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Anyone know of the best place to try on AE's in either Portland or Seattle?
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Originally Posted by RichieP View Post
 

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:

 

 

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Hopefully this wasn't TL;DR! :happy:

 

Rich

 

Welcome and the bleeker is liked by many here...have to say the Daltons and Long Branches are great boots..if you do not wear boots then they take a bit to get used too..Have worn my Long Branches to several football games this year including over a mile hike in crappy pebble mud lots and hiked up to the upperdeck in them and that ankle support saved me a turned ankle a few times. In terms of the symmetry of the Dalton I can not say I ever confused the left and right shoe but next time I pull them out will take a look.

 

I might pick me up a Bobs chili bleeker or wait and see if oxblood color comes out soon 

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Originally Posted by tradbrah View Post

Anyone know of the best place to try on AE's in either Portland or Seattle?

For Seattle, Nordstrom or Brooks Brothers.
post #50524 of 70737
@RichieP don't be bashful about wearing your Cambridges. Shell is a tough, hearty leather.

The more you wear it, the more you'll start to get why cordovan is liked so well. It gets better with age and use!
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@RichieP don't be bashful about wearing your Cambridges. Shell is a tough, hearty leather.

The more you wear it, the more you'll start to get why cordovan is liked so well. It gets better with age and use!
+1
I have a formal meeting once a week that requires me to wear suits. I usually look forward to it to bring out my truffles shell McAllister
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+1
I have a formal meeting once a week that requires me to wear suits. I usually look forward to it to bring out my truffles shell McAllister

Awesome. Got any new pictures of those babies?
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I was figuring out which shoes to wear this morning, when I suddenly realized that my shoe collection/wardrobe has exploded since I bought my first pair of AEs in 2011.  Prior to that, I was wearing a pair of awful Kenneth Cole square-toed monstrosities.  My first AEs were a pair of chili Delrays, and I was hooked since.  Here's a list of my collection, since I can't take a pic of them as I'm at work:

 

1. Delray - chili

2. Lasalle - brown

3. Delray - brown

4. Bradley - black

5. RL Sanderson - tan/walnut

6. RL Sanderson - brown

7. RL Singleton - tan/walnut

8. RL Singleton - brown

9. Dalton - brown

10. Dalton - walnut

11. Long Branch - brown grain

12. Eagle County - tan

 

I used to own chili Fairfaxes that were gorgeous as well, but they didn't fit quite right so I sold them.

 

The Bradleys get next to zero wear.  I realize having brown Delrays and brown Lasalles is very redundant.  I bought the Lasalles used for an amazing price, and use them as more of a rainy day shoe.

 

As you can see, I have a few styles I really like, then I get them in various colors.  I also own J&M Meltons in black and burgundy that I got on ebay for ~$30 each . . . for the little amount of use I have for them, it didn't seem worth it to spring for AE PAs at this point.  Plus, I bought a pair of To Boot NY Caine plain-toe balmorals in black for my wedding to go with my tux, so I prefer wearing them for occasions that call for a black bal anyway.

 

Just thought I'd share!

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The shell Townleys for Canadian Thanksgiving:

 

 

 

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The shell Townleys for Canadian Thanksgiving:

 

 

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I am leaning towards a rubber sole for the weather aspect.  Something like this would work for most of my clients (dress code):

 

http://www.shoebank.com/FactorySecondInventory.php?STY=1962S&DIM=E&SIZE=105

 

Then I could spend some time on ebay looking for a pure dress shoe...

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First pair of AE

 

 

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Nice...enjoy!

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I am leaning towards a rubber sole for the weather aspect.  Something like this would work for most of my clients (dress code):

 

http://www.shoebank.com/FactorySecondInventory.php?STY=1962S&DIM=E&SIZE=105

 

Then I could spend some time on ebay looking for a pure dress shoe...

 

That will be a nice choice just make sure you give them a proper waxing and care so you keep them from getting spotted from water.

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The shell Townleys for Canadian Thanksgiving:

 

 

 

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! Those are fantastic.

 

Went with the calf Singletons today:

 

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! Those are fantastic.

 

Went with the calf Singletons today:

 

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Great choice.  I'm wearing mine in tan!

(Ignore the ratty cotton navy socks.  I was planning on wearing boots this morning but opted for loafers at the last minute) 

 

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Originally Posted by BackInTheJox View Post
 

I was figuring out which shoes to wear this morning, when I suddenly realized that my shoe collection/wardrobe has exploded since I bought my first pair of AEs in 2011.  Prior to that, I was wearing a pair of awful Kenneth Cole square-toed monstrosities.  My first AEs were a pair of chili Delrays, and I was hooked since.  Here's a list of my collection, since I can't take a pic of them as I'm at work:

 

1. Delray - chili

2. Lasalle - brown

3. Delray - brown

4. Bradley - black

5. RL Sanderson - tan/walnut

6. RL Sanderson - brown

7. RL Singleton - tan/walnut

8. RL Singleton - brown

9. Dalton - brown

10. Dalton - walnut

11. Long Branch - brown grain

12. Eagle County - tan

 

I used to own chili Fairfaxes that were gorgeous as well, but they didn't fit quite right so I sold them.

 

The Bradleys get next to zero wear.  I realize having brown Delrays and brown Lasalles is very redundant.  I bought the Lasalles used for an amazing price, and use them as more of a rainy day shoe.

 

As you can see, I have a few styles I really like, then I get them in various colors.  I also own J&M Meltons in black and burgundy that I got on ebay for ~$30 each . . . for the little amount of use I have for them, it didn't seem worth it to spring for AE PAs at this point.  Plus, I bought a pair of To Boot NY Caine plain-toe balmorals in black for my wedding to go with my tux, so I prefer wearing them for occasions that call for a black bal anyway.

 

Just thought I'd share!

 

Same boat here.  I'm committed to stopping at 15 shoes, which is more than I would have thought were needed back in 2011.  Here is where I currently am and what I want:

 

1.  AE walnut Strands.

2.  AE dark brown Malverns (identical to current Dundees, but with Danite sole)

3.  AE brown shell Patriots

4.  Black round last cap toe

5.  Black chiseled last cap toe

6.  Brown round last cap toe

7.  Brown chiseled last cap toe

8.  Dark brown suede medallion cap toe

9.  Snuff suede medallion cap toe

10.  Burgundy shell longwings.

11.  Brown shell shortwings.

12.  Dark brown grain wingtip boots.

13.  Black Park Avenues (rainy day shoes sitting on shelf in office)

14.  AE burgundy shell Daltons (just ordered)

15.  snuff suede chukkas (want)

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