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

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  1. neutrino

    neutrino Senior Member

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    Received mine recently, half a year after I first had laid my eyes on them. These are stunning in person, can't wait for the proper spring to come to wear them.
     


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    I have very similar experience with alden boots on the trubalance last. I'm a 10.5 in regular shoes so when I got into aldens I went with a 10D. What I have come to learn is that a 10D works good for me on the barrie last and other narrower lasts. The trubalance is so generous overall that my foot "swims" in a 10D, and my toes were right were yours are by the white stiching. I can cinch the laces down and make it work but it's not ideal. I have actually sized down a full size to a 9.5D for trubalance only and the fit is almost perfect. A 9.75D probably would be perfect but not an option....
     
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    I've had a similar experience with my own pair of indy boots. I wear a 10 in most shoes, occasionally a 9.5. I ordered a 9.5. The heel fits well and doesn't move when walking. I do feel like I have a ton of room up at the front of my foot though. If I wear thick socks and securely lace them, they work fine. If I want to wear them with thinner socks, I find the extra space in the front feels funky and I generally stick in a thin, flat insert like these http://www.zappos.com/spenco-comfor..._id=US5FuQAABQdfd2Ws:20130227174321:s#prdInfo Wearing with an insert isn't perfect though, and I don't like how it slightly elevates the heel, which otherwise fits so well. If I ordered again, I would probably get a 9, at least to test the fit.
     
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  4. azima

    azima Well-Known Member

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    Just ordered their last pair yesterday. Can't wait to get them. Glad to hear they look just as good in person
     


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    Same goes exactly for me. I am an 8D in the Barrie and my Indy's are an 8D. I wear a decently thick sock and lace them very tight and the fit works for me. However, there is ample room in the toebox. I would really like to try on a 7.5 to see the fit. I have considered ordering a pair from Shoemart to try and then selling my 8's if I deem the fit better but not sure that I have the motivation to do all that considering the cost and time invested to do that when the 8 while not ideal does work for me. Had I never found the forum the 8 Indy would fit me better than it does today [​IMG]
     


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    I initially ordered true size 8D on them, and realized my foot was swimming and would get worse with wear. I exchanged them out for a 7.5D, and the fit was MUCH better. The only downside is that my left foot is slightly smaller so the fit is a bit meh on that side... but they look great so I can live with it. Hope my future barrie 7.5D fit is more snug so I don't have to be held captive with thick socks all the time.
     


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    Interesting, thanks. I was worried the full size down might be too snug, but your post leads me to believe otherwise. Plus I'm guessing there's a bit of stretching that will go on as the boot gets worn in. So maybe I go with a 10D!

    (The trouble now of course is that Leather Soul doesn't have the 10D in stock, and their re-supply isn't coming for a few months. So it's either wait [which boots in hand seems torturous] or go with the standard Chromexcel 403. I'm leaning toward the latter!)

    ww
     


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    I kinda wish these were on the Leydon last. I couldn't pre-order a narrow width on the Barrie, but I could probably wear a D width on the Leydon if I went down a half size
     
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    random alden thought: the alden thread has the 3rd most views in SW&D behind the WAYWT threads. i wonder how aware retailers are of this thread's existence. obviously many are, but i always stop myself from mentioning it when calling a store to inquire about something i discovered in here.
     
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    Basically all of the specialty retailers mentioned in the thread know about "Styleforum" - not sure how many now there is a gigantic thread just about Alden, though.

    The thread really is the most comprehensive source for Alden information on the internet, outside of maybe Leffot and LeatherSoul's blogs
     
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    Natty CXL Brixtons today

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    I've seen it up on the screen at a certain seattle alden retailer before.
     


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    NXL Indy Oxfords today:

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    PS I stopped by a local J. Crew to place an order on the red phone for a Drake's item. The SA said they're having a secret sale of 20% off everything. The 20% was applied to my item. I'm not sure if it works on Aldens or not, but did with my order, and Drake's is a 3rd party vendor.
     


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    That's awesome.

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    AldenxEpaulet NatCXL LWB today.
     


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    NAMOR Stylish Dinosaur

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