***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. Kwaker

    Kwaker Senior member

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    PTB >> Cadet

    To me, the Barrie last needs the storm welt to balance its proportions ... the flat welt on the Cadet makes the toe look too tall.
     


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    dusttruffle Senior member

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    I agree with this. I think the captoe as a shoe can't really be dressed down. It is quite an individual looking shoe. But the 9901 is very versatile, it if wasn't for personal fit issues the 9901 is my favorite of the black shell to buy.
     


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    Indy boot sizing and break in experience.

    I searched high and low for advice prior to purchasing my first pair of Aldens, which are the 403 Indy Boots. In an effort to hopefully put out some helpful advice and good karma, here’s my experience. I measure a 10.5 D on the Brannock, and I wear a 10.5 or an 11 D depending on the maker and usually an 11.5 in an athletic shoe, like the Nike Free Run. I have pretty normal foot and fairly skinny ankles. I decided to go with a 10.5 D in the Indy just to be safe. This was after the countless times I read to size down a ½. I ordered them from Shoemart since none of my local stores has them in stock, so I was flying a little blind.

    When I first tried them on they felt great and I walked around a little and thought they were definitely roomy, but too much so, and that was better than being a little too tight so I kept them. After a handful of wears they started to break in and get even more comfortable. But they also started to feel too big as the leather shaped to my foot and softened a little. I had plenty of room in the toe box to move and curl my toes and my heal moved around a little. I could make them snug by cinching the laces, but then they felt too tight. To be clear, they don’t stretch, but they do soften and take a shape, which some confuse with stretching.

    After three months of wear a couple of times a week, I was sure the 10.5 was too big, although wearable, so I ordered a 10 D. This time I nailed it. My advice, like almost everyone’s, would be to definitely go do a ½ size and if you’re between sizes like me, go down from the smaller size. Also, keep in mind that the leather will soften and mold to your foot, but not stretch. Think of a new baseball glove.

    I get compliments on my Indys all time and I love they way they look and feel. I tend to research purchases to death and this time I failed the first time around so hopefully my experience can help someone. Thanks.
     


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    This request for input is somewhat off-topic but I think the profile for many of the posters on this thread might be the best match for the feedback I'm looking for.

    I am passing through London at the end of this month and want to go visit Jermyn Street. I don't own any boots from the English manufacturers but I'm interested in picking up a pair or two while I'm there so I'd like any suggestions from anybody who owns C&J, AS, Trickers, etc.

    I'm interested specifically in boots, leaning more to the casual style. I've done a bit of research and C&J seems to have the most options that interest me. I hear Trickers are quite good but so far, I'm not crazy about how they look (all from pictures). For my first foray into English boots, I probably don't want to pay the price for EG, JL, etc.

    So far, the one that's caught my eye was the C&J shell Harlech boot. Doesn't have to be shell, though. TIA.
     


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    ReppTiePrepster Senior member

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    Fine Tassels Alcibiades! They are a difficult find. Enjoy and wear and great health...

    Still wondering why I didn't pull the trigger on these this past summer. Good looking bluchers you have there Tifosi! Enjoy often and wear in great health...

    Great looking PTBs my friend. I'm sure these will help to alleviate some of the frustration for those illusive tan suede LWBs a la LS. Enjoy them Bealtegeuse!

    MrDV, once again you have beaten my to the J Crew punch. Fine lookin' PTBs my friend. Wear and enjoy often and in great health!

    My friend, this image just oozes elegance! Fabulous patina. Well done DonL...
     


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    Solid ! Keep debating on adding these...so classic
     


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    Welcome. And good karma should come your way for taking the time to do this.
     


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    tifosi Tire Kicker

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    I agree. Welcome!
     


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    Thank you.

    I'm 10D, so it wasn't me!

    You will always remember those 20 mins...until the unexpected day when you pick up some #4 and then your mind will be put to rest. Keep the faith!
     


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    :) thanks!
     


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    Absolutely stop by Shoe Healer. Richard is awesome to work with and should have a nice selection. I think you may like Trickers more in person...
     
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    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Sorry to hear that your first pair didn't fit perfect, but definitely glad that you stuck with it and got the proper size! Enjoy them! -Mike
     


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    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Going a little more casual. This is only their second wear, but they are very comfortable!

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    -Mike
     


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    Sazon got me to break out my #4 wingtips today, pretty bad cell photos and max was really annoyed he wasn't getting taken out this morning so he made it into both photos. Also my first wear of my rrl denim officer chinos which need to be hemmed

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