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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. Arizor

    Arizor Senior member

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    Breathtaking. I need a pair.

    When I last contacted Tassel's they mentioned they were getting more in the middle of the year.

    I'm visiting Hong Kong in June for work so hopefully I can grab some whilst there [​IMG].
     
  2. winston

    winston Senior member

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    When I last contacted Tassel's they mentioned they were getting more in the middle of the year.

    I'm visiting Hong Kong in June for work so hopefully I can grab some whilst there [​IMG].


    Do you know how much they were going for?
     
  3. interlockingny

    interlockingny Senior member

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    Leydon last runs narrow, correct? So a 10D foot would need a 10E, as a rule of thumb?
     
  4. Arizor

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    Do you know how much they were going for?

    $650 as far as I know.
     
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    Leydon last runs narrow, correct? So a 10D foot would need a 10E, as a rule of thumb?

    Correct but not narrow enough to go to a 10E as a general rule.
     
  6. Arizor

    Arizor Senior member

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    Correct but not narrow enough to go to a 10E as a general rule.

    This man speaks the truth.

    I have plaza boots in 10D, and leydon boots in 9.5E, and the leydon are roomier.
     
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    Yes, $650. But I remember reading on here that the import / tax / shipping fees to the states combined for a huge ($150?) upcharge.

    $650 as far as I know.
     
  8. Arizor

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    Yes, $650. But I remember reading on here that the import / tax / shipping fees to the states combined for a huge ($150?) upcharge.

    Holy shit, well I live in England so I'm guessing the fees will be about the same. Thank God I'm going to Hong Kong!
     
  9. makewayhomer

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    Yes, $650. But I remember reading on here that the import / tax / shipping fees to the states combined for a huge ($150?) upcharge.

    nothing like importing shoes from HK that were made 30 miles away!
     
  10. ss10guy3

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    **Alden's in Irvine***

    Gary's at Fashion Island carries Alden. They don't have much of a selection boot wise, but they will measure your foot and let you try different lasts--they are friendly and charge nothing for this.
     
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    Holy shit, well I live in England so I'm guessing the fees will be about the same. Thank God I'm going to Hong Kong!

    Probably. In my experience HM customs doesn't convert dollars to pounds, and taxes the dollar amount as if it were sterling, and then Parcelforce charges £8 just to mark it paid and deliver it to you.
     
  12. enigma77

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    I think I've been seduced into splurging on my first pair of Aldens. But I'm a bit confused about how to figure out my size. I hear all this talk of different lasts and apparently for some lasts I need to size down from my ordinary size (10.5). But most websites don't list the last that of the shoe being sold. Ought I to just order a pair and see if they fit? What's the return etiquette on $500+ shoes? Considering that these shoes are obscenely expensive (I've never bought shoes over about $125 before), I'm a bit nervous about ordering them online.

    Alternatively, I suppose I could attempt trying some on in person, but I don't know where they're sold near me (I live in Irvine, CA).

    Any Alden groupies have recommendations?


    Shoemart (theshoemart.com) carries many Alden shoes and lists which shoe is on 0which last (their last listings are usually accurate). Order a few sizes in the shoe you want to size yourself in that last. They also have a 365-day return policy -- as long as the shoe is in pristine condition and is in the original, undamaged box, of course. I've returned $600+ pairs of shoes to them before and it's been no problem. The people there are very nice. They also have free domestic ground shipping.

    Maybe go to a decent shoe store and get your foot measured on a brannock device to get your true size and width.

    From there you can check - http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index.cfm/fitting.htm for some ideas on how the different lasts will fit you.

    Most of the Alden stockists mentioned in this thread would be more than willing to work with you on getting the right size.


    This is also a good idea. If you can find a good Alden stockist near you, they'll be able to help you out. The trick, of course, is finding one that isn't going to push you to buy the shoes after you've tried on 5 pairs. But if you're ready to buy, then go ahead. Make sure you're aware of Alden's full line by visiting their site, Alden of Carmel's site, Shoemart's site, and others, because if a store doesn't have the shoe you want and another place does, try ordering from them.

    I also usually wear a 10.5 (a 10.5D specifically) and I can tell you that my sizes are:

    Trubalance Last (Indys and boots only, I think): 10D
    Hampton Last: 9.5D
    Tremont Last: 8.5D*

    *Seriously; this 8.5D is a pair of shell cordovan bal wing tips, though, and they've stretched some, as cordovan does; I'm generally an advocate of buying cordovan a half size small if you're between half sizes, as it tends to stretch and flex more than calfskin leather with wear)
     
  13. Ahab

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    Alden Snuff Suede Plain Toe boot, crepe soul with Wolf Vs. Goat Espresso Chino.

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    Are those from Leather Soul? I thought the ones Tom had were a leather soul not crepe.
     
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    Thanks to everyone who has given me advice. Sometime in the next week or so I'll carefully measure my foot and then investigate alternatives. What I think I really want is some sort of longwing, but I'm not sure I have the stomach to make the jump immediately into $650 shell cordovan.

    **Alden's in Irvine***

    Gary's at Fashion Island carries Alden. They don't have much of a selection boot wise, but they will measure your foot and let you try different lasts--they are friendly and charge nothing for this.


    Thanks for letting me know that Gary's carries Alden. I've never been there, but seeing as how fashion island is like 1.5 miles from my house I might stop by. The only thing stopping me is fear of the awkwardness of trying on a handful of super expensive shoes and then booking it so that I can order something more awesome from the internet.
     
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    The only thing stopping me is fear of the awkwardness of trying on a handful of super expensive shoes and then booking it so that I can order something more awesome from the internet.

    I also feel uncomfortable doing this (though I've done it in the past). What's the etiquette on trying on stuff at a store with zero intent to buy because it always makes me feel like a jerk.
     
  17. MS007

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    xpost from ebay-finds. There are a couple of new size 9 1/2 EE 405s on ebay for 250$ right now!
     
  18. Ahab

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    Are those from Leather Soul? I thought the ones Tom had were a leather soul not crepe.

    No, these are seconds from TheShoeMart.

    I also feel uncomfortable doing this (though I've done it in the past). What's the etiquette on trying on stuff at a store with zero intent to buy because it always makes me feel like a jerk.

    I think it's a DB move, especially for a boutique store. To correct this I would find a standard model that I want that they have and get fitted for a few lasts and get the one I wanted.

    You should not be trying on cordovan unless you are looking to buy IMHO.
     
  19. hooker4186

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    You should not be trying on cordovan unless you are looking to buy IMHO.
    Interesting you say that - the one time I was fitted was not at a boutique shop, I asked the rep if I could be sized on a shoe on the Barrie last expecting him to grab a lower-end design and the he instead picked up a pair of cordovan PTBs for me to try on, which surprised me a bit as I wasn't totally comfortable trying on a $600+ pair of shoes I knew I couldn't afford. I would definitely go back to them for a standard model, as I'd prefer to support a local business over an internet shop, but I was getting sized for a collab.
     
  20. Ahab

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    Interesting you say that - the one time I was fitted was not at a boutique shop, I asked the rep if I could be sized on a shoe on the Barrie last expecting him to grab a lower-end design and the he instead picked up a pair of cordovan PTBs for me to try on, which surprised me a bit as I wasn't totally comfortable trying on a $600+ pair of shoes I knew I couldn't afford.

    I would definitely go back to them for a standard model, as I'd prefer to support a local business over an internet shop, but I was getting sized for a collab.

    Grabbing the cordovan was his choice so that is on him. I understand the want to get sized so that you can get collabs offered by stores you cannot visit. The good thing is once you know your sizes on the various lasts you can do that more readily.
     
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