***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. That's if you're lucky enough to have the option. Otherwise just .5
     


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    TTS - 9.5D
    Barrie - 9D (can go 9.5C)
     


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    As someone who has tried on numerous cordovans at Alden NYC and Leffot, sometimes creasing can't be avoided when trying them on. Some buyers will care, some won't (I lean towards the don't care camp)
     
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    True, and I'd agree to some extent that I was a bit extreme in my response. But if you really want to try sizing out, why not order calf or suede so you can actually walk a bit. I know sizing is a bit different between different materials but you can minimize the creasing. And trying on in store is a little different, as the SA may give you a pair that others tried on before, or can supervise it. I've had stores give me 25% off for the slightest of creasing on cordovan and I didn't ask for it
     
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    I've always wondered how salespeople deal with this in store, since I imagine that in person, the idea of not being able to walk around in the shoes to assess fit would reveal its ridiculousness. I sympathize though with people who want no evidence of try on on their new shoes, and I try to be gentle. Those who really care should make sure to work with no crease policy retailers IMO.


    This was not the case for me, but I understand your suggestion to order calf or suede if you absolutely know you're not going to keep them.
     


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    Got these today. Not my first Alden shoes but my first Alden LWBs. I think these are more than just shoes.

    [​IMG]
     


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    nice. a buddy of mine just had his bag stolen on a bus and lost his. j.crew waxed LWB, right?
     


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    ^ That's unfortunate. Yes, they are J. Crew waxed LWBs.
     


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    I know that at Alden NYC, people are trying on cordovan models constantly, rare ones included. Of course, if you reserve a shoe ahead of time at any retailer, that pair shouldn't be tried on. But for shoes that are "stocked," retailers seem to let walk-in customers try them on to ascertain the fit. I haven't heard of any brick and mortar retailers restricting this. For example, I haven't heard of someone attempting to try on a ravello model but having a salesperson say "try on this calfskin or this color 8 model instead, it's the same size and last." Of course, walking a few steps on carpet is different than wearing a shoe for hours, but small creasing can occur.
     
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    I would be okay with this, unless I already knew my size on the last of the given shoe. I imagine, though, that it could be off-putting to potential customers who aren't familiar with these issues.
     


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    Thing is, a lot of shoe customers might not know what a "last" is, and even more of them will want to see how a particular shoe looks on their foot
     


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    Right, exactly. That's why I think potential customers would be confused and/or irritated if they were told that they couldn't try on the particular shoe they're interested in without first trying on a similar shoe on the same last.
     


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    Great photo and nice looking shoe. Enjoy wearing them.
     


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