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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread 2016 - News, Pictures, Sizing, Accessories, Clothing, etc - Page 892post #13367 of 193279/23/16 at 7:28pmpost #13368 of 193279/23/16 at 7:32pmQuote:
I have about a thumbnails (my entire thumb nail) length in mine from my toe to the tip of the shoe, how about you?post #13369 of 193279/23/16 at 7:44pmQuote:Originally Posted by middlepP
Shell Daltons arrived today. Reverse welt, neutral edge dressing. The burgundy seems much more what I would call color 8 (aka Alden's plumb finish). 2nds marking with ever, ever, ever so slight wear from an obviously brief try-on. Other than that, they are perfect. Pretty even color amongst the panels, wings are pretty uniform, straight eyelets (!!!).
#36 in my AE rotation. First shell... Think I'm in trouble.
The seal has been broken, let the shell roll!post #13370 of 193279/23/16 at 7:46pmQuote:Originally Posted by St Hubbins
Agree. Hopefully a Nordstrom near you has them in stock. The Nordstroms that are convenient to me don't appear to stock it.
I just wanted to mention that you should also be able to order the same shoe through your preferred AE SA even if it is a Nordstrom exclusive model. They should even match the current price of $199.90. I was able to do this when I bought my Madison Parks. Of course, that doesn't allow you to see the shoe in advance, but just another possible purchasing option.
So I tried on a pair of 9.5 and my heel slipped out quite a lot as I was walking. Tried on the 9 and it was a bit better, but still some more slipping than I wanted. The 9D was far too narrow, but the length was a little better, but still some heel slip.
Could this last not be right for my foot? Traditionally, I am 10.5 in Nike Flyknit Racer, Flyknit Lunar, Jordan 1s, Dunks, Adidas Stan Smiths in 10, Vans in 10.5, and 9.5 in Wolverine 1000 Miles. I've never worn a 9 in anything and I've definitely never would assume I'd need an 8.5.
Any advice here? Try another model or would wearing them more reduce the heel slippage?post #13371 of 193279/23/16 at 8:25pmpost #13372 of 193279/23/16 at 10:10pmpost #13373 of 193279/23/16 at 10:45pmpost #13374 of 193279/24/16 at 4:15ampost #13375 of 193279/24/16 at 4:24am
Looking great! Would love to see a pic in outdoor indirect light. Mine have darkened quite a bit. Have yours?
Check out the difference I color between the vamp and the top of the tongue, which is closer to the original color.post #13376 of 193279/24/16 at 5:28ampost #13377 of 193279/24/16 at 8:56amThird times the charm...
Ordered a second pair of HM's and received them a couple days ago. On both the first pair and the pair I tried on at the store, the left boot was fine, but the right had misaligned eyelets and quarters (and on the first pair, the right boot was actually a bit bigger than the left). On the pair I just received, the right boot was perfect, and the left boot had issues (wavy leather on the throat, and misalligned eyelets). Kept the left boot from the first set and the right boot from the third set:
I took three tries, but NOW I'm happy with my HM's. I brushed them down this morning, the glow you can get out of CxL is pretty awesome.post #13378 of 193279/24/16 at 9:12am
I certainly think that most men could get by with fewer pairs. I wear a suit at least five days a week, sometimes six, so I may need a few more pairs of dress shoes than most people, who can wear to work some of the same shoes they wear on the weekend. I think that @BusterBrown's advice is good, though -- once you have the basics covered, adding additional pairs to wear in different seasons or for different purposes makes more sense than adding additional variteies of similar style.
Here's how I think of my collection:
Suits (court, funerals, weddings) - black Fifth Avenues
Suits (work) - black Jeffersons, brown Madison Avenues, black Cliftons
Suits (weddings, days I have something social after work) - oxblood Strands
Odd Jacket/slacks, night, winter - black tassel loafers
Odd jacket/slacks, day - brown suede Fifth Avenues
Odd Jacket/slacks, night, summer - brown McGraw penny loafers
Casual/weekend, spring/summer - brown Bleecker Street
Casual/weekend, fall/winter - chili Daltons
The last several times I've gone on vacation, I've brought my Bleecker Streets, which are probably my most versatile shoes. I'm considering adding a second pair, probably in burgundy or chili, that could go with both casual clothes and formal clothes, so I don't have to wear Bleeckers too many days in a row. But, besides that, I don't think my collection needs to get much bigger.
Quote:Originally Posted by Buster Brown
I saw a link to this article the other day and was intrigued by the idea. I'll stipulate that a minimalist could get by with those 3 types of shoes but at least one of them is going to take a heck of a beating without some rotation.
So that reminded me of this thread. Each of us probably wears a certain type of shoe most often and based on the pics, that would be 'dress shoe' or 'smart casual' for most of us in this thread. Or, 'black oxford' and 'brown leather boot' in the vernacular of the AoM article.
I worked though an exercise to define my own streamlined rotation. I started with the 'roles' I needed shoes to fill (i.e. types of outfits I commonly wear and need to pair shoes with). Then I added replicates for the most frequently used roles and took into account changing seasons (well, by SoCal standards anyway). Here's what I came up with (by role):
- Semi-formal (wedding, funeral, interview), 1 pair:- Black cap toe oxford (Park Avenue)- CBD suits (winter), 1 pair:- Brown brogue oxford (suede McAllister)*- CBD suits (summer), 1 pair:- Tan oxford (walnut Harrison)- Odd jackets and business casual (winter), 2 pair:- Tan/brown blucher (rust suede MacNeil)- Tan/brown boot (dark chili Bleecker Street)- Odd jackets and business casual (summer), 2 pair:- Tan/brown blucher (chili Delray)- Tan/brown blucher (caramel nubuck Orleans)- Casual (winter), 1 pair:- Anything with distinct casual elements (Normandy)*- Casual (summer), 1 pair:- Anything with distinct casual elements (Maritime)*
* I use non-AE shoes here but listed an AE ‘equivalent.’
My actual rotation is larger (see below) but I think I could be comfortable with something like the above 9 pairs. There's obviously some overlap. For instance, the brown brogue oxfords could be used with the right business casual (or even casual) outfit, the rust suede MacNeil's can be dressed up or down, etc.
Other shoes in my rotation and their role(s):
- Rust shell Hillsborough (brogue cap toe monk strap): business casual
- Snuff suede Taunton (chelsea boot): business casual, casual
- Bourbon Mora (cap toe double monk): business casual
- Navy suede Dundee (chukka boot): (some) suits, business casual, casual
- Brown and white Broadstreet (spectator): business casual
- Black patent Ritz (opera pump): formal
- Golden brown Long Branch: casual
- Brown Fifth Street: suits, business casual
- Bourbon Portland (split toe boot): business casual
- A second non-AE casual shoe
TL;DR/what's the point? While I have nothing against (and some envy for) amassing a vast collection, the minimalist in me strives to do more with less. Thinking through the ideal rotation helps me with buy/sell/recraft decisions. I'm slowly moving to more pairs like the navy Dundees and brown suede McAllisters that can fill 3 different roles. It makes packing for travel, maintenance and of course budgeting much easier. Of course, I'll aways have some affectations - the opera pump and spectator are 2 of my favorites and I couldn't possibly part with uniquely colored shell acquired at calf price!post #13379 of 193279/24/16 at 9:44ampost #13380 of 193279/24/16 at 9:48am
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