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Now that the anniversary sale is over (almost!). Any intel on the next one?  

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Originally Posted by Veridis View Post

 

That is good to know, I am glad it worked out for you.

 

I just spotted a slight dent about an inch long on the inner side of the left shoe. Just talked to Amazon and they offered a partial refund of $30 of I keep the shoes, and a full refund if I return it. Exchanging is not an option.

 

Actually, for $170 it is quite a good deal. I could just pretend I bought seconds. However it is never nice when you expect first quality shoes and get slightly used one. I think someone ordered them a while back, wore it around the house for a day and returned it without the paper and plastic stick.

 

Hmm, to keep or to return... I only have a few hours left to buy it at about $260 (including tax) from AE's website. From a poor student's perspective, keeping it seems the most cost effective.

 

 


More photos:

 

 

 

 

It seems that the box has a different Allen Edmonds logo, probably an older one.
 

 

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Originally Posted by njruss View Post

Contact Paul's office.  You have what is supposed to be a first quality shoe from a legitimate source.  I would expect that AE would make it right somehow.

Thank you for the suggestion, I will try that.


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I have contacted Amazon again and accepted a partial refund. The sale is over and I cannot rationalize paying about $200 more for the same shoe on the AE website. Amazon said that they would normally do an exchange, but they have no stock on hand right now.

I guess all I can do now is to enjoy the shoes! At least I don't see any structural problems with it. Going to stuff a pair of shoe trees in them and hope it gets into better shape.


Edited by Veridis - 4/30/13 at 7:08am
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Just got my chocolate Dalton's in and wow they are awesome! I have 11.5d Jeffersons on the 5 last, and they are just a smidge snug. I called AE and told them my sizes in different lasts ad they suggested the 12d and they are spot on perfect. Most comfortable out of the box. I'll get some comparisons in the light hopefully tomorrow. I'll put them against my brown AE Hinsdale loafer and my brown burnished Jefferson for comparisons.
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Anyone try a Microfiber Cloth as opposed to a regular cotton t-shirt or official AE or Alden Polishing Cloth?  

 

I read that the Microfiber Cloth performs different.

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Originally Posted by ylkim30 View Post

The Washington DC store don't carry too many 14 size shoes. I think they generally only have Park Aves in 14D, but they might have a few others (but not many).

You're probably better off buying online.

Some years ago I swung by the DC store to order some 14AA Wilberts. I was frankly kind of surprised when the salesman pulled a pair of 14AA Park Avenues out of the back just to make sure we were in the right ballpark -- I didn't expect them to have a size like that hanging out in the shop. I agree with the above... it's unlikely they'll have the exact shoe you want in the size you need.
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Call a couple weeks in advance a s let them know what you are looking for. That way, if they have any in some warehouse, they will be able to get it in time for your trip. I have done this with success for some hard-to-find shoes.
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By the way, those patriots fit me like house slippers. Amazingly comfortable. Slightly tight across the vamp, but just enough to keep my heel from slipping. Great shoes. I went tts to my bannock size.
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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

Anyone try a Microfiber Cloth as opposed to a regular cotton t-shirt or official AE or Alden Polishing Cloth?  

I read that the Microfiber Cloth performs different.

David, I use microfiber cloth. I picked them up at amazon.com after suggestion from other member.
Much easier to get high shine.
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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

There is no question in my mind that the Saphir dressing in Natural or any other color for Edging is superior to anything else.

 

Please don't take offense, but I feel I need to ask: Are you somehow affiliated with Saphir or The Hanger Project? In the last week you've extolled Saphir 13 times in this thread alone. For the record, I like their products as well.

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Originally Posted by coolarrow View Post

Now that the anniversary sale is over (almost!). Any intel on the next one?  

It's called the "Black Hole" sale. All your money is sucked out of your wallet with no chance of return. Oh wait, this is every day...

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I started with the AE Park Avenue myself.  I tried over a half dozen sizes before settling on the 11.5B.  What I discovered is that the actual length and width between adjacent sizes (10.5D to 11C to 11.5B) is actually rather small.  What changes more dramatically is the volume or girth of the shoe.  I also discovered that concerns about shoes that are too "long" are exaggerated.  The 5 last is long and narrow.  In terms of length, the toe box is tapered such that the space up front is not very useful.  Hence, you may find yourself with more space in front of your toes than another last that is more rounded (such as the 1 last).  This extra space should not be cause for concern.  It's just an artifact resulting from the shape and design of the shoe.  Initially the shoe should be a little snug but not tight.  If the shoe compresses your toes and causes any pain, then it is too small.  With wear, the shoe will loosen a little bit but not too much.  If your right foot is larger, then you may benefit from ordering a different size shoe for each foot.  AE will happily do this for a nominal charge, and I assure you it's worth it to get a proper fit.  

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Originally Posted by athenianlion View Post

Hi all,

 

Quick question about how a correctly fitted dress shoe is supposed to feel. I had taken a chance buying my brannock device size (10.5 D) and ended up with a fit much too narrow and long. I recently exchanged those Park Ave's with 9 3E's at the store. A fitter helped me.

 

They feel better, but are still uncomfortable. My right foot is larger than my left, and my small toes are....compressed together. The back of my right heel rubs against the leather (the leather rubbed off on my sock). The same happened with the 10.5Ds too, so I don't know whether its a matter of shoe length. My left foot fits pretty well; it rubs against the throat line of the shoe, but not so bad.

 

I can't order a wider size than 3E, and the widest part of my foot matches up with the widest part of the 9 length. I'm wondering if the 5 last just isn't for me. Should a shoe feel tight or uncomfortable?

 

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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

First, welcome to the Style Forum.  I am also a newcomer in the last month or so - and there is much to be gained by viewing all of the topics.

 

As for your issue - the first thing I would want to ask is if you went to an official Allen Edmonds Store (or Nordstroms).  Both of these store have the very best fitters - and you should be able to get a final size or answer.  Plus - you always have the Made-to-Order or Custom Fit option (look at Allen Edmonds website for details).

 

There is a difference in the 5 Last versus the 7 Last for a width of eee .  I found that out when my first purchase in 1998 was for a D width, and it ended up a EEE because the Nordstrom Staff was well trained.

 

You should be able to feel comfortable right out the door - no break end needed for the Calfskin styles.

 

But the quick answer is . . . AE can fit you comfortably! 


David

 

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Originally Posted by athenianlion View Post

Yes it was an official AE shoe. The fitter was very professional and the shoe was comfortable in the store. I wonder if cramming into the narrower 10.5D's all day had squished my foot enough that the 3Es felt roomy, haha. Can't afford custom-fit quite yet. I will try out the different lasts.

 

Thanks for the feedback David!

 

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Originally Posted by ylkim30 View Post

Why didn't you try a 10 E? Going down to 9 EEE is a considerable drop from 10.5D.

 

Anyway, the 5 last is a pretty challenging fit...it is a very long and narrow last. I use a 14E in the 5 last and I get heel slippage, but that is the best fit for me.

 

Why don't you try a 1-last shoe in your Brannock device size? They seem to be more spacious versions of the 7-last (I am a 14D in the 7-last and it is perfect for me).

 

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Originally Posted by athenianlion View Post

I had simply gone in to buy shoe care supplies. To be honest I was shocked the salesman offered to exchange the shoes for me (I had worn them a few times already and they had wear), so I went along with whatever he suggested.

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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

 

Please don't take offense, but I feel I need to ask: Are you somehow affiliated with Saphir or The Hanger Project? In the last week you've extolled Saphir 13 times in this thread alone. For the record, I like their products as well.

Happy to hear you are also a fan . . . but no, I am in no manner affiliated with any of the items I have posted about on this forum (suits, polish, shoes, etc).  You probably will see that I have posted more about Allen Edmonds shoes, and I was privileged to speak with the CEO - Paul last week - but only as a customer since 1998.

 

I like the AE shoe polishes - I used them for over 15 years - until I read an Esquire Magazine article where they compared the leading polishes throughout the world.  I am also in a licensed profession which requires fact-finding - which many times can lead to erroneous opinion-findings.  It is my nature to check things out that deeply interest me - such as being a good steward in maintaining or adding to the quality items already own.  When something gets my attention, I dive into the core of the facts.  Sometimes I get it wrong and have to employ other means to get it right.  But once I am sold on the merits of a service or product - I am seldom a silent voice when others are reaching out for direction.

 

I chose to call Hangerproject before I purchased.  And after my first nominal purchase - I was very satisfied with the results and then called the owner to inquire of more products for my wife's leather goods as well as distressed items that I have.

 

I did the same thing with AE recently - because I had not used their recrafting for sometime.  What I "know" - I will share . . . but only as a true customer.

 

Thanks for asking - and if you find yourself in Western Montana, look me up!


David 

 

(Looking forward to Spring-Summer with Allen Edmonds Boots!)

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thinking about polishing up my merlot mcallisters.  would this work?

 

leather cleaner

burgundy cream polish

neutral wax polish

 

thanks

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David, I use microfiber cloth. I picked them up at amazon.com after suggestion from other member.
Much easier to get high shine.

Could you tell me what phrase to search for at Amazon - or what brand?  There are 73,000 results - and I want to make sure I get the right product.

 

Thanks.

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Originally Posted by Rene_Lahm View Post

This is a question for the bigger guys on the forum who frequent the AE stores. I plan on visiting the Washington D.C. area in June and was wondering how frequent AE stores typically carry larger sizes, size 14 specifically? I'm hoping to pick up a pair of olive Neumoks, and will likely call the stores in that area ahead anyways, but I was hoping someone had experience with this.

 

My experience is that they often have many styles in larger sizes in-store...I wasnt even planning on buying my blue neumoks in 15 the day I went in...but the sales associate said hold on, let me go check to see if we have one in the back, and sure enough, she came back out with a pair.  They fit like a glove and so I bought them right there on the spot.  Just my two cents.

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