***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. stevent

    stevent Senior member

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    Yeah there have been quite a few #8 longwings in the 10-11 range
     
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    Not trying to belabor my issue, but after wearing the 9D on several occasions, it feels excessively roomy and a sloppy fit, even with thick wool socks. I now have an 8.5D in the house (which I've been very careful with not to crease or scuff so I don't end up with 2 Indy's that don't fit and I can't return) and it feels pretty good, especially in the heel, but is somewhat tight at the widest part of my foot. Wish I had an 8.5E, but I fear that would end up too wide in the heel. Does anyone else go a full size down for the Indy/Trubalance? For those that have had experience with this, can I expect the leather to give at all so its not putting pressure, and eventually causing pain, on the outside of my foot? Although I have reason to believe the leather will stretch, I am also wondering if the solid construction of the boot at the welt will prevent it from giving me a bit more room at the ball of my foot.

    Thanks.
     
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    God I want these so bad too...unfortunately I need a B width in a Barrie LWB, so I'm also out of luck unless someone decides to offer a pre-order.

    EDIT - Just e-mailed Leffot about the possibility of doing a pre-order for odd sizes on this when their next restock comes around. I'm not going to hold my breath because it's probably a slim chance, but I'll let you know if I hear back with any news.
     
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    Here's the thing (that I've found) with the Trubalance last. Seem 'generally' one needs to size down one whole size. They are a big roomy last - but as they are handmade (finished) this can't in alway be a 'given'. Like you are experiencing maybe only a half size would have made a difference ? Apparently there is only 4mm (quarter of an inch) between whole sizes anyways! So I'm not sure what that means for half sizes. Could that be 2mm (one eighth)? and again, thats saying everything is prefect out of the factory (not sure thats the case).
    Regarding the uppers to stretch and meet at the laces tie point - not sure that can happen to the extent of that gap shown in your picture - surely that would mean a huge gusset of leather would appear at the base of where laces end. As for the rest of the boot 'giving' in areas - I wouldn't expect hugely due to the thickness of the leather but should still 'give' a little over the breaking period - most leather does.
     
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    If the 8.5 feels tight at all, I would not go for that one. Once you get out in the wilderness hiking (or just the wilds of the city streets), your feet will likely swell a bit while walking throughout the course of the day and the Indys would only feel tighter.
     
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    phototristan Senior member

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    I concur. I got mine on Amazon:

    http://goo.gl/FT1bT

    They look a bit hideous but when it's totally storming out, they do offer good protection.

    [​IMG]
     
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    x2. doc maybe post pics of how it is now?
     
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    Mediahound rises a very good point here - feet during the day alter size! Depending on activity, let alone 'travelling' and aircraft travel.
    Its worth considering when 'sizing' shoes.
     
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    Leffot stocks some Alden shoes on narrower lasts (like Leydon, Aberdeen) in E. I am wearing 10E Aberdeen tassel loafers right now from them They also stock some Indy boots in E. I've talked to Steven about this, he plans on ordering more E widths in general in Aldens, so expect more of the shoes to be released in E.
     
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    I love navy shoes, and these are objectively cool shoes, but...

    Is it just me, or is the broguing on Alden's navy suede shoes just too hard to see? I thought about trying to get the Leather Soul shortwings and the same issue caused me pause. Can any owners of these shoes comment? Maybe they look different in person / in natural light
     
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    stevent Senior member

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    It's the standard woodlore ones, I have a bunch
     
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    ^^ just picked up 3 shoe trees =)
     
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    oh cool ... thats the same brand as the ones at nordstrom rack for 19.90 but i guess the ones at the rack are the combo, while these are the full version?

    i have a bunch from the rack
     
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    I have e-mailed about doing pre-orders with Leffot also and they are helpful if they can have the shoe made. They got me a 5.5E in the #8 LWB with antique edge and if they do an order for their navy tassel loafers, they will let me get my size. Colin is very helpful.
     
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