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Allen Edmonds 'Standish' in black shell cordovan. From the mid '90s as far as I can tell from the catalogs. Pretty cool and cleaned up really nicely as they were rough when I bout them. (eBay $35) Planning to pair with a charcoal suit for church tomorrow - too casual?

 

 

 

 

 

I didn't see a reply to this so I will. Man, those cleaned up great! Fantastic deal for $35. I would think those would be great with a suit for church. The toe is pretty conservative. I suppose it depends on the church, but the buckle seems fine to me. 

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Natty & Gigi welcome the new week...



Lab and the natties are aging quite well!
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Bourbon with grey to start the week.



Chris
That's a great looking combination.
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What do we even begin to call these?

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Amazeballs.
Blue amaze balls. Ouch!
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If you want to do something less permanent, you can always strip it down and tint with a creme like I did with my strandmoks:





Acetone to strip and then AE burgundy shoe cream to recolor


How many applications of stripping did it take to get that way? I used Renomat this morning and besides getting some stains out, I cannot really tell it made much of a difference...

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Excellent suggestions - thanks.  I get that all the shoes go to EEE, but not all EEEs are the same. I recall trying one AE 10EEE a few years ago that I could barely get my foot into. I was trying to avoid a ton of shipping back and forth, but that may be the best option given where I live.

 

I just bought a pair of used walnut Ashtons to see how they fit. The price was right. Will see how those do. 

I just happened to be in Chicago for a couple of days last week so I got the the AE store to check out some shoes (N. Michigan). Tired to get to the Shoebank locations near Milwaukee but didn't have time. 

 

We went through a bunch of shoes to see what fit. I have a very weird foot. Wide and the ball is more toward the front. The salesman told me to now worry about the last (generally), and that I needed to go at least 1/2 size up to get the width where I need it. Shoes with more taper in the front are out for me. Shorter taper to the toe and a longer shoe. 10.5 EEE on a 65 last worked pretty well. I could even go to an 11 in some shoes. 

 

I bought a pair of Fifth Avenues in dark chili just because they fit well and I liked them. Chili was too red - not ready to go there yet. Interestingly, the rubber soled shoes don't fit the same for me and I didn't find a pair that I liked. I know I need some, but went with leather sole this time. (Not the best photo.)

 

2nd day I had these I was at an evening event with a lot of people. Working my way toward the bar some drunken idiot in heels stepped on my left shoe and made an impression in the leather. It's small, but noticeable. Grrrrrr.... 

 

 

 

Also get these used Ashtons delivered while I was gone. Not great shoes, but nice enough for the money ($40 on eBay). 

 


Edited by Dario65 - 10/26/15 at 8:02am
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How many applications of stripping did it take to get that way? I used Renomat this morning and besides getting some stains out, I cannot really tell it made much of a difference...

That was one application of pure acetone, turning the rag frequently and reapplying. I think the brown strandmoks has some sort of over - burnish on it. I noticed that when they got scuffed they turned the more yellow walnut easily. I may have gotten extremely lucky.
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Happy Monday!

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Going to ask here because I'm more familiar with AE sizing than Alden.  I will also scour the Alden thread but there is a ton of pages.. .

 

 

Plaza last, similar fit to 511 last in D width?  Comparing Long Branch/Dalton in 9D to a Plaza in ?  Looking into a Plaza last NST boot.
 


Thanks in advance.  

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What are the relevant factors, pros/cons with regard to A&E shoes in calfskin?  Is this a desirable material?  Is it as stiff as regular leather?  I don't believe calfskin takes a shine as well as other shoe leather.  The texture seems like it would be softer and not as smooth.  Any insight appreciated, thanks...

 

Edited to say I also get the impression that the calfskin is not quite as formal/dressy...?  Perhaps that is because the character of the shine is different.

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I don't own a pair of oxfords, and happened to stumble upon a pair of AE Park Avenues in burgundy polished cobbler at a thrift store for $20.

The uppers are in decent condition, though with some strong creasing. The rest of the shoe (soles, heels, inner sole all could use work/replacing).

I know the polished cobbler is the corrected grain Allen Edmond produced for a while, what would be your guys opinions of having these recrafted? I don't wear a suit very often, but I'd like to have a decent set of oxfords around for when I do, and $20 for the shoes, and 125-150 for the recrafting service still seems like I'm coming out ahead. Though I'm not sure if this is worth it them being the corrected grain.

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Sorry about the double post - meant to post here the first time...


I am new to the forum and just wanted to start out by saying hello to everyone. I am glad that i have found a place where i can get some solid advice on menswear topics. So here's the story:

A few weeks back I went to my local Allen Edmonds shop and, after trying on a pair of the First Avenue and Dalton boots, finally decided to pull the trigger on a new pair of First Ave boots. I had my foot measured by one of their salesman and settled on a size 9D (I usually range between an 8.5 - 9D in dress shoes / boots). They fit great (especially since i have a narrow foot and its hard to find boots that fit well), there is no heel slippage, and they're not too wide in the toe. However, I have realized they are a little long. This is my first pair of actual dress boots so I am not too sure what to expect.

My question is essentially two-fold at this point and some advice is greatly appreciated:

1. Does anyone have experience with this boot? If so, has anyone else noticed they run a little on the long side?

2. Would going to a different size width reduce the overall length of the boot? I can honestly say that if i went to an 8.5 D the boots would be too tight because they fit snug already in the sides and the heel.

I tried searching the forum for general information but was hoping someone could point me in the right direction as this question may have been asked before. I am relatively new to the world of shoe buying and quality > quantity. I do understand, however, the point of saving to buy a quality pair of shoes / boots that are made of higher quality materials and can be re-crafted. I am also early in my career and find that Allen Edmonds is the perfect balance between quality/price for the time being. 

 

Thanks for listening to a rather long, drawn out post. 

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I don't own a pair of oxfords, and happened to stumble upon a pair of AE Park Avenues in burgundy polished cobbler at a thrift store for $20.



The uppers are in decent condition, though with some strong creasing. The rest of the shoe (soles, heels, inner sole all could use work/replacing).



I know the polished cobbler is the corrected grain Allen Edmond produced for a while, what would be your guys opinions of having these recrafted? I don't wear a suit very often, but I'd like to have a decent set of oxfords around for when I do, and $20 for the shoes, and 125-150 for the recrafting service still seems like I'm coming out ahead. Though I'm not sure if this is worth it them being the corrected grain.


 



Personally. No I would bother with them. Being that heavily worn that material just wouldn't look right after a recraft. IMO. I would look through the shoe bank and for slightly more you can get new 2nd quality Brooks Brothers footware. I don't think they do a PA but they have a strand and 5th ave, all which would work well I think for what your looking for. Depending on what the "flaw" might be. Normal price is 199 but if wait till a sale they drop to 159. Better leather, and new.
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Going to ask here because I'm more familiar with AE sizing than Alden.  I will also scour the Alden thread but there is a ton of pages.. .



 



 



Plaza last, similar fit to 511 last in D width?  Comparing Long Branch/Dalton in 9D to a Plaza in ?  Looking into a Plaza last NST boot.

 





Thanks in advance.  


 



There are quite a few AE guys in the Alden thread too. But for me. I went 1/2 size down from 511 to plaza, full size to barre/TB. Kinda strange, but it works.
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3 pairs of Burgundy shell, interesting how the color varies on all

C&J for BB boot (which looks almost brown next to these)
AE Randolph (in middle)
AE Kenwood

I already have an older pair of AE Kenwood in Brown shell, I'm debating which of these two burgundy loafers to keep. my Kenwood have broken in wonderfully and they fit great, but the Randolph I just tried on and they seem to work as well. so do I go with the same shoe in different colors or mix in the more formal Randolph?

all things being equal I like a bit of variety, but knowing how my old Kenwood fit is a powerful draw for keeping this pair...

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