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post #18091 of 48210
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post


Don't forget the effect of sunlight. My alden boots have lightened up in certain areas caused by sunlight exposure and wear.

I always loved this blog post by Nick Horween about the effect of sun on shell. Remainder of post at Leffot blog:

http://leffot.com/2011/08/31/the-brownout-by-nick-horween/
Remainder of post at Leffot blog:

http://leffot.com/2011/08/31/the-brownout-by-nick-horween/


Thank you again. Definitely bookmarked.

post #18092 of 48210
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Originally Posted by debitcard View Post

can anyone explain why there are some variation price on eBay in relation to allen edmond shoes? For instance, I was looking at some park avenue and I see some distinct difference in pricing on both very similar shoes. The more expensive, the better?

 

More expensive is not better. Sellers set their own prices based upon their knowledge of the item and the condition of the item. It is best to use your judgement and look very, very closely at the pictures provided to judge quality and how much you are willing to spend.

post #18093 of 48210
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Originally Posted by masernaut View Post

More expensive is not better. Sellers set their own prices based upon their knowledge of the item and the condition of the item. It is best to use your judgement and look very, very closely at the pictures provided to judge quality and how much you are willing to spend.

That's good advice. I would add that unless you know your sizes intimately, you may want to forego eBay in favor of factory seconds via a factory outlet/shoe bank. This way you have the ability to try on and return if necessary. There seem to be a lot of sales on factory 2nds these days as well.
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Originally Posted by masernaut View Post

More expensive is not better. Sellers set their own prices based upon their knowledge of the item and the condition of the item. It is best to use your judgement and look very, very closely at the pictures provided to judge quality and how much you are willing to spend.

That's good advice. I would add that unless you know your sizes intimately, you may want to forego eBay in favor of factory seconds via a factory outlet/shoe bank. This way you have the ability to try on and return if necessary. There seem to be a lot of sales on factory 2nds these days as well.
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yes, but I'm looking for a brand new pair. I was eyeing the park avenues. How do I determine width? E, D, C?

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A lot of trial and error unfortunately. I would suggest visiting a store or at least trying an option that lets you return/exchange for size.
post #18097 of 48210
I've found the interactive fit guide on the Allen Edmonds website to be very accurate and easy to use: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/TheFitRightView?catalogId=40000000001&langId=-1&storeId=1
post #18098 of 48210
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Originally Posted by debitcard View Post

yes, but I'm looking for a brand new pair. I was eyeing the park avenues. How do I determine width? E, D, C?


factory seconds are brand new, and from the way it would appear from these forums, you have to get rather unlucky to notice any immediate cosmetic defect. i second the recommendation to order from the shoebank--some of the deals to be had are better than some of the price gougers on ebay, and the return policy is crucial. there is no good way to estimate what width you are without trying on the shoe--there are too many variables at play, and that's not even considering different lasts.

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Originally Posted by Flyswatter View Post

I've found the interactive fit guide on the Allen Edmonds website to be very accurate and easy to use: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/TheFitRightView?catalogId=40000000001&langId=-1&storeId=1

 

The guide is a good starting point, but it is still necessary to try on the shoe first. The guide originally sized me 10D; turns out I'm a 9.5D/E. I'm just glad I was able to get my money back for those first few experiments icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

post #18100 of 48210
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Originally Posted by masernaut View Post

The guide is a good starting point, but it is still necessary to try on the shoe first. The guide originally sized me 10D; turns out I'm a 9.5D/E. I'm just glad I was able to get my money back for those first few experiments icon_gu_b_slayer%5B1%5D.gif

Very true, YMMV. As it was for me though, the guide indicated the same size as when I was sized at an AE store: 10.5D.
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My halleluja with AE sizes came from measuring my feet with the Brannock device. Nailed every AE shoe since.
 

post #18102 of 48210
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Originally Posted by konda View Post

My halleluja with AE sizes came from measuring my feet with the Brannock device. Nailed every AE shoe since.
 

Never worked for me, and since even shoes of the same last fit different it never will.

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Of course one needs to know that if the Brannock is between C and D, the correct width is D with some C's working as well depending on the last. Reading the reviews on the AE website helps towards the right size and width as well.

 

Then again for me the AE print out size chart available on the website shows several sizes and widths off.

 

I guess in the US one can order without S&H and also return on sender's expense?
 

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For those who wear Barrie-lasted shoes by Alden, which AE last fits most similar?
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Originally Posted by Kwaker View Post

For those who wear Barrie-lasted shoes by Alden, which AE last fits most similar?

 

Probably 1 and 7, though the Barrie is a very unique last.

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