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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. Markus N

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    Hi all,

    My first contribution to this thread - a line up of my current AE collection.

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    From left to right:
    Dalton, Park Ave, Ardsley Park, Carlyle, some suede LWB - dunno what it's called, Shelton and finally Gridiron.
    All in 10.5 EEE but for the Carlyle in 10 EEE.
     
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  2. orange fury

    orange fury Well-Known Member

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    Last workday before July 4th, so I'm being thematically appropriate:
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    I did want to ask about bowing though, this is going on on the right shoe:
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    I've gotten lucky and never had bowing happen with any of my AE's- does this look like too much? I'm not sure what is considered acceptable- it still fits well (not loose), I just don't want it to become a bigger issue down the road.
     
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  3. tkebh979

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    For those who wish for a mid-brown, blucher, shell wingtip at what I anticipate to be near AE shell prices... unspoiler the below:

    Whisky Shell Crockett & Jones for Polo Ralph Lauren Marlow Wingtip GMTO currently taking expressions of interest. With the GBP-USD spread at a generational low, C&J shell is roughly comparable with AE "stock" shell in price. Here's a photo of the shoe in Dark Brown Shell:

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    Price TBD, but similarly spec'd shoes have been recently priced at 500 GBP + 30 GBP shipping to US. Call that ~$705 as of 8am Central US time on July 1 2016.

    Use the GMTO Google Spreadsheet to signup, and please PM me for more info. We are aiming for 12. In an effort to keep the focus of this thread on AE Appreciation, please do not quote or reply to this w/in this thread. Thanks for looking.

    If not, keep calm and carry on. [​IMG]
     
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  4. tkebh979

    tkebh979 Well-Known Member

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    Those look perfectly festive. Great pickup!

    Re: bowing... it looks like you have a combination of this and v-gap. If they were mine, I'd keep them. I'd probably pull them out a couple times a year on your more patriotic holidays (Memorial, Veteran's, Labor, Independence, and heck, Flag Days) and wouldn't care about the fit so much as getting the compliments on having something unusual.

    I like these as a golf shoe as well (genius recommendation by AE ad), but it's hard for me to stomach $200 for a golf shoe that will take a bit of a beating.

    btw... I'm sure you didn't intend to troll Canadians on Canada Day, guy?

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  5. orange fury

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    The v-gap isn't as bad as it looks- I can actually pull it tighter, but my feet tend to be more swollen in the morning- it'll be tighter by midday. I plan on wearing them often during the summer though, not just holidays, so that's why I was concerned about the bowing. Didn't realize that today was Canada Day lol
     
  6. orange fury

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    It's better when I tighten them, but still:
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  7. tkebh979

    tkebh979 Well-Known Member

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    I saw that, and said, "meh."

    Keepers. [​IMG]
     
  8. M2511

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    Try a different lacing style like criss-cross. Pretty casual style so (in my opinion) bar lacing isn't required unless thats just what you prefer. I don't usually use that type of bar lacing when my v-gap doesn't close. I either go regular straight bar or criss cross. YMMV. Look good either way!
     
  9. Lobster33

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    Ooo, you got one of the old Walnut Carlyles with the old piping. Excellent.
     
  10. JSO1

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    Even the Independence line shoes don't have piping anymore. Absurd. At least the Strand still has it.
     
  11. Lobster33

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    You know, I actually don't think it looks terrible on the black shoes. I haven't seen a merlot Hopkinson in person yet, so I can't comment on merlot. But the black Carlyle's I saw didn't look too bad. It's the walnut color that looks really rough with the new piping in my opinion.
     
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  12. gm928

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    A couple of months ago, a few of us were speculating about what the "Exchange Place" shoe would be when seconds started to appear on the Shoebank while there was no apparent source for firsts. Most of us, including me, assumed it would be something that AE was making for one of its retail partners (Nordstrom, Harry Rosen, etc.). The Exchange Place is now available on the main AE website. It looks like they intend it to be a modern version of the PA on a different last (1943) that might work for people who have problems with the 5 last.

    http://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/m...exchange-place-cap-toe-dress-shoe/SF5015.html
     
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  13. JSO1

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    What is the "new piping" you're talking about? There's no piping, just a cosmetic stitch running where the piping used to begin.
     
  14. Lobster33

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    Someone on here pointed out it was really small piping. I'm not sure what it is exactly, but it needs to go the way of the black leather insole.
     
  15. RTD1

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    Anyone else see the email with the #ALLENEDMONDSRDA #CONTEST?

    Looking forward to doing battle.

    I'm sure they're going to wonder why all these pictures have watches and coffee cups in them though.
     
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  16. orange fury

    orange fury Well-Known Member

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    I really, really like that...
     
  17. MattRiv

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    I posted some close ups of my Hopkinsons about a month ago, here are the pics:

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    The piping is small and there is some rough looking leather ends on the outside of it. IMO it doesn't really change the look of the shoe too much. I don't really notice it because my pants cover the top and my v-gap closes so you don't see it there either.
     
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  18. Lobster33

    Lobster33 Well-Known Member

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    That doesn't look bad at all.

    Compare yours to this and tell me this doesn't look bad:

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  19. MattRiv

    MattRiv Well-Known Member

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    Probably the difference between the standard calf and the Indy line leather.
     
  20. M2511

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    It is more noticeable on lighter colors for sure but I also think there is a little greater care taken on the indy line which also contributes to the hopkinson looking better. Additionally I think the hopkinson is a better option than the new exchange place of course it costs more. I haven't purchased anything on the 1943 last but every time I look at it I feel it is just too square. Might look differently on my feet than the photos but its the reason I haven't bought the cornwallis. I also would prefer 6 eyelets vs 5 eyelets that is showing on the exchange place.
     
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