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post #19396 of 47086
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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

Are you referring to apply the Edge to the Welt and not the edge of the sole?  If so, how about a small tooth-brush?

David

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Originally Posted by Flyswatter View Post


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My eyes.  But I will stop.

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As entertaining as the "Made in USA" debate has been, to me as long as AE shoes qualify as "Made in USA" under the law, I consider them to be Made in the USA. I think AE absolutely should emphasize the "Made in USA" part because that's just good marketing. And the fact that we are even having the discussion of AE's Dominican production tells me that they are transparent enough. If no one at AE ever mentions their Dominican production of some uppers of their mainline shoes, I would have never knew about it in the first place.

Anyway, I'm doing some late night work in my chili grain MacNeils:
post #19399 of 47086

Very nice, sir!  I like the lacing pattern!

post #19400 of 47086
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Originally Posted by Septimus View Post

Paul, I am hoping you can address another question raised by someone else regarding the DR production.  (I, for one, am enjoying this conversation and welcome the opportunity to hear from the horse's mouth on these issues.)

Specifically, someone commented that a concern with overseas production can be that it is done to save money -- which, no doubt, is the case for Allen Edmonds in the DR -- and that, therefore, it can involve less-than-fair or even exploitative labor conditions and wages for the foreign workers -- which I hope is not the case for Allen Edmonds.  Given that part of the impetus for having some production in the DR must be to save money, what can you tell us about the labor conditions and wages for the Allen Edmonds workers there?  

Salve Septimus Serevus -

The DR work conditions are excellent, as good as in Wisconsin only with a lot better weather right now and a fantastic company softball team. Our head of quality there and our plant manager are both American citizens, and our production manager and head of administration there are unbelievably good and very experienced. The latter two started the operation from scratch for us. There's an active leather goods manufacturing community there (we're in the same complex with Timberland's multi-building plant) and a ready pool of experienced employees. The hours are the same as Wisconsin, too. As I mentioned, we throw a big holiday party there every year at which management, including me, serves the workers. This past year we brought in a couple singers to entertain the team during the luncheon and the woman was amazing, a young Whitney Houston voice who covered some of WH's big hits. We take the leadership team out to a nice restaurant for dinner also. It's a nice place to go and i enjoy being with them. The people have a positive and happy outlook on life that's kind of inspirational. They're great workers.

Thanks for asking.
Paul
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Originally Posted by Ulsterman View Post

Thank you Sir, will be giving them a serious test run in Vegas this weekend.

That shoe is perfect for Vegas - enjoy.
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What is a Shell Shoe?

 

When I called AE today, they could not really explain it - except to say they are starting to offer more shell shoes which have the color dye imbued in the leather rather than dyeing the leather after the construction of the shoe is underway.

 

Still confused . . .

 

Any pictures?

post #19403 of 47086
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Originally Posted by AllenEdmondsCEO View Post


Salve Septimus Serevus -

The DR work conditions are excellent, as good as in Wisconsin only with a lot better weather right now and a fantastic company softball team.  

I would not expect less from Allen Edwards - and neither would I expect less from Costco when I buy their electronics and Kirland clothing made in Mexico and China - for Costco will not sell goods from anywhere on the planet where there is a hint of labor issues.  Besides, I suspect AE and Costco pay better in local wages in other countries.

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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

What is a Shell Shoe?

When I called AE today, they could not really explain it - except to say they are starting to offer more shell shoes which have the color dye imbued in the leather rather than dyeing the leather after the construction of the shoe is underway.

Still confused . . .

Any pictures?
Shell Cordovan is a type of leather made from horse. AE sources it from Horween.
More info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_cordovan
http://horween.com/leathers/shell-cordovan/
post #19405 of 47086
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Originally Posted by monkeynuts View Post

Hi everyone, quick question, how far into the toe box should the toes go? 

trying to get a good fit on the 5 last is giving me fits, sent back a pair that i ordered in my usual size but felt it was too long, now I'm second guessing myself.

I'd go and get measured but the nearest brick and mortar is far :-(

MN - This is a great question. Feet differ significantly in shape and form. You want your shoes to fit you well from heel to the ball of your foot. The ball of the foot is the key spot. If your shoe's widest point towards the front is closer to your heel than the ball of your foot is, the shoe will probably cut across your little toe and cause you pain and problems. If your toes are short relative to average foot measurements and the length of your instep to the ball, you'll be better off with a longer shoe and more room in the toe. The ends of my toes measure size 11.5, for example, but I feel better if I get a 12 or 12.5 In the right width. I. E. I usually wear 11.5 D or 12 C depending on the last.

I hope that helps...

Paul
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the chili calf Daltons that are on sale now.  Has all this discussion about "Made in the USA" distracted everyone?  Well, as my moniker implies, I am a boot guy and although I already have two pairs of Daltons (walnut shell and burgundy shell), I couldn't pass up this sale.

I'd been waiting for the walnut calf Daltons to go on sale as I really wanted a lighter color pair of Daltons (my pair of walnut shell Daltons are way darker than the calf walnut) but I will now need to be satisfied with the chili (for awhile anyway until the walnut calf go on sale).  I now have 6-8 weeks to wait...

Has anybody else succumbed?

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Given that I have the walnut Strand, I've hesitated pulling the trigger on the Daltons as I didn't think they'd add enough to my wardrobe. Chili, on the other hand, is (to me) distinct enough so I placed an order.
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Here's more food for thought -

 

"The Great American Shoe Company" is not even an American company. That's right. 

 

Per  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Edmonds

 

Allen Edmonds is owned by a Swedish company:

 

http://trendmark.se

 

I guess you all knew this already too?  Because I could not find this information on the Allen Edmonds website either...

 

EDIT-Looks like wikipedia is probably incorrect. 


Edited by mediahound - 4/22/13 at 9:51pm
post #19408 of 47086
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

I'd been waiting for the walnut calf Daltons to go on sale as I really wanted a lighter color pair of Daltons (my pair of walnut shell Daltons are way darker than the calf walnut) but I will now need to be satisfied with the chili (for awhile anyway until the walnut calf go on sale).  I now have 6-8 weeks to wait...

 

Has anybody else succumbed?

Succumbed?  You bet!

 

Since moving to Western Montana - with all of my city Sanfords - I can see myself with a little higher pant cuff with either the Dalton AND the Longbranch.

 

Here is a peek at my "vision" . . .

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

Here's more food for thought -

"The Great American Shoe Company" is not even an American company. That's right. 

Per  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Edmonds

Allen Edmonds is owned by a Swedish company:

http://trendmark.se

I guess you all knew this already too?  Because I could not find this information on the Allen Edmonds website either...

Who cares?

Guiness is owned by Diageo, but there's no way it's not the beer of Ireland both there and around the world. Doesn't matter who owns AE.

$.02
post #19410 of 47086
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

Here's more food for thought -

Seriously man, knock it the fuck off. I am more than willing to put you on ignore, but we have the CEO of AE here offering to do all kinds of favors for SF members and you seem to be going out of your way to make sure he never comes back.
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