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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. bkdc

    bkdc Well-Known Member

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    No one will see them unless you cross your legs, as stated by another person.

    I personally dislike the FEEL of Dainite as I walk. It does not feel as comfortable as leather. I'd rather have leather with V-tread soles. But if you like how it feels, I wouldn't worry about how they look. Thankfully, I don't have to commute in Manhattan. I have no qualms about exposing my leather soles to salt and ice and a little slush.
     
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  2. 007Bond

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    I agree with you on the leather and a little weather does not seem to hurt as long as you are not walking miles on rough concrete and you dry things out when you get home.

    You bring a good point I too don't like the Dainite just like you said it feel like there are pressure point with the nubs.

    Also the V-tread is a great in bad weather I have been in very wet conditions with mien and no issue feet don't get wet and sole still looking just fine.
     
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    I'd be more worried about slipping with leather soles (butyl doesn't help with this) in wet weather than the durability of the soles in general. Walking along brick, lightly/non textured concrete, or marbled floors REALLY sucks when wet.
     
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    Alone in the witness room with nothing but my bourbon PAs (and my fellow FBWs) to keep me company. As much as I enjoy the rare occasion I need to suit up, I'd rather not be confined to the isolation chamber for the next few hours.
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  5. 007Bond

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    I have a regular foot for fitting in AE shoes. That said I use to own a pair of Benton that had the stock orthotic insert. Bought them since they looked ok and were a good deal. Mistake I really hated that shoe and how it fit so much so that I put it up for sale on eBay shortly after purchasing. So I learned that if you don't really need an orthotic you should not buy a shoe that has one or can accept one.

    Also I much prefer leather soles and the Benton had not only a rubber sole but this padding below the insert and the insert itself was additionally padded. So the feel for me was walking on this big sponge cushion bouncing every step.

    Unless you really need the orthotic it's best to just buy shoes on the last that fits you best.
     
  6. baselinemerc

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    Just got these shell seconds in. I see some minor discoloration at the heel which I don't care about. Minor discoloration at the toe. I ordered some cordovan cream from Allen edmonds. What do you folks think ? I only have 1 pair of cordovan shoes so I'm not sure what is acceptable. Thanks in advance for the feedback.

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  7. 007Bond

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    In my experience if we are talking for example slipping on ice unless you have something that has real grip like aggressive boots and even with them ice is slick you can still slip and fall.

    I guess what I mean is leather (that you have worn and is not new out of the box) has about as much grip on ice as the rubber on most shoes.

    Now ice aside let's say just some lite show on a sidewalk, here if you have leather or general rubber that does not have an aggressive pattern like on many shoes they are about equal. But if you have a rubber sole with an aggressive pattern like found on several of the AE boots then this does have an advantage over flat leather or rubber.

    But since I don't really want to wear an aggressive sole all day I just carry a pair of Tingley Men's Storm Stretch Overshoes in my bag. They are less than $20 on amazon and give you grip and save your whole shoe from the weather when you are outside and just take off when inside.

    The marble is really bad but the overshoes are soft and tend to have grip.
     
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  8. FaRKle

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    I'm talking about light weather, just wet surfaces from rain. Even worn leather won't help you there if trying to walk (shuffle) across those surfaces.
     
  9. smfdoc

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    Yes, there is a discoloration when you get close up. The first, more distant view, makes it far less noticeable. Do remember that the cordovan cream will add some color and that exposure to sunlight with wearing will gradually lighten the shoe and help it develop patina. For me, the discount for seconds, plus the current sale, would make me keep them.
     
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    In this case the only thing I found that helps is the overshoe they are soft rubber and do have some grip. However being soft rubber if you wear them a lot on rough surfaces they will wear out fast they sure are not meant to be like shoes.
     
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    Hmm how much did you pay again?

    If it was a good price I think I would keep them as over time things should work out and from the photos it would seem from standing eye level it can't be noticed.
     
  12. baselinemerc

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    Thanks for the feedback I was on the same page. I think it will normalize over time. I got them in the shoe bank sale so at 459 for shell. Still a good deal


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  13. 007Bond

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    Great report back how you like them I don't have any shell so interested how a person who just got a pair feels about them and if it will sway future purchases.
     
  14. eagleman

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    Walnut Wingtip Wednesday

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    I would keep those Leeds -- they look great for being 2nds.
     
  16. polishrifle

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    Reached a professional milestone today and am excited to partake in this years trunk show as a means of celebration. For those who have participated in the past, what options (color aside) will be available to us? Are we truly able to select any current AE shoe? One SA indicated that the trunk show will be limited to the current shell lineup and one additional model (Carlye was specifically mentioned). Can we change the welt/edge dressing as well? I've got some 2 make-ups in mind that I'm ready to pull the trigger on. If Whiskey shell is really available a 3rd may be in the cards as well.
     
  17. BespokeBrooklyn

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    Out of curiosity, are some balmorals more appropriate for Dainite (i.e. rough leather, light colors, non-traditional colors?) than others? Or would you say that sole is irrelevant as long as you don't cross your legs and wag your sole in someone else's face?





     
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    I'd say that if you're a banker or lawyer in a large city, you'll want to stick with leather soles on your most formal shoes. For anyone else, it's more a matter of personal preference, and less than 1% of the people you interact with will ever notice the difference.
     
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    Walnut wingtip Wednesday here too. RL x AE Sandersons.
     
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    Yes, I know Bals should not be worn with jeans, but I was not going to change my pants just to try these on.

    Shoebank seconds from the sale.

    Oxblood October.
     
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