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

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  1. WhatAboutBob

    WhatAboutBob Senior Member

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    http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index.cfm/fitting.htm

    The information provided here is pretty clear, but it doesn't address the differences in widths of each last. Allen Edmonds' website does a better job of describing their lasts.


    Thanks for the link, too bad there's not a cutaway / diagram showing or comparing the different lasts.
     


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    The last sizing is an issue I ran into when I purchased a pair of Ultimate Indy's. The half size up on the Trubalance last is a bit too wide, while the next size down is too snug. I guess I need an E width on the smaller size. Never thought my foot was particularly wide though. Anyone interested in a pair of Leather Soul Ultimate Indy's in 8.5 can pm me.
     


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    http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index.cfm/fitting.htm

    The information provided here is pretty clear, but it doesn't address the differences in widths of each last. Allen Edmonds' website does a better job of describing their lasts.


    The AE info is amusing. "The 1 is like the 3. The three is like the seven. The seven is kind of like the 1, but a little wider. The four is a great fitting last" (for who?).
     


  4. interlockingny

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    The problem with Barrie lasted cordo boots is they are either D width or NO width! [​IMG] I just sent a pair of 10D Barrie Ravello WTs back to Alden to get relasted wider, slightly too tight and causing irritation on a bunion toe that I didn't know I had till now. AldenDC said they wouldn't be quite E width, more D.5. If it works, I'll just make it a habit of purchasing a shoe/boot and sending it straight back to the factory to be resized as E width. Since there is no charge, there is no reason not to. Hope it works. I have worn my AF43 Trubalance boots everyday to work for 1.5 years, the heel insole, I think is worn out and I haven't seen any good replacements on the market. For those who haven't seen this, it is a anti-fungal, anti-odor green foam thingy, but it is topped with very nice leather. It is very comfortable. A question. I'm guessing I have to call Alden to purchase a new one as I haven't seen replacements offered at any of the Alden dealers? Great site and great information, thanks to all.
    IIRC, the difference between a D and E width on the Barrie last is 3/16" So rather than spend all that extra money of buying a D and having it resized, I think you could get away with wearing an E width and thicker socks. Edit: You said it didn't cost you anything, so you can disregard. However, rather than send a shoe back each time you make a purchase, why not order it an E and try the thicker socks?
     


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    the Alden website is pretty oddly sparce, I agree

    they rely on their retailers for a lot

    a definitive source for sizing/lasts would be helpful, but perhaps they dont want to project a false precision.

    for instance, I am basically an 8.75. I can often/usually wear a standard 8.5E or 9D. I can wear 8.5 D Aberdeen and 8.5D Barrie, while many (most?)others need to size down for Barrie.

    so at the end of the day, I still need to try the shoes on, b/c no "one size fits all" (pun intended) advice would have worked for me
     


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    They don't charge for re-lasting? [​IMG]

    I sent a pair back to them recently and asked if they could make a sizing change. They returned the shoes and said they wouldn't relast them. Did you go through a special channel to make it happen?
     


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    Cordo #8 Smooths, right out of the box. Not sure how I managed to live without these for so long

    [​IMG]
     


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    I sent a pair back to them recently and asked if they could make a sizing change. They returned the shoes and said they wouldn't relast them. Did you go through a special channel to make it happen?

    I inquired through an email that was provided on their website. From my understanding they no longer do sizing/width and last changes. They can however re-sole but it needs to be of the same size and width.
     


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    I sent a pair back to them recently and asked if they could make a sizing change. They returned the shoes and said they wouldn't relast them. Did you go through a special channel to make it happen?

    I went to the Alden DC store and they suggested to send them back, they told me there was no charge. I feel kinda bad, I didn't even buy the shoes from them and they're helping me like I did. I will make it a point to buy my next shoes from Alden DC, once I confirm exactly what works for me. However it's only been two weeks, maybe I get a call from Alden saying they won't relast them. We'll see.

    The Grant cap-toe boot last seemed to work when I tried them in the store, so that may be my next purchase.
     


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    Cordo #8 Smooths, right out of the box. Not sure how I managed to live without these for so long

    [​IMG]


    Those look bad ass. Makes me want some smooth toed shoes! That color makes me drool every time I see it.
     


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    I feel kinda bad, I didn't even buy the shoes from them and they're helping me like I did. I will make it a point to buy my next shoes from Alden DC, once I confirm exactly what works for me.

    Both the Alden DC and SF stores are outstanding for customer service.
     


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    anyone have worn pics of the natural chrom indy boots?
     


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    I'm wondering if anyone can tell me how the J. Crew 405's compare in color to the 403 Chromexcel? I don't like the color of the "regular" 405, it's a little light for my taste. I was going to get the J. Crew version because it's nice and dark then saw some 403's for sale in B&S and they actually look pretty similar in color to the J. Crew 405. Is there really not much of a difference, or are the pictures deceiving me?
     


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    from what I have seen the J Crew Indy is the same as the 403 Indy as far as leather goes. Only difference really is the stitching around the heel area on the J Crew boot...and maybe a slight difference in welt color.
     


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    from what I have seen the J Crew Indy is the same as the 403 Indy as far as leather goes. Only difference really is the stitching around the heel area on the J Crew boot...and maybe a slight difference in welt color.

    +1
     


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