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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. enigma77

    enigma77 Senior member

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    Hi - I have two pairs of Aldens on the Barrie last (Brixton Ravello from Epaulet and the Greenwich from Leffot). Both shoes are the same size, but I noticed that they fit slightly differently. The Greenwich is a bit tighter across the top/instep, and the last seems slightly wider at the waist. Not really a big issue (I think both boots are stunning) - just wondering if slight differences in fit on the same last is to be expected. Thanks!
    Yeah. The shoes are handmade. Slight variances happen. Also different styles.
     
  2. LeatherSOUL

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    Hi - I have two pairs of Aldens on the Barrie last (Brixton Ravello from Epaulet and the Greenwich from Leffot). Both shoes are the same size, but I noticed that they fit slightly differently. The Greenwich is a bit tighter across the top/instep, and the last seems slightly wider at the waist. Not really a big issue (I think both boots are stunning) - just wondering if slight differences in fit on the same last is to be expected. Thanks!

    Is the Leffot boot shell? If not, they fit different because shell will always fit larger.
     
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    Cool - the Leffot boot is nubuc. Thanks to everyone for the feedback!
     
  5. PeterParker

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    Does anyone here know where I can find a plain toe blucher in the Barrie last in black Chromexcel? I'm looking to buy my first pair of nice shoes, and I've decided on Aldens because of all the helpful information around here.
    Depending on your definition of "nice", I would question your preferred choice of leather. Chromexcel leather is not a typical dress leather; rather it's supposed to be worn with minimal maintenance and treatment for a more rugged look. Chromexcel is also pretty thick so it's not very pliable. I'm not sure how well it would take a polish either. Both are standard models produced by Alden: http://www.aldenshop.com/DrawOneShoe.asp?CategoryID=132 *edit* I just realized that this is on the Plaza last, not the Barrie *edit* http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index...Oxford_259.htm These are on the Barrie last, but are not a standard model. http://www.aldenshop.com/DrawOneShoe.asp?CategoryID=47 My opinion is that the cordovan is worth the extra $160.
     
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    Or it could be awful - I'm going with awful. [​IMG]

    Ha, I agree, there is potential for a navy shoe to be notsogood. Was thinking of the Leffot Greenwich boot (here: http://blog.leffot.com/?s=greenwich) when I made the suggestion. Doesn't necessarily have to be navy chamois, but something along these lines. Not a fan?
     
  7. Man with Apple

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    Is the Leffot boot shell? If not, they fit different because shell will always fit larger.

    Why is this Tom?
     
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    Depending on your definition of "nice", I would question your preferred choice of leather. Chromexcel leather is not a typical dress leather; rather it's supposed to be worn with minimal maintenance and treatment for a more rugged look. Chromexcel is also pretty thick so it's not very pliable. I'm not sure how well it would take a polish either.

    If you're looking for a black PTB for a casual shoe, calfskin is probably the most obvious choice. For a dressier shoe, cordovan is more appropriate. It's probably easier to dress down the cordovan than to dress up with the calfskin.


    I have found that the footwear I own in Cromexcel has broken in faster than anything cordovan I own. You are right with the fact that Cordovan and Calf polish up much better than Chromexcel-because chromexcel is not meant to be polished. However if you use Venetian Shoe Cream or Neetsfoot oil, chromexcel can take on a deep, rich luster. All depends on what the man is looking for.

    My $0.02
     
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    Why is this Tom?
    I think Tom is referring to how shell doesn't stretch as well as calf, thus when they are constructing the shoe the material does not stretch and conform to the last as well.
     
  10. Dewey

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    ^ good answer. that shell breaks in to fit a little larger than calf, is a common observation.
     
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    Love the light brown ones!
     
  12. Man with Apple

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    I think Tom is referring to how shell doesn't stretch as well as calf, thus when they are constructing the shoe the material does not stretch and conform to the last as well.

    Based on your explanation it would seem that shell fits smaller, however, Tom said that shell fits larger.
     
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    I think Tom is referring to how shell doesn't stretch as well as calf, thus when they are constructing the shoe the material does not stretch and conform to the last as well.

    Exactly.
     
  14. Man with Apple

    Man with Apple Senior member

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    Exactly.

    So does it just stay rounder, rather than taking to the contours of the last?
     
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    Both materials conform to the last but because the calf is stretched over the last, it contracts once taken off the last resulting in a lesser volume inside the shoe.
     
  16. Man with Apple

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    ^ Ahhh, I see. The contraction of the calf was the part I wasn't aware of. Makes sense now.
     
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    Casual day with whiskey, will throw on a navy suit with the same shoes to wear to dinner later.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Casual day with whiskey, will throw on a navy suit with the same shoes to wear to dinner later.

    As Uncle Mac would say, always a good day for whiskey. Nice.

    Wanted to toss out a question to get peoples' thoughts on it:

    Is it overkill to own both the standard 405 Indy as well as the brown chromexcel 403 version? Too similar? Differences that make it worth owning both? I am hemming and hawing over a recent purchase.

    For purposes of this question, I want to put aside other Indys that are out there/others that I own and just get input on those two. Thanks!
     
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    As Uncle Mac would say, always a good day for whiskey. Nice.

    Wanted to toss out a question to get peoples' thoughts on it:

    Is it overkill to own both the standard 405 Indy as well as the brown chromexcel 403 version? Too similar? Differences that make it worth owning both? I am hemming and hawing over a recent purchase.

    For purposes of this question, I want to put aside other Indys that are out there/others that I own and just get input on those two. Thanks!


    While the standard 405s are classic looking, I tend to find they look a little cheap next to the Chromexcel. The Chromexcel tends to have a nicer patina due to it's "pull up" characteristics.

    But it all depends on how you wear them. The standards tend to dress up a little nicer.[​IMG]
     
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