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!
Edited by RichieP - 10/12/14 at 7:14pm