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I have used it 5 times and all results were great. This is the only photos I have at this time.

 

It looks like they did a pretty good job cleaning up the uppers.

 

Are those nubuck shoes part of the "corporate casuals" line?

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Considering that even the company CEO is now reading StyleForum to hear about and get feedback on AE shoes, I for one am curious about the recrafting service. If anyone has sent their shoes in for this, maybe post up with pictures of the before and after, talk about the overall experience and time to get this done, results? Suggestions? It sounds like a good idea, to spend 20-25% of the cost of the shoes to get an almost as good-as-new shoe that you know you like, and maybe even better because it's already broken in?

Their recrafting service does an amazing job and I researched it a lot prior to sending it to them and most have had similar, positive experiences. It can take a bit of time to get them back though, I think on average it has been 4 weeks for me. They say they only recommend recrafting 3-4 times total, at least in my exchanges with them.

I have typically sent my shell cordovans in for recrafting. I'm not convinced the recrafting is worth it on calf leather models since the recraft can cost half the price of a new pair if you get their $150 service.
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Originally Posted by helius0 View Post

It looks like they did a pretty good job cleaning up the uppers.

Are those nubuck shoes part of the "corporate casuals" line?

Yes, those are part of the Corporate Casuals collection. I bought those at the Chicago AE store in about 1998.

Chris
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So I've decided to definitively answer my own question about the colors of brown shell Strands versus Dark Brown shell Dundees; I've decided to add to the family - Dundees have been ordered.  Will post a new picture with them to show the difference when I get them.  Also, I will add to the picture when I obtain some Cappuccino shell shoes. 

 

AppleMark

 

What a great collection and picture, as are all of yours. I too wondered about the color difference and ordered the brown shell Patriot for the same reason. I am very interested in your thoughts once you have the Dark Brown Dundees in hand to compare. You know we could have tackled customer service with that question instead, but I kind of liked the idea as an excuse to order another pair better.

 

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Mr. Grangaard (and fellow SF brothers),

I just went out to the living room and read this message to my wife.  I told her that Allen Edmonds just earned a life-time customer.  I also told her that I will spend money on shoes I don't even need, just because I appreciate the Allen Edmonds business model and CEO.  You "get it".   

 

AE produces a quality product, invests in America, focuses on customer service, and honors members of the U.S. military by providing military pricing through AAFES.  Now Allen Edmonds' CEO is reaching out to its loyal customer base in a transparent and honest offer to give us a chance to have the exact version of the shoe we want????

 

Insane. 

 

Sadly, I will not be taking you up on the kind offer- I've still got a list of regular line shoes to buy - (shell Leeds for my military uniform are up next- saving my nickles).  But I wanted to say that the immensity of what you have just done it is not lost on us and we will reward Allen Edmonds' loyalty with ours. 

 

Your new life-long customer,

Tom Horner

U.S. Navy

I wasn't comfortable replying back to your post on the other thread as that one is focused on another brand and not AE. But you nailed it in your response here and now understand why I am so loyal to AE. Welcome aboard :-)

 

Yes your Admiral will notice your shoes, he didn't get that far without paying attention to detail. And your men even more so, I am a firm believer in leadership by example. Every year I still get together for 2 weeks with the Admiral and several other retired military men and our dogs to hunt pheasant in SD. And look forward to the next year as soon as we depart.

 

About my screen name thing that you mentioned, Cold Iron is an old Naval Engineering term for the ship being shut down and hotel services are being received from the pier. It also means you are no longer at sea deployed away from home and family. The first 10 years or so weren't too bad but it gets harder and harder each deployment to leave your family. I had more sea time than Moby Dick and toward the end of my career looked forward to the day that I was Cold Iron and no longer had to leave my family. But wouldn't have given up my experiences and service for anything else, no regrets.

 

Looking forward to seeing pictures of you wearing your Leeds in uniform someday. Very much so! In the mean time keep your head on a swivel and be safe.

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Where can I still pickup some pebbled grain Leeds in black?
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eBay
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Whiskey would be great, as would #4.  Good luck on the others.  I think with the shell shortage, it's just not likely.  Alden, for example, can't keep up with the demand in any of the "exotic" colors. AE's model seems to be different than Alden's though - AE procures the material from Horween first, then decides what shoe model to use with it, then offers it to the public.  I just keep pinging my contacts at AE and watching the webgems area and hoping... 

 

+1  One of the reasons I enjoy buying from Allen Edmonds - the customer service is outstanding.  I love seeing that the customer 1st attitude goes all the way to the top.  Just think: quality shoes that can last decades, made in the USA, top quality materials, and great customer service to top it all off!  That's a recipe for a great company.  

 

GOP - I hope they will be able to get you some walnut shell.  From my recollection, Walnut shell was different than Cappuccino (which Horween calls Truffle).  Similar, but the walnut is lighter with deep brown hues in it.  I think Cold Iron has a few great pictures comparing them - but here are a few I found... Walnut first, then Cappuccino.  I'm still kicking myself for not getting the cappuccino McAllisters... over a year later.

 

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Below: my walnut Daltons.  

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Paul, thank you for taking the time to post here - I trust you will find a strong contingent of members here who are borderline nutty about your shoes, strong advocates of your brand and appreciate the time and attention.

Once again I agree with everything you said bucksfan, and very well said as always.

 

Walnut is the lightest of the brown shell colors AE offers although shell isn't always perfect or the same color every batch, it varies. Here is a picture of the samples they sent me:

 

And a picture of the Dundee in every shell color offered by AE that I am aware of.

 

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

 

What a great collection and picture, as are all of yours. I too wondered about the color difference and ordered the brown shell Patriot for the same reason. I am very interested in your thoughts once you have the Dark Brown Dundees in hand to compare. You know we could have tackled customer service with that question instead, but I kind of liked the idea as an excuse to order another pair better.

 

Thanks for the compliment!  I've always loved your shell collection.  I spoke with customer service.  They said that the brown and dark brown are similar, yet different.  My local SA told me that the difference is a big difference, but didn't have either color in stock.  Another SA told me there's almost no difference.  Since I couldn't get a straight answer, I thought I'd settle it once and for all. I've wanted shell chukkas for a while anyways, so this was a good excuse.  

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And a picture of the Dundee in every shell color offered by AE that I am aware of.

 

 

So it looks like you're missing either brown or dark brown.  Assuming, of course, that they are actually different colors.  

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Once again I agree with everything you said bucksfan, and very well said as always.

Walnut is the lightest of the brown shell colors AE offers although shell isn't always perfect or the same color every batch, it varies. Here is a picture of the samples they sent me:




And a picture of the Dundee in every shell color offered by AE that I am aware


Isn't the one with the lighter welt (top, left) Alden ravello?
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StyleForum Friends -
Incredible offer from P. Grangaard (Click to show)
Thanks very much for your great interest and support of Allen Edmonds. I'm seriously impressed and, on behalf of the company, honored by the 615 pages in this thread. I want you to know that we strive to live up to your high standards every single day, not just in product quality and styling but also in customer service. Customized shoes require special processing and, as you'd expect, aren't as efficiently done as our long production runs of in-line shoes. However, in return for your support, if it's a leather we carry in another style that you'd like on your chosen shoe but is not currently offered -- or if it's a width on a legacy last (such as the 5, the 7, the 8 or the 1) that isn't currently offered -- just send me an email at pgrangaard@allenedmonds.com. If we can do it for you, we will. The pricing will be "ad hoc" based on degree of difficulty, but I'm eager to give you a special deal. If we can't do it, I'll explain why. In other words, we'll do whatever we can to return your loyalty and trust.
Thanks very much again to you all and best wishes,
Paul

I've watched as companies have whittled away at their stock offerings to the point that searching on Zappos for my size yields zero dress shoes. Allen Edmonds, meanwhile, has maintained fifteen shoes representing eight distinct styles in AA widths. That alone has sufficed. But now, to know that I'll finally be able to order burgundy shell longwings without resorting to eBay -- that is absolutely golden. It's so rare to find the "if it can be done, we'll do it" mentality in a large corporation. I am floored.

Thank you!
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Any chance that the Purple Suede webgems will be back and on sale?

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Awesome service by Allen Edmonds!
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anyone ever heard of allen edmonds fairlawn shoes? anybody know the last or how they fit?
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Oh my gawd- for a split second there I saw the shell samples and thought, "Wow I knew they made matching belts but now they have iPhone covers to match, too??" satisfied.gif

 

I'm sure if they did there are people on here who would buy them... one to match each pair of shoes...

 

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Once again I agree with everything you said bucksfan, and very well said as always.

 

Walnut is the lightest of the brown shell colors AE offers although shell isn't always perfect or the same color every batch, it varies. Here is a picture of the samples they sent me:

 

And a picture of the Dundee in every shell color offered by AE that I am aware of.

 

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