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I'm going to the New Orleans AE store tomorrow to get fitted -- any suggestions or tips/etc while I'm there?  Will be getting Strands in Merlot as first purchase after much thought and help from you guys!

 

Robin, Gerald, and Tammy are great - you'll be in good hands.  Excellent choice on the merlot Strands, too.  Don't be surprised if you end up buying more while you're there!

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For what it's worth, I was in the AE store today to return my way too small Patriots. There was another gentleman in there who asked the SA: "So would you say Allen Edmonds is similar to Memphisto?" SA responded: "Definitely not. We are much more similar to a company like Alden or Churchs."

AE CEO is on record stating his goal isn't to compete with Alden or Britush GYW shoemakers, but rather to convert Kenneth Cole or Calvin Klein square toe buyers who may not have considered paying more than 80$ on shoes before.

Fascinating reddit AMA with him a while back. I'm sure someone can furnish the link...

 

Here ya go:

 

http://www.reddit.com/r/malefashionadvice/comments/xmo2h/i_am_paul_grangaard_allen_edmonds_pres_ceo_amaa/

 

Very fascinating.  He seems like a genuinely good guy.

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I am sure you said 3 times, but what did you order?

Unlined black shell Dalton with mini lug tap.

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Combine the two and get a burgundy Kenilworth!



Sorry, can't resist a chance to show off the new babies.

These shoes are awesome. I've seen quite a few people here recommend the kenilworth, but AE website reviews mention a bowing problem around the ankle. Has anyone experienced this? I'm considering getting a pair.
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I don't know when it'll get here, but I have my #8 Shell Banchory's on their way (MTO invoice on Friday... so soon...). About 3 months for me, had at least one "rejected on inspection" pair. I will have what must be the only in existence unlined shell cordovan long wings that also have the heel cup in shell cordovan as well as the half sock-liner... Fuck I'm excited. On a double JR with transparent light brown. The only question is whether I get a pair that's ruby-red or brownish. Both would be great, but I'd love to get it a nice bright red.
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These shoes are awesome. I've seen quite a few people here recommend the kenilworth, but AE website reviews mention a bowing problem around the ankle. Has anyone experienced this? I'm considering getting a pair.

I have the above pair and another in walnut, and haven't experienced bowing in either. But these shoes are cut a little lower around the ankles than any of my others so I can see how that may be a problem for some people.

My feet are very wide at the ball and very narrow at the ankles like duck feet, so I would have thought id have trouble with most shoes, but so far the only AEs I own (out of 8 pairs) that bow are my Regent Streets (also my favorite pair. Go figure.)
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Sporting my black shell park avenues today. I don't wear these often, but I love the simple understated shoes.
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Originally Posted by chris45 View Post
 

I'm going to the New Orleans AE store tomorrow to get fitted -- any suggestions or tips/etc while I'm there?  Will be getting Strands in Merlot as first purchase after much thought and help from you guys!

 

Make sure to try on at least 4 sizes. If the SA measures you at say a 9D, I'd try on a 9D, 9E, 8.5D and 8.5E just to be sure. The 5 last can be a bit tricky to nail the first time. And if they don't have all of those sizes in the Strand, don't think that trying on the McAllister or Kenilworth in those sizes translate perfectly just because they are the same last. In my experience, the three of these shoes fit quite differently.

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Make sure to try on at least 4 sizes. If the SA measures you at say a 9D, I'd try on a 9D, 9E, 8.5D and 8.5E just to be sure. The 5 last can be a bit tricky to nail the first time. And if they don't have all of those sizes in the Strand, don't think that trying on the McAllister or Kenilworth in those sizes translate perfectly just because they are the same last. In my experience, the three of these shoes fit quite differently.

Agree, but it's okay to try on black, brown or walnut Strands... :-)
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These shoes are awesome. I've seen quite a few people here recommend the kenilworth, but AE website reviews mention a bowing problem around the ankle. Has anyone experienced this? I'm considering getting a pair.

 

I had this on the first pair that I purchased. I wore them about 3 times and the bowing was just too much. Thankfully, AE had me send them back, inspected them and offered a replacement even though they had been worn. My second pair doesn't have this issue. I had to size down from 8E (Strand) to 7.5E in the Kenilworth.

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Make sure to try on at least 4 sizes. If the SA measures you at say a 9D, I'd try on a 9D, 9E, 8.5D and 8.5E just to be sure. The 5 last can be a bit tricky to nail the first time. And if they don't have all of those sizes in the Strand, don't think that trying on the McAllister or Kenilworth in those sizes translate perfectly just because they are the same last. In my experience, the three of these shoes fit quite differently.

 

Thanks, that is very helpful information!

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In my experience, the three of these shoes fit quite differently.
Is the difference between the Strand/McAllister/others quantifiable, or is it just "different?" I ask because I like the 8.5 EEE in the Park Avenue, and I have recently ordered 8.5 EEE in the Strand and 9 EEE in the McAllister. Wondering if that should be close (I guess we'll know in a few days).
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Just ordered a couple of Seconds from the current sale:

 

Neumok, brown calf ($119)

 

Fifth Street, black calf ($199)

 

Kelsey at the Jeffersonville location offered me $100 off the Neumok's, since the Fifth Street didn't qualify for the 50/100 off deal due to it's already being discounted.

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Is the difference between the Strand/McAllister/others quantifiable, or is it just "different?" I ask because I like the 8.5 EEE in the Park Avenue, and I have recently ordered 8.5 EEE in the Strand and 9 EEE in the McAllister. Wondering if that should be close (I guess we'll know in a few days).

 

I'd say the difference between the McAllister & Strand is more "different" than "quantifiable". I wear an 8E in both, but the McAllister is noticeably roomier and I believe I could have gone with an 8D if I had been willing to return them. The Kenilworth's fit is quantifiable to me, as I had to size down to a 7.5E to make it work (and even so it is not a perfect fit).

 

In your case, I don't think sizing up in the McAllister is the right way to go.

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