or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread 2016 - News, Pictures, Sizing, Accessories, Clothing, etc
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread 2016 - News, Pictures, Sizing, Accessories, Clothing, etc - Page 87

post #1291 of 17565
Quote:
Originally Posted by danwatts2005 View Post



A little maintenance tonight. I've now used the Dark Chili polish twice on the Walnut Hales. I might pitch the Walnut polish and just buy extra Dark Chili. I haven't reached my goal look yet, but I'm getting there.

 

What is your goal? I don't recall seeing it earlier in the thread.

post #1292 of 17565
Quote:
Originally Posted by harlequin782 View Post

Seriously, what's with the price hikes every single year?...especially when, according to most around here, the quality is becoming mediocre at best...except for some of the independence line shoes, and shell. Poor quality on the AE line of shoes is to be expected, but the mid-range line looks to have as many flaws for almost twice the price in many cases. I know the usual line of thinking is "well, they're still cheaper than other fine shoe makers etc. Except that the cost gap seems to be shrinking while, again according to many of these defect posts, the quality gap seems to be expanding.

 

I'm not trying to be argumentative, but the increase is 2.6%. That's inflation. The dudes that make the shoes need a pay raise, too.

post #1293 of 17565

OK, so I'm a 34 year-old gent that has always made fun of his wife for the volume and expense of her mountain of shoes. I recently started a new position at a very conservative company and grew tired of replacing what I thought were decent dress shoes and began researching. I quickly discovered AE and once I saw the Walnut McAllister Wing Tip...I felt like Arthur discovering Excalibur. They arrived today. I was pretty nervous regarding the size (normally a 10.5 in most shoes but took advice and ordered a half-size down) but when I slipped these on I felt like Harry Potter choosing the perfect wand (or the wand choosing Harry if you want to get all wizard-technical). I've never, EVER felt a pair of shoes fit this well. I'm pretty sure my feet had an orgasm.

 

It's interesting that my research has led to differing opinions on what to do with them prior to wear (nothing vs. one coat of polish vs. multiple coats). I'll probably go multiple coats of polish only (vs. cleaner/conditioner first seeing as though they're showroom ready) unless one of you AE experts has a differing opinion. In addition to the AE polish, I have a ridiculous amount of shoe gear coming shortly (trees, cleaners, polish, brushes). All this needs to get here fast (and the weather needs to improve) so I can take these out for a test drive. I'll post a pic prior to heading out for their first public viewing (hopefully my wife doesn't catch me doing it as I may never live that down).

 

Oh, and of course I had to continue to branch out my newfound taste in shoes and ordered a pair of Herring Lewis brogue (I hope that's not blasphemous posting that in a AE thread). I think it'll be fun to compare them to see if I might become loyal to AE or continue to fill my closet with other worthy candidates. 

 

Dear God what have I started...

 

How does one stop now that one has the taste? 

post #1294 of 17565
Quote:
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

Unspoilered for sheer badassery. I erred by not picking up a pair of those for $399. I shall regret it.

 

Don't you mean "I 'shell' regret it"?

post #1295 of 17565
Quote:
Originally Posted by Canadianguy View Post

Ordered my first pair of AE's the other day, as a present to myself for my (upcoming) 30th birthday. After extensive research and deliberation, I decided to order a pair of Dark Brown Shell Cordovan Dundees. I'm really hoping they work out since returning and exchanging things from Canada is a huge pain, even though where I live is only a few hundred miles from the AE factory. Will post pictures when they arrive.
[/quote

That's one Hell of a birthday present! Congrats!
post #1296 of 17565
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rubik1014 View Post

What is your goal? I don't recall seeing it earlier in the thread.



My goal...
post #1297 of 17565
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gumshoe View Post

 

Oh, and of course I had to continue to branch out my newfound taste in shoes and ordered a pair of Herring Lewis brogue (I hope that's not blasphemous posting that in a AE thread). I think it'll be fun to compare them to see if I might become loyal to AE or continue to fill my closet with other worthy candidates. 

 

Dear God what have I started...

 

How does one stop now that one has the taste? 

 

For starters, you should understand that you are not likely to stop for a good while. It's OK. You are among friends. Once you accept that, however, you may wish to examine ways to feed the beast and not go completely broke. I have distributed my purchases between first quality, seconds, close out models, sales and previously worn shoes on Ebay or Grailed.com to find a specific size and color of a shoe that is no longer available. You can also scour second tier stores that sell AE shoes that were pushed out of the system, such as Nordstrom Rack and Burlington Coat factory. There are likely a few others, depending on where you live. Out of 22 pairs, I have purchased two first quality AE shoes, only to later learn that one of those were heavily tiger striped and I did not know enough at the time to notice it. For me, I find the combination of other sources to be enough to meet my needs. I have found that locating the bargain is half the fun.

post #1298 of 17565
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gumshoe View Post

OK, so I'm a 34 year-old gent that has always made fun of his wife for the volume and expense of her mountain of shoes. I recently started a new position at a very conservative company and grew tired of replacing what I thought were decent dress shoes and began researching. I quickly discovered AE and once I saw the Walnut McAllister Wing Tip...I felt like Arthur discovering Excalibur. They arrived today. I was pretty nervous regarding the size (normally a 10.5 in most shoes but took advice and ordered a half-size down) but when I slipped these on I felt like Harry Potter choosing the perfect wand (or the wand choosing Harry if you want to get all wizard-technical). I've never, EVER felt a pair of shoes fit this well. I'm pretty sure my feet had an orgasm.

It's interesting that my research has led to differing opinions on what to do with them prior to wear (nothing vs. one coat of polish vs. multiple coats). I'll probably go multiple coats of polish only (vs. cleaner/conditioner first seeing as though they're showroom ready) unless one of you AE experts has a differing opinion. In addition to the AE polish, I have a ridiculous amount of shoe gear coming shortly (trees, cleaners, polish, brushes). All this needs to get here fast (and the weather needs to improve) so I can take these out for a test drive. I'll post a pic prior to heading out for their first public viewing (hopefully my wife doesn't catch me doing it as I may never live that down).

Oh, and of course I had to continue to branch out my newfound taste in shoes and ordered a pair of Herring Lewis brogue (I hope that's not blasphemous posting that in a AE thread). I think it'll be fun to compare them to see if I might become loyal to AE or continue to fill my closet with other worthy candidates. 

Dear God what have I started...

How does one stop now that one has the taste? 

You have officially entered the covenant and your wallet has been conscripted for service to The Order. In the months and weeks to come you will learn our way of life, and the power of the shoes. Your journey has just begun.


Now that that's out of the way: you may do as you wish, but I would be very cautious about polishing walnut shoes, using walnut polish...personally, I highly regret ever polishing mine with walnut polish. The saturated orange hue is nowhere near as flattering nor as easy to coordinate with the average items in my wardrobe. I wish I had just started out using neutral wax/polish in the first place. But the choice is your's. Just know that once you start, you may not end up with the color that you paid for.
post #1299 of 17565
Quote:
Originally Posted by smfdoc View Post

For starters, you should understand that you are not likely to stop for a good while. It's OK. You are among friends. Once you accept that, however, you may wish to examine ways to feed the beast and not go completely broke. I have distributed my purchases between first quality, seconds, close out models, sales and previously worn shoes on Ebay or Grailed.com to find a specific size and color of a shoe that is no longer available. You can also scour second tier stores that sell AE shoes that were pushed out of the system, such as Nordstrom Rack and Burlington Coat factory. There are likely a few others, depending on where you live. Out of 22 pairs, I have purchased two first quality AE shoes, only to later learn that one of those were heavily tiger striped and I did not know enough at the time to notice it. For me, I find the combination of other sources to be enough to meet my needs. I have found that locating the bargain is half the fun.

Serious question here: I looked through 28 pages of one guy's ebay sales today, and he had 75 pages of AE, and unless they said, "New," I got a weird feeling about wearing used shoes. Does this happen to anyone else who shops ebay?
post #1300 of 17565
Quote:
Originally Posted by smfdoc View Post
 

 

For starters, you should understand that you are not likely to stop for a good while. It's OK. You are among friends. Once you accept that, however, you may wish to examine ways to feed the beast and not go completely broke. I have distributed my purchases between first quality, seconds, close out models, sales and previously worn shoes on Ebay or Grailed.com to find a specific size and color of a shoe that is no longer available. You can also scour second tier stores that sell AE shoes that were pushed out of the system, such as Nordstrom Rack and Burlington Coat factory. There are likely a few others, depending on where you live. Out of 22 pairs, I have purchased two first quality AE shoes, only to later learn that one of those were heavily tiger striped and I did not know enough at the time to notice it. For me, I find the combination of other sources to be enough to meet my needs. I have found that locating the bargain is half the fun.

 

Are you saying I now have the same affliction my wife has when it comes to gorgeous men's shoes and I'll start referring to men's shoes as "gorgeous" and "sexy" and...ohmygodit'sstarting!

 

It's good to be among friends as I can't seem to stop browsing. It's good to know about the other options other than paying full price. I hadn't even considered purchasing previously worn shoes. At first that strikes me as a little...odd. But, then, maybe it's not much different that playing with used golf clubs. Just because they've been handled by another guy for a few years doesn't make them ruined/gross I suppose. Can you explain "heavily tiger striped"? Do you mean pattern-wise or is that a term to described a flaw/injury to the shoe? 

 

I wouldn't even know where to begin to find a pair of AE in good shape and know what a fair price would be provided they fit!

 

Twenty-two pairs?! 

 

*shivers*

 

I'll need a bigger closet. And a mountain of gold nuggets. And a way to wipe the smug look off my wife's face when she realized after pair 5 or 6 that I'm going to probably owe her an apology for all the remarks I've made on her infatuation. I'm not sure even AEs are worth that. But I can't really help but want to find out. 

post #1301 of 17565
Quote:
Originally Posted by harlequin782 View Post


You have officially entered the covenant and your wallet has been conscripted for service to The Order. In the months and weeks to come you will learn our way of life, and the power of the shoes. Your journey has just begun.


Now that that's out of the way: you may do as you wish, but I would be very cautious about polishing walnut shoes, using walnut polish...personally, I highly regret ever polishing mine with walnut polish. The saturated orange hue is nowhere near as flattering nor as easy to coordinate with the average items in my wardrobe. I wish I had just started out using neutral wax/polish in the first place. But the choice is your's. Just know that once you start, you may not end up with the color that you paid for.

 

*hears the chants of 'One Of Us' from seemingly out of nowhere*

 

Whoa..I had no idea about needing to be cautious regarding polishing the walnut shoes! I would think one should not want to feel bad about polishing walnut shoes with walnut polish. Something is amiss there. What polish do you recommend for them? I do admit wondering if I used a darker polish if I wouldn't like the (dis)coloration a bit? Any suggestions on that front would be most welcome but I think you've scared me off from using the Walnut polish I was about to use. 

 

On a related question, then, what color of dress pants would be acceptable (and not acceptable) to wear with walnut? I have several shades of brown pants (mostly darker) and now I'm thinking I perhaps cannot wear them with all. 

post #1302 of 17565
Quote:
Originally Posted by coolarrow View Post
 

Are shoe care supplies 15% off everywhere? Or, just at the Paramus store.


I believe its just Paramus.  Its part of their Grand Opening.  I may have to go back and pick up some more trees, and maybe those Hopkinson's.  They did have a Black Shell Dundee; can't hope to keep up with the Peppercorns, but I'm tempted to try.

post #1303 of 17565
Quote:
Originally Posted by jjtitus View Post

I have a pair of brown burnished First Avenues that are rather squeaky around the laces. I have done multiple applications of Renovateur and the squeaks won't go away. Any ideas to minimize the sound?


I don't remember if the First Aves have the gusset like the Dalton's, but make sure you apply some conditioner in there.  I used (on my Daltons) the AE conditioner/cleaner n the gusset first, the next day, a bit of the AE leather lotion all around.

post #1304 of 17565
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rubik1014 View Post
 

 

I'm not trying to be argumentative, but the increase is 2.6%. That's inflation. The dudes that make the shoes need a pay raise, too.


I have to agree.   Additionally, while I love StyleForum, it and the other male fashion sites have probably accelerated the increases.  More accurately, have given the quality shoe brands pricing power.  Also, FINE leather is a somewhat limited resource; I can only imaging what shell prices will be in 10 years.  Particularly, Horween shell.  Not that I necessarily believe other tanneries shell are crap, but they don't seem to carry the cachet of Horween. 

post #1305 of 17565
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gumshoe View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by smfdoc View Post


"It's good to be among friends as I can't seem to stop browsing. It's good to know about the other options other than paying full price. I hadn't even considered purchasing previously worn shoes. At first that strikes me as a little...odd. But, then, maybe it's not much different that playing with used golf clubs. Just because they've been handled by another guy for a few years doesn't make them ruined/gross I suppose."

"Can you explain "heavily tiger striped"? Do you mean pattern-wise or is that a term to described a flaw/injury to the shoe?"

 

Wearing previously owned shoes bothers some people. You can also find discussions about the possibility of health issues related to this. However, if you have ever rented bowling shoes, you were wearing shoes that have been worn by hundreds of different people. The majority of AE shoes on EBay are previously worn to one degree or another, unless they specifically state otherwise.

 

As for striping, it's a flaw in the appearance of the leather. Remember, that the leather comes from an animal and it can have defects, scars and other issues. Here is a picture of a shoe with tiger striping on the right side of the vamp. This usually will cause a shoe to be moved to the seconds group.

 

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Classic Menswear
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread 2016 - News, Pictures, Sizing, Accessories, Clothing, etc