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post #21001 of 49369

Hey all,

 

has anyone heard of AE offering a student discount for shoes? I just saw it on a SubReddit and wanted to confirm here.

 

Thanks.

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Thanks for the feedback on the shoe trees, everyone.
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

That was my first thought too, there should be a stamp on the bottom of the tree that says M. And an epic M should measure 11" from end to end. Those certainly look like a small. I use a lot of Epics but also split and full trees. Woodlore makes AE trees and is owned by AE, it is right across the street from the AE factory according to someone that I spoke to at AE. Used to get mine for ~$22 from Cedarville with free shipping when they had sales but now that Cedarville is no longer around as of a couple of weeks ago I will have to source from someplace else.

Both pairs I received are indeed stamped with an "M" on the bottom. They do measure 11", but still seem way too small for my 10.5 AE 5-lasted shoes. Like I said, there's absolutely no tension on the springs when the trees are in the shoes. I am aware that AE owns Woodlore and followed the sizing advice on the AE website as well as hangerproject.com, where I ordered mine (was buying some other stuff from them as well, so figured I'd lump the shoe trees in, too).

I think I'll try the combination shoe trees from Allen Edmonds. $39 for two pairs plus free shipping is a reasonable price.
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Originally Posted by Flyswatter View Post

Thanks for the feedback on the shoe trees, everyone.
Both pairs I received are indeed stamped with an "M" on the bottom. They do measure 11", but still seem way too small for my 10.5 AE 5-lasted shoes. Like I said, there's absolutely no tension on the springs when the trees are in the shoes. I am aware that AE owns Woodlore and followed the sizing advice on the AE website as well as hangerproject.com, where I ordered mine (was buying some other stuff from them as well, so figured I'd lump the shoe trees in, too).

I think I'll try the combination shoe trees from Allen Edmonds. $39 for two pairs plus free shipping is a reasonable price.

I recently bought 4 sets of epic trees from cedarville and I had the exact problem but with only the right side trees had no tension whatsoever. I contacted cedar ville to get an exchange and received no reaponse
post #21004 of 49369

Eh, they're boots, rough and tumble comes as part of the package.  Some of our members live an active lifestyle and aren't afraid to put their footwear through their paces.  Dig through the thread, and you will find that Cold Iron does a fine job cleaning and restoring his footwear.  And they look great.  It's a testament to his skill and effort.

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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

Personal Opinion Only:

 

If Allen Edmond boots and shoes were constitutionally protected in the same manner as children - some owners would be imprisoned for abuse, and their boots placed in a foster home for better treatment.

 

Uppers of boots showing consistent long-term neglect over the span of years could have been easily maintained between jaunts and excursions with some loving care.  The overall time invested can be as little as 10 minutes.  Socks which appear to have been maintained with exceptional care do not correct the terrible appearance and condition a man may permit his treasured boots to suffer through.

 

We are all stewards of great possessions.  And with that stewardship comes the responsibility to care for them - whether children or mere Allen Edmond Boots that may be a size off.

 

I have been mildly guilty myself in lapses of maintaining my AE shoes.  My rationalization may have been that a very good polish would last a few weeks - but to my embarrassment at times, the colleagues I worked with on a daily basis would gradually out-shine my lot as the days wore on.  Hence, I was converted to a better discipline, and I now enjoy the fruits of an investment that will last longer than my years on this planet.

 

Aside, even if I was offered a 10 year no-questions-asked return policy from AE, there comes a moral moment where I would have to ask if I am treating others as I would want to be treated in return.

 

David

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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

That one jar should have lasted you quite a while.  With little dabs I use - I wonder if it will be a year before I reorder.

 

Your shoes in the photo look exceptional.

 

This jar of Reno lasted about 9 months. I think I got too many new pairs of shoes and boots this year, which used up the jar a little faster. Thanks for the complement, those are the AE brown shell Townleys. Still seeing a lot of bloom so tried to clean them up last night. I know some folks say they just need a cloth and brush, but I find it almost impossible to get that stuff off without a bit of Reno assistance. 

 

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

N+1 on hand at all times. As soon as I open a new jar I order at least 1 more. I would like to know how to get the very last bit out of the top corners of those jars. I struggled the other night with a microfiber cloth for 10 minutes and can't get the very last bit out. It drives me crazy!!

 

New jar came today, so I was really only out for about 16 hours. I think those little crumbs in the upper corners of the jar had dried out, as I was pushing the whole cloth up there trying to get a few more morsels for the Townleys. Probably should have cleaned that part out a few weeks / months ago, once the Reno level went below half. 

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Just saw on AE's twitter that they will be having a Tent Sale at their Port Washington and Brookfield locations, June 13th- 23rd. Call in or stop by.

 

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Originally Posted by ScottyBoy920 View Post

Hey all,

 

has anyone heard of AE offering a student discount for shoes? I just saw it on a SubReddit and wanted to confirm here.

 

Thanks.

All of the Allen Edmond Shoes at Student Discounts I have seen amount to 15% off the regular price, and are available on selected styles at AE Retailers and not the AE site.

 

You might be better off shopping the AE Retailer sites for a better discount than 15%.

 

Brooks Brothers has selected AE shoes today online at 25%OFF by using the coupon code of:  fnfbb6

 

My best to you,


David

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

Thanks for sharing this Money. I never would have put that combination together and I really like it a lot. As I do you sharing your extensive knowledge of shoes, thank you.

I have ~40 AE shoes (I quit counting, don't want to know any more) and almost half of them are shell, they all do this.When you wear orthotic's or hard inserts it is going to happen. It is a bit unsettling at first however after awhile you hardly notice it smile.gif. Using shoe trees and resting your shoes at least a day between wearings helps a lot, mine rotate enough that by the time I wear them again they are back to normal. When you make your journey to the AE store make sure you pick up some AE conditioner & cleaner it will help the shoe restore its shape. You don't want to over do it but once a month or so condition them and it will help. And good luck on your visit to the AE store!

 

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N+1 on hand at all times. As soon as I open a new jar I order at least 1 more. I would like to know how to get the very last bit out of the top corners of those jars. I struggled the other night with a microfiber cloth for 10 minutes and can't get the very last bit out. It drives me crazy!!

 

Thank you very much!

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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

 

Excellent investment (I should know)

 

I have the same shoe and color - except mine are the 1999 version of the Sanford (which the only difference are the amount of eyelets).  I was able to purchase three of the same color and style for a total of $298 at the time - and to this day they look as sharp as yours.

 

What color Edge Dressing Polish do you use - and what brand?

 

David

 

Thanks!  They are a great model.  I use AE Chili Edge Dressing on them and really enjoy the results.  I enjoy AE's shoe care products and haven't felt the need to deviate from them personally.  Just like their shoes, I think the price:quality ratio is excellent. 

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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

Thanks!  They are a great model.  I use AE Chili Edge Dressing on them and really enjoy the results.  I enjoy AE's shoe care products and haven't felt the need to deviate from them personally.  Just like their shoes, I think the price:quality ratio is excellent. 

IMO, Every man should have AE's travel size heel and sole dressing in chili, black, and brown (no matter what brand of shoes he prefers). This is a neglected part of shoe care, even among many who take reasonably decent care of the uppers. It can make the difference between a shoe that looks good and a shoe that looks great. I say travel size because of ease of application.
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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post


IMO, Every man should have AE's travel size heel and sole dressing in chili, black, and brown (no matter what brand of shoes he prefers). This is a neglected part of shoe care, even among many who take reasonably decent care of the uppers. It can make the difference between a shoe that looks good and a shoe that looks great. I say travel size because of ease of application.


Is there a big difference between the brown and the chili dressing?  I ask only because I intend to get the brown one and intrigued by your chili opinion.  Wondering if it differs enough that I should consider getting it.  The only chili shoes I will have are the lasalles.

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Originally Posted by charliebrown2 View Post


Is there a big difference between the brown and the chili dressing?  I ask only because I intend to get the brown one and intrigued by your chili opinion.  Wondering if it differs enough that I should consider getting it.  The only chili shoes I will have are the lasalles.


I just bought the Walnut Franciscan and the Brown Burnished Calf 5th Avenue. They tell you which polish and edger to get for each shoe within their catalog I believe. For the Walnuts they gave me the Chili edge dressing and for the Brown the Brown edge dressing.

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Hi gentlemen, a few questions if you have a minute:

1) I asked earlier in the thread but I don't think I saw a response. EE seems to not be a popular width in any size. I think I'm between 7.5 E and EEE on 5 last but I don't see EE anywhere. It seems I can order it from AE but I see none on eBay, Amazon doesn't even list EE in their size drop down. The stores don't seem to have any in stock either. What gives?

2) Can "seconds" from the outlet be recrafted?

3) Is oxblood different than merlot? I assume yes or else there wouldn't be two names. I see an oxblood pair of PA on the Bay that I'm eyeing but it doesn't look like AE offers this color currently. If they are different, by how much and can I still get the polish? Online pictures aren't very telling.

Thanks in advance!
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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post

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Originally Posted by Flyswatter 

Any good deals to be had at the moment on shoe trees? I received two sets of Woodlore Epic cedar trees today, but the recommended size for my shoes (mediums for 10.5D) are ridiculously too small. Here's a pic next to my AE Park Aves:

These are clearly much too small for my shoes. There is no tension at all when the trees are inserted in the shoe, and there's no way they'll do their job to help the shoes keep their shape and prevent wrinkling/creasing. I'll be returning these and looking for something else, preferably cheaper than the almost $30 per pair I paid for these.

I struggled with the Epics when I tried them. They do run short and very wide. I tried two sizes and gave up. But a lot of people swear by them, so I think it's a matter of foot/shoe size. (There was also a size labeling issue, but I thought it had been resolved.)

The ones that work well for me are the Washburns. http://www.onecedarlane.com/detail.php?id=105&catid=2&sort=

But it's definitely at YMMV type thing. You just have to experiment.

I'm in a similar situation. I typically wear size 10.5 D shoes by Allen Edmonds, and decided to pick up a few pairs of trees with improved vamp support -- I already own a mix of Woodlore split-toe and full-toe trees, all in size L.

Per their sizing chart, I ordered a pair of Epic shoe trees in size M. Their width seemed okay, but they were much too short; when inserted into my 10.5 D shoes, they either didn't touch the heel at all, or did so without proper tension.

I also tried a pair of Epics in size L; their length was sufficient, but the forefoot and heel were too wide. I didn't want to run the risk of them deforming my shoes over the long run, so I returned both pairs of Epics.


I ended up purchasing Ultra shoe trees instead. They've got a higher vamp (that extends about as far back as the Epics), an improved instep and arch shape relative to the split-toes, and a full heel that's very similar to the Epics. They also use the same size chart as the split-toe and full-toe trees, and size L fits my shoes perfectly.

I didn't try out the Washburn trees to compare, but if you're willing to pay a bit more than the Epics, I'd recommend the Ultras as a good alternative.


The sizing chart for the Epics really needs to be revised; according to it, size M trees are supposed to fit D width shoes in sizes 10.5 through 12.5, which -- considering they're too short to fit size 10.5 D correctly -- is just hilariously inaccurate.
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Originally Posted by AdamAdam View Post

Hi gentlemen, a few questions if you have a minute:

1) I asked earlier in the thread but I don't think I saw a response. EE seems to not be a popular width in any size. I think I'm between 7.5 E and EEE on 5 last but I don't see EE anywhere. It seems I can order it from AE but I see none on eBay, Amazon doesn't even list EE in their size drop down. The stores don't seem to have any in stock either. What gives?

2) Can "seconds" from the outlet be recrafted?

3) Is oxblood different than merlot? I assume yes or else there wouldn't be two names. I see an oxblood pair of PA on the Bay that I'm eyeing but it doesn't look like AE offers this color currently. If they are different, by how much and can I still get the polish? Online pictures aren't very telling.

Thanks in advance!

- As you noted EE is not a popular size but can be ordered directly from AE. I suspect few people do this, so few examples are found online. Most people either settle for half decent fit or find a different last/brand that fit their feet rather than order custom sizes. You could email Paul and see if you can get a 7.5EE without paying the MTO premium.

- in general seconds can be recrafted.

- to my knowledge AE oxblood is the same as their merlot and burgundy calf.
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