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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.

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  1. rickrone

    rickrone Well-Known Member

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    i do like the sanibel, but the patriot is such a great deal.

    sanibel retail is 250 on sale for 169, i save 81, 32% savings
    patriot retail is 345 on sale for 179, i save 166, 48% savings

    what would you do in my position. this will be used with khaki shorts. water can come into play by the pool or rain as well.
     
  2. hollyb

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    Gentlemen, thank you for your response! Looks like I will try my last #5 size and go up a width.
    Shartmann - try the AE shoebank for the Sanderson in an E width, will be 2Q though.
     
  3. patrick_b

    patrick_b Well-Known Member

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    I recently picked up a couple of belts from Equus in northern England. They have an affiliate thread here at sf.

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/260644/...leather-belts-official-affiliate-thread/0_100

    I was drawn to their burgundy bridle leather belt as it was a subtle shade. I was hoping it would pair well with AE's burgundy shell, Alden's color 8 and perhaps even dark brown. I'm not one that requires a perfect match between belt & footwear as long as the colors fall in the same family. I am happy to report that as expected, it works quite well with the Alden & AE burgundy shades. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it also works well [IMO] with dark brown footwear like cigar shell and AE's brown calfskin offerings.

    For reference here's a quick shot of the West End Bridle belt in burgundy with brass buckle.

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    Not that you guys need a caption here but...

    L - R:

    AE Tresana in "Cabernet Brown" (it's a real dark brown with hints of red/burgundy in the sun)
    Alden shell Cap Toe boot in color #8
    AE shell Macneil in burgundy
    Alden shell PTB in cigar

    And a link to Equus' site:

    http://www.equusleather.co.uk/index.php/Belts/West-End-Bridle-Leather-Belt/flypage.tpl.html

    Note that ordering from the states allows us to deduct the VAT. My only regret with the entire process was why I waited so long to order from Charlie at Equus. Belts are made to order and take a few weeks.
     
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  4. rydenfan

    rydenfan Well-Known Member

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    You consistently get an incredible shine! I would love to know your process
     
  5. rickrone

    rickrone Well-Known Member

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    me too :)

    its like glass, even on a dull day it pops. simply amazing
     
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  6. Michael Haines

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    I second that I can't ever seem to get that type of shine with tons of times Mac method
     
  7. rickrone

    rickrone Well-Known Member

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    your next job is to polish that belt :)
     
  8. BackInTheJox

    BackInTheJox Well-Known Member

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    I wanted to ask this very question.

    I bought a pair in D width (sized up half a size from my usual size when ordering E widths) from RL when they had that huge site sale (got firsts for ~$315) but then returned those when I got a pair of Sanderson seconds during this most recent sale in the same size for $159 (the only "blemish" was one tiny patch of lighter coloration of the leather near the opening where your ankle is, which easily corrected itself with some conditioner cleaner and premium polish, so now they look just like firsts).

    I would've loved to have been able to get ahold of the Sandersons in an E width.
     
  9. itsmejson

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    I just received a pair of Snuff Suede Amoks size 9.5D, however the length is a little short.
    Did anyone purcahse a snuff suede size 10D that may need to go down in length?
     
  10. msulinski

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    I would buy them based on what you like, not what has the higher % off. I do like the Patriot though, just not with shorts, at least for me. The Sanibel has a partial Danite sole, which will be better than the all-leather sole of the Patriot around a pool.

    If you can afford both, the Patriots are still nice, but I would just wear them with long pants.

    Edit to add: I'm not sure if the Preston is still listed on the website. It looks a lot like the Sanibel but in brown chromoexcel leather with contrast stitching and an all-leather sole. I got a pair on closeout a couple of months ago.
     
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  11. OlafG

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    How is the stock in the stores usually? I'm going to NYC in the july and I've been saving up so I can buy 5-6 pairs and bring home. I guesstimate that my size is 11.5/12 EE/EEE depending on the last. I have a pair of Alden bluchers on the Barrie last in 11.5EE and they are a nice fit albeit being a bit large in the heel area.
     
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  12. msulinski

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    I've had good experiences finding a good variety of sizes in the NYC stores. There are 4 of them all within a 15 minute (at most) walk of each other. With that many stores, you have a good chance of finding a shoe in your size.
     
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    If you have ideas on what models you are interested in, I would contact the store ahead of time. They may be able to have the sizes available for you to try on, especially if you are interested in buying 5-6 pairs. I've done this a few times with my local store, at their suggestion. Especially if a shoe is in a different last for me they will bring in a few different sizes for me to try on.
     
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    Have you looked at the Eldorado or Boulder? They are much more casual than the Patriot, and have a rubber sole so may work better as pool shoes. I wear the Eldorado on occasion as an upgrade to Tevas, Keens, or flip flops. The bison leather is a bit unique and adds some character too, in my opinion.
     
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    Those would work with shorts, assuming you don't mind the rubber wrapping up around the sides of the shoe. I personally don't
     
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    You are right, I see your point. I think I will go with the Sanibel.
    These are great shoes too, and I really love the soles. I think I would go with the eldorado if i have to choose from the two because of the buffalo leather. Argh, so many shoes I want and I have to limit it right now or my wife will kill me. :(
     
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    I may be in the minority here, but I _cannot stand_ the loafers-with-shorts look. Despise it, actually. For me, if you're going to wear shorts, go with sandals or an athletic shoe. Otherwise, long pants.
     
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    I don't care for the loafers with shorts look either, but I think sandals might be an even worse option!
     
  19. Fabian43

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    Anybody interested in a pair of black Westchesters in a 10D? Got em off the bay and they are a tad big. I can post pics in a bit if anyone is interested. Looking to get what I paid $113 + $12 shipping
     
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    Do you think boat shoes or driving mocs would be better? which one would you prefer?
     
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