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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. robster35

    robster35 Well-Known Member

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    what is the $50 AMeX offer? can anyone get that? and id go oxblood
     
  2. Mr Clemson

    Mr Clemson Well-Known Member

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    I'm leaning oxblood as well. Thanks.

    Not sure. I get offers every payment cycle from AMEX and for this one you get $50 back if you spend $200 or more at Allen Edmonds. That would put these Strands at $225. I don't think you will find a better price for a pair of brand new AEs.
     
  3. M2511

    M2511 Well-Known Member

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    I'd give the midnight navy a shot if it isn't to your liking just exchange for oxblood. Oxblood is a great color so I don't think you will have regrets either way.


    AMEX $50 offer is an AMEX reward you activate. If you spend $250+ you get a $50 credit (must be with AMEX card).
     
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  4. tkebh979

    tkebh979 Well-Known Member

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    Whenever we talk "rotation," I always find myself wanting to chime in, but don't... so here's my $0.02:

    Think about what you wear most often. Think about the colors and formality.

    Now, think about what you want to wear most often in the future. Is this different than the present?

    If it's the same, consider adding to a color & formality match that you may currently overuse. This may add to the longevity of your current and newly added pairs.

    If you want to change, add a color & formality match to what you'd like to wear, and use this investment as an impetus to change. Later, review your decision and if your sentiment holds, restart the process from line 2. If not, resell. The market's relatively fluid.

    In my case, I found that mid-brown to dark brown shoes work best with what I wear. Realizing this, I figured I'd broaden my color palette and ventured into some more reds and tans and bought additional clothes accordingly. Upon realizing that these new options and combinations resulted in (in my mind) time I could have spent not mulling over the day's color combination options, I've retrenched to mid-to-dark browns and mid-to-dark blues for pants. Wide optionality didn't bring happiness, only indecision.

    So - in short, if you like what you have and your dark brown parks are being pounded into submission, snag some dark brown Strands. Otherwise, consider where you want to expand. [​IMG]
     
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  5. MattRiv

    MattRiv Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]

    Merlot Hopkinsons on a Tuesday after I put my first shine on them with some wax polish. Up to this point I had only treated them with conditioner.
     
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  6. robster35

    robster35 Well-Known Member

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    i gotcha. darn i dont hav amex card. may need to get one. im actually considering the oxblood as well but always wanted a pair of walnuts also.
     
  7. Roycru

    Roycru Well-Known Member

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    For fans of A-E shoes in the wild pictures, wearing brogue suede Strands on my way to get a cookie. Although my shoes are seconds, whatever it was that made them seconds doesn't show in this picture.

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    Here is the cookie. Although some of you might find fault with the cookie because the icing isn't perfect, there was nothing wrong with the cookie.

    [​IMG]

    There is also nothing wrong with A-E shoes when the stitching isn't perfect and enlarged photographs of an imperfect stitch are rather boring. Nobody can see it when you're using the shoes as directed.
     
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  8. armedferret

    armedferret Well-Known Member

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    Well played Roycru, but you don't seem to be enjoying that cookie very much. ;)
     
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  9. Mr Clemson

    Mr Clemson Well-Known Member

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    This is very good. Thanks for the feedback. I typically wear (90% of the time) a sportcoat to work instead of a suit, so I always lean towards the slightly less formal, lighter trousers for most of the year/warm months here in the south (light grey, sand, light brown and normal to light blue). Therefore, I find myself wearing brown and walnut/chestnut/light brown shoes the most. Having said that, I think either the oxblood or, especially, the dark navy would balance it out some. Honestly, I always lean walnut but I don't need the exact same shoe right now! haha
     
  10. FaRKle

    FaRKle Well-Known Member

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    Well that's because he doesn't have his glass of milk too!
     
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  11. tkebh979

    tkebh979 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for rocking down to Electric Avenue, and then taking it higher. And sticking that hook deep in my head. [​IMG]
     
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  12. tkebh979

    tkebh979 Well-Known Member

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    I'm with you on the latitude. I'm a Houstonian by choice and while we can go to a sauna to dry out and cool off, my office leans more conservative on the color palette. Not many lighter colors, but certainly lighter fabrics (poplin shirts, linen-cotton trousers, the odd ultra-lightweight jacket... suits in a lighter fabric than good ol wool seem to be judged as too informal on many occasions and we just suffer on short trips outside).

    In your case, I'd give the walnut Cornwallis a shot. With the light broguing and toe medallion, it's not as formal as some make it out to be. I'd wear it with a lighter weight fabric and color palette as you've described. I'd imagine Oxblood and Navy would come out between Thanksgiving and Valentines day... which is great if that's where you want to grow your collection. Buy and stash. [​IMG]
     
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  13. spitshine123

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    Wore my burgundy cordovan Cambridges today in rainy NYC and I accidentally stepped in a puddle of garbage water.... [​IMG]

    They STINK now. When I say I stepped in a puddle...it mustve really been half a foot deep on the sidewalk since the whole shoe was COVERED in this nasty sour smelling liquid. How a sidewalk even develops a puddle like that is beyond me....

    Anyway as I am sitting here ashamed at my desk (hoping nobody sits next to me)....what is the best way of cleaning this junk out of cordovan? I am scared that the water is soaking in all the pores and will eventually get into the lining....
     
  14. BespokeBrooklyn

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    Fortunately, shell isn't as absorbent as calf. If you have a back-up pair of shoes at the office, I would take off your Cambridges, wipe them down as well as you can, and stuff them with paper towels.

     
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    Rinse thoroughly with water and allow them to dry naturally
     
  16. whodey14

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    Glad I wasn't the only one with that stuck in my head.
     
  17. peppercorn78

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    I wasted spent too much some time cataloging my current rotation recently. Since 12/20 of my pairs are AE, I figured I'd post it here for you filthy barn weasels fine gentlemen:

    Full Photo Album: http://imgur.com/a/rG2UR

    Boots
    • AE Eagle River, Oxblood Calf (222 Last, 10.5 EEE) - For Sale
    • Carmina x GF Chelsea, Brown Museum Calf (Rain Last, 10 EEE) - For Sale
    • Vass Monkstrap Chukka, Gold Museum Calf (F last, 44.5 H)
    • Bonafe Chukka, Plum Museum Calf (946 Last, 10 H)
    • AE Dundee Chukka, Natural Cordovan (511 Last, 10.5 EEE)
    • AE Dundee Chukka, Black Cordovan (511 Last, 10.5 EEE)
    • AE Shaker Heights, Chili Calf, Brown Tweed (73 Last, 10.5 EEE)
    • AE Amok Chukka, Brown Suede (345 Last, 10.5 EEE) - For Sale
    Dress Shoes
    • Lobb Saunton Oxford, Dark Brown Misty Calf (7000 Last, 10 EE)
    • Vass Double Monks, Oxblood Calf (U Last, 44.5 H)
    • AE Park Avenue Oxford, Burgundy Cordovan (65 Last, 10.5 EEE)
    • AE Neumora Double Monks, Black Calf (333 Last, 10.5 EEE)
    Bluchers
    • Carmina x GYW Longwing, Navy Cordovan (Detroit Last, 10 EEE)
    • AE Regent Street Longwing, Chili Grain/Calf (234 Last, 10.5 EEE)
    • Vass Budapester, Red-brown Suede (Peter 2 Last, 43.5 H)
    • AE Bradley Split Toes, Burgundy Cordovan (511 Last, 10.5 EEE)
    • Carmina x GYW PTB, Cognac Cordovan (Detroit Last, 10 EEE)
    • AE Kenilworth Derby, Dark Cognac (brown) Cordovan (65 Last, 10.5 EEE)
    Casual Shoes
    • AE McAllister Wingtip Bal, Navy Suede (65 Last, 10.5 EEE)
    • AE McTavish Wingtip Bal, Grey Distressed Cow (65 Last, 10.5 EEE)
     
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  18. M2511

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    Quite an awesome collection you have there. So much Cordovan.... envy.... Big fan of those Navy Suede McAllisters too!
     
  19. donkeyhoatie

    donkeyhoatie Well-Known Member

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    If/when the MTO program comes back, it's my understanding that eyelets are no longer something customizable, is that right?

    If so, has anyone ever added their own eyelets to a shoe? I'm not talking about punching a new hole and turning a 2 eyelet shoe into a 3 eyelet shoe. I'm talking about removing the existing AE eyelets that are only exposed on the interior and turning them into an exposed eyelet on the exterior. If so, how hard is this to do? Where did you get your eyelets from?

    Every once in a while, I come across a design that I think would look gobs better with an exposed brass eyelet. If it's a total PITA to do it, I'll forget about it. But, if it's only moderately difficult, I may try to take it on at some point.
     
  20. danwatts2005

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    Finally nice enough to break out the Shreveports. I love these, and they are so comfortable.
     
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