or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc...
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc... - Page 4460  

post #66886 of 70737
Excellent PC pics, gents! Thanks for keeping up the tradition.

A question for those of y'all with woodlore epic twin tube shoe trees: do you size them the same as the JAB/AE full toe trees or do they run longer?

Btw, wore "plum" (close enough) chukkas for Merlot Monday. Not AE, so spoilered appropriately.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



post #66887 of 70737
Quote:
Originally Posted by xxxRacer View Post

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Monday. Brown suede Norwich. Not my favorite shoe but I can"t wear wing tips every day.
Oh man, those look super comfortable! Something slipperish about them.
Quote:
Originally Posted by xxxRacer View Post

I do love Allen Edmonds but they are making it difficult. Yesterday I was trying on the Mora to see if I wanted to special order a pair. The brand new pair, never tried on, had some sort of substance sprayed on it that made the leather spiderweb.

I noticed this with my new oxblood Warwicks. Worn twice, spider veins all across the polish. Applying some lotion helped a bit, but I am definitely not a fan of their new finishing. Which is a shame because I like the shoe and the color otherwise. Although I would have preferred a buckle like that on the Norwich, instead of a leather keeper.
post #66888 of 70737
Ok so i purchased a couple pairs of cordovan shoes during the shoe bank sale. One is a brown Norwich and the other is a black Randolph. I have questions on both.

The Norwich. Other than the fact that they seem somewhat old (likely from having been at the shoe bank for a while), the only thing I could find that would make them seconds is that on the right shoe there is a significant color contrast between the cordovan used in the vamp and the cordovan used on the side. Here are pics:

Right shoe:



Left shoe:


Both shoes:



So I'm not sure if the color contrast should bother me. I know that with cordovan, some actually like a contrast, however since it's only on one shoe I have mixed feelings. At $375, I'm kind of leaning towards keeping, but I would definitely appreciate any thoughts and opinions from you guys before I make my final decision.

(I will post the randolphs a bit later).

Thanks in advance!!!
post #66889 of 70737
Quote:
Originally Posted by RitchieBro View Post


The dark brown shell Strand is a standard shell offering; you can order a pair anytime you want, you don't have to wait for a trunk show.


Yes, brown is standard, and I am occasionally tempted, but last year's trunk show had a "dark brown".  Photos were taken:

 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/141581/allen-edmonds-appreciation-thread/51960#post_7509602

 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/141581/allen-edmonds-appreciation-thread/51750#post_7499533

 

My thinking is that I would like a darker color. I've noticed my burgundy shell Cambridges are starting to lighten after about a year.  Then again, I have not applied any cordovan cream or polish to help re-darken them. If I could start with a darker brown, perhaps they'd stay in the color depth I'm wanting. 

 

BTW, that reminds me, it's been about a year since the trunk show. How are the shells from that aging, especially the dark browns?  Anyone willing to post some recent pics, please?

post #66890 of 70737
Quote:
Originally Posted by mosy View Post

Ok so i purchased a couple pairs of cordovan shoes during the shoe bank sale. One is a brown Norwich and the other is a black Randolph. I have questions on both.

The Norwich. Other than the fact that they seem somewhat old (likely from having been at the shoe bank for a while), the only thing I could find that would make them seconds is that on the right shoe there is a significant color contrast between the cordovan used in the vamp and the cordovan used on the side. Here are pics:

Right shoe:



Left shoe:


Both shoes:



So I'm not sure if the color contrast should bother me. I know that with cordovan, some actually like a contrast, however since it's only on one shoe I have mixed feelings. At $375, I'm kind of leaning towards keeping, but I would definitely appreciate any thoughts and opinions from you guys before I make my final decision.

(I will post the randolphs a bit later).

Thanks in advance!!!
Color contrast is normal and not an issue. Something you should embrace with shell.
post #66891 of 70737
Check out the bloom on this bad boy

post #66892 of 70737
Quote:
Originally Posted by gatszu View Post

Color contrast is normal and not an issue. Something you should embrace with shell.

Thanks for the encouragement.

I did find another issue. On the left shoe, it seems something stretched and/or unraveled in the elastic under the buckle, causing it to be a bit loose on my foot (compared with the right shoe). Here is a pic:



Question, is this something that can be easily repaired?

Overall is this a good deal at $375?

Thanks again in advance!!
Edited by mosy - 11/9/15 at 6:55pm
post #66893 of 70737
Quote:
Originally Posted by CMT1 View Post

In my experience, yes, especially if one uses a lot, however once it has dried there is no color difference.

A little goes a long way, and as with any product you want to use it sparingly. In the case of Bick 4 I have not noticed any real build-up with overuse, but it will soak straight through the leather if too much is applied. I made this mistake on a pair of cxl boots the first time I used it, and it took almost two days for them to dry and return to their original color.

They were definitely well moisturized, however. happy.gif

Do you use a cleaner prior to applying the lotion?
post #66894 of 70737
Finally was able to go pick up the dark chili Daltons that I had ordered during the RDA. As expected, they came with the heavy lacquered finish. Has anyone been able to successfully tone it down without affecting the burnishing/color?
post #66895 of 70737

Burlington score!

 

 

post #66896 of 70737
Quote:
Originally Posted by mosy View Post


Thanks for the encouragement.

I did find another issue. On the left shoe, it seems something stretched and/or unraveled in the elastic under the buckle, causing it to be a bit loose on my foot (compared with the right shoe). Here is a pic:



Question, is this something that can be easily repaired?

Overall is this a good deal at $375?

Thanks again in advance!!

 

That "strap" isn't supposed to be attached. So the left is correct, the right is wrong. If it isn't cut, it prohibits the elastic from having any purpose. It might as well just be a solid piece of leather or nylon. 

 

All that being said, if you like that snug feel, I would imagine a cobbler would be able to figure something out, but I would doubt that AE would do anything about it. 

 

Overall it looks like you got a seal! Those look awesome. 

post #66897 of 70737
What IS that shoe? A pebble-grained, brass eyelet-ed Leeds with a v-tap sole? San Marco? Love it! Ideal casual shoe!
post #66898 of 70737
Quote:
Originally Posted by misterellington View Post

What IS that shoe? A pebble-grained, brass eyelet-ed Leeds with a v-tap sole? San Marco? Love it! Ideal casual shoe!

The Gridiron

http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Edmonds-Mens-Gridiron-Oxford/dp/B00BWHJFH4
post #66899 of 70737
Quote:
Originally Posted by Neo1 View Post
 

I'd love to get your take on the brown crackled McT or the Bellerive :)

So I'm an opinionated person. I know what I like and can usually tell you why I don't like something. Which is why I did fairly well in business consulting and was able to live, so far, on five different continents and find/create work for myself on all of them. 

The Bellerive looks like a shoe for an aging rock star who still want's to be "hip" not realizing no one has used the word unironically in over a decade. It looks like an old man shoe mashed up with another old man shoe to make a shoe that looks even older. And then spray painted to "make it edgy." That shoe does have a market. There are aging rockers and mid level drug dealers who have reached retirement age that would love this shoe. Make it a special order and double the price.

The crackled McT. They should have had one version in a natural bull leather. The hide from an older animal with as little processing color wise as possible. Either do a natural or pale whiskey. Sell a shoe that will develop a personality as you own it, as you wear it, the way it is meant to happen. BUYING a shoe with personality is sad. Someone else decided to mark up your shoe. Your life story has to be written on a page scribbled on, poorly, by someone else. Those are my first thoughts looking at this poor shoe that could have been friggin awesome! I tried this shoe on and it made me sad. I see what it could have been, how powerful a statement it could have made, and how it was wasted. 

I'm gong to go hug my Jefferson 1.0 in brown! 

There are things AE should do... 1) For people like me who buy lots of their shoes, from lots of places, sell us premium Allen Edmonds boxes like those that come with the Independence Collection. In bulk those boses have to be around a dollar. Sell them for $10. 2) When recrafting shoes allow us the choice of buying the brass Allen Edmond nameplate from the first Independence run. I liked them and they remind me of the bespoke shoes my friends had. The new "gold paint" is worse and dumber than the brass. When buying shoes from the Shoebank the salesperson on the phone should ALWAYS say, "Would  you like to buy bags with this shoe" If they don't have bags. "Would you like the shoes shipped with shoe trees?" Would you like the belt we recommend for this shoe?" "The socks?" "Do you have this shade of polish/wax/creme/etc..." Don't beat it to death but make suggestions. Especially about dust bags and shoe trees.   Turning a one dollar box into a ten dollar sale would also be cool. I only buy American made clothing. I do cheat a bit. My underwear is made in Brazil. When AE partners with people they should also partner with people who don't use slave labor and share our values. Brazil would be a good spot to consider doing something with. 

Sorry...Got my brain going before bed. Good night. I think I could clean up their design team in about a year or two.They've just gotten a bit lazy. They are good and talented but then need some fire. Too many shoes look too  much like the other shoes and there is no core focus on what the design vision is. 

post #66900 of 70737
Knew you'd never fail to disappoint 😃
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Classic Menswear
This thread is locked  
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc...