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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. Winterbourne

    Winterbourne Senior member

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    Folks, I'm in a bit of a bind here and could use your advice.

    I ordered a pair of size 10 aldens on a truebalance last for J. Crew because I thought I wore an 11 in Nike and an 11 in redwing Beckman chukkas (though they are a little big on me), 12 in Bed Stu, 11 and an 11 in Timberland.

    Well my surmising I wore an 11 in Nikes was wrong and they are actually all 12s. Panicked that I ordered too small of a pair of Aldens I tried to cancel the order quickly to reorder a bigger size. Well the order had already been processed but customer support suggested I just order my new pair and return the other ones.

    I was indecisive about whether to go with an 11 or a 10.5, but I chose the former. Now I'm wondering how strict their return policy is. Are Aldens packaged in such a way that it'd be evident if I tried one on? Is there a particular one I should try my luck with first in the scenario they only accept untouched shoes - again this is contingent on how Aldens are packaged. More and more I'm wondering if I should've just went with the 10.5.
     
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  2. Coldsnap

    Coldsnap Senior member

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    You can return Aldens from J Crew just fine. Just only wear them on carpet.
     


  3. gforce

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    I wear 12 in Nike and 9.5 D or 10C in Truebalance and Barrie. 10D in Plaza........................crazy, but I size my Nikes with enough toe room for running. They are Nike air by the way. I think you might be surprised that 10 is just right................
     


  4. Winterbourne

    Winterbourne Senior member

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    Thanks for the encouraging and prompt replies!
     


  5. Papa Doble

    Papa Doble Senior member

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    Once you know your size in a dress shoe, it's going to be much easier for people here to give you sizing advice. Also, having more shoes to try on is a good thing. Just use a shoe horn, walk on carpet when trying on, and return the pair(s) that don't fit.
     


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    My experience is the same as sevenfoldtieguy and Grendel --- same size in the AE 5 last and Barrie.
     


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    Appreciate the laces - where from? That forum affiliate (Can't think of the name offhand)?
     


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    Actually, they're my old Newton laces from my running shoes.
     


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    double post
     
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    For what it is worth, I wear an 11.5 in Adidas and a 10D Alden Hampton and a 9.5 Barrie. I used to wear a 10 Adidas, back when they actually made them in Germany.
     


  12. ReppTiePrepster

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    Thinking of pulling the trigger on cigar shell NST barrie last. Anyone have some experience with these... barrie last and NST (decent combination??) Looking for a solid go-to pair for casual to business casual shoes.
     


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    Unless it is shell cordovan and you ordered from a "no crease" retailer. :D
     


  14. Papa Doble

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    Definitely true. Since he ordered from J. Crew, I assume they are not such a retailer (but correct me if I'm wrong).
     


  15. Papa Doble

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    I don't own NSTs yet, but I like them on the Barrie or Plaza last. You've probably seen these, but here's a recent Mac post of the Barrie last shoe version in cigar, and here's the Plaza last boot version.
     
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