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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. Stephan R.

    Stephan R. Well-Known Member

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    ^ My black shell full wing bals look exactly like that. Dab some black polish into the broguing with a Q-tip and shine if it bothers you.


    thank you all. they are still not mine, but I will buy them, so I just wanted to be sure.
     
  2. geoffmartin17

    geoffmartin17 Senior member

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    Can anyone comment on the sizing in the plaza last vs. aberdeen? I have experience only with the plaza last in alden, trying to see if some NST's should be in my life.
     
  3. HorseHide

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    On another note, does anybody know what last the J Crew shell cap toe boots are on? The colour is described as burgundy, I am assuming its #8. Any thoughts?

    Barrie - they are #8
     
  4. LynahFaithful

    LynahFaithful Senior member

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    Can anyone comment on the sizing in the plaza last vs. aberdeen? I have experience only with the plaza last in alden, trying to see if some NST's should be in my life.

    I can't comment on the Plaza as I don't have any yet but I do have an Aberdeen. IMO, the Aberdeen is true to size in length. That's the easy part of the Aberdeen's fit. The harder fit is that it is quite narrow in the toebox and a bit wide in the heel. It's a tough last to get to fit correctly on width, particularly with loafers. I have long narrow feet and my toes are crowded and the heel is slightly loose. Guys with wider fit may find this to be different.

    As always, YMMV. I suggest you try them on or use a vendor with a good return policy.
     
  5. HorseHide

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    Can anyone comment on the sizing in the plaza last vs. aberdeen? I have experience only with the plaza last in alden, trying to see if some NST's should be in my life.

    Again, nothing will work as well as actually putting the different shoes on your feet but I like the Aberdeen last. I am a 9 in the Barrie (I won't wear Trubalance because I think they are "bulbous" through the toe box but I am a 9 in that as well) and a 9.5 in the Aberdeen and Plaza. The Plaza is clearly wider but I prefer the sleek lines of the Aberdeen last.

    If you are interested in NSTs, I believe that LS and Shoemart both carry NSTs built on other lasts (Hampton and Barrie if I'm not mistaken). Both lasts are a bit more adaptable for those concerned with the width of the Aberdeen last but IMO the NSTs look better with the longer, thinner toe box which the Aberdeen provides.
     
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    Barrie - they are #8

    I see, thanks. They look like they had a slimmer toebox I was under the impression they were on the grant like the AF4060.
     
  7. interlockingny

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    Again, nothing will work as well as actually putting the different shoes on your feet but I like the Aberdeen last. I am a 9 in the Barrie (I won't wear Trubalance because I think they are "bulbous" through the toe box but I am a 9 in that as well) and a 9.5 in the Aberdeen and Plaza. The Plaza is clearly wider but I prefer the sleek lines of the Aberdeen last.

    If you are interested in NSTs, I believe that LS and Shoemart both carry NSTs built on other lasts (Hampton and Barrie if I'm not mistaken). Both lasts are a bit more adaptable for those concerned with the width of the Aberdeen last but IMO the NSTs look better with the longer, thinner toe box which the Aberdeen provides.


    +1 all of your points. That being said, the Aberdeen does not work for me at all. Too narrow in the toe box.
     
  8. jesask

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    I have several Aldens (cordovan) in the Barrie in 11.5D. I like the look of the Plaza and have one pair myself in a 12D. The problem is that that the Plazas have stretched a bit and they were big enough that I need an insole in the shoe. The laces also pull together much closer than I am used to.

    I know the normal advice is to get a half size larger than your size in the Barrie. But is it possible that this might not apply to me with the Plaza? or would narrower be better?

    I wear a low profile orthotic as well.
     
  9. geoffmartin17

    geoffmartin17 Senior member

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    Thanks for the replies guys; i like the look of the cigar nst, but i don't like the look of the barrie last with the stitched toe. Much prefer the lines of the aberdeen; i'll give that a go.
     
  10. MickCollins1916

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  11. LeatherSOUL

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    #4/Black saddle just landed at LSBH. Looks really cool in my opinion. Vintage vibe to it.
     
  12. Man with Apple

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    #4/Black saddle just landed at LSBH. Looks really cool in my opinion. Vintage vibe to it.

    Can't wait to check these out at the show tomorrow.
     
  13. blue collar

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    #4/Black saddle just landed at LSBH. Looks really cool in my opinion. Vintage vibe to it.

    We need pics of them!!!
     
  14. Man with Apple

    Man with Apple Senior member

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    #4/Black saddle just landed at LSBH. Looks really cool in my opinion. Vintage vibe to it.

    Any hint on shoe number 5? I see the medallion cap toe, #4 saddle, natty cxl longwings and tanker, but what is number 5? I heard it might be another boot, but any possible details on it?
     
  15. LeatherSOUL

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    Any hint on shoe number 5? I see the medallion cap toe, #4 saddle, natty cxl longwings and tanker, but what is number 5? I heard it might be another boot, but any possible details on it?

    Nothing too special, just a brown chromexcel NST blucher. Also brought in a restock of the tan suede longwings.
     
  16. kmarriner

    kmarriner Active Member

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    Someone please teach me how to use my camera!

    The true color of this run is actually more on the brownish side.

    Photo taken with my iPhone... (more true than the picture taken with my $1800 camera!)

    [​IMG]


    Hook me up with travel to your store and a pair of ravello short wings when you get them in, and I will do some product photos for you, and teach you how to do it for the future.

    I am dead serious here. I am a working photographer, I don't want to flaunt my work on here, but PM me and I can show you it.
     
  17. chestercopperpot

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  18. kmarriner

    kmarriner Active Member

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    "Will work for shoes" [​IMG]
    Who wouldn't?
     
  19. HorseHide

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    Who wouldn't?

    Who doesn't?
     
  20. rick

    rick Senior member

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    j crew captoe #8 cordo becoming one of my favorite boots. sorry i phone pic.

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