1. Styleforum Gives - Holiday Charity Auction 11: Any Three (3) Customized Ties from Vanda Fine Clothing

    We are very proud to present this year's edition of the Styleforum Holiday Charity Auctions, this year in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane (www.rmhcspokane.org). Each Auction lasts 24 hours. Please follow and bid on all the auctions.

    The 11th auction of the year is for any three customized ties from Vanda Fine Clothing. Please bid often and generously here

    Fok and the Styleforum Team.

    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice

STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

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

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. mcarthur

    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

    Messages:
    12,120
    Likes Received:
    2,586
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2004
    

    thank you
    they are on the plaza last
    they were custom order
     


  2. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    2,664
    Likes Received:
    96
    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2012

    Ron, at Moulded, assures me this will work itself out after a few wears else he will fix it. We'll find out shortly.
     


  3. chipshot

    chipshot Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    2,156
    Likes Received:
    1,736
    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2012
    I am a 9 1/2 D. I sized down 1/2 for a perfect moccasin fit 9D.
     


  4. chipshot

    chipshot Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    2,156
    Likes Received:
    1,736
    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2012
    Down 1/2 BB LHS is what I did and love the fit now. I seem to remember a little struggle with them in the break in ... but now, very glad I went down 1/2.
     


  5. mcarthur

    mcarthur Stylish Dinosaur

    Messages:
    12,120
    Likes Received:
    2,586
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2004
    

    nephew,
    there is a moratorium on custom orders
     


  6. AAF-8AF

    AAF-8AF Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    19
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2009
    Location:
    Maryland
    My Alden lined LHS are 9 EE. That width is not standard for the LHS but I was able to get them from ShoeMart (both #8 and cigar). I'm normally an E width but when I started out with that in the LHS, the vamp was impossibly tight. I have no slippage problems with the EE, in case you are wondering. When I decided I wanted the BB unlined, I took a chance on my true size, 9.5 E, and they are perfect. I do wear them with socks, though. The thing about these two pairs of shoes and their fit, regarding the length, is that the widest part of my foot is at the widest part of the shoe in each case, and it makes me wonder if there is something different about the BB last. If I put the two pairs sole-to-sole, they line up pretty evenly except for width.

    You're going to get many different stories on this comparison as it's come up in the past and that's what I've seen in replies. The combination of the differences between these two shoes along with the differences between different people's feet and fit preferences is going to make it hard for you to take someone else's experience and make it work for you. As hard as it may be to arrange, you may need to just try them on.

    As for my personal preference between them, the unlined are more comfortable, like wearing slippers, and I love the pure cordovan experience along with the visible Horween stamp in one of them, but I like the two versions equally.


     


  7. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    2,351
    Likes Received:
    404
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2012
    It has perplexed me as well. My unlined BB was my first pair, and when I subsequently bought the lined version, I mistakenly ordered my true size. I had to exchange 2 pairs before I got an appropriate fit.

    Edit: My 9.5D unlined and 9C lined also match up just about perfectly sole-to-sole, as mentioned above.
     
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2012


  8. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    4,292
    Likes Received:
    451
    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2011
    Location:
    ND
    Many thanks to all who have posted regarding sizing for the shell LHS.
     


  9. rennavate

    rennavate Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    1,466
    Likes Received:
    189
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2010
    Location:
    Deadmonton
    I recently bought a pair of cordovan Florsheim x Duckie Brown longwings, but they are a bit too tight at the bottom of the instep. I know that cordovan doesn't really stretch, and it's just too uncomfortable. I think I'm going to try a pair of Alden longwings, so I'm wondering if an equivalent-sized Barrie-lasted longwing (8.5) will have more room in the instep? I guess I have a higher instep than the Florsheim x Duckie Brown is built for.

    I think NAMOR has said the Florsheim x Duckie Browns fit similar to the Alden Grant last, but I could be wrong.

    Any suggestions? For comparison, 9D on the Allen Edmonds Strand fits great, as well as 8E UK in the 337-lasted C&J Audley.
     


  10. imatlas

    imatlas Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    9,257
    Likes Received:
    1,473
    Joined:
    May 27, 2008
    Location:
    El Barrio
    

    Sounds like you're either an 8D or an 8.5D on the Barrie. Can you go anywhere to get fitted? If not, try ordering a range of options from Shoe Mart - they have a very generous returns policy.
     


  11. marmottan

    marmottan Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Hi seven',

    My standard size is 9d but I take 8.5D with these "two cousins".
    In the beginning, the 986-987 fit much more tighter than the BB and, the first time, I thought I had no choice but sending them back.
    I was right to keep them since they do stretch a little. On the other hand, the BB are immediately extremely comfortable.

    I couldn't agree more with Bakes: the 986/987 really fit like wooden clogs!

    For 7 to 9 months a year (depending where you live), take the BB - except if you really want rare shells, they'll do the job.
    Don't know whether other guys feel that the Alden are not appropriate for summer (heat...).

    Hope this helps.
     


  12. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    2,664
    Likes Received:
    96
    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2012
    

    The Modified last works well with a high instep as long as you like Blüchers.
     


  13. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    4,292
    Likes Received:
    451
    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2011
    Location:
    ND
    

    FWIW:
    I am 9D in AE Strand (and other AE shoes on the 5 Last) (this is AE's longest last)(and the brown shell Strand is the best shoe they make, IMO)
    I am 9D in Alden's Barrie last (numerous pairs)
    I am 9.5D in Alden's Grant last
    I am TTS a 9.5D.
     


  14. Profligate47

    Profligate47 Senior Member

    Messages:
    353
    Likes Received:
    344
    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Location:
    Wilton Manors
    

    Unlined for BB:

    [​IMG]

    Alden lined:

    [​IMG]

    I have both in size 10.5 D. I wear the unlined mostly in warmer months; The Lined in Winter (!). They are not sloppy after a few years of wear. I find Van last runs true to size. The lined are "silkier" to put on; the unlined are lighter to wear. Hope this helps...
     


  15. Profligate47

    Profligate47 Senior Member

    Messages:
    353
    Likes Received:
    344
    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Location:
    Wilton Manors
    

    Hi Sevenfold:

    I may be unusual in that I take the same size in all Van, Aberdeen, Barrie, and Tremont. I sized up for Plaza.
     


Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by