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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    I have 2 pairs lined, 1 pair BB unlined. The BB fit TTS and the lined Alden versions I went down 1 half size and 1 width. (9.5D TTS - 9C Van) It seems counter intuitive that the unlined version would be smaller, however, I suspect BB may have changed their sizing scale so that people can just buy their TTS. Maybe they were getting a lot of exchanges. Just a theory. I find most BB products fit TTS.

    The unlined version didn't take long to break in at all (and is much more comfortable), but the lined versions did. Like 25 wears before the heel slipping went away. It was very irritating. They were a little tight across the vamp at first, but are fine now. Not sure if its because one of the threads broke. I have posted about all this before.

    In fact, the right shoe still does slip a little. Maybe its due to inconsistencies in their production. My other pair of 9C LHS fits much snugger. One pair is flirting with too small, while the other is flirting with too big and they are the same size.

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    thanks
     


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    Hello everyone, I have a question regarding the Barrie last. I have Aldens built on the Hampton and Tremont lasts, all 10 D. There is a new shell LWB #8, size 10 D on eBay for $550. I am thinking about them but not sure I want to buy them this way due to the fit. Knave never tried on a shoe built on this last, supposedly a 1/2 sixe off. Would they be too big?
     


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    When I was trying to determine my proper size, the guy at Alden SF said that if my heel is slipping all the way out, it's probably too big. If it slips, but not all the way out, I probably just need to break them in. They suggested first sizing down a half size, and then down 1 width if it's still too big.
     


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    Most Likely, almost definitely. Usually too much volume in the heel.
     


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    Thanks, I was afraid of that.
     


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    I have the AF53s, though I haven't broken them in yet. These are two very different shapes/looks. AF53 is more of a classic, rugged work boot style, in my opinion. The other seems like it would be sleeker and a little more contemporary (for Alden, that is). I don't have any personal experience with the plaza last thought.

    Otherwise, two great pairs of boots to choose between. I don't think you can really go wrong, so long each suits your feet.
     


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    Might work; might not work. If the ebay seller has a no return policy, don't do it. Rather, spend another $95 and get a new pair from - just to name a few - Alden Shop of San Francisco or The Shoemart. If you are unable to go to a brick and mortar store, order sizes 9.5D and 10D, and send back the one that doesn't fit. A 9.5D/10D LWB in color 8 should be readily available. Good luck.
     


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    As another post suggested, these are really two totally different boots, on two totally different lasts. The boot on the Plaza last is much sleeker - but that may or may not be what you are going for.
     


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    good point :satisfied:
     


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    On vacation this week.

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