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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. sixsails

    sixsails Senior member

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    Does anyone who owns the Context Tanker want to share some thoughts?
     


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    I have a pair and love them. Great boot that has broken in really nicely over the 6 months that I have had it. It has probably seen about 40% wear during that time. I think I have some pictures in this thread somewhere but can try to post some current ones sometime if you would like.
     


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    Slide,

    Do you have another pair of black calfskin Alden shoes? If so, how does the upper compare? I am trying to find out the so-called "Novo" calfskin is any better from the regular calfskin used by Alden most of which, as far as I know, come from Europe. As a side note I don't think that the Context Tanker boots' leather come from Horween because if it came from there, that would have been definitely stated in the description of the boots. For instance it is explicitly indicated in the description of the Roy boots also sold by Context that the leather comes from Horween.
     


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    Nope, sorry. Only Aldens I have are the Context Tanker and my Indy boots. I like the leather a lot but don't have much similar to compare it to.
     


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    Speaking of Context, who has some Roy Boots? I'd like to hear more about them. I wonder how they compare in looks and durability to the chromexcel indys.
     


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    if im a size 12 in the Barrie last what would i be in say the Aberdeen or plaza?
    You should be a 12.5. Whomever you choose to buy from should be able to give you a good answer based on the fact that you know your size in the Barrie last.

    For instance Tom from Leather Soul has correctly sized shoes for me based on my fit in other Alden lasts.
     


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    Does anyone know if the cordovan PTBs will loosen up a bit in the toe area?

    The 10D fits perfectly in the heel but the toe is a bit snug. If I go up to the 10E, the toe is fine but the heel slips.
     


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    ^they should a little bit
     


  11. KitAkira

    KitAkira Wait! Wait! I gots an opinion!

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    Does anyone know if the cordovan PTBs will loosen up a bit in the toe area? The 10D fits perfectly in the heel but the toe is a bit snug. If I go up to the 10E, the toe is fine but the heel slips.
    The toe will, in most cases, stretch a bit and conform to your fit. The heel slip, if not fixed with an insole or whatever, will cause blisters and wear through your socks a lot faster
     


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    Does anyone know if the cordovan PTBs will loosen up a bit in the toe area?

    The 10D fits perfectly in the heel but the toe is a bit snug.


    FWIW, I'm dealing with a similar problem with a pair of shell indys in 9D. Everything feels great except for some light but persistant rubbing on the edge of my small outer toe. After about 20 wears, it still hasn't gone away. I've been told that a 9E would probably be too big (the whole volume of the boot increases, not just the relative width) and that if these 9D's don't work out I may need to try either an 8.5EE or a 9.5C. Neither of those options seem attractive, as they would most likely require special ordering.

    I'm holding out hope (though not my breath) that either the footbed sinks or the leather stretches to give me the millimeter of extra space i need there for a close but comfortable fit. Otherwise it's back to the drawing board.
     


  13. LeatherSOUL

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    FWIW, I'm dealing with a similar problem with a pair of shell indys in 9D. Everything feels great except for some light but persistant rubbing on the edge of my small outer toe. After about 20 wears, it still hasn't gone away. I've been told that a 9E would probably be too big (the whole volume of the boot increases, not just the relative width) and that if these 9D's don't work out I may need to try either an 8EE or a 9.5C. Neither of those options seem attractive, as they would most likely require special ordering.

    I'm holding out hope (though not my breath) that either the footbed sinks or the leather stretches to give me the millimeter of extra space i need there for a close but comfortable fit. Otherwise it's back to the drawing board.


    8.5EE, not 8EE!
     


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    Oh yeah, thanks Tom. I meant 8.5EE (correction made)
     


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    buy this product:

    http://www.drscholls.com/drscholls/p...p&searchArg=84

    cut it up into 1 cm squares and stick it on your little toe while you are breaking in the shoes. It should stop the rubbing and help make your toes feel better. Hopefully the cordovan will stretch just a little bit after a number of wears so that eventually you can go without the product. But I can't guarantee that.
     


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