***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. ElDave

    ElDave Senior member

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    The unlined BB hadn't even been on my radar but wow...I really want a pair.
     
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    You're 5-6 decades late. Don't miss this train!
    I mean Uncle Mac probably made his very first steps with them.
     
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    Uncle, a great day for cigar indeed. The weather out west has been oh so good on the shades of shell.
     
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    marmottan Well-Known Member

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    Nice patina, especially on the unlined.
    Enjoy them.
     
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    I am beginning to lean in this direction too. A tiny bit large or smaller based on different lasts, but I like sticking to one size now.
     
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    I was able to try on a pair of Barrie-lasted plain toe cordovan bluchers in 8.5D today, and they fit great! Can I expect a Barie-lasted cordovan longwing in 8.5 to fit the same/similar enough?
     
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    +1 I've found TTS on all but the TB. Unfortunately, I was led astray by the Alden rep. I just go with thick socks on the TB. Like the unlined LHS, there is some slight variation as well. I used to have an Alden LHS and it was a hair short, tried a new version and it was tight, the unlined was perfect.
     
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    So, with all this LHS discussion, it's worth noting that there's an LHS for sale in my sig....
     
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    nephew,
    good shine on your lhs
     
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    Wore my cigar gunboats today to a wedding reception with a khaki suit. Looked sharp. Regretting I didn't SF-geekout and snap a photo before getting undressed for the evening.
     
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    ^ whaaaat? Then it was all for naught
     
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    Maybe I'll commit sartorial suicide and wear the same thing to Sunday services JUST FOR THE SAKE OF THE ALDEN THREAD
     
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    Question:

    I have 2 pairs of 9901 shell PTBs in 9.5D (ravello, whiskey, color 8) and they all fit perfectly.

    I bought another pair of 9901 PTBs yesterday (black) in 9.5D and they fit tight. Had to return and switch them out for 9.5E, which fits well.

    Does anyone else have an experience where they wear the EXACT same model shoe in 2 different sizes?
     
  14. sevenfoldtieguy

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    All my LWBs are 9D, except one is 9.5D. All my PTBs are 9D, except one is 9.5C and one is 9.5D.

    As I've stated on this thread before, handmade shoes - even the same model - are bound to fit differently, even if ever so slightly.

    Allow me to complicate things further :D :

    In the Barrie and M-58 (Alden for BB, like Barrie) I have 9D, 9.5C, and 9.5D.
    In the Tremont I have 9D, but could easily go with 9.5C or 9.5D.
    In the Aberdeen I have 9D, 9.5D, and 10C.
    In the Hampton I have 9D, 9.5D, and 10C.
    Plaza and M-75 (Alden for BB, like Plaza) I have 9D, 9.5D and 10C.
    Snap (Alden for BB) - 9.5D
    Grant - 9.5D
    Leydon 9.5D
    Van - 9D

    Of all the lasts, I have found the Leydon probably to be the most strange (for my foot anyways). If I buy a Leydon lasted shoe again, I will probably get a 10C or 10D. For dress shoes, one of my favorites is the Snap last.

    I am quite particular with how my shoes fit, and I treat each pair in isolation (in terms of fit), which is why I am very hesitant to say I am always a 9D in Barrie or always a 9.5D in Aberdeen, etc. Also, contrary to others, I have found that my unlined shoes (snuff suede PTB and color 8 PTB) are actually slightly snugger (not looser) than their lined counterparts.
     
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    When do they put the lining in the shoe? Do they affix it to the shell before cutting out the pattern? Do they put the lining on the last and then put the shell outer on top of it? Do they put the outer on the last and form the shoe, and then put the lining inside of it?
     
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