***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    I probably would have gone down a width instead of down a half size. The Aberdeen last is too cramped in the toe box for me to contemplate dropping a half size.

    I'm not sure about the heel slip, but it sounds like you might want to give a narrower width a shot assuming you haven't worn them yet.

    Also, you're experience supports my feeling that shell shoes fit about a half width larger than the same shoe in a different material.
     
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    I am afraid that I won't have enough room in the toe if I do that. The polo tassels don't have that problem although they are much rougher and will probably take a minute to break in. They also don't fit me as well as the alden tassels but I can live with that.
     


  3. Joenobody0

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    I'm sorry to hear that. I find the Aberdeen last to be an odd combination of a narrow toe box and a wide heel. I haven't been able to try enough sizes to get it dialed in.

    The RL tassel looks really nice, but I couldn't imagine trying to break in that sole with a slip on. I've worm my Giffords 20 times and the sole is still extremely stiff.
     


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    Shell boots are still boots. It just depends how you want them to look. If anything they should hold up better than cow leather in adverse conditions. I personally think all shell boots look better beat up. I wear mine on my motorcycle every day (different pairs). Banging around against the road and gear shifter scuffs them up pretty fast. Its probably harder on them than hiking but they still look great to me. The best part about shell is that you can brush out all kinds of damage with just a horsehair brush. If I want to dress up my color 8 cap-toes, I just brush them out. I usually don't even bother cause I like the way they look normally.
     


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    Namor, those tobacco chamois indys look pretty rough. The commando sole looks great though. Shell probably would have maintained its appearance better in the same situation. I can understand your hesitation in using them for hiking though.
     


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    I own these as well and going off sizing charts, much more resemble the barrie last than the plaza.

    Aslo, I just put my J.Crew Indys up for sell on eBay if anyone is interested.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...8&ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123#ht_500wt_1236
     


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    Here's the seller's direct quote: "These are Alden's Plaza last, which is known very close fit to standard U.S sizes. (We confirmed with Alden that J. Crew website is incorrect by stating these are Barrie last. And most other eBay sellers would never tell you this)."

    Maybe "most other eBay sellers would never tell you this" because it's not true! Ha!
     
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    Pics of said boots!
     


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    Yes, pics of motorcycle beat up aldens! Because I've got 3 pair I'm eyeing and I ride, too. I want to see what I can look forward to! :D
     


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    I'm sure I'll get crucified for this, but the seconds from The Shoe Mart are simply just overstock or do they usually have a defect? Is there a reason they don't list the last & product info? How do you guys usually know exactly what it is when you order?

    I'm contemplating what my first Aldens should be (thinking Short/Long wing #8 Shells) and although the Barrie is so highly talked about I have a narrow foot so I'd prefer the Leydon or Grant last.
     


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    I think it's important to look good in case you run into any hot hillbilly chicks. If it comes down to the dude wearing sandals with socks or the smart fellow sporting shell cordo Indys...come on. You're in like Flynn.
     


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    The seconds are factory irregulars, and they do list the lasts in the emails they send out (although they're not always correct). They all have some sort of defect, sometimes very noticable, sometimes not. You basically have to buy them sight-unseen and hope for the best. On some occasions I've spoken with someone on the phone who will actually pull the shoes and explain the defect. However, I wouldn't expect this sort of treatment. The way I look at it, I'm purchasing something I know to be defective. If the person on the other end of the phone wants to do me a favor by checking them out, great. If not, I'm willing to deal with some possible inconvenience and minimal return shipping costs.
     
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