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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. closerlook

    closerlook Senior member

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    those saddles are looking excellent
     
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  2. keithp3521

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    I'm still trying to nail down my correct size on the Barrie last. Just plopped down a deposit for 9.5 E black cordo LWBs from Leffot. 10 D are a tad long and a tad narrow. Keep in mind that I wear a 10.5 D or 11 D in "normal" American sized shoes. Naturally, the idea of going from 11 D to 9.5 E is not something that sounds logical. I really do not understand while Alden won't make this shit easier by standardizing their sizes. I'm going broke just trying to find my damned size.
     
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  3. El Argentino

    El Argentino Senior member

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    These are beautiful. All #8?
     


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    How does black cordovan age?

    Will it fade/change colors over or does it stay jet black?
     


  5. tommyhk

    tommyhk Active Member

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    Sizing over the internet is a complete crapshoot. If you can you should try to find any Alden retailer in your area to go nail down a couple of your last sizes. Shipping alone can be a major bummer on the wallet :(

    Just for your Barrie sizing reference, I Brannock at 9.5D/Eish and the 8.5D Barrie fits like amazing.
     


  6. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Senior member

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    never tried leydon out.. has anyone found the suede chukka to be forgiving (in terms of possibly sizing down .5 from your TTS)?

    have a pair coming from the davidwood sale posted earlier this week, hoping they wont be too small

    tia!
     


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    keithp3521 Senior member

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    Thanks, man. I'd love to walk into a brick and mortar retailer and try on a variety of sizes. Alas, that may not be possible until I've tried via mail order every possible size variation.
     


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    keithp3521 Senior member

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    Personally, I find the Leydon last a bit narrower than standard American size equivalents. But my foot is just over the line of a D width. I find most D widths comfortably snug, but the Leydon was too much for me. I went with the same length but in an E width. The Barrie last is a whole 'nother ball of nuts.
     


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    +1. I ordered 8.5d in Leydon (I'm an 8d in the Barrie). I used the method and am on my second day of wear. Wishing I had waited for an 8.5E. NRO sale was just too tempting.
     


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    rats, seems I might have to put these chukkas back up for sale. got a good deal on them, will just pass on the savings.

    thank you gentlemen
     


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    Double concur. I just recently got fitted in the Leydon unlined chukkas at the local Alden. My 8.5 D Barrie feet convert super comfortably into 9 E on the Leydon while a 9 D was literally a pain.

    The point where the lacing is stiched to the vamp is a lot stiffer than the rest of the unlined chukka. And for some reason it falls right on the arches of my feet in a D width, which yields the most uncomfortable type of rubbing. Maybe it was just the wonkiness of my own foot structure, but the comfort of the 9D vs the 9E was like stinging nettle vs teddy bear stuffing.

    EDIT : Okay maybe that is a bit of hyperbole, but for being $470 suede chukkas they better be damn comfortable.
     
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    Don't count them out yet.

    I have slightly wide & high volume foot but I fit comfortably in the suede Leydon last chukka TTS. I'm a 10.5D in Barrie and my suede chukka is an 11D. I owe it to the fact that's its unlined, suede and a blucher. I was so tempted to buy the navy or dark brown chukka at David Wood. David mentioned that the navy was a special makeup but didn't sell well. Perhaps Portland, ME isn't ready for navy suede yet.

    Damn, now you have me reconsidering and picking up the dark brown. They come in at something like $285!
     
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    Yep - all various ages (bb captoes are oldest and tassels are newest)
     


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    That's glorious. While I love the exotic colors, it just goes to show how beautiful "basic" shell can be.

    EDIT: Well, that said^, why is #8 traditionally the "cordovan" color? I know many people who refer to that oxblood color as "cordovan" without any reference or knowledge of horse leather.
     
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  15. kwhitelaw

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    yea for the price I figured I'd give them a shot. if they don't work, I'll try and flip them for the same price. no harm, no foul

    would have preferred snuff but no stock
     


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