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

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A question for people who have the Brogue Shop 5ZP Army Boots as well as Truebalence and/or the 379 Last:

I have Truebalence boots in a couple of leathers and the 5ZP Army Boot. Alden claims they built the Army boot on a Truebalence last, but there is no way this can possibly be true for the following reasons:

1. My size 10D Indys have a heel that is at least 0.5 inches wider than the heel in the Army Boot. Furthermore the Army Boot appears much tighter around the ankle than the Indys, as expected for a boot with a thinner heel.

2. The Army boot is very snug around the heel. My Indy's are rather loose. No question the heel of my foot is locked into the Army boot, but roams around the Indy.

3. The instep in the Army boot is way tighter than the Indys. I don't even have to really lace the Army boot until I get to the hooks.

4. The toe area is more spacious on the Army boot (almost bulbous).

Have other people had the same experience? I think the 5ZP is actually a 379 last, because everything I describe seems like a description of the 379. If anyone has the 379 and the Brogue 5ZP, do you think this is the same last?
 

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A question for people who have the Brogue Shop 5ZP Army Boots as well as Truebalence and/or the 379 Last:

I have Truebalence boots in a couple of leathers and the 5ZP Army Boot. Alden claims they built the Army boot on a Truebalence last, but there is no way this can possibly be true for the following reasons:

1. My size 10D Indys have a heel that is at least 0.5 inches wider than the heel in the Army Boot. Furthermore the Army Boot appears much tighter around the ankle than the Indys, as expected for a boot with a thinner heel.

2. The Army boot is very snug around the heel. My Indy's are rather loose. No question the heel of my foot is locked into the Army boot, but roams around the Indy.

3. The instep in the Army boot is way tighter than the Indys. I don't even have to really lace the Army boot until I get to the hooks.

4. The toe area is more spacious on the Army boot (almost bulbous).

Have other people had the same experience? I think the 5ZP is actually a 379 last, because everything I describe seems like a description of the 379. If anyone has the 379 and the Brogue 5ZP, do you think this is the same last?
I pre-ordered the black calf boot from Brogue which should be arriving soon, but I'd be doubtful if Brogue listed the wrong last on the website. I'll find out soon enough as they should be arriving soon and I have had several Indy's.
 

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Thanks! I love those boots too. Yours look great.

Those loafers are the unlined cxl from The Shoe Mart.


Nice loafers. Are they the 983 or the Alpine grain version for J.Crew? I have the Alpine J.Crew version.

Also, your photos of your natural CXL wingtip boots helped inspire me to buy a pair of my own a few months ago. Love them.
 

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King BB Tassel w/ foxing on heel. I don’t see any Alden now on the site except full strap at full price that can be had anywhere. Enjoy the games. Twins continue to impress.. Dodger fan living in the most beautiful Sonoran Desert
 

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Misspoke.. Black Shell Tassels w/ the goodies still on BB at a insane price. A lot of sizes.. killer shoe for the dough. Insta cop w/ some code. Now back to your regular scheduled programming.

BTW I am moving my C&J BNIB 8.5E shell boots .. Whiskey Lindrick and Galway 2. Both double leather soles. PM if interest. No tire kickers please .. these are rare one grand boots as most Alden's Shell boots are close to now. Not looking to profit from SF members but thought I throw it out there.

Enjoy the games..
 

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I pre-ordered the black calf boot from Brogue which should be arriving soon, but I'd be doubtful if Brogue listed the wrong last on the website. I'll find out soon enough as they should be arriving soon and I have had several Indy's.
Its an Alden issue.

They told Brogue that it is Truebalence.

But. . If you take the Last Guide on the first page of this thread seriously then it is hard to explain how the manufacturer can claim its the same last as an Indy. The sole simply is a different shape. If the Army boot is Truebalence then the last guide that displays soles is nonsense.
 

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Its an Alden issue.

They told Brogue that it is Truebalence.

But. . If you take the Last Guide on the first page of this thread seriously then it is hard to explain how the manufacturer can claim its the same last as an Indy. The sole simply is a different shape. If the Army boot is Truebalence then the last guide that displays soles is nonsense.

BTW. I absolutely LOVE the Army boot. Its better than an Indy on me.
 

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BTW. I absolutely LOVE the Army boot. Its better than an Indy on me.
Interesting.. the boots are supposed to arrive this month so I'll have to wait and see. I've never tried the 397X but have wanted to so I hope it works out
 

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