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Originally Posted by jbcohen View Post

What is the web address to this shoe bank?  The only site that I can come up with is shoebank.org which appears to be a charity organization that gives sneakers to poor children.  Clearly I have the wrong address.

No website, but an email address: shoebank@allenedmonds.com

 

That's the factory store, but there's other 'outlet' stores that have equally good service such as the Brookfield one.

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A few folks have asked me how I obtained my Amok firsts for $99.00.  I was at a Shoe Bank during the recent Memorial Day sale when seconds were on sale for $99.00.  Because they didn't have my size in stock the salesperson offered to have them ordered from the factory (firsts) for the same price.  I believe he did this out of an act of kindness in addition to my ordering five pairs of shoes in the past few months and knowing I'll likely be buying more during the upcoming tent sale.  So, the $99.00 for firsts wasn't any sort of special deal - it was due to the fantastic customer service this company offers which helped earn them a customer for life!  Up next: a better fitting pair of Walnut Strands and possibly a pair of boots.  I love the Haight and Ashbury and am thinking about picking up a pair of those...

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The Receptionist just called me that a box had been delivered for me (the result of my seconds orders plus trees, polish, daubers, clothes), she said I was grinning like a kid on Christmas... Unfortunately I had to step into a meeting so it's sitting there unopened..... taunting me.


Edited by evilWagon - 5/30/13 at 7:48am
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Originally Posted by MrJoyboy View Post


Very few people wear a 3E which is very wide. What you probably need is a bigger size. I've found that people on here underestimate their length and don'tseem to take into account that their real size is not just measured length but measured arch. Get a longer size and adjust for width and the shoes will fit.

I always wore a D width, until I was professionally fitted for a length size down, and a eee width.  Depends on the shoe style and shoe last.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Odradek View Post

Being far far away from any Allen Edmonds store or Brannock device, I've printed out Allen Edmonds Shoe Fit Guide.
http://www.allenedmonds.com/wcsstore/AllenEdmonds/Attachment/content/size_and_fit_guide.pdf

Has anyone used it and found the results accurate?

 
 

Yes, my wife helped me measure my feet - standing with heel firmly against the wall (as the instructions suggest).  Then when I spoke to the sales manager, he said an in-store sizing will be more accurate because we tend to stand flat-footed on the paper scale - when we most normally stand with an arch.  And the arch can determine another size altogether.

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Originally Posted by jbcohen View Post

Before you go buy some shoes make sure you look at the results of a recent survey about the top twenty men's dress dress shoe makers at:  ranker.com/crowedranked-list/top-men_s-shoe-designers.  You will find that Charles Tyrwhitt is not among the top twenty shoe makers however Allen Edmonds is and they are number 2.  

The correct link is here:

 

http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/top-men_s-shoe-designers

 

Anyone here, in this AE Appreciation Thread, can vote instantly for AE shoes - which currently lags less than 20 votes from becoming NUMBER ONE.

 

But be careful not to mention the voting to the other forum members who are in the Alden Appreciation Thread.  It may become a Battle of the Mem - Branes.  [ grin ]

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This is a somewhat unique request, but has anyone in Canada purchased a belt to match their merlot shoes? I was hoping to find something cheaper than the AE belts, but can only find black/brown belts in the stores so far. 

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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

Here are the new Daltons.  I love the color.

 

Yes, the style and color look great - but what about the fit??  It looks like the tongue of the boot is wider than the recommended width when laced.  (I have seen many other examples and posted pictures today showing similar gaps in the tongue suggesting the width is too small.)

 

As for the Dalton, here is the factory photo of a good tongue fit:

 

 

 

 

 

See the following:

 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/141581/allen-edmonds-appreciation-thread/20415#post_6326025

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Originally Posted by Fabian43 View Post


Pic shoes your pants cuffed? Is that how you always wear your pants with Dalton's? I have 2 pairs of Long Branch and am considering a pair of Dalton's but curious if I would need to cuff my pant legs to show 'em off

 

Outward cuff or inward cuff . . . I have seen both.

 

And when sitting, the cuff rides up a bit to show off the boot:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post

As far as determining whether or not something is corrected grain when looking online or in a catalog, you want to look for things labeled as full-grain leather or 100% calf leather or something like that. That generally identifies non-corrected grain leather.

 

Full-grain, calfskin and 100% calf leather denote just that, nothing more.  They guarantee that you are not purchasing split grain or top grain, but do not guarantee that there is not a corrected grain finish where the surface was sanded off and a chemical finish applied.  Ron Rider recently discussed this issue in the shoe care thread in pointing out that most black calfskin shoes are corrected grain.  Since that discussion, I have come to suspect that a 10 month old pair of non-AE full grain leather shoes are corrected grain.  The suspect pair is very uniform in its color with a somewhat unnatural shine and it simply lacks the same depth or patina as my similarly aged AE's.

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Originally Posted by proximal View Post

I got my Brooks Brothers Neumok seconds today.  I ordered them in the same size as my Strands but they seem a lot narrower in the toe box.  Is there something about the unlined design of the Neumok that makes it fit differently even though both are on the 5-65 last??  Or is the BB version on a different last?  You can kind of see the difference here along the outside edge in the toe area.


 

Is the unlined suede material of the Neumok more prone to stretching to accommodate?

My suede neumoks (AE branded) definitely fit differently than my Fifth Aves.  I thought since they were the same last I would know for sure what size to buy, but I ended up taking a half size smaller in the neumoks due to length. Even then they don't fit as snugly in the heel as the FAs.  The neumoks do feel narrower in the toe box.  I haven't broken the neumoks in enough yet to know if they stretch much.

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Ah, Brooks Brothers, how are their shoes?  I knew they made shoes have never tried them.

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Originally Posted by Scottyb06 View Post

A few folks have asked me how I obtained my Amok firsts for $99.00.  I was at a Shoe Bank during the recent Memorial Day sale when seconds were on sale for $99.00.  Because they didn't have my size in stock the salesperson offered to have them ordered from the factory (firsts) for the same price.  I believe he did this out of an act of kindness in addition to my ordering five pairs of shoes in the past few months and knowing I'll likely be buying more during the upcoming tent sale.  So, the $99.00 for firsts wasn't any sort of special deal - it was due to the fantastic customer service this company offers which helped earn them a customer for life!  Up next: a better fitting pair of Walnut Strands and possibly a pair of boots.  I love the Haight and Ashbury and am thinking about picking up a pair of those...

I too want to rave about AE's customer service.  I ordered a bunch of shoe care stuff - laces, polish, cream, trees, etc early this week.  I live in Canada, but right at the border.  So I have packages delivered to a mail service place in the US...a half hour drive from my house.  I have another package waiting for me at the mail place.  So I got on a chat with AE, wondering if they could 'push' my order out the door ASAP - same day I ordered, on Tuesday.  Girl comes right back on the chat, saying she had changed my order shipping manner to overnight Fedex, at NO EXTRA COST!  Amazing customer service!  So I will grab both packages on Saturday morning...just makes you want to work for AE!  Seems like a great company to work for, as well as buy from.

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So I just got my Amoks from close out and there is something weird about them. The pictures don't do it justice but there is a visible raised line along each shoe



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Originally Posted by BCer View Post

I live in Canada, but right at the border.  So I have packages delivered to a mail service place in the US...a half hour drive from my house. 

I hope the proposed border fees will get voted down:

 

See http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130529/NEWS04/130529128/border-entry-fee-study-sparks-opposition-from-canadians

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Originally Posted by jbcohen View Post

Ah, Brooks Brothers, how are their shoes?  I knew they made shoes have never tried them.

 

Brooks Brothers doesn't make their own shoes, they rebrand shoes made by other manufacterers.  Their quality is generally comparable to the reputation of the maker, though in some cases they make them from alternative materials that are not considered equal.  For instance, the shoes that Allen Edmonds makes for them utilize a Poron insole, which isn't as good in my opinion (though it may offer more immediate comfort) as the natural leather insole used by most AE's.  Other common manufacterers of BB's shoes are Crockett and Jones and Alfred Sargent (rebranded with the Peal logo), Alden, and apparently Loake now makes some.  There are some cheap shoes that are made in El Salvador that I've seen in stores, and I'm not sure who makes them.  BB sells shoes that aren't rebranded as well, and should be every bit the quality of the manufacterer that made them (Rancourt, Red Wing, Edward Green, etc.).   

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