I got tired of waiting for Allen Edmonds to bring something like this back again so I went ahead and sprang for a pair of Aldens like the one in this picture but I'd rather have Allen Edmonds.
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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc... - Page 4642post #69616 of 707371/18/16 at 3:40pmpost #69617 of 707371/18/16 at 6:49pmpost #69618 of 707371/18/16 at 7:01pmQuick question. How much of a difference is there quality wise between the AE Gobi Chukka (snuff suede) and the Alden Unlined Chukka (snuff suede)? Obviously the Alden one will be higher quality but is there really a major difference? I actually have the Gobi. I would just like to know how they compare to the Aldens. Thanks!post #69619 of 707371/18/16 at 7:09pmpost #69620 of 707371/18/16 at 7:19pm
I've been curious about this, too. I also have to wear business suits at least five days a week. I bought the smooth brown MacNeils when they went on clearance early in the fall, but haven't worn them yet -- I've been trying to further "wear out" a couple of older pairs before I bin them. But, since I haven't worn them, I've been considering returning them for a pair of the brown grain 2.0s, which would be "more different" from the other pairs of brown shoes I own and would be more versatile in bad weather and with cords and tweed sportcoats.
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Agreed - very nice. I need to get more natural edges. Hmmm... maybe need to modify a couple of pairs I have...post #69624 of 707371/18/16 at 7:37pmQuote:
I think you're right.
Open lacing instead of closed.
Split welt instead of flat.
Brogueing instead of plain.
Grain leather instead of smooth.
The grain MacNeil, with or without the new sole, is a great option for odd jacket and tie, especially tweedy, "country" fits, not to mention tieless days. But, all the casual characteristics mentioned about make pairing them with a suit too much of a reach in my view.post #69625 of 707371/18/16 at 7:47pmpost #69626 of 707371/18/16 at 8:18pmpost #69627 of 707371/18/16 at 9:07pmQuote:Originally Posted by Count de Monet
Regarding your Hopkinsons, how do you like them? Any problems with the cap toe or creasing in that area? Is the leather softer and/or grainier like some Indy line offerings in the past? Does that "stich" thing just below the bottom of the laces look as high and wide as it appears on the AE website? Any thoughts would be appreciated. In my rare opportunities to be in a brick and mortar AE store, they've never had this shoe.
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I guess the closest I have to duplications are:
* oxford wingtips and LWB's both in burgundy shell (Cambridges and vintage Florsheim Imperials);
* oxford wingtips and LWB's both in dark brown calf (Jefferson 1.0's and RL x AE Sandersons).
If I were starting from scratch and wishing to adhere to Manton's six shoe "streamlined" set, I would think the Jefferson in brown and the gunboat in burg shell would check a couple of boxes so no need for the Cambridge or Sanderson. However, now that I have them, I can't see tossing any of them. The Cambridge particularly was a bit of a grail for me.
Since I was home today I'll show you the pics I took earlier.
There is some creasing but not as bad as normal calf, the leather feels very similar to my Ferragamos and CJ leather shoes. It feels more supple than my AE Jefferson 1.0.post #69628 of 707371/19/16 at 2:25amQuote:
Could someone please give me a hand with the above two unanswered queries - cheers.post #69629 of 707371/19/16 at 2:47am
I don't fit 5 or 7 last, so I can't help you.
As for the dark chili, it's darker. They're both good colors, close, one's just a touch darker than the other. Dark chili is better because I like it more, and because it's universal. There's pretty much no color or fabric you'll normally find pants made out of that it doesn't go with.post #69630 of 707371/19/16 at 5:11am
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