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So... new guy intro post:

 

Since I'm a Mac nerd, I came around to Allen Edmonds shoes via a circuitous route: Daring Fireball mentioning Put This On a few years ago.  It didn't really click until recently, when I was sitting in the lab and *sniff*sniff* what's that smell?  Oh, it's my only pair of Johnston & Murphy slip-ons I wore every day.  Yes, I am an engineer, know nothing about shoes, and would only buy a new pair when I'd go outside in the rain and wonder "why is my sock wet?" and finding the crack in the bottom of my cheap shoe (and it was always a crack that would happen well before a hole would be worn through the rubber sole!).

 

Enough of that. I learned I can't wear the same shoe everyday, and I since gave up my expensive hobby (flying) years ago, why not increase my shoe budget and check out the Park Place Allen Edmonds store in Dunwoody?  The SA who helped me was Lupe, and since I was the only one in the store, his co-conspirator Cody joined in.  As I said above, I tried (and bought) a Walnut Black Hills, but also tried on a Jefferson (nice) and a Randolph (and fell in love with bourbon). We had a blast!

 

Then I came home and found this thead.  BIG MISTAKE!!!  Through you sick bastiges, I found out about the Shoebank and all the upcoming sales. 

 

So in June's Shoebank sale, I bought seconds of those Bourbon Randolphs and the closest thing to a Jefferson in my size: Burgundy Cordovan Cambridges! Yeah, I went shell early, wondering why you guys were so mesmerized by it. So far, I have only worn them to special occasions; I'm almost afraid to wear them, but noted they even look darn good against tan chinos. I should wear them more.

 

During the great Nordstrom sale, I was almost lured by the siren song of Walnut Strands, but of the two pairs Cody had, one squeaked like heck, and the other, one shoe fit way looser than the other.  Oh well, at least I bought a belt that day. 

 

Now here we are at the RDA sale, and I'm thinking, it's going to be wetter here in Georgia soon, maybe I should look into some boots.  My best fitting shoes are on the 5-last, so I needed to know how the 511 would be.  I really liked the pics of the Long Branches, but when I tried them on, I felt like I had casts on my feet. A good fit on the foot, but too rigid at my ankle/calf! Strike one. Next up in the same last, Daltons (saw that lovely, ephemeral $219 shoe bank price the first day).  Here Cody puts the boot on my right foot and I say "you're right this one does fit a bit tighter" and then for the left "Oh, I think there's something inside this one."  We pull it off, and it turns out that something was the shoe liner at the arch for the right foot.  Yep, we realized in my size (10D) the Dalton looked very symmetric, and that's how we got them on the wrong feet!  Strike two.  Hey, let's try an ankle boot, and grabbed the Bleecker Street. I know this thing hasn't gotten any love here, except from me now, that is. Fit wonderfully (again that 5 last), Bob's Chili fills a hole in my collection, and so does it being a cap toe.  And they come with the V-tread sole.

 

So, there you have it.  Here's some pics:

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully this wasn't TL;DR! :happy:

 

Rich


Edited by RichieP - 10/12/14 at 7:14pm
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Thanks for the reply. I've asked her her opinion and even tried on both shoes with the full suit to give her an idea. She still likes the brown. But in the end said to pick which one I liked best. Is this a trick? :)

 

 

Just figured I'd throw it out there for you guys to get an overall picture. I appreciate all the responses, opinions, and well wishes!

Yes, that is definitely a trick! 

 

Another vote for black from a fellow Georgian. :fonz:  It just looks right for a wedding.  Congrats, too!

 

Saw your post about the new ATL store a few weeks back. Is Lupe managing that new store? He was cool when I met him and Cody in Dunwoody.

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I'm a McTavish fan too.  Here, I'll prove it:

I arranged from the lightest to the darkest.

Nice collection, I want to get a pair of McTavish soon. What is the fourth color? I thought they only came in black, tan and cognac?

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Thanks! I'm going to give Earl a call tomorrow and see if he can work me a deal on the Black Harrison 2nds. If not I may get the Black BB Park Ave's since my current ones are sized wrong. 12D when I need an 11.5D. Plus I kinda wanted to have new shoes at the wedding. Or at least my shoes since my first AEs were those black wrong size Pas that were used from ebay. Though lightly.


Thanks for the reply. I've asked her her opinion and even tried on both shoes with the full suit to give her an idea. She still likes the brown. But in the end said to pick which one I liked best. Is this a trick? smile.gif


Yea, it hadn't crossed my mind that it would be an option. I do realize shell is considered the more casual leather but I think even a black shell PA is not going to raise anyones eyebrow. Plus I didn't invite anyone off of SF wink.gif If I got the Harrisons (2nds) I would sell the PAs so come out even hopefully. 


Thanks. I'm closing in on 32 however only the past year or so have I been working on updating my style. I also doubt anyone will notice the dark brown. I told my groomsman they could go brown or black, and I think some of the browns might be lighter. But all the suits aren't matching either. So it will all probably look like it goes together. 


Also I put the whole outfit together this afternoon as I got my Ratio Clothing shirt yesterday which fits well. 
Here with the brown Harrison.





And black PA's




Sorry lighting wasn't that great. And need to get the left sleeve altered. 

Just figured I'd throw it out there for you guys to get an overall picture. I appreciate all the responses, opinions, and well wishes!

Frankly I don't see how the idea of brown shoes could even be considered. By this standard you should never wear black shoes. If your wedding isn't formal enough to call for black shoes then you shouldn't be buying black shoes to own in your rotation. Just rent a pair for your tux when you accept your oscar or something. Go with the black.
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After years of being that guy who takes weeks to find the shoe that I like, and then usually settling because nothing better was found I can say I now know why...I have never seen AEs before now.

I'm hooked, but the problem is I need a pair pronto and since I am just starting a new career (tech) i can only swing one pair right now...and even then I will be shopping at the shoe bank or eBay for seconds.

The dress code is business casual and I would like to find a pair that I could also wear with denim when not going to work.

Any suggestions?

I really like burnished chili and walnut, but I'm open to suggestions since I just realized I'm not as we'll dressed as I thought.

 

I've gotten a couple pairs of AEs on ebay for great prices. Both were barely used and I got lucky and paid less than $100 for each. One pair was an old discontinued model in burgundy corrected grain leather. I paid $40 for them and paid a cobbler $20 to put a pair of rubber sole savers on the bottom. They fill in nicely as my bad weather shoes.

 

That said, one thing I to pay attention to when buying on ebay is the sole; some polish and poor lighting can hide some wear in the uppers but you can spot a well worn leather sole. If the seller doesn't have pics of the sole they're probably in need of replacement. I wouldn't buy heavily worn shoes, just try to find good deals on lightly worn pairs. 

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Nice collection, I want to get a pair of McTavish soon. What is the fourth color? I thought they only came in black, tan and cognac?

The lightest color pair, the pair on the far left, is a discontinued--they told me--model that I bought as seconds.  I still have the boxes that they all came in and the boxes are marked:  tan, brown, dark brown, and black.  The tan is the second pair from the left.  The lightest color pair, the oddball color, is my favorite pair.

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First pair of AE

 

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That's odd the pair on the far left looks tan. I thought the oddball was the 2nd pair on the left
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Frankly I don't see how the idea of brown shoes could even be considered. By this standard you should never wear black shoes. If your wedding isn't formal enough to call for black shoes then you shouldn't be buying black shoes to own in your rotation. Just rent a pair for your tux when you accept your oscar or something. Go with the black.

You kinda lost me on this one a bit. It would make sense to only own black shoes since they go with everything. Plus what would I wear with my black suit? Are there places that even rent shoes other than the bowling alley? Because one doesn't wear a suit everyday means they can't have nice shoes?

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Yes, that is definitely a trick! 

Another vote for black from a fellow Georgian. fing02%5B1%5D.gif  It just looks right for a wedding.  Congrats, too!

Saw your post about the new ATL store a few weeks back. Is Lupe managing that new store? He was cool when I met him and Cody in Dunwoody.

I think he oversees both stores? But spends time mostly at the new Buckhead store. Dropped in today and got a belt but he was off.
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You kinda lost me on this one a bit. It would make sense to only own black shoes since they go with everything. Plus what would I wear with my black suit? Are there places that even rent shoes other than the bowling alley? Because one doesn't wear a suit everyday means they can't have nice shoes?
you can have nice shoes. But I think he means why have them if you won't wear them when most appropriate. While brown with charcoal is not necessarily a foul to most, black certainly works better, especially with regard to formality.
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you can have nice shoes. But I think he means why have them if you won't wear them when most appropriate. While brown with charcoal is not necessarily a foul to most, black certainly works better, especially with regard to formality.

Gotcha. I can understand that reasoning. Just wanted to branch out slightly and since groomsmen are all wearing different shades and bridesmaids as well figured it'd be a nice look since it's not black tie formal. From a common clothing etiquette the black definitely is the first choice.
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These "Mora" at Nordstrom's are actually the Mora 2.0. right?

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/allen-edmonds-mora-double-monk-shoe-men/3616142
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Gotcha. I can understand that reasoning. Just wanted to branch out slightly and since groomsmen are all wearing different shades and bridesmaids as well figured it'd be a nice look since it's not black tie formal. From a common clothing etiquette the black definitely is the first choice.

Yes, that was my point. The brown Harrisons are great shoes, in fact based on your photos I may buy a pair if the burgundy shell strand MTO falls through. But wear that combo to work. Wear the black to YOUR wedding. Contrary to many posts, it is the right shoe to be wearing on this occasion.
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BURGUNDY SHELL CORDOVAN STRAND UPDATE!!!

 

OK everyone – this is the make-up we are trying to get done:

  • Strand
  • Burgundy shell cordovan
  • Independence lining & insole
  • Medium brown transparent edge dressing
  • Chili normal welt
  • Single JR sole
  • Wheeling & fudging
  • Brown slip bead 

 

This is who has committed to this -   

@Polojock615

@Cxk5075

@tdes81

@Gatszu

@Suitntieguy 

@Indyoshi68

@sungmineyo

@Shawnc

@hp5273 

@Mean Mr Mustard

 

WE ONLY NEED TWO MORE!!!!  Who is in?

 

BTW – here is the link for the thread….

 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/430824/allen-edmonds-gmto-burgundy-shell-cordovan-strand#post_7434580

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Thanks for the reply. I've asked her her opinion and even tried on both shoes with the full suit to give her an idea. She still likes the brown. But in the end said to pick which one I liked best. Is this a trick? smile.gif

Perhaps. As a rule, she's always right--except when she isn't. If she'll be disappointed that you paid more heed to strangers on a forum than her, wear the Harrisons. If she's voting for them without much conviction, however, I'd still recommend the PAs.
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You kinda lost me on this one a bit. It would make sense to only own black shoes since they go with everything.

in addition to the other two clarifications, I'd just add that black doesn't go with everything. In fact, it's the "best" shoe in very few cases, this being one of them.
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