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

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The TB last is said to be generally 1/2 size down from your actual Brannock size. Does that mean toe to heel or ball to heal measurement?
 

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I'm planning to buy a pair of Alden LHS loafers (on the Van last), and it seems that there are two camps on how to size them:

Get the same size as you wear in the Barrie last
Get your usual size

I wear 9.5 E in almost everything except my Alden 994s (my only Aldens so far), which are on the Barrie last. I was fitted in a 9 C/E where I bought them when I lived in New York, and they fit perfectly in this size.

I don't live anywhere near a store that sells Alden shoes any more (the closest is probably Leffot in Chicago, which is ~300 miles from here), so it's not convenient to actually go get fitted in person, so I'm looking for your advice: should I order the same size as my Barrie fitting or go with my normal size?

Thanks!
 

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I'm planning to buy a pair of Alden LHS loafers (on the Van last), and it seems that there are two camps on how to size them:

Get the same size as you wear in the Barrie last
Get your usual size

I wear 9.5 E in almost everything except my Alden 994s (my only Aldens so far), which are on the Barrie last. I was fitted in a 9 C/E where I bought them when I lived in New York, and they fit perfectly in this size.

I don't live anywhere near a store that sells Alden shoes any more (the closest is probably Leffot in Chicago, which is ~300 miles from here), so it's not convenient to actually go get fitted in person, so I'm looking for your advice: should I order the same size as my Barrie fitting or go with my normal size?

Thanks!
I'd go with Barrie sizing, but if you have a high instep and need Barrie's bike you might not like them.
 

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I'd go with Barrie sizing, but if you have a high instep and need Barrie's bike you might not like them.
Thanks - I'm not sure what you mean by "Barrie's bike", but I've got an average instep, and the shop didn't suggest the Barrie last to me; I went there looking for a pair of 994s and they fitted me for them.
 

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I'm planning to buy a pair of Alden LHS loafers (on the Van last), and it seems that there are two camps on how to size them:

Get the same size as you wear in the Barrie last
Get your usual size

I wear 9.5 E in almost everything except my Alden 994s (my only Aldens so far), which are on the Barrie last. I was fitted in a 9 C/E where I bought them when I lived in New York, and they fit perfectly in this size.

I don't live anywhere near a store that sells Alden shoes any more (the closest is probably Leffot in Chicago, which is ~300 miles from here), so it's not convenient to actually go get fitted in person, so I'm looking for your advice: should I order the same size as my Barrie fitting or go with my normal size?

Thanks!
Woof, the traditional advice for the Van is to go with your Barrie size. The LHS tends to be harder to fit however due to the fit across the top (vamp).


Bought some NIB Brooks Brothers Natty CXL tassel loafers on the Bay last week. Inaugural wearing today.

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Well, GG, congratulations, those are just superb! Those should age supremely.


Happy Easter Matt. Your special Saddles are looking just stellar on you today!

-Mike
 

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Thanks - I'm not sure what you mean by "Barrie's bike", but I've got an average instep, and the shop didn't suggest the Barrie last to me; I went there looking for a pair of 994s and they fitted me for them.
Thanks autocorrect! Barrie's volume was the intended wording. :D
 

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Woof, the traditional advice for the Van is to go with your Barrie size. The LHS tends to be harder to fit however due to the fit across the top (vamp).
Thanks, Mike - the store I'm planning to buy them from has a reasonable exchange policy, so I think I'll order them in my Barrie size and see how they work.
 
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