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Originally Posted by mrrosenthal View Post

Can someone give me a rundown on the top 5-7 pairs of must haves?  I have 2 and they are my best shoe.  I'll buy more, but too many choices and colors.  Can someone give me a standard 5-7 pairs of must haves and hopefully where to buy them?  (ebay, online, sales etc)


 




This totally depends on your preference and the purpose of your collection. I, for instance, don't wear boots but one of the most popular shoes AE offers is the Dalton (especially in walnut).

The above choices are great and I would recommened one more: The 5th Aves (dark brown punched captoe).
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I have an MTO pair in the golden CXL if it helps.

 

 

Thanks! I actually saw this pair earlier in the thread. They look amazing. I was just curious what they look like stock because I was looking at a pair of factory seconds.

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With all the recent conversation regarding traditional rules, etc., when I saw a pair of navy Banchory in the shoebank in my size (a LWB in a "distressed" style), I started wondering why most of AE's distressed collection (Neumok, Strandmok, Mctavish) are balmorals.If we're going casual with the shoe, isn't it somewhat contradictory to use the more formal balmoral lacing style, or does it not matter because the rules have already been thrown out the window with the colors and/or leathers used? Anyone care to shed some light on this?


Edited by Darkside - 5/27/14 at 9:28pm
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Originally Posted by Darkside View Post

With all the recent conversation regarding traditional rules, etc., when I saw a pair of navy Banchory in the shoebank in my size (a LWB in a "distressed" style), I started wondering why most of AE's distressed collection (Neumok, Strandmok, Mctavish) are balmorals.If we're going casual with the shoe, isn't it somewhat contradictory to use the more formal balmoral lacing style, or does it not matter because the rules have already been thrown on the window with the colors and/or leathers used? Anyone care to shed some light on this?

Precisely my question. A shoe like the player's shoe in white nubuck is much more consistent than the spiaggia for example. I don't know why the neumok or McTavish or the many shoes after them are all oxford. Making them bluchers would be much more consistent.

All this said, many have pointed out that the shoes are obviously casual and should be worn as such. I don't disagree really, red leather can hardly be anything else. However, the shoes themselves present more inherent contradictions than I would typically like in my collection. I feel like they end up drawing too much attention and I have to dress pretty dull everywhere else to offset them. I have a few pairs of abominations, but not many. smile.gif
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"Rules out the window" is the thing for the non-suede Neumoks and a lot of the "rough" shoes.

 

But if you ask me, if you want to throw the rules out the window, and you want to wear balmorals with jeans, then that's where a nicely-shined tan shoe comes into play. Possibly I think that because I like compliments from women. That's just me.

 

But if you don't want attention-getting shoes, then the distressed balmorals aren't really the move.

 

Note that I draw a big distinction on this issue between casual shoes and business suit shoes (which should never shout).

 

Also, to play devil's advocate, a wingtip bal buck has more precedent than a wingtip derby buck (like the player's shoe), especially if the bal has a brick red sole. I mean, the bal buck is kind of the preserve of Apparel Arts, but still.

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Another sizing experience question...

I wear a 10.5B or 10.5C in Park Avenues, 5th Avenues etc (5-65).

I'm looking at buying some AE loafers. I like the look of the Randolph (9-79) or Patriot (606). I probably prefer the Patriot. Would wear them with loafer socks, so a little thinner than my dress socks, which are wool and reasonably thick.

Not having the opportunity to try these on, I am not sure which last would suit me better (I understand that the 606 has a narrow heel and wide forefoot).

Does anyone have any experiences to share of the sizing they take in these compared to their 5-65 last size?

Cheers
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Does anyone else have an opinion on what the top allen edmonds shoe styles are?  How about top colors? 

 

Looking for a list or a post/blog thanks

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Does anyone else have an opinion on what the top allen edmonds shoe styles are?  How about top colors? 

 

Looking for a list or a post/blog thanks

black park ave and then right after that are walnut strands.

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Originally Posted by mrrosenthal View Post

Does anyone else have an opinion on what the top allen edmonds shoe styles are?  How about top colors? 



 



Looking for a list or a post/blog thanks


 



In terms of sales, PA and Strands, respectively.

Paul Grangaard did an AMA not too ago on reddit. It's a very good read if you want to learn more about the Company and his views in the industry, among other things.

I wished more shoemakers contribute to this type of conversation, especially Alden.
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post

Another sizing experience question...

I wear a 10.5B or 10.5C in Park Avenues, 5th Avenues etc (5-65).

I'm looking at buying some AE loafers. I like the look of the Randolph (9-79) or Patriot (606). I probably prefer the Patriot. Would wear them with loafer socks, so a little thinner than my dress socks, which are wool and reasonably thick.

Not having the opportunity to try these on, I am not sure which last would suit me better (I understand that the 606 has a narrow heel and wide forefoot).

Does anyone have any experiences to share of the sizing they take in these compared to their 5-65 last size?

Cheers

I would go up one half size in length from the 5 last for the patriot. It definitely runs shorter.
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RL Singletons today:

 

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Originally Posted by Darkside View Post
 

With all the recent conversation regarding traditional rules, etc., when I saw a pair of navy Banchory in the shoebank in my size (a LWB in a "distressed" style), I started wondering why most of AE's distressed collection (Neumok, Strandmok, Mctavish) are balmorals.If we're going casual with the shoe, isn't it somewhat contradictory to use the more formal balmoral lacing style, or does it not matter because the rules have already been thrown out the window with the colors and/or leathers used? Anyone care to shed some light on this?

 

 

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Precisely my question. A shoe like the player's shoe in white nubuck is much more consistent than the spiaggia for example. I don't know why the neumok or McTavish or the many shoes after them are all oxford. Making them bluchers would be much more consistent.

All this said, many have pointed out that the shoes are obviously casual and should be worn as such. I don't disagree really, red leather can hardly be anything else. However, the shoes themselves present more inherent contradictions than I would typically like in my collection. I feel like they end up drawing too much attention and I have to dress pretty dull everywhere else to offset them. I have a few pairs of abominations, but not many. smile.gif

 

Some of my favorite shoe's are the non formal Bal's from AE...Not sure why, I just really like the look of them from the Rush St to the Brogue suede strand to the Blue Suede Spaggia to the rough Mctavish - I think the Bal laced in a traditional criss cross pattern with contrasting laces looks really good.

 

I am a purist when it comes to food but not shoes...lol....So I appreciate when those who know the rules and follow them get a little bent with all of these shoe designs..I mean if I am in a restaurant and order Carbonara sauce and they bring me a dish with cream sauce and ham in it....I am getting up and leaving.

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I have a couple of cordovan treats incoming from the shoebank! Very excited for them, bless that new website.

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Do you have them delivered to Calgary or a US-based address?
If directly to Calgary, curious to know that additional taxes/duties you may be charged.
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Do you have them delivered to Calgary or a US-based address?
If directly to Calgary, curious to know that additional taxes/duties you may be charged.

 

I have them delivered to Calgary. On one pair of seconds I have been charged around $25 by FedEx. I expect to be charged around $50 this time around as I have two pairs coming. Thankfully the SA I deal with gave me free shipping so that offsets the additional charges this time.

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