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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. rydenfan

    rydenfan Senior member

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    Uncle,
    It is actually an issue of width. The 8D fits me perfectly on Barrie lasted shoes. However the D in Barrie boots has become quite snug across the top of my foot.
    I tried a 7.5E but in hour two of your break-in method determined that this fit was not correct. I am concerned if I move to an 8E it will be too big though. In speaking with Leffot they mentioned that a lot if customers have moved out one width lately in Barrie boots compared to Barrie shoes. So I was curious if you (or anyone else) had this same experience.
     
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  2. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    I stand corrected. Thank you SevenFTG!
     


  3. Alcibiades

    Alcibiades Senior member

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    All Barrie lasted boots I have ever owned fit narrower than Barrie lasted shoes in the same size. I had to sell several 10D boots (Color 8 and Ravello captoes come to mind) due to this issue as they were basically not wearable. I wear 9.5E in both Barrie boots and shoes, but the boots do fit narrower (particularly my tanker boot).
     


  4. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    thank you for the info
     


  5. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    nephew,
    I have tried going up a half size in the barrie last but it did not work for me (to loose). I have done this in the store when trying on the boots. Try it and ascertain the results. It is possible that the boot in the barrie last does not work for you
     


  6. mcarthur

    mcarthur Senior member

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    #8 NST saddle
    argyles otc
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  7. Papa Doble

    Papa Doble Senior member

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    I've tried on the Alden for JCrew perf cap toe boot in 11 D, and own Leffot tanker boots in 11 D. 11 D fits pleasantly snug in both of these models, and I could not go down to an 11 C.

    Without question, both of these boots fit smaller than an 11 D barrie shoe, which convinced me to try on 10.5 D and 11 C barrie shoes. I determined that 11 C fits better, and about the same as the above two boots, so in my experience barrie high* boots run a size narrow. I do not yet own any barrie shoes, but will soon.

    * Note that I once tried on an 11 D barrie chukka, and these fit even bigger than an 11 D barrie shoe, to the point that I thought they might be an 11.5 D that was mismarked.

    For reference, I also recently picked up a pair of unlined suede Leydon chukkas in 11.5 D that seem to fit well (I do not need an E width). I went with 11.5 D based on the guideline to go up one size in both length and width from your barrie size for the Leydon. This perhaps further reinforces that my barrie shoe size is 11 C.
     
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  8. chipshot

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    Because of the added length .. Jim of Alden SF suggests on the slip on's Aberdeen last tassels go down 1/2 from Van and Barrie. I have a low volume foot so this might work for me. The Aberdeen tie model he suggests TTS. Wondering what Uncles take is on this staple shoe sizing?
     


  9. Don L

    Don L Senior member

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    I go up 1/2 in Aberdeen due to narrow-ness
     


  10. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    Those are beautiful.
     


  11. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    Every time I go to that website, I am reminded about those Handsewn Chromexcel Oxfords (sold out). How the heck did those only cost $50.00?
     


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    I have walnut polish as well as chili edge dressing so I'll compare them both.

    Do you have any experience with Allen Edmonds Natural edge dressing? I have a pair of natty cxl PTBs that I need to do the edges on too and really don't want to add color any color to them, but just protect them.
     


  13. aldenwear

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    There was only one of them and they were mock up. I suspect they were wearable, but may not have been ready for prime time.
     


  14. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    It sounds like the natural edge dressing is exactly what you are looking for then. It is perfect for sealing the leather, and adds a nice sheen to the sole and heel edges while not altering the original color of the leather. I use it on my shoes with a natural welt and think it looks great.
     


  15. MoneyWellSpent

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    Ahh, that makes more sense. I didn't see them until they were already sold out, so I didn't know the background on them.
     


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