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

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  1. stevent

    stevent Senior member

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    It means that the current lasts they have are almost no longer functional for the purpose of making shoes. Wouldn't make since for Alden to burn out the remaining lasts to make try on shoes. They could order more lasts but not sure if they would see that feasible. Alden did discontinue a last that United Arrows has been using for years in Japan for a reason similar to this and United Arrows is a huge stocklist
     


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    I thought the leydon fit TTS and the Barrie 1/2 down?
     


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    typically, yes. atleast in my experience.

    but from the post your quoted, it sounds like the chukkas were barrie lasted (maybe commando sole)
     


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    I have a sizing question. If I have a pair of 11.5 carmina Simpson last, would an 11.5 in the unlined chukkas also work?
    Thanks for any help.
     


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    If you're an 11.5 in UK sizing, I'd assume you'd need about a 12.5US in Leydon, no?
     


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    Sorry, I should have been clearer. 10.5 UK carmina, but I just did the "add 1 size for British sizing."
     


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    if the unlined chukka is leydon last, then most go TTS
     


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    +1, kwhitelaw


    is the unlined chukka on the leydon last? if so youre most likely a us12. typically uk11.5 simpson is equivalent to a us12 on the alden leydon (us12.5 if you have a narrow foot)
     
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    It is. My TTS is usually 12US, but I've found that isn't always the case with dress shoes. The Barrie last shoes at that size are giant, both width and length, and the same goes for carmina shoes in 12US.
    I found a really good deal on the unlined leydon chukkas, but they're only in 11.5US.
     


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    I too need narrow widths and have requests in various retailers. Not all retailers accommodate these requests (e.g. Epaulet won't order for you.). Alden NYC is very helpful. They have helped source a plaza captoe in C width for me. I think so long as the shoe is part of their normal line-up, they would line you up. Also, they didn't require a deposit, at least for the shoe I requested. The said that they don't have an issue ordering Cs. But if it were a B, they may require a deposit since it's harder to sell. FYI.
     


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    I'm usually TTS 12US, but with carmina I actually had to size down to a 10.5 UK. I bought a pair of 11 UK, but they fit only slightly better than 12 US Barrie from Alden.
     


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    I take a 12 TTS/11.5 barrie, and tried (unsuccessfully) to squeeze into an 11.5 leydon chukka.. couldnt pull it off so I offloaded them on here.
     


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    ascher07, youre a uk10.5 in the simpson but a tts us12d? if i understand everything correctly, something is off

    for reference, im 11.5 in simpson, us12e in leydon, tts us12D
     
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    I too like this idea. I've seen people saying that it's not practical because of the numerous combinations. While I understand the argument, you don't need all combinations to have an effective program. I would guess that 80% of the sizes probably are within C to EE. If they stock the major sizes and hit 80% of the customers, they'll improve customer experience vastly. I would even extend the idea for creating a "bank" where they can mail these trials to customers who can't visit the stores. I bet this investment can pay for itself for generating more sales. But that is the problem with Alden, they can sell everything they build and them some - with no advertisement, lousy turnaround times, and non-existent customer service (from the factory). So in other words, they act like a monopoly. And unless they have somebody breathing down their necks, JS, I don't think your innovative idea would make anyone in Middleborough exited.
     


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    After one immensely painful 3 mile walk through New Orleans in summer, the 10.5 Simpson last fits great.
     


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