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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. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Why do people like these again?
    I always had the feeling this would be like the MC section getting wet and creating threads over Hugo Boss or Thomas Pink...


    The finishing is terrific, the construction is top notch for the pricepoint, and, combined with the good lasts, these are nice boots. Giorgio Armani said that American's make the best casual footwear. I am inclined to agree.
     
  2. bdeuce22

    bdeuce22 Senior member

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    The finishing is terrific, the construction is top notch for the pricepoint, and, combined with the good lasts, these are nice boots. Giorgio Armani said that American's make the best casual footwear. I am inclined to agree.
    i concur. Chukka in Black Shell [​IMG] Chukka in Cigar Shell [​IMG] AF84 [​IMG] These are on order [​IMG]
     
  3. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Senior member

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    The finishing is terrific, the construction is top notch for the pricepoint, and, combined with the good lasts, these are nice boots. Giorgio Armani said that American's make the best casual footwear. I am inclined to agree.

    Thank you for the answer.
     
  4. robin

    robin Senior member

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    Giorgio Armani said that American's make the best casual footwear. I am inclined to agree.
    I'd agree also. Besides my Quoddy's, all of my casual footwear is from Alden. They fall short in dressier shoes though, if you prefer the lasts of their European competitors.
     
  5. Johnny_5

    Johnny_5 Senior member

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    Robin, I'm curious how you wear them casually. Do you have any pics? I'm assuming it is a EG/workwear aesthetic but I could be wrong....
     
  6. JonB27

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    Here are my AF53, like others have said for this particular last go down a 1/2 size

    [​IMG]
     
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    JonB27 Senior member

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    Jet, your mailbox is full so couldn't respond to your pm..... If you email Adam over at Alden of Carmel with any sizing questions he is extremely helpful.
     
  8. jet

    jet Senior member

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    Ya I just realized that, deleted a bunch of messages but my mailbox is still full Fok??????

    What size are yours in the pic?
     
  9. JonB27

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    Alden trubalance I wear an 8, my AE's I wear an 8 1/2
     
  10. dusty

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    I actually didn't size down on the Trubalance. I've tried on both normal and sized down and I could go either way.
     
  11. Dewey

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    Trubalance and Barrie are round-toe lasts. Compared to the Tru-b, the Barrie is huger all around the front, but not so much at the ankle; in my experience the fit at the ankle is the same on both.

    The Park Avenue is not a good AE to translate to the Trubalance or Barrie because the last shape is so different. The Park Avenue size would be a better benchmark for an Aberdeen-last Alden dress shoe. Both are long and narrow without a lot of toe room.

    I like the Clark's Desert Boot because I get a great fit from them. They are round-toed as well. Round like the Barrie and the Trubalance. I need the extra toe room because I have long toes. I have trouble getting a good fit in a shoe that does not have a lot of toe room. There's no size of the Park Avenue that fits me well.

    My Clark's Desert Boot size (10D) is the same as my Barrie size (10D) and my Trubalance size (10D). If the Clark's fit you real well, that might be your size in an Alden Barrie boot or Trubalance boot. As always, your mileage will vary; I hesitate to post this kind of information and it should not be read as any kind of guarantee or as any kind of professional wisdom. I do so because it's better than "size down 1/2," which is nonsense. 1/2 from what? Even the Brannock is not a good universal benchmark. It's better to compare the fit of the shoe to another shoe with a similar shape. If anyone knows of a better comp than the Clark's original DB, I'd like to hear about it. Likewise does anyone with Alden boots and DBs wear them in different sizes?
     
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    ^

    i've got a pair clark's DBs in beeswax in an 8.5 and my aldens are 8s, but i probably could (should) have sized down in the clark's
     
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    ^^ I agree with this (Dewey) sizing assessment for the most part. I wear a 9 in the DBs but they are slightly more snug in the toe than my Alden Indy's (trubalance) which are also a size 9C (started out with a 8.5D but these were just a little too small). I do have a pair of Aldens on the Barrie last but they are 8.5D. Might have worked a little better as a 9C but they are pretty spot on as is because the toe has more room than the Indy toe. Take note, the foot bed of the trubalance and the barrie is somewhat different and this may have played a factor when I was sizing. Be prepared for that. I'd say I'm typically in between a 9 and 9.5 but closer to a 9.5 in most shoes. Welcome to the club.
     
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    These are all from Leather Soul Hawaii.

    Leydon last. I got my normal size.
    [​IMG]

    Snuff suede Indy.
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    Cordovan Indy.
    [​IMG]

    Black cordovan Indy.
    [​IMG]
     
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    from leathersoulhawaii I presume? What's the wait on them? so beautiful [​IMG]

    These are on order
    [​IMG]
     
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    I actually didn't size down on the Trubalance. I've tried on both normal and sized down and I could go either way.

    I don't want to confuse too many people out there, but my experience was the same as dusty's. I am an 8 D in plaza, grant, and leydon lasts, and after trying on a few pairs of Alden Indys on the Tru-balance last, I stuck with an 8 D.

    I'd highly recommend that if you are not quite sure of your size, try them on in person OR order two pairs in 0.5 size difference or width difference and keep the one that fits you best or return both if they both feel off and try again. Of course this is assuming hassle free returns (which most Alden dealers should allow provided the shoes aren't worn). If you buy Aldens with the mindset that they will be with you for 15+ years, the extra treks to and from the post office in the beginning is well worth it. There's nothing more bittersweet than getting that perfect pair of boots but not wearing them due to comfort issues.
     
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    Alden chukkas=next shoe purchase. I always wistfully put them back on the shelf at Sky Valet.
     
  18. bdeuce22

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    from leathersoulhawaii I presume? What's the wait on them? so beautiful [​IMG]

    Yes from leathersoul.

    Tom is taking pre-orders I think, expected delivery in February or March.
     
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    The medallion is really off on these. I mean really off

    [​IMG]
     
  20. drizzt3117

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    GS, you have the Alden longwing boots and PS Sundance boots also right? How would you compare the fit?
     
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