Review by Steve (on 7/5/2016)
The Alden LWB in black is my third pair of Alden shell and they are exceptional. The construction is flawless. I am used to reading comments on shoes from other makers and there are frequent comments such as "Should I be accepting this?.." as they observe minor "defects" on stitching or other superficial issues. No such comments can be made on the LWB I purchased. The construction was wonderful and the shell quality was excellent. I could not have asked for more.
For me, the shoe was comfortable right out of the box. I could rightly expect a break in period with a double oak sole, but I enjoyed them from the first day in the office. My work, however, does not require walking excessive distances and your experience may vary. I felt they got more comfortable by the hour.
As for fit, I would listen to the recommendation to adjust the length by 1/2 size as that seems to be the prominent advise on a Barrie lasted shoe. I normally get 11 EEE in other brands and the right shoe is usually tight. The Barrie last is somewhat larger and fit me wonderfully right out of the box. My take-home opinion is that the shell LWB is a fantastic shoe that is immediately a main part of my shoe wardrobe and to be worn frequently. The quality and construction will insure that it will last me many years and will likely go to my son. I am so happy that I "pulled the trigger" on these classic gunboat shoes.
Shoe Size: Fits true to size, Shoe Width: Fits true to width