or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - Page 1754

post #26296 of 46483
Quote:
Originally Posted by md2010 View Post


Hey mate,
Taking out the insoles were a bit of pain. Took me about 20 minutes each pairs. First of all start from the sides (waist of the shoes) That is easy part then rip the insoles from the heels. Its easy too. Hardest part is to rip it from the ball of the feet and all the way through the toes end. They have used heavy glue on that area and hard to get your hands inside that far.My fingers and nails hurts now. At one stage I thought I will just give up !
Underneath the insole there is cork foot bed. Not the pretty looking things - you will see glue marks here are there. But You will feel ok wearing them. Best part is the extra space. The insoles are thick . I ripped off 3 pairs today . I will need to do this in another 2 pairs. Now I wonder why I didn't do this earlier .

 

eek.gif  Do you realize that you have just effectively destroyed your shoes!?  Those insoles are not intended to be removable!  There is a reason you were having to "rip" them out!  They are the foundation of the shoe, and the glue you are referring to is the canvas gemming!  The gemming is attached to the bottom of the insole with cement, and then the uppers and welt are stitched to the gemming.  Your shoes are now un-repairable!!!  puzzled.gif

post #26297 of 46483
Grey cloud pa's on their way from the sale. I bought the grey Dalton's when they were first offered because I loved the grey color so much! Even back then, though, I wanted the pa's more. These shoes are just plain gorgeous. Now that theyre being discontinued, i wanted to get them... AND theyre only 125!!! I will wear them until they are dust.
post #26298 of 46483
Quote:
Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

 

eek.gif  Do you realize that you have just effectively destroyed your shoes!?  Those insoles are not intended to be removable!  There is a reason you were having to "rip" them out!  They are the foundation of the shoe, and the glue you are referring to is the canvas gemming!  The gemming is attached to the bottom of the insole with cement, and then the uppers and welt are stitched to the gemming.  Your shoes are now un-repairable!!!  puzzled.gif

...pretty sure he's trolling...at least, I hope so.

post #26299 of 46483
Quote:
Originally Posted by cincikid View Post

Unless you return the 2nd pair. In this case you get your $125 refund and return shipping is still free for another week or so.

I'm not sure if that's true or not. If you've done it, then I'll take your word for it. I'd guess that they'd refund the difference between the normal price of the first pair and what you paid. That's the way that most companies deal with this sort of issue. It's the employees who don't know better who fall for that.

post #26300 of 46483

Just bumping my last question, Do the Bayfields ever show up as seconds? I wouldn't mind a pair this winter.

post #26301 of 46483
Is this normal for factory seconds? http://imgur.com/a/EQ8sm I'm worried this will impact the durability and make the shoe not last as long.
post #26302 of 46483

Total newbie that has been lurking on this thread for the past 3 months.  AE's have become an addiction the past few months and I feel like I scored some really good deals but am also hoping that these shoes will last decades with proper care and rotation.

 

I took a xanax about 20 minutes ago and I've spent the day reading through various shoe care thread and I basically feel like I am having a panic attack because of the information over load.  Hopefully, some of the more experienced members can help set me straight on what my basic shoe care needs are and provide some practical advice based on their experience.

 

I've acquired the following shoes during the past 3 months:

 

AE WILBERT COMFORT SHOES - Brown ($225 - Amazon - 1sts)

AE BRUCE CHESTNUT WAXY LEATHER BICYCLE-TOE SHOES - Chestnut/Walnut ($125 - AE 2 for $250 - 2nds closeout)

AE PARK AVENUE CAP-TOE OXFORDS - Black ($199 - AE Tent Sale -2nds)

AE PARK AVENUE CAP-TOE OXFORDS - Brown ($199 - AE Tent Sale - 2nds)

AE PARK AVENUE CAP-TOE OXFORDS - Walnut Grain/Pebble Finish ($125 - AE 2 for $250 - 2nds closeout)

AE STRAND CAP TOE - Walnut ($129 - Amazon - 1sts)

AE MCALLISTER WINGTIP OXFORDS - Merlot ($187 - Amazon - 1sts)

AE CENTER FIELDER BOAT SHOES - Brown ($67 - AE Tent Sale - 2nds)

AE LONG BRANCH WINGTIP BOOTS - Brown ($125 - AE 2 for $250 - 2nds closeout)

 

My previous method was to use saddle soap to clean shoes and then use some type of gunky German leather conditioner that some equestrian people use to treat their tack and leather to condition and water proof the leather, and then use Kiwi waxes to wax and polish the shoes.  Now I am reading that saddle soap damages the leather and that you shouldn't use it.  I own a shoe valet and three different brushes.

 

Now I have shoe trees for all of my shoes but I am a little lost on how to properly care for them and my head is spinning at looking at the shoe care thread all day. 

 

It seems that Saphir rejuvenator is the most highly recommended conditioner.  Do I also need to use a separate product as a cleaner?  If so, what cleaner do you recommend?

 

What brand and specific color shoe polish would you recommend for each of the above shoes?  Where are you buying the Saphir brand products from?

 

Do I also need a wax in addition to the shoe cream for the final coat/shine?  Does that brand really matter?  Any recommendations?

 

How are people purchasing the brown Long Branches from the 2 for $250 sale planning on treating their boots?  Would Obenauf's Leather Preservative be appropriate here or should I treat the Long Branches just like a high end shoe?

 

For the Bruce Chestnut Waxy Leather should I just use a neutral cream and wax?

 

Lost and about to have a breakdown that I am over my head on figuring this out and help is appreciated.

post #26303 of 46483

has anyone seen the Elgin's in stock anywhere?  11D or 11E...

post #26304 of 46483

Got my second pair of AE today, black park ave's and I'm concerned about the condition of the sole. Looks like theres some cracking at the stitching - see pics below. Is this enough that i should be concerned and send back? They're firsts but ordered from Amazon.

Thanks for the advice

post #26305 of 46483
Quote:
Originally Posted by reminimjer View Post

Got my second pair of AE today, black park ave's and I'm concerned about the condition of the sole. Looks like theres some cracking at the stitching - see pics below. Is this enough that i should be concerned and send back? They're firsts but ordered from Amazon.

Thanks for the advice

 

I recently ordered Park Ave.'s from Amazon and the shoes were damaged.  Amazon sent a replacement and those were also damaged.

post #26306 of 46483

Could anyone recommend a 3rd pair of AE shoes to get? I own black Park Ave's in 9EEE and walnut McAllister's in 9.5EEE. I haven't tried any that aren't the 5 last. I measured a 10.5D on the Brannock. My only other pair of nice shoes are black tassel loafers (thrifted Johnson & Murphys).

post #26307 of 46483
Quote:
Originally Posted by athenianlion View Post

Could anyone recommend a 3rd pair of AE shoes to get? I own black Park Ave's in 9EEE and walnut McAllister's in 9.5EEE. I haven't tried any that aren't the 5 last. I measured a 10.5D on the Brannock. My only other pair of nice shoes are black tassel loafers (thrifted Johnson & Murphys).

 

I'm a big fan of Merlot/Burgundy if you already have Black and Walnut(or Chili). Having these three different colors gives you a wide variety of wardrobe options.
post #26308 of 46483
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrarnold View Post

I'm a big fan of Merlot/Burgundy if you already have Black and Walnut(or Chili). Having these three different colors gives you a wide variety of wardrobe options.

This. The AE merlot is a particularly nice dark burgundy color.
post #26309 of 46483

Thank you both. I had almost bought the Parks in merlot as my first pair. I think they may be my best bet? I'm not crazy about another pair of McAllisters, and feel I need something different than any of the loafers. I work in a business casual office.

post #26310 of 46483
Quote:
Originally Posted by jonesle7 View Post

 

I recently ordered Park Ave.'s from Amazon and the shoes were damaged.  Amazon sent a replacement and those were also damaged.

What has happened to Allen Edmonds quality control? Last year it was Nordstrom that sold creased and cracked AE shoes. Now it's Amazon. I even got one directly from Allen Edmonds.

 

At least they have good customer service and will swap shoes for new ones. But why not make it right the first time? What is it costing AE to replace shoes versus making it right the first time?

 

The only other possibility is AE is buying cheaper leather and that's the problem.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Classic Menswear
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread