Review by Jason (on 2/19/2014)
First a comment on the Shoe Mart. Fast turn around and they use FedEx so the delivery was by 10:30AM. They require a signature so I stayed home from work this morning to sign for my new shoes. Second, I viewed and re-viewed the video on trying on Alden shoes. I followed the direction given. I slipped my right foot ever so gently into the shoe and used a shoe horn. The characteristic Cordovan wavy wrinkle was there no way around it. It didn't matter that I was on carpet. The wrinkle was impossible to avoid. Never the less, the new Alden Shell Cordovan Chukka Boots fit as perfect as any shoe I've owned. The half size down suggestion is appropriate. I've never spent more than $425.00 on a pair of shoes before usually just slip on dress shoes that I try to match with jeans as well as suits. These new Chukkas are in a class all by themselves in terms of fit and finish. I shopped everywhere online and The Shoe Mart while not always the lowest on each shoe they are right there and appear to have a good arrangement with Fedex so the shipping chareges added in make it all the same. Stick with The Shoe Mart.
Shoe Size: Fits half size larger, Shoe Width: Fits true to width