Review by A viewer (on 6/28/2013)
I was concerned that these shoes might possibly be a little larger than true size -- and first time slipping them on they felt "roomy." But within a few hours the inner soles and Van last uppers seemed to mold to my feet and felt perfect. I wore them 12 hours the first day; no problem!
Shape of the toe area is accommodating, versus other last designs. The stacked heel provides solid lateral platform...good... as I am a big guy.
The shell cordovan and workmanship are marvelous -- I have had compliments already (not that I really care...but it is nice!) I owned a "similar" pair from Brooks Bros. (same basic design) but the Alden brand is FULLY lined, and is really in a class by itself; Alden is just more shoe!
Don't let the shoe shine guy at the airport slobber on the polish -- they require very little to look new.
I am trying to decide which color leather to acquire next.
Shoe Size: Fits true to size, Shoe Width: Fits true to width