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post #46726 of 50909
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Originally Posted by Burzan View Post
 

 

I have actually been trying to snag a pair on sale for a while now, just missed my size the other day over at haberdash when they were around $260

Haberdash only had a few sizes in stock, whereas BB typically sells the whole range. 

post #46727 of 50909

Came home to these bad boys waiting for me from the SB. The only reason I believe they're not firsts is because there is some darkening around the stitching on the toes on both shoes, which I can completely live with. Just a quick question about the fit: When I put them on and stand, they fit perfectly, but as I'm walking and put my heel down in front of me to take a step, they tend to bow out mildly from the sides. Is this in the realm of normality for loafers and will it get worse or better with time?

post #46728 of 50909
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Originally Posted by Darkside View Post
 

Came home to these bad boys waiting for me from the SB. The only reason I believe they're not firsts is because there is some darkening around the stitching on the toes on both shoes, which I can completely live with. Just a quick question about the fit: When I put them on and stand, they fit perfectly, but as I'm walking and put my heel down in front of me to take a step, they tend to bow out mildly from the sides. Is this in the realm of normality for loafers and will it get worse or better with time?

 

Darkside, those are amazing. What are the specs on them? What is the upper and edging? What design is that?

 

-Mike

post #46729 of 50909
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post
 

 

Darkside, those are amazing. What are the specs on them? What is the upper and edging? What design is that?

 

-Mike


Mike, these are just the regular Addisons from the Shoebank. I went to one of the midtown AE stores to try them on and found this to be the best casual loafer for my purposes--they manage to look trendy while still remaining classic. They're a bit darker than the "first" quality tan ones, which is why I believe they ended up being seconds. The sole is red Dainite.

 

After some research, I found this on the Q&A on the AE website: "The Addison is constructed using a lined, wax tanned casual leather upper that has the same rigidity as any of our dress styles...While the Addison is not manufactured using suede or nubuck, it does feature leather that has been buffed and distressed to achieve a unique velvet-like surface. As such, we recommend treating this type of leather with the same care as one would exercise for a suede or nubuck shoe."

 

That explains why the sales rep couldn't tell me whether the shoe was suede or nubuck. Either way, I'll get a suede eraser for maintenance. Hopefully the Dainite soles wear as hard as advertised.


Edited by Darkside - 7/18/14 at 8:12pm
post #46730 of 50909
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

@Burzan I think you need to send those to B Nelson and get a lighter edge trim. The dark welt is throwing it off a bit now that the shell has lightened up. I would say send them to AE but I'm worried they would try and re-finish the shell in some way

Could you imagine my horror if they came back refinished and caked with burgundy polish!! Gaaahhhh

It's a tough call but sending them to AE was like half the price from what I was quoted at B Nelson.

They are going to get slightly light but then back a bit darker after I hit them with cordovan cream. I have some playing to do with the color of the uppers before I make a decision on the final specs of the welt and edge color.
post #46731 of 50909
^ I think the bowing is just a loafer trait. There's no lacing to hold them tight to the top of your foot.
post #46732 of 50909
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Originally Posted by Darkside View Post
 

Came home to these bad boys waiting for me from the SB. The only reason I believe they're not firsts is because there is some darkening around the stitching on the toes on both shoes, which I can completely live with. Just a quick question about the fit: When I put them on and stand, they fit perfectly, but as I'm walking and put my heel down in front of me to take a step, they tend to bow out mildly from the sides. Is this in the realm of normality for loafers and will it get worse or better with time?

 

The suede eraser will get rid of some/most of that dark around the stitching, when I got mine today I thought it was an extra layer of stitching until I looked close. This leather is virtually the same that is on a pair of sebago's I have and those things I never treated with anything and they get wet all the time and still look new. I assume Sebago had pre-treated the leather...not sure AE has done that so using the Nano on mine.

 

Also my right foot is a bit larger and has no bowing to it and my left does which I noticed the the first step. I have worn these for two hours tonight in the house the bowing seems to have gotten much less in the left foot.  Do not believe these shoes will ever see a sock in them.

 

I am inclined to order or go to a AE store and try the Addison in a 13c just to see how it fits my left foot.

post #46733 of 50909
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Originally Posted by Shawl Lapel View Post

^ I think the bowing is just a loafer trait. There's no lacing to hold them tight to the top of your foot.

 

I think especially with AE as they seem not to taper the upper leather as the shoe heads to the heel. I think they need to study some of the Sebago Hand Sewn in Maine line(Rancourt makes them it is rumored) as they seem to have figured it out in both boat shoes and slip on loafer. Even my older Sebago Handmade in USA with CXL has virtually no bowing

post #46734 of 50909

Just bought my first pair(s) of Allen Edmonds ever! They also happen to be my first $100+ shoes ever. 

 

I got the black Park Avenue and the walnut Strands. Both were on sale on Nordstrom. I also got the matching walnut belt for the Strands.

 

I'm looking for another pair of AE's to alternate the walnut Strands with for business casual, that will preferably still work with the belt. Any suggestions? 

 

Also I got cidar trees for them. What else do I need to maintenance wise? Is there maintenance guide you recommend?

post #46735 of 50909
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Originally Posted by Czilla9000 View Post
 

Just bought my first pair(s) of Allen Edmonds ever! They also happen to be my first $100+ shoes ever. 

 

I got the black Park Avenue and the walnut Strands. Both were on sale on Nordstrom. I also got the matching walnut belt for the Strands.

 

I'm looking for another pair of AE's to alternate the walnut Strands with for business casual, that will preferably still work with the belt. Any suggestions? 

 

Also I got cidar trees for them. What else do I need to maintenance wise? Is there maintenance guide you recommend?

 

Congrats and welcome.....I would not worry too much about your next pair..it is the next five pair you have to concern yourself with. I am sure a brown or burgundy would be a good choice moving forward. For care well some subscribe to A/E leather lotion to start then a good brushing.  AE has some videos on their site also. AE sells walnut polish but you may want to stick with a neutral for starters.

 

Not sure what else will match your belt but other walnut shoes.

post #46736 of 50909
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Originally Posted by Czilla9000 View Post

Just bought my first pair(s) of Allen Edmonds ever! They also happen to be my first $100+ shoes ever. 

I got the black Park Avenue and the walnut Strands. Both were on sale on Nordstrom. I also got the matching walnut belt for the Strands.

I'm looking for another pair of AE's to alternate the walnut Strands with for business casual, that will preferably still work with the belt. Any suggestions? 

Also I got cidar trees for them. What else do I need to maintenance wise? Is there maintenance guide you recommend?

great buy, about to get the walnut strands myself but with some brown mora's as a second pair. would love a good maintenance guide as well
post #46737 of 50909
How about a brown blucher or merlot wingtip?

The McAllister and LaSalle are both also on sale through Nordstrom.
post #46738 of 50909

I got a pair of Kenwood loafers in burgundy today by mail. I sized down per the reviews, and the length feels great, but my heel still slips. It feels like these are unusually stiff compared to other AEs I have, and definitely stiffer than comparable Alden pairs. I mention this only to make it clear that I know what good shoes feel like and that they need break-in, but these are on a different level. 

 

Anyhow, I'm wondering if folks can recommend another pair of non-shell burgundy loafers that are casual enough to be suitable with jeans and chinos. I like beefrolls if I can find them, but looks like AE doesn't have any. I think I'd prefer a real calfskin to the corrected grain leather, as it would be more supple than what I got with the Kenwoods. Am I correct in that assumption? My calfskin shoes are much softer than whatever AE uses on the Kenwood. 

post #46739 of 50909
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Originally Posted by eyeheartny View Post

I got a pair of Kenwood loafers in burgundy today by mail. I sized down per the reviews, and the length feels great, but my heel still slips. It feels like these are unusually stiff compared to other AEs I have, and definitely stiffer than comparable Alden pairs. I mention this only to make it clear that I know what good shoes feel like and that they need break-in, but these are on a different level. 

Anyhow, I'm wondering if folks can recommend another pair of non-shell burgundy loafers that are casual enough to be suitable with jeans and chinos. I like beefrolls if I can find them, but looks like AE doesn't have any. I think I'd prefer a real calfskin to the corrected grain leather, as it would be more supple than what I got with the Kenwoods. Am I correct in that assumption? My calfskin shoes are much softer than whatever AE uses on the Kenwood. 

Many people here love the Patriot, and it comes in burgundy calf.
post #46740 of 50909
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post


Many people here love the Patriot, and it comes in burgundy calf.

You wouldn't happen to have a picture, would you? I worry that the Patriot looks a little too formal for jeans and general casual wear. Am I wrong in that assumption? 

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