***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. garsag

    garsag Member

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    So, I bought my first pair of Alden shoes today; the unlined chukkas on the Leydon last. While they seem to fit my foot properly, afeter only walking for a few minutes I noticed how they dug into my ankles. After a 30 minutes or so quite irritating walk I ended up with small blisters on both my ankles. I wore quite thin socks, but not ultra-thin.
    How long should these shoes take to break in? Any tips here? Or should I just consider not wearing them and hope for a return?
     
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    dahl5yankees Senior member

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    (for me)
    I size up 1/2 size on Leydon last
     
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    kwhitelaw Senior member

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    I should have went TTS on the leydon chukkas I bought, but hoped .5 down would miraculously work..

    sold them on here a week later. shame cause I got a great deal on them [​IMG]
     
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    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    thank you
     
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    stevent Senior member

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    Another option is walkover, they can be had for $80-120 and are USA made and goodyear welted.
     
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    ATLVol Senior member

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    But.....they went to a fellow SF member who loves them!

    I ended up selling the pair that I had initially ordered 1/2 size down as well.....TTS is the way to go on these.
     
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    MrDV Senior member

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    Great colors. Great combo.
     
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    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    Garsag, I'm so sorry to hear you're having this struggling in your maiden voyage with Alden shoes. I hope you don't come away from the experience traumatized and Alden-less. As the length of this thread can demonstrate, Alden makes truly high quality, durable and interesting shoes. I've only been reading this thread since late Jan/early Feb and have succumbed 13 times to the Alden fever and have had major fun doing so (marital issues notwithstanding).

    If necessary, you should be able to sell them on SF; the Leydon chukkas have been mentioned at least several times here just this past week. They are truly a fun, versatile shoe. IIRC, LeatherSoul recently cited them as their favorite casual Alden.

    Regarding sizing issues, I was advised by Voltaire at Citishoes to go TTS plus an extra width (Barrie lasted 8.5D --> Leydon last 9E). I have, however, received slightly divergent advice from another reputable source, Kathy at Alden of Washington DC. She had advised me to go TTS without the extra width, noting that the chukkas would stretch ever so slightly (given the shank/soles relaxing and the slight give one gets from suede or calfskin). Obviously, YMMV. Perhaps it's best to go to the closest Alden retailer and start with the Brannock device. It's also helpful at the outset to consider which retailers are willing to work with you on free shipping both ways. I've had this experience with Alden of DC, Epaulet & JCrew.

    Sorry kwl, your post makes me wish there was an addition to the Alden last chart that frequently circulates; such an addition should comment on which type of feet are best served by which lasts given that there are sometimes conflicting pieces of info on the thread (e.g., in researching LHS shell fit, some said to size Barrie-ly, whereas others said to go TTS minus one letter width). I'd also love to see a chart sketching out changes in width and length as one traverses the various sizes (I know the issue of whether there is a uniformly graduated increase in length and width as size increases was discussed, but I can't recall what conclusion was drawn).
    I'm really feeling for fellow members that have encountered sizing issues that necessitate selling shoes. After ordering a second pair of loafers (snuff suede UPLs), I've confirmed that I was just a smidge off on sizing for the Cigar shell LHSs I bought a couple months ago (should have gone 8.5D, not 9C, doh!). I'm attempting to make peace with my mistake by employing tongue pads and a heel insert, but it pains me to know that there is a better size out there for me in this model and that I could have figured this out had I been willing to ship shoes back and forth for just an extra four our five days. I think one of the more learned members of this thread recently pointed out that it's part of the process and that such miscalculations help us know much more deeply how to get the best fit for our subsequent grail shoes and impulse buys.

    Anyone else willing to share what have been the most desired shoes others have ended up giving up due to sizing issues?
     
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    docalden2013 Senior member

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    It's been a hectic weekend. Dear wife and I finally closed on the house after a long odyssey of hard ass bluffing from the sellers and paperwork snafus all over the place on the part of mortgage companies. Looking to set a more relaxed vibe, I decided to attend the closing sockless, feet clad only in shell Uncle earlier noted as "king," color 8:


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    There was something so calming about dealing with pre-closing jitters by engaging in the Mac Method the night before the main event [​IMG]

    I'm hoping for more opportunities to go sockless this summer. This week I'm working on breaking in the snuff suede UPLs from Need Supply (10% off!!)


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    (sorry for crummy iphone 5 pics)
     
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    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    According to 'Resistant' and the sources that he has drawn upon:

    "A last has a certain determined starting size and every E is 3/16 of width EE is a 3/8ths of an inch difference."

    ...Sounds convincing enough to me.


    (conclusion: the unit of measurement difference between widths is constant along the sizing spectrum. (e.g. 7E is 3/16" wider than 7D. 12EE is 3/16" wider than 12E, ect.))
     
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    phototristan Senior member

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    Not sure what your point of posting my video is. I buy and sell all the time. that one was months ago and those boots are long gone. Even many of the Aldens I did videos on I no longer own.
     
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    phototristan Senior member

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    Leydon last is usually either tts or size down a half but with one width wider, depending in your feet.
     
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    docalden2013 Senior member

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    Hi Bakes,

    Thank you for so quickly providing clarity on yet another issue my overcrowded memory failed on. You always prove to be a deep, nuanced source of Alden info and have helped me with style and fit choices time and again.

    Humbly,
    D [​IMG]
     
  15. Bakes11771

    Bakes11771 Senior member

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    Very kind of you to say, Sir. I am always glad to be of assistance. However, I am just an ordinary man. Please don't feel that it is necessary to humble yourself before me.

    Congrats on the closing!
     
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