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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread

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Disclaimer
I am in no way affiliated with Allen Edmonds.

I did a search here and nothing came up, so I would like all those who enjoy their Allen Edmonds shoes to participate in this thread.
With respect to the rich boys here, this thread is for the rest of us, to also enjoy our shoes too.
As most men in North America (if not the world) cannot afford to buy Alden and up,
we do have our own 'High End' shoe options; that being primarily Allen Edmonds.

I would respectfully request that no one make silly, immature or negative commentary on this thread. (Plenty enough of that on other threads ad nauseum.)
There is a great thread over at AAAC of one of their members' visit to the Allen Edmonds factory this year (2009)
The thread is titled My Trip to Allen Edmonds a.k.a. The CEO Factory Tour
Link is here >> http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...ad.php?t=95708

Please take the time to browse through the 5 pages on that thread. I am sure there is something for everyone, in particular some 'sneak previews' of AE's 2010 Spring lineup.
Some of those models I think may even win over some of the 'hard-boiled' anti-AE souls on here.

Sample photo of AE 2010 Spring Releases (courtesy of AAAC member gman-17)


I personally own over a dozen pair of AE's, and though I occasionally drool over Lobbs (etc),
I have to be practical in my spending, and there is no other company that can give the same quality for the price, than AE. (2nd runner-up to the Florsheim Kenmoor)

Discussion & photos of your favourite Allen Edmonds shoes is requested.
Discussion of all things positive is encouraged. Please share your favourite AE's with us.
What do you like on your favourite models? etc. whether old or newer models.
To those who do not like /suppport AE product, thank you for -not- participating in this thread
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I like those camp moccasins. Do you reckon they're suitable for sunny winter days?
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Is it a good idea to soak Allen-Edmonds in the tub for several hours to get rid of the tanning chemicals?


- B
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^^ OP: I enjoyed the photos but unfortunately I don't think you will win over any "hard-boiled" AE haters. They are very set in their ways.
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That shoe on the lower right (the Norwegian toe moccasin) looks very interesting.
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AE would get a lot more love around here if they could return to the quality and styles they offered in ye olde days. The Classic Collection is a good start in that direction, but they could do more to better execute these shoes.
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OP, You had me at the title, should have stopped typing and put a picture in the post instead of that tripe.
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I recently purchased my 3rd pair of AE (all eBay, all since joining SF in July), and like them. Definitely much better than what I was wearing before.
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Originally Posted by voxsartoria View Post
Is it a good idea to soak Allen-Edmonds in the tub for several hours to get rid of the tanning chemicals? - B
Only if you hang them to dry near a hot fire afterward; eschewing the use of a bath sheet, of course. And have I mentioned..."Curse you people for suckering me into this whole Allen Edmonds thing."? It was the restoration videos that really got to me. Show me a "how it's made" video and I'm yours for life. I still remember how they make basketballs from a film we saw at school (in the ancient, stone-age days before video for you youngsters). And I don't even care to play basketball.
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Originally Posted by greekgeek View Post
OP, You had me at the title, should have stopped typing and put a picture in the post instead of that tripe.
Seriously. And posting "no negativity" is just prodding people to do so. You learn that in 5th grade. Maybe OP is home schooled? The ones on the lower left are the only ones I'd consider but I don't really like the toe shape. I have a pair of black AEs (Saks model IIRC) that is exclusive for funerals and interviews. Got em for $75 so no complaints. I don't understand the attitude of careful spending getting mediocre middle of the road shoes. I'd rather buy cheap temporary stuff (that is required) and save up for the best that I really wanted. If you have 12+ pairs, you could have bought alot less and gotten something nicer. Quality>quantity One thing I really like about MC is you guys go for the best without cutting corners, AKA big tymers.
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Originally Posted by Big Punisher View Post
One thing I really like about MC is you guys go for the best without cutting corners, AKA big tymers.

To paraphrase Giles Corey's fictional sayings: "More welt!"


- B
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what were you wearing before?

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Originally Posted by eMacPaul View Post
I recently purchased my 3rd pair of AE (all eBay, all since joining SF in July), and like them. Definitely much better than what I was wearing before.
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My guess? JM & below.
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The best shoe in my collection is a pair of vintage allen edmonds shell wingtipd. I don't won any of their current models - I have nothing againsr AE, but I find most of their current shoes a bit meh. There are some nice models available, but nothing interesting enough to pull me over from my beloved aldens.


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I've been buying AE for a while now. I've got a pair of burgundy Hilcrests that are probably my favorite pair of shoes. Had them probably six years. They're big and heavy, and I like that in an American shoe. That said, I bought a pair of AE's last year, and it's clear the quality has gone downhill some. Leather isn't as good as what I'm accustomed, and some of the stitching has already come loose after a handful of wearings. It's bad enogh that my next purchase will probably be Alden or C+J. I wont mind paying a little more.
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