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

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Thanks! They're fantastic and such a classy shoe; you will love them.

Not to spoil your hopes, but I've had these for months and am just now getting around to posting them; they weren't from a recent run. Not sure if you just ordered them from a shop in stock or you are waiting for a new run to be delivered... Either way, you'll enjoy the shoes immensely.
I was able to grab the last pair in my size at AoM!
 

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Got my suede boots back from Aram and am very impressed. He was a pleasure to work with on changing from crepe to antiqued leather. Thanks to @Shawnc for mentioning him a number of pages back.

Rock hard crepe before

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Beautiful antique after

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To the shell cordovan experts here, what do you make of the whitish streak right above the heel welt of the boots I just took delivery of? I primarily want to know if it's cosmetic or a structural damage. For example I know the welting process involves using a heated metal tool around the edges, so worst case scenario is the hot iron accidentally burnt the leather there.
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Basically, if it's cosmetic I'll just polish it over and not care. If structural, I'll contact the seller.
 
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Hi friends. I just picked up some unlined chukkas in the Leydon last in a size 11.5E. The other Alden's I have are in a Barrie last in size 11.5D, which fit great. The unlined chukkas are so supple and soft that it's throwing me off in terms of fit. They seem to fit me nicely meaning no obvious heel slip and my little is right on the leather, but when I walk they feel like slippers. My big toe has about an inch of space before the welt but I hear this is expected since this last has a narrow and long toebox. I can't tell if this is just because the unlined leather has such little structure and I'm not used to how soft and flexible they are. Do other folks have thoughts on how the Leydon last is supposed to fit? Thanks.
 

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Hi friends. I just picked up some unlined chukkas in the Leydon last in a size 11.5E. The other Alden's I have are in a Barrie last in size 11.5D, which fit great. The unlined chukkas are so supple and soft that it's throwing me off in terms of fit. They seem to fit me nicely meaning no obvious heel slip and my little is right on the leather, but when I walk they feel like slippers. My big toe has about an inch of space before the welt but I hear this is expected since this last has a narrow and long toebox. I can't tell if this is just because the unlined leather has such little structure and I'm not used to how soft and flexible they are. Do other folks have thoughts on how the Leydon last is supposed to fit? Thanks.
@M635Guy and I both take a 11.5D Barrie. IIRC he settled on 11.5E with the chukkas and I took a 12E.

If you have the opportunity to try them back to back I would do so. What your describing is exactly what I experience but there is no right answer here!
 

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@M635Guy and I both take a 11.5D Barrie. IIRC he settled on 11.5E with the chukkas and I took a 12E.

If you have the opportunity to try them back to back I would do so. What your describing is exactly what I experience but there is no right answer here!
Thanks! So you're saying you wear 11.5D in Barrie and ended up with 12E in Leydon and it has a similar sensation that I'm experiencing? Do you simply get used to it over time? It's not clear to me if it's expected or not.
 

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Thanks! So you're saying you wear 11.5D in Barrie and ended up with 12E in Leydon and it has a similar sensation that I'm experiencing? Do you simply get used to it over time? It's not clear to me if it's expected or not.
I tried 11.5E and 12E back to back and it was a toss. With the 11.5 I felt I had just slightly less room for thicker socks so I went with the 12.

The sensation you describe was present with both sizes for me.
 

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To the shell cordovan experts here, what do you make of the whitish streak right above the heel welt of the boots I just took delivery of? I primarily want to know if it's cosmetic or a structural damage. For example I know the welting process involves using a heated metal tool around the edges, so worst case scenario is the hot iron accidentally burnt the leather there.
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Basically, if it's cosmetic I'll just polish it over and not care. If structural, I'll contact the seller.
Cosmetic is what it looks like to me.
 

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I tried 11.5E and 12E back to back and it was a toss. With the 11.5 I felt I had just slightly less room for thicker socks so I went with the 12.

The sensation you describe was present with both sizes for me.
Gotcha. That makes sense. Do you still have the sensation or are you just used to the feeling now and don't even think about it?
 
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