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THE OFFICIAL ALDEN THREAD FOR 2020 - SHARE REVIEWS, SIZING, ADVICE, AND PHOTOS.

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I had a pair of barrie lasted boots in 8.5 D that were a bit too narrow for me, length was fine, a pair of 9.5 E has popped up for sale at a reasonable price, would this be too big for me? I was thinking I could put an extra insole in the shoe to fill it out.
 

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I had a pair of barrie lasted boots in 8.5 D that were a bit too narrow for me, length was fine, a pair of 9.5 E has popped up for sale at a reasonable price, would this be too big for me? I was thinking I could put an extra insole in the shoe to fill it out.
No way those will fit my-man. Fit is key and you will be looking to sell those within a year. As tempting as it may be, I'd pass.
 

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I had a pair of barrie lasted boots in 8.5 D that were a bit too narrow for me, length was fine, a pair of 9.5 E has popped up for sale at a reasonable price, would this be too big for me? I was thinking I could put an extra insole in the shoe to fill it out.
A full size and a width? Don’t do it.
 

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I had a pair of barrie lasted boots in 8.5 D that were a bit too narrow for me, length was fine, a pair of 9.5 E has popped up for sale at a reasonable price, would this be too big for me? I was thinking I could put an extra insole in the shoe to fill it out.
As someone who has trouble with Barrie, I'd say, keep trying them on in different sizes. A full size difference and added width is going to be no good. Don't buy them.

I am an 8.5D on Brannock and most lasts. I'm 8D on Trubalance. I tried Barrie in 8D and 8E, 8.5D and 8.5E. None of them worked. It just wasn't to be. But, I'm glad I tried them all on before I bought shoes that didn't fit me. If you have access to a store that carries Alden within a reasonable distance, go there. Get fitted in every last you might eventually buy. Write down the results so you don't have to remember. Buy something from that store. Then, buy what know fits.
 

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Good advice! The problem is that here, in Europe, is very difficult to try Alden´s different lasts, because we have not Alden´s shops. I have the same problem. I know that Leydon 9,5 D the fit is good (perhaps a very little large, but the fit is perfect), and now i have a chance to get a Leydon 9 E and i am not sure... Believe me, its very hard to be an Alden fan in Europe. Too much risk ;-)
 

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Good advice! The problem is that here, in Europe, is very difficult to try Alden´s different lasts, because we have not Alden´s shops. I have the same problem. I know that Leydon 9,5 D the fit is good (perhaps a very little large, but the fit is perfect), and now i have a chance to get a Leydon 9 E and i am not sure... Believe me, its very hard to be an Alden fan in Europe. Too much risk ;-)
Many of us in the states have the same problem. I'm in Pittsburgh and don't have the luxury of an Alden shop to assist with getting the sizing right. While I don't have much Leydon experience, generally for me going down 1/2 size in length and up in width works fine. The scenario you quoted was much different than that.
 

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my forum friends. May your turkey be hot, your cranberries be tart and your shoes be old and shiny.

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It didn't work well on my side
A recent cigar tassel loafer after few days of intensive sunshine becoming more reddish.
Seems like modern cigar is color 8 that’s been colored brown over the top. Sometimes there are panels that miss the paint. Anybody tried using brown cordovan cream over 8?
 
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