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There's a Toronto Allen Edmonds store? I just looked at allenedmonds.com and there are no AE stores / outlets listed for Ontario. I did a search for allen edmonds bayview village and all I came up with was this thread.

Please let me know more about this Toronto AE store...

Thanks,

J

Sorry for the confusion, that conversation is about Toronto Brooks Brothers stores.
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Speaking of Toronto; has anyone found a decent belt that matches the Chili colour? I'm wearing my Chili Lasalles again today and the brown belt I picked out is much darker (and it's bothering me).

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I love my Strands, but they are not sleek.  Nor is the 5 last particularly sleek, which is why its detractors often call it blobby. 
I think this is about perspective too. For an American shoe, the 5 last is sleek, but compared to a European shoe, not so much. I think they are definitely sleeker than most Aldens.
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Being on the market for the navy blue plain toe bluchers, I pulled the trigger for the "Stewart"--an AE's make-up for Canvas Land's End. Given that AE does not often makes exclusive make-ups for other brands (and by this I mean the versions that would not be available on the AE website) I was curious to check them out. My benchmark for comparison was Alden's navy suede PTB made for Frans Boone

Please pardon my lacing--I had just a few minutes to try them on at work last night

Haven't decided whether I'll keep them, but earlier today I stumbled upon a pair of 1880 Loake's on Herring's website, that are on sale at 30% off and look almost identical to the Alden's model I referred to, apart from the metal eyelets: 

I know Loake doesn't get an overwhelming support on SF, but I found their 1880 line to be very decent, and it's a general consensus that there's much less variation in the quality of the suede between manufacturers than in the quality of the calf. 

I wonder what you, gentlemen, think about the navy suede Stewarts ($295) vs. Alden (~$500) vs. Loake ($190 on sale; $310 retail, assuming no import tax). FWIW, Lands' End does back up AE shoes with their life-time warranty, which is terrific! 

I actually like the contrast between the suede and the sole/welt.
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Totally a personal preference on this one. Keep in miond though that as far as the trim color issue it would be very simple to buy some chili edge dressing from AE and darken it up.
That would only take of the sole edge not the welt though right?
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Nice find.

What is the style number? It appears they might be well-aged burgundy shell, which gets incorrectly described on ebay all the time as brown shell. Either way, congrats.

Below is a pic of the style number. I'm not sure I see anywhere on the shoe that looks like it may have been merlot at some point. The inside of the shoes is still pretty new looking and the soles don't have a ton of wear. Also a pic of them in the wild!


Yep 9097= burgundy shell. They patina to a nice dark brown. Nice find!
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I ended up sizing down 1/2 size for my Neumoks, similar to the other shoes on the 5 last, and went one width up. I have size 9 1/2 as measured at a local AE store, and my 9E Neumoks fit just great. 


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posted this in the suede thread but figured I'd get a faster response here. I read on the AE website that the the Neumoks run a half a size smaller than the regular shoes in this last such as the fifth avenue, park avenue and strands..



Can you guys shed some light as I'm gonna pick these guys up for casual wear


I also went 1/2 size down on my neumoks. Not for my 5th aves. I don't know why. Also, I'm talking about the unlined leather neumoks. Not the suede ones.
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Chocolate brown Williams with AE socks 3KdPODr.jpg?3

Those look fantastique!  Take notes AE: this is how pix should look on your site.

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I also went 1/2 size down on my neumoks. Not for my 5th aves. I don't know why. Also, I'm talking about the unlined leather neumoks. Not the suede ones.

I should have clarified, mine are suede Neumoks. This said, I would imagine both suede and leather have the same fit, although obviously suede is more pliable. 

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Totally a personal preference on this one. Keep in miond though that as far as the trim color issue it would be very simple to buy some chili edge dressing from AE and darken it up.

That would only take of the sole edge not the welt though right?

I don't have any experience using the "travel size" edge dressing applicators from AE, but the foam applicator on the full-size bottles is shaped in such a way that it is fairly easy to apply the dressing to the welt and the heel/sole edge, at least for shoes with a split reverse welt.

The shape of the welt provides an inside corner that helps guide the angled tip of the applicator, and you can get good coverage against both "faces" of the welt. I've personally done this without difficulty for a number of pairs with split reverse welts (mostly, applying natural dressing to new pairs of shoes with a natural-colored edge and welt).

Over-coloring a natural-colored edge & welt shouldn't be too tough; just have a dry cloth to remove any excess as you go, and apply thin coats until you reach the desired tone.


I imagine you'd have a lot more trouble trying to do this with shoes that have a regular welt, though. Were that the case, you'd probably have to mask off the upper with tape, or apply the dressing with something different than the built-in applicator (maybe a Q-tip?), to ensure you don't get edge dressing onto the upper.
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Burgundy McAllisters with AE socks
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Very nice, picked up a few pairs of their colorful socks on Tuesday, I like them pretty well so far
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Chocolate brown Williams with AE socks 3KdPODr.jpg?3

 

Great looking shoes!

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I picked up a pair of Park Avenues back in February and while polishing them a while back I noticed that the leather at the bottom of the right heel looks like it's splitting apart down by the sole

 

 

 

I guess I kind of ignored it for a while (probably stupidly), but I noticed a similar issue on the left heel last week when I was polishing them again:

 

 

 

Is this a quality issue or maybe a matter of buying a shoe made from a last that doesn't quite fit my foot right or something? Is it worth worrying about and potentially trying to get them exchanged? I noticed it after about 6 weeks of wearing them twice a week. Kind of seems like it shouldn't be happening.

 

It is not unheard of to see a small scrape in the leather near the welt from the saw blade that is used to remove the protective shrink wrap from the shoe leaves a small mark.  Those look like they could be from that.  They would certainly be considered "defects", and if your shoes are seconds, then that is one of the reasons.  The problem definitely isn't from a last that doesn't fit you.  Pain from wearing them would set in  and keep you from being able to wear them way before your could cause damage to the shoe upper.   

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I think this is about perspective too. For an American shoe, the 5 last is sleek, but compared to a European shoe, not so much. I think they are definitely sleeker than most Aldens.

I agree, when compared to the bluntly styled shoes that the average man wears, the 5 last looks quite sleek in comparison. I once had my friend's wife describe my PAs as "dainty".
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Very nice, picked up a few pairs of their colorful socks on Tuesday, I like them pretty well so far

Yup, my first couple of pairs as well; took advantage of the sale. No complaints so far either
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Speaking of Toronto; has anyone found a decent belt that matches the Chili colour? I'm wearing my Chili Lasalles again today and the brown belt I picked out is much darker (and it's bothering me).
You could always go with the AE chili belt if you don't mind mail ordering. It is a bit wide for a dress belt, though maybe you are looking for something slightly more casual for the LaSalle. A more refined version would be the Crockett and Jones chestnut dress belt, though I assume that would not be available locally for you either.
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