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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. bananananana

    bananananana Senior member

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    I am with you then in that minority. I love my grant last cap toes from Unionmade. From the look of a lot of the pics I see here a lot of guys seem to have wider feet, which isn't best with the grant last.

    I know it's been asked to death, but how did you size the grant last boots? I have fairly narrow feet but still a D width in most shoes.
     
  2. PorterInjax

    PorterInjax Senior member

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    Alden on Madison Avenue in Manhattan has Indy boots in stock in Number 8, Cigar, and Whiskey, in various sizes.

    Just ordered another pair of Alden's today from Tom. A pair that I will be very happy with I'm sure but if I had not done so, think I would have been on the phone getting a pair of these...which color? dunno', can only speculate since I'm not going to call them...can narrow it down to two though, already have them in cigar.
     
  3. Man with Apple

    Man with Apple Senior member

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    I know it's been asked to death, but how did you size the grant last boots? I have fairly narrow feet but still a D width in most shoes.

    I have brown cxl Indy boots on the trublnce last in 8.5D, cigar shell indy boots on the trubalance last in 8E, which pretty much fit the same as 8.5D, and my color 8 shell cap toes on the grant last in 8.5D. I didn't change my sizing from my other boots and they fit great.
     
  4. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    I know it's been asked to death, but how did you size the grant last boots? I have fairly narrow feet but still a D width in most shoes.

    Common wisdom seems to be TTS however I recently got some longwings on the Grant and sized down 1/2 (i.e. same size as in Barrie) and I like the way they fit. Of course I'm going to be wearing thin dress socks with them versus thicker socks in a boot.
     
  5. borderline

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    If everyone sizes down 1/2 on the Barrie last, why doesn't Alden just relabel what is currently a 10.5 --> 11 (etc) and then everyone can order TTS? I don't understand this.
     
  6. wj4

    wj4 Senior member

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    If everyone sizes down 1/2 on the Barrie last, why doesn't Alden just relabel what is currently a 10.5 --> 11 (etc) and then everyone can order TTS? I don't understand this.
    The new problem will be: since the new Barrie last fits true to size, the old one doesn't...so what if a store or someone is selling a pair of new or used Barrie last from last year and is not aware of the change? Or what if I'm buying a pair of Indy's on eBay and I think they will fit because of the size correction, and they don't?

    It's not a big deal IMO. When I collected sneakers, primary Air Jordans, some models ran bigger or smaller than others. Just try out the size that fits you best.
     
  7. Simplicio

    Simplicio Senior member

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    Anyone have those winn perry chromexcel longwings? Kind of interested. Shame I slept on those boots

    I have a pair, they're great (perfect for winter in Chicago). The color is darker than the natural chromexcel I've seen on a number of Shoemart offerings. They're perfect with jeans, maybe a little too light to dress up (commando soul keeps them casual as well).

    Second best pair of Aldens (brown chromexcel chukka from LS is No 1) I've bought in some time.


    I love mine. I've only had a couple of chances to wear them since I got them, but they do get complimented. I agree that the color is slightly darker than some of the other natural chromexcel pictures I've seen. The pictures on the Winn Perry website show this.

    I think this leather and the commando sole (which I like) puts them more on the casual side. That is fine by me most days, but shell can range into a dressier look, if that is what you are going for.
     
  8. arrow

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    Just got home and must share more Ravello love before ending the night.

    [​IMG]
    NST Boots
     
  9. illumin8em

    illumin8em Senior member

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    I have brown cxl Indy boots on the trublnce last in 8.5D, cigar shell indy boots on the trubalance last in 8E, which pretty much fit the same as 8.5D, and my color 8 shell cap toes on the grant last in 8.5D. I didn't change my sizing from my other boots and they fit great.

    .

    is this true, does a true balance last 8.5D (1/2 size) fit the same as a 8E (whole size)? I have been looking at a used size 10E Indy, am worried that it will be slightly too small. The 10E that I am considering is the canvas lined version if that would make a difference. I briefly owned a 10.5D j.crew Indy and i remember it fitting pretty perfect the couple of time i tried it on.

    love this thread, thanks for any help
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  10. illumin8em

    illumin8em Senior member

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    sorry, just found my answer some pages back.

    If anyone has used 10.5D Indys collecting dust, let me know if you want to sell
     
  11. blue collar

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    What polish would you recommend for chrome excel indy boots? Dark brown? I'm thinking just for touching up if they get really beat up or from snow/rain.

    I wouldn't use any polish at all on chromexcel. It's an oil stuffed leather and the character of the leather is best suited for Venetian Shoe Cream or Neetsfoot oil ( both products have been approved by Horween leather when i spoke to them online). These products give the leather a rich, dull luster. I use the Venetian shoe cream on all my Chromexcel boots and shoes and it works great. It's does not give you that "hard shell shine" , but chromexcel is not meant to be.

    http://www.russellmoccasin.com/dress...shoecream.html
     
  12. Man with Apple

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    Alden on Madison Avenue in Manhattan has Indy boots in stock in Number 8, Cigar, and Whiskey, in various sizes.

    Called Alden Madison Ave this morning. They do not carry whiskey indys, however, they do have cigar, black, and color 8. Nothing smaller than 9E though.
     
  13. ChrisGold

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    cigar lwb


    Wow - What polish do you occasionally hit these with?
     
  14. framus

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    The new problem will be: since the new Barrie last fits true to size

    I must have missed this as I just bought Barrie Wingtip Boots a half-size down and they do seem tight. This is "true to size", is a fact now on new Barrie lasts?
     
  15. scb

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    I must have missed this as I just bought Barrie Wingtip Boots a half-size down and they do seem tight. This is "true to size", is a fact now on new Barrie lasts?

    that was a hypothetical in response to the question of


    If everyone sizes down 1/2 on the Barrie last, why doesn't Alden just relabel what is currently a 10.5 --> 11 (etc) and then everyone can order TTS?
     
  16. ghdvfddzgzdzg

    ghdvfddzgzdzg Senior member

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    Wow - What polish do you occasionally hit these with?

    why, i bet he uses the Mac Method.
     
  17. ChrisGold

    ChrisGold Senior member

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    why, i bet he uses the Mac Method.

    I'm sure he does, I was interested in the color.
     
  18. Dexter_

    Dexter_ Senior member

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    I am with you then in that minority. I love my grant last cap toes from Unionmade. From the look of a lot of the pics I see here a lot of guys seem to have wider feet, which isn't best with the grant last.

    [​IMG]

    I know it's been asked to death, but how did you size the grant last boots? I have fairly narrow feet but still a D width in most shoes.

    9.5C on Brannock. 9D on Grant.

    good looking shoe. enjoy wearing

    Thanks. Nice shine on the Cigar LWB!
     
  19. harrythedog

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    so i'm debating on a pair of shell indy's from the madison ave shop (thanks for the tip)! my only reluctance is the hand sewn stitching. will alden ever revist the machine stitching, or is this how it is going forward? anyone got inside scoop?
     
  20. Man with Apple

    Man with Apple Senior member

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    so i'm debating on a pair of shell indy's from the madison ave shop (thanks for the tip)! my only reluctance is the hand sewn stitching. will alden ever revist the machine stitching, or is this how it is going forward? anyone got inside scoop?
    Don't debate long bc they are going fast [​IMG] IMO, I really don't see what the big fuss is between hand sewn and machine stitched. Personally, I really appreciate Aldens dedication to hand sewn craftsmanship. I will admit that hand sewing can cause shoes to vary in appearance, but as I discussed with Nate, Aldens rep, this is something I actually like. He said you can actually tell which employee sewed the shoe bc different people pull the threads with different tension, causing a difference in the toe stitch. It's like the sewers thumbprint on your shoe.
     
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