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

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by watchidiot, Feb 12, 2016.

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  1. BackInTheJox

    BackInTheJox Well-Known Member

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    I don't know the answer to your question, but I was horrified to read your post about your walnut strand bag breaking! I love mine and would be devastated if it broke. Glad to hear AE said they'd take care of it, though.
     
  2. Neo1

    Neo1 Well-Known Member

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    There is a lot of variability within a last, especially with something like the 65. We can break things down in general - 1) Have you tried a blucher instead of a bal, did it work better/worse/no difference?; 2) No loafers on the 65, so N/A for that; 3) Have you tried a boot, what was that like - better/worse? 4) Have you tried other materials such as suede? 5) Have you compared a "rough collection" against a dressy shoe - did it fit a lot looser? 5) Have you played around with the brooks bros models and are they better or worse?

    Beyond that, as long as the shoes aren't too short in length, they will absolutely stretch out over time with extended wear. To accelerate this, put on a pair of medium weight socks or something normally too heavy for the shoes and suck it up for a couple really lengthy wears. See how they are afterwards.

    Bottom line - don't rule out an entire last until you have exhausted every possible option.
     
  3. HealthActuary

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    Yeah well luckily the latch still functions and even holds a lot of weight still which shows the quality is high since it has a secondary "failsafe". I love though how they stand behind their products.
    The guy said that a bag that beautiful and expensive shouldnt break therefore the repair should be and is free of charge.
     
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  4. nqtri

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    Hmm. now I'm worried. I just cancelled an eBay order for the Grayson 8D because AE customer rep told me I should get 9D for Grayson if I wear 8.5 D for PA
     
  5. mosy

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    I'm thinking maybe the rep mixed it up. I think people size down a half from PA to Grayson. I personally do not, as my instep is a bit too high to size down. But I certainly don't size up.
     
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  6. polojock615

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    Got an early Father's Day present today.... the Strand duffle. My wife immediately took it from me. It complements my Strand double briefcase well.
     
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  7. ace13x

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    Feet tend to swell a bit later in the day. That could be why the fit a bit better today.
     
  8. Kevin24

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    I had a question.

    If anyone has any experiences with the AE Strandmok how is it? Is it worth getting?

    I ask as I was considering getting the Strandmok in Brown as a birthday gift to myself.
     
  9. Rubik1014

    Rubik1014 Well-Known Member

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    By far they are my most comfortable AEs. Do it.
     
  10. ace13x

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    Did you measure both your heel to toe size and your heel to ball size? You might fit better in a 9.5D if the 9E was too loose. Might be worth a try.
     
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    Here's my take. I know a lot of people like them, but they replaced a better shoe. The brown is funny looking to me, and the leather isn't as nice as the Rush Street. I like the style, and I like the 65, but to me, the Strandmok is a cheap miss. Just my opinion.
     
  12. alexnb

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    Agreed. If the leather was nicer I would buy them too... all they do for me is make me want the rush street that much more.
     
  13. MattRiv

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    I got mine off ebay for < $80. I love them and are easily my most complimented shoes, which is probably because it's kind of a unique casual shoe and my other AEs are somewhat "standard" looking dress shoes. They are also durable as shit, but you will rub the brown burnish off over time, so be prepared for that tan to come through.
     
  14. ace13x

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    One of the reasons I didn't pick up those Odenwald's in Brown yesterday. They only had a small bit of tan highlighting the tips, and looked great. But I don't think I could hope to keep them looking like that for long.
     
  15. M635Guy

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    I dunno - the blue and especially the olive Strandmok are fairly tempting for me. If it weren't for the fact that this particular shoe pattern in the form of my 11.5D Rush Street fits me poorly (even though my other 5-last shoes are very good or great) I'd be really tempted to have a pair of the Strandmoks. I went by the AE store to see if I could dial in a size specifically for that shoe, and I just don't get great closure in a D or an E in these shoes, and sizing up in either width just isn't a fit. But frankly my Rush Streets constrain my pinky toe and sorta make my feet tired. The leather seemed much nicer than what they use on the Neumok too. It ain't the CXL (which is what I like about my Rush Streets), but I think the two on-line-only colors are really cool.

    The SA suggested I take my Rush Streets to my sorta-local AE (which is an outlet) and they can stretch them. I'm going to see if my feet will do some of that work.

    If I did buy the Strandmok, I'd use the sale price to order either the v-tread or leather sole option...
     
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  16. M635Guy

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    BTW - I sometimes wonder how much of the tiredness I feel from my Rush Sts. is from the Dainite sole - anyone else think that is a bit of an unforgiving platform?
     
  17. ultravisitor

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    The Dainite sole of my Clark Streets has never bothered me.
     
  18. mosy

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    Hi, yes I measured both. I am actually an 8.5 in heel to toe and 9 in heel to ball. So 9.5 would be too long. Thanks for the idea though.
     
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    It's not overly easy to scuff the burnish off, but it will happen and I believe is supposed to. I think it adds character to the shoe myself, but can look odd if you scratch it off in a straight line, otherwise it's like reverse antiquing.
     
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  20. mosy

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    Yes blucher is better, as I can tie a bit looser. On the bal I can also technically tie looser; however I don't like too much of a gap in the v.

    The shoes are definitely not too short in length (I am only an 8.5 in heel to toe). The only area of tightness is that specific spot on the outside of my arch area. I'm hoping they will loosen up, as I really like the oxfords on the 65 (PA, Strands, FA, etc).
     
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