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

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  1. quicksilverXP

    quicksilverXP Active Member

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    Hey guys,

    Just purchased those Jcrew Plain Toe boots in tan with 25% off in a size 8. These are my first Aldens... although I tried on a pair of Alden Indy's and a pair of Bucks on the barrie last, both in size 8.5, and both were really long and roomy in the toe. I figure an 8 would work well considering the half size down rule. I wear a size 8 in Red Wing Iron Rangers and Wolverine 1000 Miles.

    Can anyone tell me if an 8 would work in these plain toes as well? It's yet to ship, so maybe I have a chance to exchange it for an 8.5 if need be.

    Thanks.
     


  2. tonio028

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    Sounds like they should. I wear an 8D in Indy's on the Barrie last and own these plain toe's in an 8D and fit is spot on for both dressier socks and thicker socks.
     


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  4. Ahab

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    I wear my #8 cap toe with jeans all the time.
     
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    zissou Senior member

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    Come on, rub it in a little more :(

    Seriously, though, I'd rather have them without speed laces.
     
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    rosenkruez Senior member

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    People w J crew Plain toe boots,
    Do any of you have any issue with the sharp leather on the ankle part? Indy or other boots seem to have another layer of leather sewn on top of the lining leather but these don't and they are bit of pain, literally.
    I know they look good but I'm debating whether I should keep these. On top of the ankle issue, I'm not a big fan of leather soles so I'd have to put another outsole on the front. (traction issues)
    And recent purchase of Indy on top of this pair adds up to a lot of money...
     


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    poena Senior member

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    i've never tried on Aldens. Could someone give me a little guidance on what sizing I should try so next time i can jump on the jcrew sale?

    For reference my AE strands are a 8EEE. What would I need in an Indy boot?

    Thanks
     


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    it's Ravello, probably on Grant last, picked them off ebay
     


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    Good chance Crew won't have the width you need. Check out an Alden retailer and get properly fitted to be sure
     


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    I am ggrowing to hate Alden speed lacing more every day. [​IMG] If I did not already own a pair of Ultimate Indy's I would urge Tom to do a makeup without speed lacing. I think the commando sole and non-speed lacing would separate him from J Crew and all of the other Johnny Come Lately retailers. I am tempted to contact Johnny Come Lately and get pricing for a better speed lacing system or having eyelets installed. My advice with Alden's is to wait for exactly what you want. Do not settle as the makeup you want should come up soon enough.

    Also and update on the Kiwi laces: Indestructible but come untied all the time. I need a thinner nylon lace.
     


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    I own a pair of AE Strands, and it's a pretty narrow last compared to the barrie-lasted Aldens you are likely to find at J Crew...there's a chance you may be able to squeeze into an 8D to get the width you need, but the shoe may be too long.

    I see you live in Baltimore - go check out Samuel Parker Clothiers and try some on...the owner there is a good guy and will help you out with sizing.
     


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    yeah how much is it to replace speed lacing with eyelets? price is prob not the issue but waiting for alden to send them back :(
     


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    ^ Yes, they will. Last I checked they charge $12 per eyelet, so a typical Alden boot with speed hooks would cost $96 plus shipping (that's $12 x 8 eyelets).

    N.B. that I have not done this nor seen the results. If anyone has had this done, it would be useful to see what the finished boot looks like. But if I would trust anyone to do this, it would be B. Nelson.

    EDIT: Ahab I actually think Alden will do it if they are already repairing the lacing system on the boot.
     
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    It looks like the rivets for the speed laces sit farther from the edge of the leather than the eyelets do, so it might look a little funny.
     


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