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I know black shoes don't get much love in this thread, but sometimes the austerity and simplicity of them is just right . . . hence, on a casual Friday, black calf Norwiches:



I like them and plan on getting a pair eventually. How do they fit compared to your other AEs? Larger, smaller, same?
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I know black shoes don't get much love in this thread, but sometimes the austerity and simplicity of them is just right . . . hence, on a casual Friday, black calf Norwiches:


I like them and plan on getting a pair eventually. How do they fit compared to your other AEs? Larger, smaller, same?

 

Tighter in the toe and looser in the heel.  I'm a 9.5 E in other lasts, but a 10 or even 10.5 D in this one would probably be at least a small improvement.  (At the time I got these, I wasn't quite as sophisticated in my knowledge of the lasts as I am now.  They are very good seconds and were 15% off even that price, so I'm more than satisfied with them nevertheless.)

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Anyone heard from Allison lately? I have like 3 or 4 emails into her over the last few weeks trying to complete an MTO. It shouldn't be this hard to give them my money...

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I always find it fascinating when people say Allen Edmond is a great choice for quality footwear for many of the aforementioned reasons in this thread: quality, durability and price. I whole heartedly agree with everything except for the notion that AE will save you money over the long run. Yes, one pair will undoubtedly last you over a decade if proper care is taken. However, people who purchase Allen Edmonds hardly stop after one pair or even a few pairs. Once you purchase that ONE good quality shoe, you then start to realize what else you may need. Before you know it, you have two more shoes shipping to your home address, while you’re online looking for other possibilities to “round out” your collection. Things start to get worse once you realize that $500 dollars for other shoe makers' footwear or a bit more for shell isn’t out of your consideration anymore. Nobody would jump from a $60 dollar pair of Kenneth Coles to a $550 pair of C&Js. But after owning a few AEs, you can either buy more AEs or branch out to other shoemakers: Carmina, C&J etc… Therefore you will not be saving money, but you will unequivocally enjoy wearing whatever’s on your foot more so than ever before.

Now back to finding out what I need in this upcoming sale, Shell Leeds or Shell Park Avenues. My hunch is, no matter which pair I buy, I will eventually have both sooner rather than later…

Can't get enough of this stuff, haha.

 

I was at a party at a restaurant in DC Wednesday night in the Chinatown area. As I was leaving, making my way to the metro, I literally was stopped in my tracks. I had no idea there was an Alden store in DC. 

 

Six months ago I had never heard of AE, and certainly never heard of Alden. 

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Anyone heard from Allison lately? I have like 3 or 4 emails into her over the last few weeks trying to complete an MTO. It shouldn't be this hard to give them my money...


Its taken her about 3 weeks to reply to my emails. I first emailed for my MTO in november-ish, and I got the invoice for it today (we discussed options for a little while). She's super backed up. If you're in a rush, call her. I won't be able to wear my MTO for a few months due to the weather here, so my slow email correspondence with her was acceptable.

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Things start to get worse once you realize that $500 dollars for other shoe makers' footwear or a bit more for shell isn’t out of your consideration anymore. Nobody would jump from a $60 dollar pair of Kenneth Coles to a $550 pair of C&Js. But after owning a few AEs, you can either buy more AEs or branch out to other shoemakers: Carmina, C&J etc… Therefore you will not be saving money, but you will unequivocally enjoy wearing whatever’s on your foot more so than ever before.
 

Quite. In the span of one year, J&M went from being too expensive to being too shoddy.  

 

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Anyone heard from Allison lately? I have like 3 or 4 emails into her over the last few weeks trying to complete an MTO. It shouldn't be this hard to give them my money...

 

I spoke to her on the phone yesterday morning.

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I was at a party at a restaurant in DC Wednesday night in the Chinatown area. As I was leaving, making my way to the metro, I literally was stopped in my tracks. I had no idea there was an Alden store in DC. 

 

Six months ago I had never heard of AE, and certainly never heard of Alden. 

 

Increasing levels of danger for your wallet!

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I was at a party at a restaurant in DC Wednesday night in the Chinatown area. As I was leaving, making my way to the metro, I literally was stopped in my tracks. I had no idea there was an Alden store in DC. 

 

Six months ago I had never heard of AE, and certainly never heard of Alden. 

I was on my way back from lunch today and discovered not only an Alden retailer in Madison, but one that sells models exclusive to this tiny store: http://www.contextclothing.com/brand.php?brand=Alden.

 

 

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Increasing levels of danger for your wallet!

 

No danger to my wallet, which indignantly insisted on waiting outside while I perused.

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I was at a party at a restaurant in DC Wednesday night in the Chinatown area. As I was leaving, making my way to the metro, I literally was stopped in my tracks. I had no idea there was an Alden store in DC. 

 

Six months ago I had never heard of AE, and certainly never heard of Alden. 

 

Increasing levels of danger for your wallet!

 

I bought my first pair of AEs at Brooks Brothers in August 2012.  It seemed like a folly at the time - so much money for one pair of shoes!  But, they were beautiful and they made my feet sing (metaphorically) when I put them on.

 

Fast-forward to now.  I have two pairs of shell and two pairs of calf coming from the SB next week, per the sale.  I have another pair of shell currently in production.  Once everything is in hand, between boots and shoes, just counting AE, I will have:

 

(1) 10 pairs of shell

(2) 16 pairs of calf

(3) 11 pairs of casual

 

I will also have polishes and creams in every color AE makes; separate horsehair brushes, daubers, and polishing cloths for each color of polish and cream; belts that match every pair of boots and shoes; and of course 37 pairs of shoe trees.

 

And now . . . now I'm branching out into Aldens.  God help me.

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I've been lurking this thread for a little bit and would like to buy my first pair of Allen Edmonds. That being said, I'm a university student on a relatively tight budget and would like some help in accessing their upcoming "factory seconds sale". Also, I live in Canada and would like to know if it's possible or even economical for me to order them from the sale.

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Increasing levels of danger for your wallet!

 

The real issue is that I'm getting married in May, and beginning tomorrow the fiancee and I are fully integrating our finances. I've already reserved the brown shell Jeffersons from the 2nds sale, but I'm afraid those will be the last purchase for a looooong time.  

 

Gentleman with more experience....I call upon you to share your wisdom as to how one navigates this arrangement going forward. 

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I'm thinking ahead to warmer months as I look out of my office window to dreary, January weather here in St. Louis.

 

With that said, I'm thinking of a good summer MTO and I know that I've had my eyes on a pair of Rancour & Co. beefroll penny loafers in chromexcel.  I then remembered that AE makes the Kenwood which, as far as I can tell, is nearly the exact same thing.

 

 

I'm thinking of an unlined Kenwood in either natural chromexcel or brown chromexcel with a natural sole/welt. 

 

Does anyone know how the Kenwoods fit? TTS or is there a need to size down? 

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The real issue is that I'm getting married in May, and beginning tomorrow the fiancee and I are fully integrating our finances. I've already reserved the brown shell Jeffersons from the 2nds sale, but I'm afraid those will be the last purchase for a looooong time.  

 

Gentleman with more experience....I call upon you to share your wisdom as to how one navigates this arrangement going forward. 

 

:) this is actually (but not surprisingly) a relatively common situation here. While I think most would agree honesty is the best policy, there are true professionals on here when it comes to hiding shoe purchases.

 

Vanilla Visa cards seems popular for hidden purchasing; having shoes mailed to work in order to eventually sneak pairs home!

 

Odds are though, your wife to be has a weakness for shoes herself. If not shoes then handbags...so compromise!

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The real issue is that I'm getting married in May, and beginning tomorrow the fiancee and I are fully integrating our finances. I've already reserved the brown shell Jeffersons from the 2nds sale, but I'm afraid those will be the last purchase for a looooong time.  

 

Gentleman with more experience....I call upon you to share your wisdom as to how one navigates this arrangement going forward. 

I made the AE leap after 18 years of marriage.  I tested the limits with 5 pairs (+ a nice pair of Red Wings) during year 19.  I too sense that the 5th pair will be the last pair for a looooong time.  The key for me was buying shoes that demonstrably belonged in an adult's wardrobe and making the above-derided argument about saving money in the long run.  Once these MTOs come in, I will likely excuse myself from this forum for several years and unsubscribe from AE's mailing list.  Beyond that, I will echo the old advice to buy all of your toys before you tie the knot.

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I bought my first pair of AEs at Brooks Brothers in August 2012.  It seemed like a folly at the time - so much money for one pair of shoes!  But, they were beautiful and they made my feet sing (metaphorically) when I put them on.

 

Fast-forward to now.  I have two pairs of shell and two pairs of calf coming from the SB next week, per the sale.  I have another pair of shell currently in production.  Once everything is in hand, between boots and shoes, just counting AE, I will have:

 

(1) 10 pairs of shell

(2) 16 pairs of calf

(3) 11 pairs of casual

 

I will also have polishes and creams in every color AE makes; separate horsehair brushes, daubers, and polishing cloths for each color of polish and cream; belts that match every pair of boots and shoes; and of course 37 pairs of shoe trees.

 

And now . . . now I'm branching out into Aldens.  God help me.

 

This is SUCH a great story, I'm still smiling. I think we've all experienced this to some degree but 37 in just about 1 1/2 years is impressive! How many Aldens are you up to? 

 

This community is full of people more than happy to serve as enablers! 

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