***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. AML225

    AML225 Senior member

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    That cigar/aged whiskey color looks identical to my new Ravello LWBs.

    Jokes on us, all the rare shells are actually one color! ;-)

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  2. Papa Doble

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    What portion of the shipping did you have to pay for in the end? From their website, it sounds like they ship for free, but if you need to return, you might have to pay initial and return shipping.
     


  3. mr chorizo

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    LS black short wings en route....we shall see how this goes!

    not to beat a dead horse, but this is my first time ordering from LS and they are stand up guys.
     


  4. WhoKnewI

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    agreed. to be honest, the alden last/sizing chart isnt that accurate, and I'd suggest most people try on the shoes before buying them (I know that's not always possible, but whatever.) But leydon is actually an incredibly narrow last, and i take true to size and go up half a width in the chukkas.
     
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    +1. Anybody have experience with the Van last? Specifically a Van lasted loafer. Thinking of grabbing a pair of cordovan loafers.
     


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    0waterbouys Senior member

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    Thanks Mac, I'll be sure to use the method religiously.
     


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    Thanks for the responses. Do you consider the Leydon narrower through the vamp and toe box than the Aberdeen?
     


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    same ol, cigar beale 5 eyed dover
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    Dbc0919 Senior member

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    Alden of DC Ravello LWB's out of the box in May . . . .
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    And today, freshly Mac'd after a few wears . . . .
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    Beautiful!

    Still cannot believe how dark that is. Pushing cigar... at least compared to mine.

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    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    What would you like to know?

    It all depends on the characteristics of your feet. I am a slim guy with boney feet, so true-to-size the heel had a bit too much volume. A chubbier fellow with fatty feet might not have that problem, but might find that it's tight across the vamp, as many complain about. Being a slip-on, it needs to be big enough for you to slip on, but fit well enough that your heel doesn't slip out when you walk. I found that sizing down a half size and down 1 width fits best for me. The lined Alden version took a long time to break in due to its stiffness/rigidity. I also have the unlined brooks brothers version, which runs more true-to-size (for me) and is more flexible/supple.

    On a side note, Do many people find that they wear the same size in van and barrie? Obviously it varies person to person, but are they similar enough in shape and form that such a generalization can be made with a high degree of validity?
     
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  12. Alcibiades

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    Enjoy Wearing:

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    Well, I tried on a pair of Quoddy mocs in size 7, and they fit tight across the vamp, but length wise were pretty spot on. I take a 6.5UK in Trickers/McNairy, and I've tried on a 7US in the Alden unlined seude PTB from RG (which ran a little tight across the vamp, don't know what last RG's came in). For dress shoes I'm pretty much a 7.5US.

    Did the leather stretch out a little after breaking in, and was it tight across the vamp before breaking them in? Just wondering how it should feel when they're new, and how it'll break in.... unlike shoes I won't be able to just tie the laces up tighter or looser to compensate.
     


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    I concur.
     


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    I'm the same in Van as on the Barrie, but my experience is only with the unlined cordovan LHS. I feel like if it were lined i'd go with my actual size due to the lining and the fact all cordo shoes I've worn seem a smidge bigger than their calf counterparts.

    (another factor is that I wear them sockless, which is a good consideration when determining fit)

    I can also add that unlined cordovan feels amazing and the LHS is now one of my all-time favorites after just a couple months of wear.

     


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