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Originally Posted by mingus2112 View Post

Looks like the Brooks Brothers version of the strand is on sale. . .but not the regular one. The main difference (I am told) is that the Brooks version has a rubber sole. I don't think i'm interested. . .seems like a weird combo!

 

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Originally Posted by khe86 View Post

It's not quite a a rubber sole. If you go to AE's website and check out their combination tap sole, that's similar to what BB is offering.

 

The Brooks Brothers version also has a Poron insole rather than the natural leather one.

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Originally Posted by mingus2112 View Post

Looks like the Brooks Brothers version of the strand is on sale. . .but not the regular one. The main difference (I am told) is that the Brooks version has a rubber sole. I don't think i'm interested. . .seems like a weird combo!

 

Also, since you are interested in paying a little less for your Strands from fear of damaging them at work, you may like knowing that every time I check in with my local AE outlet they have the BB Strands at $199.00 for seconds.  They say it is a "sale" price, but they never seem to change the price (at least it hasn't changed since I first noticed them about 6 months ago). 

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Originally Posted by mingus2112 View Post

I did - you never know!
(well. . . .emailed, anyway. . .)


Do you guys normally just call the shoebank? They are not responding to email....

post #12214 of 43051

McAllister vs Larchmont for semi-formal occasions?

 

Anyone? :)
 

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^ Either / or. I'm not feeling the "euro" longwing but if it better suits your foot or style, go for it.
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Originally Posted by archangle13 View Post

McAllister vs Larchmont for semi-formal occasions?

 

Anyone? :)
 

 

Probably need more information to go on.  Expand on "semi-formal."  Both of these shoes are on the less formal side due to their heavy broguing.  Color also matters here.  Also, they may cancel each other out in the end anyway.  The McAllister, being a balmoral, is more formal than a blucher like the Larchmont.  However, the McAllister has heavier broguing than the Larchmont, so it may come down to a coin toss. 

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Cappuccino shell Dundees in the wild.

 

 

700

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Originally Posted by Firefox View Post

Clarksdb, those look really nice. You may have swayed my decision-making process. Two questions:
  • How do they fit (say, compared to a 5-last like the Park Avenue)? Since they look very similar to a PA/5th Ave, I would assume that they fit similar.
  • Would you ever consider wearing the burgandy Cliftons with jeans? Or do you find them a little dark for that?

Thanks!

Thanks! I went with the same size as the Park Avenue but I found the fit of the 8 last of the Clifton to be better. But that is just my foot perhaps. You may want to go into an AE retailer and try on another 8 last shoe such as the Delray or something just to be sure. Most AE retailers carry Delray and Lasalle.

I haven't worn them with jeans at least not yet but that is mostly because the pair of jeans I have are raw denim. I don't think I want to take the risk of the denim bleeding onto the shoes foo.gif. I think the burgundy color will work fine with jeans though as that's the color of my clarks db which I wear with jeans.
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Cappuccino shell Dundees in the wild.

 

 

700

 

Excellent looking boots!

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Originally Posted by bucksfan View Post

Cambridges today:

 

First, on my way into my first meeting:

 

1000

 

Later, in the office:

 

1000

 

Gorgeous... makes me wish i waited a bit and got those rather than my Merlot McAllisters.  Banana socks?  I have the same ones lol

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Originally Posted by khe86 View Post

It's not quite a a rubber sole. If you go to AE's website and check out their combination tap sole, that's similar to what BB is offering.
Well this changes everything. . .I like the idea of the combination. . .Is it on the same last?
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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post


The Brooks Brothers version also has a Poron insole rather than the natural leather one.
What implications does this have? I assume poron is some kind of synthetic - not sure what the advantages/disadvantages of one or the other are. What are the other differences between the two shoes?
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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

Also, since you are interested in paying a little less for your Strands from fear of damaging them at work, you may like knowing that every time I check in with my local AE outlet they have the BB Strands at $199.00 for seconds.  They say it is a "sale" price, but they never seem to change the price (at least it hasn't changed since I first noticed them about 6 months ago). 
ALSO good to know. . .what's your local store? (you can PM me if you don't want to announce it here) I can call or call the shoebank with this info.
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Originally Posted by zinc2162 View Post


Do you guys normally just call the shoebank? They are not responding to email....
I've found that, with the shoebank, they USUALLY answer immediately or never. It's rare that I go 12 hours and still receive an email. I wouldn't bug them with constant emails, but if it's been a day or three - just send them another email. I get responses from several different people (who all respond to my followup questions) so try a whole new email if it's been a reasonable amount of time.

-James
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As an FYI, I was in the AE Outlet Store in Mebane, NC last week and they had the Brooks Brothers shoes on sale for 2 for $300.
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Originally Posted by jjr4884 View Post

 

Gorgeous... makes me wish i waited a bit and got those rather than my Merlot McAllisters.  Banana socks?  I have the same ones lol

 

Thanks - I really like them.  Yes, indeed B.R. socks - you have good taste.  biggrin.gif

 

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Originally Posted by ncdobson View Post

Cappuccino shell Dundees in the wild.

 

 

700

 

Those are some great looking chukkas - enjoy!  

 

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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

 

Those look fantastic.  You couldn't ask for a better crease either!

 

Thanks, I really like how they fit and how they have broken in.  Considering the black version sometime soon.  

 

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Originally Posted by mingus2112 View Post


Well this changes everything. . .I like the idea of the combination. . .Is it on the same last?
What implications does this have? I assume poron is some kind of synthetic - not sure what the advantages/disadvantages of one or the other are. What are the other differences between the two shoes?
ALSO good to know. . .what's your local store? (you can PM me if you don't want to announce it here) I can call or call the shoebank with this info.
I've found that, with the shoebank, they USUALLY answer immediately or never. It's rare that I go 12 hours and still receive an email. I wouldn't bug them with constant emails, but if it's been a day or three - just send them another email. I get responses from several different people (who all respond to my followup questions) so try a whole new email if it's been a reasonable amount of time.
-James

 

Yes, BB strands are on the same #5 last.  The combination sole (almost a topy) is well-done.  The Poron insoles are soft, with a consistency like memory foam.  In the shoes I've tried on with it, the soles felt really nice and soft.    

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Originally Posted by mingus2112 View Post


Well this changes everything. . .I like the idea of the combination. . .Is it on the same last?
What implications does this have? I assume poron is some kind of synthetic - not sure what the advantages/disadvantages of one or the other are. What are the other differences between the two shoes?
ALSO good to know. . .what's your local store? (you can PM me if you don't want to announce it here) I can call or call the shoebank with this info.
I've found that, with the shoebank, they USUALLY answer immediately or never. It's rare that I go 12 hours and still receive an email. I wouldn't bug them with constant emails, but if it's been a day or three - just send them another email. I get responses from several different people (who all respond to my followup questions) so try a whole new email if it's been a reasonable amount of time.
-James

 

The last time I checked with my local store they were still on sale for that price, and that was about 2 weeks ago.  The store is in Mebane, NC (mebane@allenedmonds.com; 919-563-2446).

 

The BB Strands are definitely on the same last, so no worries there.  As for the Poron insole, there are implications.  In the end it likely comes down to personal preference.  The Poron is a high-density foam that was actually developed by NASA.  The shoe still has the cork filling just like the natural leather insoled versions do.  They will still form to your foot, etc.  They still have AE's exemplary customer service and recrafting standing behind them. 

 

I think the implications of using Poron rather than the natural leather insole come down to potential implications in the long term durability of the shoe.  Don't take this as gospel, because it is hard to find anything online that is definitive.  That said, in goodyear-welting, the canvas rib (gemming) is bonded to the underside of a natural leather insole, to which the welt and upper are stitched.  The natural leather insole and the cork underneath form to your foot.  Leather is a very durable and resilient material, and if your shoes get wet during a downpour one day, they will dry, and if properly cared for they should be good to go a few days later.  With the Poron insoles, they are not using the natural leather insole.  The canvas gemming is bonded to the bottom of a fiberboard insole, and the Poron insole is glued on top.  Therefore, the foundation of the shoe is fiberboard rather than a nice thick piece of natural leather.  This may never matter, but bear in mind that fiberboard is a composite of paper and fiberglass that is formed into a thin, stiff, but flexible board.  Paper isn't exactly made to get wet, so the consequences of the shoes getting wet could be worse than the consequences of a shoe with a natural leather insole getting wet.  Take that for what it is worth, and don't read too much into it.  I'm not saying that an AE with a natural leather insole will last you X amount of time and an AE with a Poron insole with last you X amount of time.  I just think that if you like to buy shoes with as few "weak links" as possible then the natural leather insole is better. 

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Originally Posted by Berob View Post

As an FYI, I was in the AE Outlet Store in Mebane, NC last week and they had the Brooks Brothers shoes on sale for 2 for $300.

 

Well there you go!  Even better than last time I saw them!

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