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post #61 of 3135
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Originally Posted by jaywhyy View Post

I also own both. Glaze and color is a matter of taste. AE's brown imo is superiror to Alden cigar, and Alden 8 is far superior to AE burgundy. But let's not turn this into an AE vs Alden debate as we already got a thread for that. 

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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

AE cannot compete with Alden when it comes to finishing of shell cordovan. I own both and like both, but Alden has a pretty clear advantage here

Gentlemen, I do prefer most of Alden's shells to AE's due to their extra treatments. But that is just my personal preference.

I agree that this thread is primarily focused on aiding people with ordering their own custom Allen Edmonds shoes and then sharing their shoes so we can all enjoy them and to spawn new ideas.

Thank you all!

-Mike
post #62 of 3135
Wonderful posts everyone, keep them coming. I congratulate each and every one of you on your purchases and may you enjoy them in great health. Can't wait to see more! lurker[1].gif
post #63 of 3135
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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

Great idea mdubs.

This is my cappuccino Leeds MTO. The only thing making them a bit unique is that I went with double butyl sole (ie. double waterlock) instead of the more common double leather JR sole.

Specs:

*CAPPUCCINO SHELL CORDOVAN
*TONE ON TONE STITCHING
*BROWN LEATHER INSOLE
*CHILI SPLIT REVERSE WELT
*LIGHT BROWN EDGE FINISH
*DOUBLE BUTYL OUTSOLE
*AE TOPLIFT










Add'l pics:

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)















Adjacent to double leather JR soles:




Adjacent to dark brown shell patriot:



Those Leeds are damn sexy. Very nice pickup!
post #64 of 3135
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post
 

 

Sub,

 

Look, you have such great taste, they took your Franciscan and added it to their lineup! But now you have them with the Independence touches, such as the wheeled edge, that I believe makes them look much more refined.

 

Honestly, I am not sure what to make out of those Leeds. They actually look very tennis shoe like to me with those soles. Definitely a very different spin on the Leed that I would have never imagined.

 

-Mike

 

Ha! Thanks Mike. For the Leeds I was inspired by Oak Street Bootmakers Natural Trench Oxford: http://oakstreetbootmakers.com/footwear/natural-trench-oxford. Since I already have an Alden PTB in Natural CXL w/ double waterlock, however, I wanted the distressed olive leather and liked the white sole, especially for this warmer months. Funny you should mention the tennis shoe look! My goal was to find/make a supremely comfortable shoe in which I could walk for hours. When I was younger I may have opted for a pair of New Balances for this task, but now that I'm a bit older, I wanted a comparable shoe. Anyhow, those Leeds were the result. It's certainly not for everybody, but it's definitely for me!

 

post #65 of 3135
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Originally Posted by Subutai View Post
 

 

Ha! Thanks Mike. For the Leeds I was inspired by Oak Street Bootmakers Natural Trench Oxford: http://oakstreetbootmakers.com/footwear/natural-trench-oxford. Since I already have an Alden PTB in Natural CXL w/ double waterlock, however, I wanted the distressed olive leather and liked the white sole, especially for this warmer months. Funny you should mention the tennis shoe look! My goal was to find/make a supremely comfortable shoe in which I could walk for hours. When I was younger I may have opted for a pair of New Balances for this task, but now that I'm a bit older, I wanted a comparable shoe. Anyhow, those Leeds were the result. It's certainly not for everybody, but it's definitely for me!

 

 

That is very awesome. And I am super glad that you are happy with them. This is a fine example in which a few smart choices can change a shoe completely. You took a rather formal dress shoe and made it into a casual almost-tennis shoe like summer walker. I see the resemblance between yours and the Oak Street shoe, but you did a good job twisting it. I also understand the need to not have 15 pairs of PTBs in the same color and the Alden PTB in CXL is a fine shoe. I just picked up the LeatherSoul Brown CXL this week.

 

-Mike

post #66 of 3135

Gentlemen,

 

If you can spare a moment, please upload your pics, specs, and details to www.MTOShoes.com

 

That way we can create a searchable database.

 

 

Thanks! 


Edited by DNSamurai - 3/2/14 at 8:53am
post #67 of 3135

My first MTO unfortunately had a defective toe box and ended up the "Player" was just not for me so AE agreed to redo this MTO for me in Brown Cordovan Macneil.

 

First.

 

Player model 

Brown Cordovan

Independence Lining and Sole

Brown Transparent Edge

Tone on Tone stitching

 

 

 

post #68 of 3135
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Originally Posted by jungleroller View Post

My first MTO unfortunately had a defective toe box and ended up the "Player" was just not for me so AE agreed to redo this MTO for me in Brown Cordovan Macneil.

First.

Player model 
Brown Cordovan
Independence Lining and Sole
Brown Transparent Edge
Tone on Tone stitching









Looked great out of the box, right? A shame about the toe box, but seriously I have a love/hate with the 2-222 last.

Would love to see the Macneils they made instead. Good to hear they offered to replace it.
post #69 of 3135

Yeah I was really surprised they were willing to do that but you never know unless you ask.  AE def has top notch customer service.  They just put the order in for the Macneils last week so it'll be a couple months before I get them.  

post #70 of 3135
Brown Shell Cordovan Strands ordered during the RDA sale for $505. Nothing too crazy from the stock shell Strands other that some independence line additions.

*DARK BROWN CORDOVAN
*TONE ON TONE
*INDEPENDENCE LINING LEATHER AND INSOLE
*CHILI FLAT WELT
*TRANSPARENT LIGHT BROWN EDGE DRESSING
*SINGLE RENDENBACH SOLE
*WHEELED EDGE DRESSING




  More pictures (Click to show)


 










A more recent picture after a few months of wear.



Edited by NWTeal - 3/2/14 at 5:01pm
post #71 of 3135
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Originally Posted by NWTeal View Post

Brown Shell Cordovan Strands ordered during the RDA sale for $505. Nothing too crazy from the stock shell Strands other that some independence line additions.

*DARK BROWN CORDOVAN
*TONE ON TONE
*INDEPENDENCE LINING LEATHER AND INSOLE
*CHILI FLAT WELT
*TRANSPARENT LIGHT BROWN EDGE DRESSING
*SINGLE RENDENBACH SOLE
*WHEELED EDGE DRESSING




  More pictures with details of MTO specifics. (Click to show)


 










A more recent picture after a few months of wear.

 

NWTeal,

 

Those are absolutely amazing! The Strands are by far and away my favorite Allen Edmonds design. I currently have them in the Walnut Shell Strand that they did as a Webgem in 2011/2012. I have been on the edge on getting one of these, I may be copying your design! I might get a slightly darker edging. I really like the refinement of the wheeled edging on those!

 

-Mike

post #72 of 3135
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Originally Posted by mdubs View Post
 

Howdy and welcome to the Allen Edmonds Made-to-Order (MTO) Thread!

 

This just keeps getting better and better!

 

One addition:  Allison has told me that they can do black CXL.

post #73 of 3135
Great thread and some truly fantastic makeups. The walnut shell is bananas!!! I'm sad I missed out on it, but hopefully AE will bring it back (in the distant future... maybe).
post #74 of 3135

I think it's only a matter of time before the manufacturers that monitor SF start using this thread to take notes on future designs.  Lots of amazing shoes here.  :nodding:

post #75 of 3135
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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

I think it's only a matter of time before the manufacturers that monitor SF start using this thread to take notes on future designs.  Lots of amazing shoes here.  nod%5B1%5D.gif

I completely agree. These MTOs really highlight the best of AE. Every one of them is gorgeous.

This is a matter of taste, but to me these makeups demonstrate a stylistic sensibility that has been missing lately with much of AEs standard offerings. I think they've gotten a little caught up in trying to cater to a funky street crowd and have forgotten about the more traditional styles that rely on simple elegance. If you showed this thread to someone without telling them all the shoes are AE, i wonder who they would guess made these?

Anyway, notwithstanding my commentary on AE, I congratulate everyone who has posted here!
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