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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc... - Page 4116post #61727 of 707377/13/15 at 6:17pmpost #61728 of 707377/13/15 at 6:20pmpost #61729 of 707377/13/15 at 6:36pm
So if u walked up to a pair of $99 shoes with misaligned eyelets, bad stitching and an uneven welt, would u buy them? Prolly not - for sure I wouldn't on sight, unless I really liked them enough to overlook it...
...but on a pair of $300 shoes, u need stranger's advice to decide if it's ok to keep them ????
Well geez, I guess there is a need for that shite then...Glad u got something of value...
In the words of one longtime member's PM:
"..the day that I need the advice of a bunch of anonymous E-Consultants on what to spend my money on is the day I stop buying shoes..."
You know what I listen to every day? "Well, first I have to get my wife's approval if it looks ok"...
Really?...when ur wife goes shopping for a new dress, does she insist you come along? It's about that time I remind them when they see their wife next they need to ask her to give them back their balls from inside her purse...
But a bunch of "anonymous E-Consultants"? well hey, THAT'S different.post #61730 of 707377/13/15 at 6:39pmQuote:It's a good thing you didn't ask how a particular last fits compared to another. That would have sent everyone into hibernation mode.Originally Posted by Moose22
I asked about a pair before I sent them for exchange. I got some help, and some nice advice about other things, too. That's value that I gleaned. And I am most definitely someone.
I'd never owned AEs before, and I really didn't know where the baseline is. And, after sending back what I deemed inappropriate craftsmanship for $300 shoes, I got a pair that are just F_ing PERFECT for what they are. Having one person say "to be fair, those don't look great" puts my mind at ease. I want what I pay for, but I honestly don't want to be "that" guy, the one for whom nothing is good enough because he expects too much.
I also got a sub $200 pair of seconds shoes that was damned near perfect and people put my mind at ease regarding lasts and sizing and I would have accepted a hell of a lot worse for shoes I paid half-price for. My whiny "is this ..." questions helped in BOTH cases, about bad stitching and about sizing. And, frankly, I've tried searching for answers to similar questions and it is hard to get the specific info you want out of 62,000 posts. If I have another annoying question I can't glean from a search I'll ask again, and one of the really nice people on this forum will almost certainly answer me even if you think it's valueless shite.
Man I love joining a forum and a week later seeing a bunch of posts about how the community has just gone to hell in a handbasket.post #61731 of 707377/13/15 at 6:55pmpost #61732 of 707377/13/15 at 6:57pmQuote:
Hah, that's PRECISELY what I asked the second time.
Turns out, I have a weird shaped foot. So, in addition to having brought a 62,000 post community to its knees by joining and asking two bad questions, I'm also all self conscious because I have a high instep.
I also asked if bourbon went well with some different colors of pants. Yawn! But I dig the color, and I might want a pair in that color one day, so I'm gonna' talk about it.post #61733 of 707377/13/15 at 7:00pmpost #61734 of 707377/13/15 at 7:00pmpost #61735 of 707377/13/15 at 7:25pmQuote:
Maybe you just need to learn when someone's poking silly, sarcastic fun at you. I guess some people don't see irony, nor the charm a little self deprecating humor, but that's OK. You can point something out to a cat and the cat won't look at what you're pointing to, they'll look at your finger. So, I'll be blunt.
I'm being serious, now. It's an online community. They ALL go this way. It's the story as old as the internets. People who've been around for a while have seen all the questions already. MANY times. Especially when they're of such a limited focus and have so many posts as one brand of shoes. The old hands get a bit jaded. New joiners are the ones with a little energy and excitement who still want to talk about the topic.
You join any community by interacting, and the best way of interacting is often asking people questions. Let someone help you and they'll be more apt to like you. There's really no other way to partake of one that's just an open message board than to just jump in. So, why do you have to discourage the people who are soon to be the ones answering all the questions you don't want to bother with? Why do you have to post derogatory, ad hominem attacks? Just don't read the forum, or skip the annoying questions and let someone else answer them.
The other alternative is for someone so esteemed to make a nice FAQ so it's easy to find these commonly asked questions.post #61736 of 707377/13/15 at 7:42pm
Here are the Fort Collins in Bourbon I was talking about. They can take some water now (as I use them as regular office shoes), after being treated with Mink Oil Liquid and some wax based polish (moist, not the dry one). Let the Mink Oil wars begin again ;)
I really like the long and not too rounded toe area. I've never had such nice shoes mind you. You should (not) see my black leather beaters I (used to) wear every day. I actually own two pair of the exact same ones and I used to just switch between those two. Those saw their first mink oil after 2+ years and drank like half the bottle. Luckily they started coming apart and the soles are through as well and I've been lurking on this thread and working up the courage to buy C$500 shoes :D
Anyway, welcome AE to the rotation. I think I finally know what to answer my parents when they ask me what I want for my birthday and christmas again!
For whoever was wondering what I meant with "stretching", here are the shoes with their trees. I just glued 4 stripes of left over leather to the side with Hirschkleber and skived it a bit after it dried, so as to keep the form of the tree/shoe "as is". I'll add some more to the front to get a smoother, less abrupt transition from leather to wood. I think the medium shoe trees that AE recommends for this size shoe are just not wide enough for 3E shoes.post #61737 of 707377/13/15 at 7:44pmQuote:If the shoes don't fit, you must acquit. Or something like that. Definitely no point in buying shoes that don't fit you well. Nothing wrong with that.Originally Posted by bdavro23
Maybe I just didnt sleep well and I am grumpy, but it seems to me that this forum used to be about geeking out over shoes and clothes and now its mostly about complaining (I am aware of the pure balls irony here) and indignation. More and more, I find myself willing to pay for quality with fewer compromises. I probably wont buy many more AE shoes. Not because of the quality, their shoes are reasonably well priced for what you get, but rather because they just dont fit me very well. I guess I am just getting old and miss the good old days. Or maybe I'm just a douche...
Heres some AE appreciation for you: last Friday, an intern in the lab walked by and said "nice shoes!" I was wearing my stone suede McGregors with light blue laces bein' all casual.post #61738 of 707377/13/15 at 7:45pmpost #61739 of 707377/13/15 at 8:09pmAnyone know about the Navy Sands?
It appears to be a Kenwood, but blue. Could make an interesting casual shoe. Not sure about that color, tho... They look more light blue than navy.post #61740 of 707377/13/15 at 9:04pm
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