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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. CHRK33

    CHRK33 Senior member

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    I size up from 10D in Barrie to 10.5D in Plaza; I definitely think that is the general consensus. I don't know how you find the Barrie, but for me, the D is a little too wide, although a C width doesn't really work much better for me. But the 10.5D in Plaza is a great fit and a great look as well. I think you should be good if you size up .5 in Plaza.
     


  2. HorseHide

    HorseHide Senior member

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    Dirty little secret - I've been cleaning shells with a damp cloth followed by buffing with a torn up piece of towel for 20+ years (learned it from a shoeshine guy that polished my father's Aldens - he started wearing Alden shells in the 50s/60s). Do I have a horsehide brush? Sure. Do I use it? Can't remember when.

    Rule of thumb - if you are scratching your shells using a horsehide brush, you're brushing too hard.
     


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    Renalan Senior member

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    Personally I brush the shit out of my shoes pretty hard (reasonably hard?) then I hit them with the buffing cloth.
     


  4. SuitedDx

    SuitedDx Senior member

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    I'm in pretty good shape yet I am not strong enough to scratch shell with a horsehide brush. :deadhorse:
     


  5. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    tingley at a cost of 20 dollars-the best protection for your shoes
     


  6. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    tingley at a cost of 20 dollars-the best protection for your shoes
     
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  7. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    enjoy wearing
    it should be noted that 'SHELL IS VERY ADDICTIVE"
     
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  8. FrankCowperwood

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    I have a foot on the wide side of D, so I wear 10.5E and 11D Barrie. I visited Alden of DC and the gentleman there was kind enough to let me try on the Plaza while I was buying a pair of NSTs and I needed either 11.5D or 11E. I just walked around the shop a little, of course, and the 11.5D seemed to work. Didn't feel too long. The NST on the Aberdeen is also and 11.5D and that seems to work too.

    So, yes, I think you might want to try 11D.
     


  9. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    post picture
     


  10. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    looking well
     


  11. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    i have been brushing with a horse hair shoe brush for 50+ years and i had never had the issue of brushing too hard
     


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    If possible I'd suggest trying Plaza on first. I am a wider "D" or skinny "E" and Barrie 9D fits me quite well. I recently got my first Plaza and sized up to 9.5. The overall fit is well but there is a bit of room in the heel and I am experiencing some slippage. I wonder now if a 9D would suit me better in Plaza as well.

    Plaza is actually not a narrow last at least from what I can tell. I was very surprised and happy with the width. The heel is a bit roomy though.
     


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    perhaps it was an exchange?
     


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    Up a half size or out one width. (you being a 10.5D could go 11D or 10.5E) is often the way to go when compared to the Barrie. Some people do both depending on your socks etc.
     
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