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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. kram6136

    kram6136 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I was a bit afraid of the LWB and the PTB being too similar if both are in #8. So the AF53 #8 boot might be better. The only thing that worries me with that is the Tru-balance last. I've already got two Indy boots on that last, and I wonder if it might look too wide in plain toe shell.
     
  2. SuitedDx

    SuitedDx Senior member

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    J. Gilbert has a plain toe #8 in the Plaza which has a different profile ('sleeker') profile than the TruBalance.
     
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    maiden voyage... Alden x Leffot LWB Color 8 w/ antique edge trim.
     
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    sahbryant Senior member

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    i picked up the cigar bal from shoe mart - i'm concerned with the way the welt appears near the heel - does not flow seamlessly - is this a defect?

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    Not really a defect, it's just Alden does not always cleanly cut the welt to the point that it is flush. I am still amazed at how nicely the welts are done on my Tricker's country boots compared to those of Alden's. However, the latter has the advantage of shell.
     
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    The sun came out today so I had to capture my #8 monks..

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  8. kram6136

    kram6136 Well-Known Member

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    They do look nice in the photos. I've never tried on anything on the Plaza last, so I'm not sure of the size though. Safe to assume that if 8.5D fits well in Tru-balance and Barrie, I'd need a 9D in Plaza?
     
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    commodorewheeler Senior member

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    No, this is normal for Aldens. The transition to a closed heel welt is pretty rough on every closed-heel Alden I've ever owned. That's part of the reason I prefer their 360 degree welts, not to mention that I just think their last shapes generally go better with a welt all the way around.


    That is correct. I wear an 8.5D in Barrie (though an 8D in Trubalance- that last is just really wide in the heel for me), and I wear 9D in Plaza.
     
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  10. kram6136

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    Thanks, great! I should try to get on the preorder list for the May/June delivery. The Plaza last #8 boots do look very elegant in the toe box.
     
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    Good stuff.
     
  13. Costa

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    I have a question that has been perplexing me for about 2 months. I have a pair of Alden Shell Chukka's I bought at the Tannery in Boston. I went there to try them on. I usually take an 11, tried on the 10.5's (knew from reading here to size down 1/2 size). When I tried on the 10.5's, I was swimming in them, they had no 10's, so I took a leap of faith and had them send me a pair of 10's to my home. They fit like a charm. Fantastic, been wearing since last fall.

    Fast forward to a few months ago, and I decided that I would buy a pair of cap toe shell boots from J Crew via online. Chukka's are Barrie last, as are these Cap toes. Received them, did the Mac rug method for a few hours every week to make sure. Just was not sure, they felt tight, but the tipping point for me was the Barrie last Chukka's that fit so well.

    Long story short, they don't fit, they are just too small in the toe box. I have worn them about 5 times (mostly shorter days in the office, to break them in), and I need to part with them. Its breaking my heart, I love these shoes.

    I thought when a last fit, you go with it. I do it with AE's, and its worked perfect. I am determined to get a pair of these boots, but know I don't know which way to go size-wise. I'm afraid that the 10.5's will be too big, and at over $600 a whack, this could get costly.

    Can anyone shed any light on why these two shoes on the same last do not fit the same? I know there are a lot of talk about the Barrie last, but the Chukka's fit great on that last. Why do the Barrie lasted Chukka's fit? I just need some input before I dive back in.

    Also, if anyone is interested, I need to part with these. Less than half ($300) a good starting point? Came with bags as well. I don't really buy or sell here, mainly just read. Again, thanks for any/all input!

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    Alden x Leather Soul * 2
    (shell #8 on left, shell black on the right)

    (And for posterity, I wear a 10.5 in chucks, and I wear a 10.5 in these, the truebalance last)
     
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    Awesome. Those are the Jumpers no? I'm hoping to get a captoe color 8 for my next pair. Just deciding on either the grant 4060 or the J.Crew on barrie.
     
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    beautiful shoes!
     
  17. CTYGGG

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    Thanks! You can never go wrong with cigar it's a versatile color.
     
  18. CTYGGG

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    Great looking LWB, enjoy wearing them.
     
  19. MiniW

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    if I were in your position, I would also consider the possibility of a captoe boot on barrie (something like the J Crew jumper boots, or the Unionmade Kirkwood boot with commando sole), OR the classic 1339 shell chukka in #8 (though from personal experience I found the shell chukka to be a bit blobby compared to lace up boots in the same last and size). in any case you have a great collection already so don't rush to get anything that is not 100% what you want.
     
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    kram6136 Well-Known Member

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    Great advice (not to rush if not 100%), thanks! Cap toe boots look great, but I have always had painful experiences with cap toes. I've tried many brands and sizes, but always wind up with pain on my instep or on top of my big toe knuckle where the cap ends. I've given up on them.
     
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