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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc... - Page 3278post #49156 of 707379/12/14 at 12:37pmpost #49157 of 707379/12/14 at 12:50pmQuote:
Sorry to snipe ya, but if you're talking about Burgundy Cordovan Cambridges in 8.5D, it looks to me like they're still available! http://shoebank.com/FactorySecondInventory.php?STY=8685S&DIM=D&SIZE=085post #49158 of 707379/12/14 at 12:55pmQuote:
I always wondered about this. First, I don't own any black shell. But I always thought that since it's super glossy -- like well-polished calf or plastic-coated patent leather but made out of much higher quality skin -- that it should be the exact right material for black formal shoes. What's preventing that, the waviness?post #49159 of 707379/12/14 at 1:19pmQuote:Originally Posted by kentyman
Sorry to snipe ya, but if you're talking about Burgundy Cordovan Cambridges in 8.5D, it looks to me like they're still available! http://shoebank.com/FactorySecondInventory.php?STY=8685S&DIM=D&SIZE=085
Haha. Don't I wish. You got the last pair. Seems like they never updated their system after they sold yours.
It's a phantom pair.post #49160 of 707379/12/14 at 1:22pmQuote:I posted that question last January in the Black Tie thread and got a few thoughts on the matter... but my budget never allowed for me to do anything about it before Grangaard's MTO door swung shut.Originally Posted by kentyman
I always wondered about this. First, I don't own any black shell. But I always thought that since it's super glossy -- like well-polished calf or plastic-coated patent leather but made out of much higher quality skin -- that it should be the exact right material for black formal shoes. What's preventing that, the waviness?
I like the idea of shell formal shoes, but it seems oddly that the point of black tie footwear is its refinement and frailty. The cream of the crop tends to be easily-scuffed patent leather, Blake or glued construction for the thinnest possible sole, with even a quilted interior for opera pumps. Those are antithetical to the relatively rugged longevity of a goodyear-welted shoe made from horse butt. I guess it all comes down to how closely one wants to follow tradition.post #49161 of 707379/12/14 at 1:25pmpost #49162 of 707379/12/14 at 1:26pmQuote:Originally Posted by random-adam
I posted that question last January in the Black Tie thread and got a few thoughts on the matter... but my budget never allowed for me to do anything about it before Grangaard's MTO door swung shut.
I like the idea of shell formal shoes, but it seems oddly that the point of black tie footwear is its refinement and frailty. The cream of the crop tends to be easily-scuffed patent leather, Blake or glued construction for the thinnest possible sole, with even a quilted interior for opera pumps. Those are antithetical to the relatively rugged longevity of a goodyear-welted shoe made from horse butt. I guess it all comes down to how closely one wants to follow tradition.
I've always meant to ask you...is your avatar an eyeball from the TV show Lost?post #49163 of 707379/12/14 at 1:43pmpost #49164 of 707379/12/14 at 1:55pmpost #49165 of 707379/12/14 at 1:55pmQuote:
I have been buying AE for less than 9 months, and see no clear pattern predicting specific model sales.
The RDA sale (around 10-1) is your next sure thing.
Otherwise, there are endless choices for shoppers...try the google machine or that eBay company!post #49166 of 707379/12/14 at 2:14pmQuote:Originally Posted by FatTuesday
I got a good haul on the shell sale:
Burgundy Cambridge (wanted MacNeils but not available)
The Daltons are beautiful. The Cambridge & Randolphs are reportly in great shape (I haven't seen them yet). Waiting on word of the condition of the Dundees. I hope they're in good shape as I'd love a pair.
Got the Cambridge & Randolphs in today. Cambridge looks perfect to me. They have no seconds mark on the sole and came with shoe bags - and they fit perfectly!! Are they discontinuing these? Maybe just overstock? Randolphs have the seconds marks, but look perfectly fine to me.
No word on the Dundees, which has me worried. Those I wanted most! Just pinged my SA to see what's going on.post #49167 of 707379/12/14 at 2:19pmQuote:
A few of my shell seconds have come without the seconds mark. Anyone else notice this. Is it a matter of them missing a step in the process of moving something from first to second? Does it imply a return that relegated it to second?post #49168 of 707379/12/14 at 2:40pmQuote:
I'm going to assume that they are merely overstocked items. Please don't tell me any different.
It does appear that they have NOT been tried on before, btw.post #49169 of 707379/12/14 at 3:25pm
I've never quite understood the notion that a design otherwise meeting all SF criteria for CBD somehow becomes some sort of an oxymoron if in shell. My only (current) pair of black shoes is an Alden punch cap oxford in shell. I suppose at the upper most end of the price/quality spectrum, shoe craftsmen can more easily manipulate calf to produce a more pleasing fit - perhaps it is more easily stretched tightly and perfectly around a last than shell. I don't know.
To me, of the mostly commonly cited factors affecting formality - color, last sleekness, lacing method, brogueing (or lack thereof), and material - the latter seems to be the least relevant by far.
BTW, wearing my burgundy Cambridges today with a conservative suit. And to client meetings, no less. Come lock me up.post #49170 of 707379/12/14 at 3:42pm
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