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I started wearing Allen Edmonds about 2 years ago.  I worked a part time job for my 4 years of college at an old school, upscale mens store.  The owner as well as the other associates all wore Allen Edmonds and Aldens since we sold them.  I am finishing my MBA now so my collection isn't extensive but currently include:

 

Chili Maxfield

Walnut Strand

Walnut Dalton

Brown Burnished Pomona

Snuff Suede Amok

Chocolate Suede Amok

Brown Neumok

Walnut Jermyn

Chili Grain Randolph

Tan Elgin

 

My favorite shoe of all though and only pair of Alden's I own is the Indy Boot.

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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post

Looks great.

Is this a currently-offered shoe? I couldn't find it on their website, and have been on a long search for the right pair of chukkas.

Thanks, guys!

They're actually a shoe AE made for Ralph Lauren. It's the chocolate suede version of their suede Saunders.
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Swung by my local AE store today.  Good news - most of the new shoes are not nearly as ugly in person as they are on the website.  They also had another new shoe displayed.  The Franciscan is a monk-strap on the 333 last with a brogue captoe.  They only had it in black, but I was intrigued.

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I'd love to know your size in the various shoes!

9D in all except the Patriots which are a 8.5D. The Patriots are the snuggest of the bunch though.
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Sizzle, details in the pants please.
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Originally Posted by mikeharo View Post

Sizzle, details in the pants please.

They're just khaki-colored Levi 514 jeans.
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Originally Posted by robbrechter View Post

Jumped on waiting list for seconds of the Strand in Bourbon. Anyone have any idea what the typical wait time is for Shoe Bank to get an out of stock second in? I realize "it depends" is the actual answer, but thought I'd at least solicit some opinions based on past experience.

I'm glad I was able to get my hands on a pair of the discontinued Bourbon Sanford's in such good condition. The discontinued Bourbon color from the 1990s Sanford's, (can be seen in my post above), is by far my favorite tan leather shoe I've seen. The name Bourbon is misleading for them though because the more recent Bourbon colors AE has been putting out are much darker than the tan/orange/yellow hue to the classic Bourbon Sanford's. Not that the new Bourbon doesn't look great but the old Bourbon is where it's at.

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Originally Posted by dancingbear View Post

Swung by my local AE store today.  Good news - most of the new shoes are not nearly as ugly in person as they are on the website.  They also had another new shoe displayed.  The Franciscan is a monk-strap on the 333 last with a brogue captoe.  They only had it in black, but I was intrigued.

 

AE marketing photos are horrible.  All the shoes look better in real life.

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AE marketing photos are horrible.  All the shoes look better in real life.

 

I've started to think that the marketing photos are only good in that they provide an idea of the design of the shoe (shapes and such). You then have to try to imagine the color as you've seen it on other shoes, assuming you've seen other shoes that color. 

 

They must spend a lot of time in post, and they lose track of what the shoe looks like. They end up presenting what they think is an interesting image rather than conveying the reality. Well, that's just a theory.

post #15595 of 47116
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So I got hooked two-three years ago.  I asked my uncle, who's kind of a jerk, if he was wearing Eccos.  He smirked and said that he was wearing Allen Edmonds and if I wanted a pair I'd have to save my pennies.  Probably the only good advice I ever got from the fool.  Here's what I have now:

Park Avenue - Gator, Black Shell Cordovan
Birmingham - Gator
Clifton - Black Sharkskin, Dark Brown
Amok - Tan Suede
Leeds - Burgundy Shell, Black, and a pair of old 8-last brown pebble
Strand - Brown Shell, with a walnut BB pair on the way
Mac Neil - Burgundy Shell (the new finish - it's awesome), black
Del Rey - Chili
Hillcrest - Dark brown
Colton - Unburnished walnut
McClain - Burnished walnut
Wendell - Black
Lexington - Black
Auburn - Black
McTavish - Black
Player's Shoe - Blue suede
Finch - Blue/Tan
Horseman - Orange
McAllister - Red White & Blue
Broadstreet - Black/White
Strawfut - Brown/Linen
Dalton - Walnut Shell, Chocolate
Bayfield - Brown CXL
Neumok - Orange/White on order

On top of that, I'm eyeing the following:


Bourbon McAllister
Burgundy Shell Bradley
Bone/Walnut Broadstreet
Blue Banchory
Sand Suede Player’s Shoe
Burgundy Shell Cambridge 

Do I need any others to round it out?

Your uncle smirked. plain.gif

Go buy a pair of G&G's and tell him to fuck off. lawlz
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Originally Posted by TheSizzle View Post

 

I've started to think that the marketing photos are only good in that they provide an idea of the design of the shoe (shapes and such). You then have to try to imagine the color as you've seen it on other shoes, assuming you've seen other shoes that color. 

 

They must spend a lot of time in post, and they lose track of what the shoe looks like. They end up presenting what they think is an interesting image rather than conveying the reality. Well, that's just a theory.

 

I wish I knew.  In the era of online shopping, you'd think they would put more effort into selecting photos.

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Getting photos of shoes that represent a realistic color isn't an easy thing to do. Lighting will effect the tones in the pictures captured in ways you don't typically see with your eye even just before you take the picture looking at the shoes in the exact same setting.

 

I typically use the bracketing technique when I'm taking pictures of shoes, bracketing is taking the same shot at different shutter speeds in order to have the same shot at different levels of light, I'll then usually narrow down to 3 shots each just one step lighter or darker than the other and upload those to my computer. Then I look at the pictures on my computer screen and determine the most accurate representation straight from my camera and edit that one. The key here is to leave the shoes just how you photographed them and look throughout the editing process to maintain accurate colors on screen for what they look like in person. Still not the easiest thing to do but it helps, also the colors you choose on your screen don't always look just the same on someone else's monitor when they see it and that can only be adjusted to a certain extent. Conclusion, buy shoes in person or like stated above, understand what's typically realistic of shoes that appear a certain way on the screen.

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I've decided to get myself some boots since the Daltons and Fifth Street are currently on sale.  I prefer the Dalton, but the only color available on sale is the grey.  I haven't seen the grey in person yet, so I was wondering if anyone had any real pictures of them and I was curious if maybe I should just go with the brown Fifth Street instead.  Thoughts?  I ask because a friend nearly got the grey Daltons when they came out, but was really put off when he saw them at the shop.  I'd be interested in some opinions and justification one way or the other.


Edited by Mike Lucas - 2/9/13 at 1:45am
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Originally Posted by Mike Lucas View Post

I've decided to get myself some boots since the Daltons and Fifth Street are currently on sale.  I prefer the Dalton, but the only color available on sale is the grey.  I haven't seen the grey in person yet, so I was wondering if anyone had any real pictures of them and I was curious if maybe I should just go with the brown Fifth Street instead.  Thoughts?

I wouldn't get the gray boot.
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