Fitting Tips from Alden of Carmel
An Independent Shoe Store Selling Only Alden Shoes Since 1994
The key to fitting Alden shoes is the knowledge that Alden uses different "lasts". The last is the form, in the shape of a foot, which the leather is stretched over to make the shoe. Lasts are made in different shapes. Some lasts have broad, round toe areas (toe box), and some lasts have more narrow and pointed toe boxes.
Because of the different last shapes, the various Alden shoe models fit differently, and vary in size. Some models fit approximately 1/2 size larger than others.
The most popular Alden lasts, and their relative sizes compared to usual U.S. shoe sizes are:
Leydon last - fits approximately like a standard US size
Each Alden shoe is marked inside with its model number and size.
The model number is usually a three or four digit number such as 986, or 9901, etc...
The size is always written as the length of the shoe, and under that, the width of the shoe, such as:
9 10 1/2
In these examples, 9 and 10 1/2 are the length, and C/E and B/D are the width.
In U.S. shoe sizing, the widths are: A & B = Narrow, C & D = Medium, E, EE & EEE =Wide.
Inside each Alden shoe, the width of the shoes are written as:
A/C, B/D, C/E, etc.....
The width is written as a 'fraction', and the bottom of that 'fraction', (the denominator) is the width of the shoe.
Example: C/E = E width, or B/D = D width
When you place your order, we will help you to determine your correct size, if you do not already know your size in the shoe you have ordered.