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***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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    A 7C on the Barrie fits me loosely, while a 7.5B is my correct Hampton size. If you're not particular about fit it might work for you, but I would suggest not.
     
  2. AldenLuver

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    So simple yet fantastic. I've been considering the color 8 PTB as my go-to pair. Need to pick up a pair.



     
  3. seer

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    You know growing up in a neighborhood of Italian men from the old country the PTB is pretty much all they would wear. There was a wingtip here or there, but these plain toes were standard. I remember thinking how old fashion, how stodgy. But as I grow older I’m coming to love the lines and simplicity of these shoes. They have a quiet elegance.
     
  4. patrick_b

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    I live 3+ hrs away and think it's a manageable distance and a worthwhile trip every now and again :) CT had been part of my sales territory for 5+ yrs until just recetntly so it made it easy to swing by every couple of months. Nowadays, I only get as close as Springfield, MA and that's rare. I know what you mean about the benefit of *not* living closer...I'd go broke!
     
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  5. wj4

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    Thank you. The suede PTBs were Irregulars. For $300, I can't complain. I think I am done with Aldens for a great while, unless I can get the legendary #4. Now time to work on C&J and Carmina!
     
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  7. P. Bateman

    P. Bateman Senior member

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    Alden SF has ptbs in natural chromexcel. So sweet
     
  8. seer

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    Good - you trapped him, now call the exterminator! ; )
     
  9. FrankCowperwood

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    Well, looking at the B&S listings in your signature, it seems you might be a Barrie 10. Don't mean to cost you any money, but AoC has a pair of whiskey longwings listed on its irregulars page in that size. I've found Adam's standards to be very high.
     
  10. localman

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    Sorry for the delayed response.

    I sized down a half size and they fit me perfect. I also own the J. Crew Indy's which I also sized down a half size with. Those are a bit more roomy but fit good as well. Also for more pics you can check my profile there are a few more.

    As a side note I really can't say enough good things about J. Crew's customer service. I received a pair of the cap toes as a gift and after slightly less than 2 months the speed hooks started tearing through the leather. After getting the order number they sent out a replacement pair immediately, then upon receiving those and seeing some textural abnormality on the toe of one of the boots they sent out another pair; unfortunately with some scratches that were deeper than the finish of the boot, so after contacting them again they are now sending out another pair overnight and hand checking them to make sure they are blemish free.

    All that without having to plead or beg or anything like that. Just stated the facts and they were happy to help. Naturally these ones will be hand checked and chock full of scratches and they will pull a 180 on me and not accept an exchange, but I'm hoping not.

    Just wanted to share that for anyone that has a pair of J. Crew boots and may be experiencing some problems.



    Great thanks for the reply!
     
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  11. P. Bateman

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    Bit the bullet and just ordered these.

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  12. localman

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    J. Crew Cap Toe again.
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  13. Moss

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    Is that first chukka the unlined in snuff?
     
  14. Soylent Green

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    For all you Alden cordovan chukka owners (Barrie last), during the break in period, could any of you feel the stitches on the outside of your feet (midfoot) during the break in? I have two pair and they both rub my foot in the same place. I don't think it's a width issue, but a protruding stitch, and it's been my assumption that it would wear off after a while. Just curious about others' experience.

    Relatedly, do any of you wear a barrie lasted chukka in a different size from a barrie lasted plan toe blucher?
     
  15. CTYGGG

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    The shell chukka can be a tough fit until you have your correct size dialed in. Does your foot slide in easily with the shoe horn or is it a tight squeeze? The vamp on the chukka can be on the low side for people with high arches. I hope the problem resolves itself or on the next purchase you may need to go up a width.
     
  16. seer

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    Yep, except I have a pair of calfskin chukkas in barrie last with the same issue. It's getting less as I wear them.
     
  17. Joenobody0

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    Good point on the low vamp. That leads to the third horizontal crease up in the middle of the vamp that you often see on broken in Barrie chukkas. Mine has it and it presses on my foot in an uncomfortable way.
     
  18. herrmj

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    So I ordered a 12.5 C 986 from Alden SF online. It gets here, and feels a bit too wide. I call up the store, ask if they have a B width in stock, and they offer to ship it out to me at no extra charge. All they asked is that I return the pair that doesn't fit promptly. Holy customer service batman!
     
  19. Alcibiades

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    Thanks... I will investigate
     
  20. FrankCowperwood

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    Glad to hear you've had a good experience with J Crew and the boots look great in your photos. Enjoy wearing them. On the other hand, one does wonder whether this very lenient return policy isn't at least partially responsible for the quality control issues people seem to experience with J Crew in particular. I envision a conveyor belt of returns and reshippings to different customers until someone keeps them. Just a thought.
     
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