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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. kalanigee

    kalanigee Senior member

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    I don't know Varvatos or Five Ten's fit, but I had to size down 1/2 a size from my Chucks on the Trubalance. I'd personally say size 8, but that's just my opinion.

    Originally posted this in the ask a question get an answer thread.

    I'm interested in buying a pair of Alden Indy, but am unsure what size I should get.
    I've read to many size posts on the forum, most of it conflicting.

    For reference I wear:
    Varvatos Chucks - size 8.5
    Five Ten Basic - size 9
    Varvatos loafers - size 9D

    According to Alden the Trubalance last run a half size larger than marked.

    Would this make my ideal Indy size a 8.5?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. erbs

    erbs Senior member

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  3. MS007

    MS007 Senior member

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    Ok, after my thread died...maybe this is the right place to post this. Does anyone own the Alden for Winn Perry "Little Tank"? I would love to see pictures of the boots worn and if someone has seen/owns it what colour has it? More grayish or brown? The winn perry pictures differ a little bit from these I found on flickr (regarding colour). [​IMG] [​IMG] And a kinda related side-note: Alden for Winn Perry Round 3: [​IMG] Thank you! -MS
     
  4. ysb

    ysb Senior member

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    Hi I was trying to figure out what last this one pair of Aldens are. I only have pictures.

    on the inside is this writing:

    11b/d 7H 041TR (or IR) 2

    I'm trying to figure out if I'll be able to fit in this shoe since I'm a true 11.5 but I've read on some models to size down

    They're plain toe bluchers with 4 eyelets if that helps anymore.

    Thanks!
     
  5. mrsmiff

    mrsmiff Well-Known Member

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    Kiya,
    I'm working over at Unionmade in SF. we are getting Alden saddles in a couple months. I believe the main body is white nubuck with navy calf saddles and a brick sole. they're going to be sweet.

    we have some other special Aldens in the works so I will keep y'all posted!



    Can you do pre-orders so those of us who don't wear a "D" width can get in on the action?
     
  6. randomkoreandude

    randomkoreandude Senior member

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    context's alden black tankers just came in and are ready to be shipped ... someone please take my 8.5D
     
  7. jasonfoote303

    jasonfoote303 Senior member

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    Can you do pre-orders so those of us who don't wear a "D" width can get in on the action?

    the saddle shoes and a couple others have been ordered already but with upcoming orders, yes.

    I will be posting details shortly of upcoming releases and we can take pre-orders then
     
  8. breakz

    breakz Senior member

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    [​IMG]

    Wow.
     
  9. SeventyFive

    SeventyFive Well-Known Member

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    Just as an FYI, it looks like Shoemart has a nearly full stock of D width cigar long wings. Too bad that I'm a C width... [​IMG]
     
  10. bakatora

    bakatora Senior member

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    My Epaulet x Alden Brixton boots:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    These are my first pair of Aldens. They definitely won't be my last.
     
  11. kinetic

    kinetic Senior member

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    So if I'm a 7.5 in the Leydon (Chukka boot) should I go for a 7 in the Barrie last?

    Looking into some longwings.
     
  12. LeatherSOUL

    LeatherSOUL Senior member

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    So if I'm a 7.5 in the Leydon (Chukka boot) should I go for a 7 in the Barrie last?

    Looking into some longwings.


    Yes. 7.5D Leydon would be 7D Barrie.
     
  13. slide13

    slide13 Senior member

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    My Epaulet x Alden Brixton boots:

    These are my first pair of Aldens. They definitely won't be my last.


    Great looking boots!
     
  14. false

    false Senior member

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    I've been through the thread in the past but can't remember the answer to this question: what is the difference between barrie and true balance? I tried on a pair of Indys and really liked the true balance fit but I've got a thing for NST boots (particulary #8 with a crepe sole if I can find it). Now I'm back in Tokyo and can't find anywhere to try on the barrie. I've heard they're similar but can anyone tell me what to expect? I'm an 8D in true balance.

    Also, I googled around but should I avoid wearing cordovan in the rain? I found some threads on askandy and people were just going back and forth over whether or not cordovan holds up well in the wet. I don't want to buy a 700 pair of shoes (likely on a commando sole) and then have to check weather reports before venturing out in them. Overall are cordovan boots tougher for city living or should I stick to something more utilitarian like the Indy? Right now I'm waffeling between Trickers Stow, 405's, and at the high end, #8 NST.
     
  15. KitAkira

    KitAkira Senior member

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    I've been through the thread in the past but can't remember the answer to this question: what is the difference between barrie and true balance? I tried on a pair of Indys and really liked the true balance fit but I've got a thing for NST boots (particulary #8 with a crepe sole if I can find it). Now I'm back in Tokyo and can't find anywhere to try on the barrie. I've heard they're similar but can anyone tell me what to expect? I'm an 8D in true balance. Also, I googled around but should I avoid wearing cordovan in the rain? I found some threads on askandy and people were just going back and forth over whether or not cordovan holds up well in the wet. I don't want to buy a 700 pair of shoes (likely on a commando sole) and then have to check weather reports before venturing out in them. Overall are cordovan boots tougher for city living or should I stick to something more utilitarian like the Indy? Right now I'm waffeling between Trickers Stow, 405's, and at the high end, #8 NST.
    It's water resistant but from what I've read some people have experienced swelling of the leather (bumpiness) when the cordovan gets wet. How can you not find anywhere to try on a pair of Aldens in Japan? They're everywhere there
     
  16. false

    false Senior member

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    Every place I've been only carries modified but I'm going to go look more today.
    Edit: Thanks LeatherSOUL
     
  17. LeatherSOUL

    LeatherSOUL Senior member

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    Most places also carry the Barrie. Look for the 990, 9901, and 1339, which should be in almost every Alden retailer in Japan. You should also be an 8D.
     
  18. MS007

    MS007 Senior member

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    Wow.

    Exactly my thoughts. Now I am eager to get some impressions from people who actually have the boot. [​IMG]
     
  19. MiniW

    MiniW Senior member

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    so I've had a tendency to baby my new shell shoes, but of the 1-2 old pairs I've bought off ebay, I've wore them in the rain (heavy rain) and they look absolutely fine after drying off with shoes trees in them. If it is raining outside I still wouldn't choose my newer shell shoes as my go to shoes but I wouldn't necessarily worry about them if it was wet outside. I mean, if you really think about it, would Alden really make $700 shoes that gets "ruined" in wet weather? They'd be out of business long ago if that was the case.
     
  20. Dewey

    Dewey Senior member

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    I have a question about the Thomas heel:

    [​IMG]
    Do all trubalance-last Alden boots come with the Thomas heel? Or is this just an Indy boot feature?
     
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