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

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Thank you for your answer. what about Aberdeen last (cordovan/calf/suede tassel loafer)? Did you choose TTS or half size down?
I've seen people recommend both. I've only tried one Aberdeen, but I don't think it's a good match for my foot (tapered toe box, wider heel). Sterling's answer above sounds about right
 

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Hey all, what is the standard shoe/maintenance care for regina grain or scotch grain?
Damp wipe down and brush is all I've been doing. Does VSC make sense for a grain shoe? will Product dull the finish?
 

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it took me a while to find a calfskin captoe boot in a Barrie last and finally found one. I’m usually a 8d or 8e in the Barrie last, but those were for shell Cordovan shoes and this was my first calfskin shoe from Alden. For some reason my gut feeling told me to get a 8.5d. I’m so glad I did that. I just don’t see how I would fit an 8. If I actually wanted to, I probably could’ve fit a 9d. Is this normal to adjust your size between different leathers?
 

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it took me a while to find a calfskin captoe boot in a Barrie last and finally found one. I’m usually a 8d or 8e in the Barrie last, but those were for shell Cordovan shoes and this was my first calfskin shoe from Alden. For some reason my gut feeling told me to get a 8.5d. I’m so glad I did that. I just don’t see how I would fit an 8. If I actually wanted to, I probably could’ve fit a 9d. Is this normal to adjust your size between different leathers?
What’s your brannock size? Wasn’t Barrie last has to half size down? Can I ask you what you wear for other Alden in barrie last?
 

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What’s your brannock size? Wasn’t Barrie last has to half size down? Can I ask you what you wear for other Alden in barrie last?
I honesty forgot what my brannock size is but I wear either 8d or 8e for the Barrie last on shell shoes. I remember hearing Alden makes there shell shoes a little bit bigger because of the fact it doesn’t stretch much. So I had a feeling I should go a size half up for the regular calf leather. And I’m glad I did. So I was wondering if this is the same for others.
 

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I honesty forgot what my brannock size is but I wear either 8d or 8e for the Barrie last on shell shoes. I remember hearing Alden makes there shell shoes a little bit bigger because of the fact it doesn’t stretch much. So I had a feeling I should go a size half up for the regular calf leather. And I’m glad I did. So I was wondering if this is the same for others.
Most don't, including myself, as broken in calf/suede fits pretty close to broken in shell. Shell doesn't stretch as much, but it does tend to mold.
I personally wonder if you wouldn't be happier in 8.5D shell, assuming it's your best feeling Barrie now?
 

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Boots in the office, oh my.

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