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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. pudman43

    pudman43 Well-Known Member

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    New Bitter Chocolate Amoks just arrived
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  2. AdamAdam

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    Thanks for the tongue pad suggestion. I think this might be the way to go. I don't want to change the size because in my McAllister, 7.5E is just barely wide enough and one could argue that I'm actually a EE. I had to have the left one stretched slightly. So, in the Elgin my left foot fits great. With the tongue pad in the right I should be good as this shoe breaks in. I'll give it a shot. Thanks!
     
  3. Distorbiant

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    That was one of the stores I had a problem at.

    I work in retail on Michigan ave myself, right down the street from that AE store. When a customer walks into our store, I treat them with respect regardless of appearance or social class. These AE associates work on commission so I can understand how their attitude toward their jobs can be different, but it's pretty shitty to blatantly discriminate like that.

    edit: The other store I went to wasn't rude at all, but they were very ignorant about sizing.
     
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    Thanks for the response but I wasn't looking to close the gap more. I was concerned that out of the box they were TOO close and that once they broke in I wouldn't be able to tighten my right one (smaller foot). I'll try the tongue pad. Anyone else think that once these shoe break in they will be impossible to tighten even with a tongue pad? Is it normal for it to close that closely out of the box?
     
  5. AdamAdam

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    I had a similar experience. I decided that I needed some new nice shoes, did my research and decided I wanted to go try on some Allen Edmonds (which I had never owned before). I went to a mall AE retail location so they probably get people who stop in all the time as they're walking by, see the price and walk out. I was with the family on a weekend and dressed down in jeans and sneakers. The guy barely gave me the time of day. I told him what I was looking for and he pointed out one shoe and said that was the only one in the style I wanted. I pointed to another rack and said "What about those?" His response was, "Oh, those have a few more features - a little nicer - just more shoe." They were one of the Independence Line shoes and clearly he didn't think I'd be interested.

    I asked to try on a pair of McAllisters and when they fit I said I'd buy and his demeanor quickly changed. He was very nice and helpful after that. I wish I had said something to him and maybe I will in the future if I'm back at that location.

    I've always looked younger than I am and have received treatment like that before. It's not right an initially left a bad taste in my mouth for the brand. Luckily I live near two other locations and have been treated very well in those.
     
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    Thought they only made it in dark brown??
     
  7. New Shoes1

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    Wanted to quote OptoDoc as well, but technical glitches are preventing it. Anyways, my question to both of you is whether you have considered the fact that the salemen you encountered are just poor salemen who do not enjoy their jobs? I'm 41 and frequently in nice suits and have been blown off as well at both the Michigan Avenue and the LaSalle St. AE stores. So, let's not jump the gun on accusing them of youth or income discrimination. In fact, I've found that both stores tend to blow people off when they're busy, which is why I try to go around 10-11 a.m. when I need to go. I've found that I get excellent service when I'm the only one in the store.
     
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    That's all I could ever find too without really hunting online. Found a European shoe site that had the Tan Saunders "by an American Manufacturer", but that's it. I also saw on a couple of lists from the jville outlet "Saunders Tan Calf". So they existed...they DO exist on my feet!
     
  9. delmar

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    I normally go to the AE factory outlet store in Port Washington, WI--usually on the weekend and usually dressed like a bum from down on skid row(except for AE shoes). They always treat me like a king but it probably helps that I'm wearing AE shoes--I walk in the store and am greeted by a salesperson who then immediately and invariably looks down to see what I'm wearing for shoes.
     
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    Is this the tan color that was on sale just now?

    I wanted to grab a pair but wasnt sold on the tan, but didnt even stop to realize that I could try darkening them...I wonder if theyre still available...
     
  11. Flokk

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    I went to the Reston, VA and D.C. stores in the same day and got excellent service. I was dressed casually in some old loafers, a button down, and Levis...i.e, not resembling anybody that would be mistaken for having loads of cash to dump on pretty shoes. Both (young) salesmen were chatty, informative, and exceedingly understanding of my newly-minted graduate financial situation despite there being other (obviously much wealthier) customers in the store that they could have wandered over to instead.

    The D.C. guy spent about 30 minutes with me just discussing my shoe interests and the shoes that he's sold to Congressmen, leaders of state, and well-to-do out of country visitors. Fascinating stuff actually. Nowhere in either interaction was there a hint of dismissal. Although I experienced some personal tragedy in having to walk away from cord Park Avenues which felt like heaven. :(

    Then the prompt, polite, and effective service at the shoe bank and the main customer service line was was almost perplexing to me as a long-time East Coast resident. The shoes are great, but the service thus far has been impeccable.
     
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    You make a good point. One of them was the store manager though. He/she is pretty recognized in the company and has even been in their videos online. If I can't get good service from a person at that level, then who?

    Also, the stores were always empty when I went.

    The LaSalle store actually had very friendly, affable salespeople--just not very good at sizing. I posted this pic a while back in this thread. They tried to sell me on these, saying they would stretch.

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    Its like you are baking loaves of feet and they are rising mercilessly out of the shoepan
     
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    I haven't idea. I got mine on eBay, for a steal. They have a scratch on the tongue - can you see it? Didn't think so... I really love that shoe. Took them off when I got home and even commented to my wife (who has a real issue with my growing AE collection) "I think these are my favourite AE's". Look good, feel good, polish good...
     
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    Yes, many are at first, I know I was. Once you get a feel for what style and lasts you like best, you will become less compulsive and more strategic. A while back, someone requested pics of black shell Leeds. Here are mine at about 2 yrs old [​IMG]
     
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    Best i can do for now... [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks, CI. Keep me posted if you hear anything more about this Gwinnett.

    Can you share what MTO you're doing? Sounds interesting. And congrats for being honored with an invite to their factory.
     
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  20. 7_rocket

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    Silly question for you AE pro's.

    I have the AE kenilworth and fifth avenue's for work purposes. I'm upgrading my casual shoe game, would you say that the McTavish and the Neumok would be classic styles? I don't want to purchase either pair and then 4 years down the road it turned out to be a trend.

    Again sorry for the silly questions... Still a AE noob :nodding:
     
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