a little tight out of the box
It's at your own risk, but I have had some luck "clearancing" shell when a last's taper interferes with my pinkie toe. I wear them all day then insert a pen on the outside of the shoe tree. I haven't torn any shell, but I do it gradually and don't expect too much out of it. You will basically be stuck putting the pen in after every wear unless you glue a dowel or other bump onto the tree.

I do agree with @MrDV that it's better to be half large than too small.
 

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It's at your own risk, but I have had some luck "clearancing" shell when a last's taper interferes with my pinkie toe. I wear them all day then insert a pen on the outside of the shoe tree. I haven't torn any shell, but I do it gradually and don't expect too much out of it. You will basically be stuck putting the pen in after every wear unless you glue a dowel or other bump onto the tree.

I do agree with @MrDV that it's better to be half large than too small.
Yea, I’m just going to send them back most likely. I have had too many shoes that fit poorly. It’s one thing if it’s calf or suede, those will eventually give in my experience. But I doubt these will
 

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Yea, I’m just going to send them back most likely. I have had too many shoes that fit poorly. It’s one thing if it’s calf or suede, those will eventually give in my experience. But I doubt these will
Good call. I don't ever get the option of sending them back being an EE/EEE. I have to make do or pass along.
 

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Got off a decently long phone conversation with Brian in DC. Good guy; definitely will talk to him in the future. I'm glad he was able to get me in on their order of snuff Indys on waterloc even though the order was submitted a few weeks ago!
 

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Got off a decently long phone conversation with Brian in DC. Good guy; definitely will talk to him in the future. I'm glad he was able to get me in on their order of snuff Indys on waterloc even though the order was submitted a few weeks ago!
Welcome to the club. Brian sized me for them haha

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Rode the choo choo into Chicago today to attend the Leffot trunk show. The wind velocity was outside of my tolerances, but otherwise it was a nice day. I wore my whiskey LWBs.

Once again I was treated very hospitably. It’s always nice to chat about shoes IRL. I was able to try on some models and sizes I haven’t yet tried. The 1492 that I tried in 9E was surprisingly comfortable without feeling too big.
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Maybe a little extra heel room, but not sure I’d want to go down a width and sacrifice the room for my toes. I wanted to walk out of there in those chukkas.

Another shot at the unlined LHS leads me to believe that 8D is my best size and I’ll just have to deal with the toes popping. The factory seconds pair I have in 8D must just be lasted screwy.

I also tried the tan suede NST which I’ve admired, but I’m not totally sure the style is for me. The heel being loose didn’t seem to be helped by the addition of laces.
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But it’s still a cool shoe.

Now I have to decide how the 1492 stacked up against what’s sitting in the lab right now. I also tried on a pair of Quoddy for the first time and enjoyed those, so it might be just one Alden and a pair of Quoddy or a nasty credit card bill.

Fun day.
 

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Rode the choo choo into Chicago today to attend the Leffot trunk show. The wind velocity was outside of my tolerances, but otherwise it was a nice day. I wore my whiskey LWBs.

Once again I was treated very hospitably. It’s always nice to chat about shoes IRL. I was able to try on some models and sizes I haven’t yet tried. The 1492 that I tried in 9E was surprisingly comfortable without feeling too big.
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Maybe a little extra heel room, but not sure I’d want to go down a width and sacrifice the room for my toes. I wanted to walk out of there in those chukkas.

Another shot at the unlined LHS leads me to believe that 8D is my best size and I’ll just have to deal with the toes popping. The factory seconds pair I have in 8D must just be lasted screwy.

I also tried the tan suede NST which I’ve admired, but I’m not totally sure the style is for me. The heel being loose didn’t seem to be helped by the addition of laces.
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But it’s still a cool shoe.

Now I have to decide how the 1492 stacked up against what’s sitting in the lab right now. I also tried on a pair of Quoddy for the first time and enjoyed those, so it might be just one Alden and a pair of Quoddy or a nasty credit card bill.

Fun day.
I tried that exact pair of chukkas last week at Leffot (they’re 1/2 size small on me though at least.) They’re on my short list of shoes I’d really like.

Glad you had fun and got to try on the Quoddys too
 
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