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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. chiggyv

    chiggyv Well-Known Member

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    Anyone experimented with darkening Dark Chili closer to Dark Brown? Would some brown shoe cream to the trick?
     
  2. mreams99

    mreams99 Well-Known Member

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    Changing the color of an AE shoe?
    Who would ever do that? Why?
     
  3. mreams99

    mreams99 Well-Known Member

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    Are you just wanting to try a subtle change? If so, you could try brown shoe cream, and slowly darken them.
    If you want a permanent change (with no going back), you could try dying them. That is a bigger gamble.

    I actually have a pair of dark chili Rogues that are more brown than I expected. I like having that little bit of a reddish tint in the chili, and wish that mine were a little more red.
     
  4. texas9

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  5. NorseHorse

    NorseHorse Well-Known Member

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    Been talking with the wife. Would the misaligned toe drive any of you crazy enough to not want these boots at seconds sale pricing from last week?

    Better put what would you do if you had the following choices?

    Return and buy a pair of shell cordovan firsts

    Keep and add a pair of non cordovan firsts

    Appreciate the feedback as I grow my collection. Whoever said I was naive stopping at 6 pairs was absolutely right, lol.

    Here's the toe again;

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  6. mreams99

    mreams99 Well-Known Member

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    I would keep them.
     
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  7. danwatts2005

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    That wouldn't bother me at all. What I would do is hem and haw about it to the wife, all the while wearing them and acting indecisive, until she tells you to go ahead and get the Shell, just to shut you up.
     
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  8. NorseHorse

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    Thanks for the feedback. I think I agree. I'm leaning towards something else in Oxblood to match my Daltons. I just love the color.

    Plenty of time for shell down the road.
     
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  9. cc808314

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    They look fine. Stop stressing and enjoy them. Redirect your energy towards convincing your wife on the next pair.
     
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  10. cc808314

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    Not necessarily. I get undesirable sized v-gap and bulging on the sides caused by flat feet pushing on the sides (and I have low insteps).
     
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  11. ace13x

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    If you got those at a store, the SA certainly should have shown you 1) The Bartlett, 2) a Strand in 8.5EE or 8.5EEE. I don't know how much space you have in front of your toes, so going up in # may or may not be an option. The reason I bring up the 201 Bartlett, is because according to AE's info on lasts, it both has a higher cone and more room in the forefoot which might address both of @texas9's issues, and one of yours. Ultimately, if YOU are fine with the gap, and are happy with your Strands who am I (or anyone) to kill your buzz. But I still think the SA was a bit derelict, although with the way it seems they are stocking the stores, the SA may not have had options to show you. At the very least, next time you get a chance, you may want to try something a Balmoral in the 201 so you know for sure how it fits your feet and compares to the 65. The big drawback to the Bartlett and the Independence line is the higher cost, which gets you better leather.

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    201 Last

    The 201 last is the newest last introduction from the Product Development team. This last has a higher cone, providing more room for a higher instep and contemporary shelf appeal. The toe down has fuller forefoot width for more comfort and slight chisel to the toe profile, providing a sleek looking aesthetic which complements our iconic 65 last.

    Shoes built on 201 last






     
  12. Moose22

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    I actually have a normal arch. High instep. My feet are just fat closer to the toes than most folks.

    Anyway, I saw no Michael Carter model when I looked. I vaguely remember it from last fall, but it didn't exist when I was searching at the beginning of the year, and I just searched specifically and it didn't come up. I did find a couple of pictures of it on the google and they're all in black, so it would be a no-go anyway. Was that on the 201 last?

    What was the deal with that? Just a sharkskin patch and a weird color eyelet, right? I don't know who Michael Carter is, but he must have some signature style thing for green or an 80s fetish from the days of Body Glove where everything was trimmed with bright green or yellow. Strange choice for someone to endorse a dress shoe, isn't it?
     
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    He's a basketball player for Milwaukee, and green is the team's color.
     
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    Ah, ok.

    Even weirder person to endorse a dress shoe. But it explains the strange eyelet.
     
  15. mreams99

    mreams99 Well-Known Member

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    It is the "home team" for AE.
    You should see the basketball shoes AE made for him.
    Imagine a green sharkskin Cronmok, with the sole of the Eagle County.
    I wish I had a pair of those!
     
  16. kitandkaboodle

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    Just got my chili macgregors firsts that I picked up from the the clearance sale last week and they look amazing!

    I love the color but I've noticed some strange creasing in the leather on the uppers. I've never seen anything like this before. Am I being nit picky or is this a construction flaw that warrants returning?
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  17. middlepP

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    Had a busy day working from yesterday, so I wasn't able to post pics. Dark brown Kirkwoods in 9D, my 5-last size. Picked up for $77 a week or two before they dropped to $57. They are a little loose compared to the blue 9Bs I own but still fit well.
    [​IMG]
     
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  18. danwatts2005

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    From the middle picture, MAYBE. But you can't even see it in the bottom pic. Unless it bothers you that much, I'd keep them. You won't even notice in a week.
     
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  19. Oinkedmoo

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    Bourbon Lexingtons with a bunch of other colors (they match the shirt, I promise).

    I haven't been able to find a shoe cream or wax that precisely matches, so I'm polishing with all the medium brown things I can find.

    [​IMG]
     
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  20. MattRiv

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    I use the AE bourbon cream polish for a couple coats then a thin layer of black to bring depth to the color.
     
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