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Alden Captoe Bal, Brown Calfskin

If you wear suits regularly, the captoe bal can be a standby, the kind of shoe that will look classic with any relatively formal suit. Wear it as a subtle, classic compliment to a serious wardrobe.

If you don’t wear suits on a regular basis, the captoe bal is just the shoe for special occasions. With care, you could wear these to every special occasion and important meeting that you attend for the rest of your life. Either way, you’ll be well dressed.

Hampton Last, Brown Calfskin, Single Leather Soles

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Alden pre-orders available now

Four new Alden pre-orders are now available. We’ve brought back some classics, plus a couple of Alden x Leffot oldies that haven’t been around for a while. There’s the brown CXL longwing, the tobacco chamois longwing, the natural CXL Indy boot, and the reverse tobacco chamois Greenwich boot. You can place a pre-order via the links at the bottom of this post.

We’re also accepting requests for non-stock sizes via email and phone. The deadline for non-stock size requests is Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

The number of pairs in this pre-order is limited, and orders will be accepted while quantities last. Orders are on a first-come, first-served basis. We are unable to accept any requests before the launch time.

We suggest that you view the terms of our Alden Pre-Order Policy.

Longwing, Barrie Last, Brown Chromexcel, Double Waterlock Soles
Longwing, Barrie Last, Tobacco Chamois, Commando Soles
Greenwich Boot, Barrie Last, Reverse Tobacco Chamois, Commando Soles
Indy Boot, TruBalance Last, Horween Natural Chromexcel, Commando Soles

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Alden pre-orders

Four new Alden pre-orders will be available tomorrow, August 9, at 12:00 PM EDT. We’re bringing back some classics, plus a couple of Alden x Leffot oldies that haven’t been around for a while: the brown CXL longwing, the tobacco chamois longwing, the natural CXL Indy boot, and the reverse tobacco chamois Greenwich boot. Pre-orders will be accepted via the links at the bottom of this post.

We will also accept requests for non-stock sizes via email and phone at the same time. The deadline for non-stock size requests is Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

The number of pairs in this pre-order is limited, and orders will be accepted while quantities last. Orders are on a first-come, first-served basis. We are unable to accept any requests before the launch time.

We suggest that you view the terms of our Alden Pre-Order Policy.

Longwing, Barrie Last, Brown Chromexcel, Double Waterlock Soles
Longwing, Barrie Last, Tobacco Chamois, Commando Soles
Greenwich Boot, Barrie Last, Reverse Tobacco Chamois, Commando Soles
Indy Boot, TruBalance Last, Horween Natural Chromexcel, Commando Soles

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What do the numbers and letters inside my shoes mean?

Take a look inside your shoes and you’ll see some numbers and letters that seem to correspond to nothing at all. You probably know how to find your size, and likely your width, too, but what does all that other stuff mean? Let’s find out.

Edward Green

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Inside an Edward Green shoe, you’ll find the size listed in both UK and US sizes (7/7.5), the width (E), the last (202), and the order number (95178). The specs will usually be in an oval near the heel, but in some shoes, particularly those that are unlined, you’ll find them on the tongue. Note: The slash between the UK and US sizes is often mistaken for a 1, but it’s really a slash (we promise).

Alden

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In an Alden, you’ll see the size (7), of course, but you’ll also find two widths: one for the heel (B) and one for the ball (D). There’s also the model number (45164H) and some production information (4C27 018 2).

Gaziano & Girling

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Gaziano & Girling keeps things straightforward with the model’s name (Astaire), last (DG70), size (7.5), width (E), and order number (607). You’ll generally find this information on the underside of the tongue.

Saint Crispin’s

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Check the tongue of a pair of Saint Crispin’s and you’ll find, from left to right, the model number (553), skin (BCK), color (071), sole (GE8), and the size (6.5), width (E), and order number (11351).

Corthay

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Look inside a pair of Corthays and you’ll find nothing but smooth, soft leather. If you’re looking for the size, flip over the shoe and look at the sole. This pair’s in size 8.

John Lobb

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Most models from Lobb will have their size printed near the heel, though some will have it on the tongue. In this pair you can see the model name (Lopez), size (6.5), width (E), and last (4395).

Church’s

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Church’s can be tricky. The size is listed without a decimal point, so here you’ll find that a size 7 is marked 70. A 7.5 would be marked 75. There’s also the width (F), last (173), some production information, and the model name (Grafton).

Quoddy

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Quoddy keeps things simple. You’ll find the size (8) on the tongue.

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Alden x Leffot pre-orders now available

The Alden x Leffot two-eyelet chukka in natural CXL and our PT Boot in brown CXL are now available to pre-order.

Pre-orders for the chukka may be placed online at this link. Pre-orders for the PT boot may be placed here.

We are also accepting requests for non-stock sizes via email and phone. The deadline for non-stock size requests is Monday, August 4, 2014.

The number of pairs in this pre-order is limited, and orders will be accepted while quantities last. Orders are on a first-come, first-served basis. We are unable to accept any requests before the launch time.

We suggest that you view the terms of our Alden Pre-Order Policy.

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Two Alden pre-orders available tomorrow

Two new Alden pre-orders will be available tomorrow, August 1, at 12:00 PM EDT: a two-eyelet chukka in natural CXL and our PT Boot in brown CXL.

Pre-orders for the chukka may be placed online at this link. Pre-orders for the PT boot may be placed here.

We will also accept requests for non-stock sizes via email and phone at the same time. The deadline for non-stock size requests is Monday, August 4, 2014.

The number of pairs in this pre-order is limited, and orders will be accepted while quantities last. Orders are on a first-come, first-served basis. We are unable to accept any requests before the launch time.

We suggest that you view the terms of our Alden Pre-Order Policy.

 

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Alden x Leffot Dover, Cream Nubuck

White bucks are classic summer shoes. We made this pair from Alden in cream nubuck on micro soles that are lightweight and super comfortable. Wear them with shorts or chinos for cool summer steez.

Barrie Last, Cream Nubuck, Red Micro Soles

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Alden x Leffot Naval boot pre-order

UPDATE: This order is sold out.

Our Alden x Leffot Naval boot in black shell cordovan is now available to pre-order. Orders for stock sizes can be made on our online store. Non-stock size requests can be made via email or phone. The deadline for non-stock size requests is Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

The number of pairs in this pre-order is limited, and orders will be accepted while quantities last. Orders are on a first-come, first-served basis. We are unable to accept any requests before the launch time.

We suggest that you view the terms of our Alden Pre-Order Policy.

Barrie Last, Black Shell Cordovan, Double Leather Soles

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