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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post

Hm. I think I'm liking the Leeds in shell (though it's a blucher) or this Alden over the PA. I just can't past the PA's captoe. But hard to go wrong with any of them.
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I like AE's PTB over Alden's, because of the Barrie last. The Alden for BB PTB last is nicer, but they have the eyelets that will eventually lose their paint... The Leeds are better IMO.

The thing about the Park ave toe cap is that it can vary so much from one shoe to the next. The pair I have in calf are pretty good in this regard, as the toe cap comes back fairly far. I have seen pics of others where it is definitely shorter than I'd like.

I do like the look of that punched cap toe bal though...
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Your a dangerous, but good influence on me and did it once again bucksfan. I've been going back and forth on the black shell PA's and had pretty much decided I was going to get them in black calf instead. I've read mixed reviews over the last couple of months about black shell. Sounds like in your experience shell is the way to go even in black so I just sent off for a quote on a pair. Thanks for your input. I only have 2 pair of black shoes and think if my black Leeds were shell instead of calf I would wear them a lot more than I currently do, your response made me realize that.

If I could start all over again I would most certainly purchase shell in every case where the option exists. It is worth it to me on several fronts, including when it warms up like it is now and you open the closet door in the morning and that wonderful smell greets you. I can't imagine a closet full of them!


Lol sorry for always talking about how great shell is.

I bought the PAs a long time ago, and wear them maybe 6 times per year. Given so little wear, it might not make sense to replace, but they have quite a lot of microcreases, which I dislike. I really abused them early in their life before I knew any better, and it shows. Incidentally, I abused a pair of burgundy shell Leeds at the same time, and I really enjoy their character.

Black shell is very different from black calf. The shell has a deep luster rather than in-your-face shine, almost like black jelly beans.. It is sort of 3 dimensional. Then, it of course gets the rolls that turn whitish from the "spew" rather than the creases, with wear. I really enjoy my black shell Leeds, and wear them the most of any of my black shoes.

I would agree that shell is the way to go from the outset, if the $ isn't a problem.
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Originally Posted by bucksfan View Post

Lol sorry for always talking about how great shell is.
I bought the PAs a long time ago, and wear them maybe 6 times per year. Given so little wear, it might not make sense to replace, but they have quite a lot of microcreases, which I dislike. I really abused them early in their life before I knew any better, and it shows. Incidentally, I abused a pair of burgundy shell Leeds at the same time, and I really enjoy their character.
Black shell is very different from black calf. The shell has a deep luster rather than in-your-face shine, almost like black jelly beans.. It is sort of 3 dimensional. Then, it of course gets the rolls that turn whitish from the "spew" rather than the creases, with wear. I really enjoy my black shell Leeds, and wear them the most of any of my black shoes.
I would agree that shell is the way to go from the outset, if the $ isn't a problem.

Bucksfan, I was so impressed with the black cordovan Leeds when I saw them in person. Pictures do not do them justice. Jelly beans is a great comparison.
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Is there another shoe company you guys would recommend in the 400 USD range?

I want a new pair of dress shoes, and I am considering the KENILWORTH but I want it to look like this:

Suggestions on accomplishing this?

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Is there another shoe company you guys would recommend in the 400 USD range?

I want a new pair of dress shoes, and I am considering the KENILWORTH but I want it to look like this:

Suggestions on accomplishing this?

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A thin layer of dark brown paste on the toes every few regular polishings with walnut
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Is it that easy? I have never polished shoes I actually cared about, I am planning on learning how to properly care for shoes soon though.

I would order the shoes in walnut correct?
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Originally Posted by DustyDust View Post

Question:  has anyone used the printable Allen Edmonds Shoe Fit Guide that is provided on their website?

My width is on the line between W6 and W7, this puts me right on the line between D and E based on my corresponding length.  

Anybody else have experience being right on the line in width.  Did you choose D or E?  How did it work out?

Much thanks




I printed it out and tried to measure my feet. I don't feel like it is a trustworthy way to measure your feet for $200+ shoes. I got myself measured at the AE store in SF (Union Square); he said I am an 11C. Since many of the shoes do not come in C width, he had me try 10 1/2D and 11D. I ended up getting Neumok in 11D which works for me even with my 3/4 length orthotic inserts. I purchased McAllister's a few years ago in 101/2D which was a mistake. I can wear them only if I am not going to walk much and it is going to be a short evening. I have even considered having them stretched to see if it helps. You are better off if you get your feet measured properly before ordering. I suspect that you will wear 1/2 size larger if buying the narrower shoe versus 1/2 smaller using the wider shoe. Also it will depend on what last the shoe was made on.
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Is it that easy? I have never polished shoes I actually cared about, I am planning on learning how to properly care for shoes soon though.
I would order the shoes in walnut correct?

Yep, that's the way to get that effect. Just don't over-do it out of the gate, as it is easier to do than to un-do.
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Hey guys so I FINALLY got my Kenilworth in size 8D. They are about 1/2 too big, they fit really comfy at the moment but they're not broken in. Should I send them back for a refund or can I get insoles and that will solve the issue?

Thoughts?

Pics were taken with my Iphone so excuse the quality
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Originally Posted by CalTex View Post

Is there another shoe company you guys would recommend in the 400 USD range?
I want a new pair of dress shoes, and I am considering the KENILWORTH but I want it to look like this:
Suggestions on accomplishing this?
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I'm confused.  The walnut kenilworth already comes with this toe burnishing.  As for polishing, this is one where I might only use conditioner/cleaner or Renovateur.  Not sure as I've never had shoes with this type of burnishing before.

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Hey guys so I FINALLY got my Kenilworth in size 8D. They are about 1/2 too big, they fit really comfy at the moment but they're not broken in. Should I send them back for a refund or can I get insoles and that will solve the issue?
Thoughts?
Pics were taken with my Iphone so excuse the quality


When I tried them on, AE told me to size down 1/2 a size from what I wear for Park Avenues and Strands.  I would exchange.

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Originally Posted by CalTex View Post

Is there another shoe company you guys would recommend in the 400 USD range?
I want a new pair of dress shoes, and I am considering the KENILWORTH but I want it to look like this:
Suggestions on accomplishing this?
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The walnut has a bit of antiquing applied at the factory. to emphasize it, you could mirror shine/bull the toe. I have the dark brown Kenilworth and with a little bit of work, they can look great. I'm sure the walnut will look just as nice with a similar procedure.

 

Here's some info I posted on the shoecare thread:

 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/228153/the-official-shoe-care-thread-tutorials-photos-etc/200_100#post_4824265

 

Not sure if you guys have seen these images before...peepwall[1].gif :

 

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I think the 'replica' in the name gives it away but wow, first Louis and now Allan?
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I think the 'replica' in the name gives it away but wow, first Louis and now Allan?

my question is why they make replica of AE! if they make the replica of gucci or ferrogamo, i understand. but AE after all is a small name brand. why bother? i think you have to spend a lot to make the shoe molds and other stuff to copy other brands. 

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