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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. BCer

    BCer Well-Known Member

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    Here's as good as it gets with an iPhone5. Pretty rugged leather. I like it...grows on you.
     
  2. DerangedGoose

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    Anyone have experience with the Nathan? Its basically a PA on the 8 last for Joseph a bank. They have it in 10.5 and 11, since I'm a 10.5 in my kenilworths and they don't have a wide for the Nathan, should I get the 11? I'm worried it will be too long of a shoe...
     
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    polojock615 Well-Known Member

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    I've got the Long Branch in that material - I love it.
     
  4. David Copeland

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    Does that mean I won't be getting your gift of Allen Edmond Daltons this weekend?
     
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  5. David Copeland

    David Copeland Well-Known Member

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    How about something like the following for around 179.00:
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    So I'm trying to plan out my next AE purchase, and figured I'd ask for some general input here.

    Background: I'm a resident physician in a specialty that is almost entirely clinic based. I typically wear navy/grey/charcoal/tan wool or cotton pants with a button-down shirt, +/- the white coat.

    Current shoes I own:
    AE Lasalle in Brown
    AE Delray in Chili
    AE Fairfax in Chili
    AE Bradley in Brown
    AE Bradley in Black
    RL Sanderson in Walnut
    J&M Melton in Black
    J&M Melton in Burgundy

    A few things:
    -I don't really plan on getting a Park Ave/Fifth Ave at the moment in black or burgundy, as my J&Ms do the job right now, and I rarely find occasions to wear them anyway
    -I'm not big on loafers
    -I'm not big on monkstraps
    -I don't have much use for dress boots (Dalton, Fifth Street)
    -I bought both pairs of Bradleys well-worn/used already (and cheap), and am not a huge fan of them anyway, so I mostly just use them as foul-weather shoes.

    I've contemplated a pair of bourbon Strands/McAllisters, or perhaps burgundy McAllisters. I wish they made a burgundy Players Shoe, I like that shoe a lot better than the MacNeil anyway.

    Thoughts/suggestions? I don't really need any black shoes at the moment. I really like walnut, but don't necessarily want to overdo it. What other styles am I definitely lacking here?
     
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    ahh, jungle boots. Easy to get a shine on those
     
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    I just added a new pair of chocolate brown Daltons to my rotation. While I was puting them away, my wife looks over my shoulder and says, "...how many pairs is that now? I think you need therapy..."
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    Chris

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    At least your wife just suggested therapy. Mine issued death threats if I DARE buy any more shoes. (That was 2 new pairs ago! Haha)
     
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    LOL! I suspect my wife may escalate to that level soon.
     
  12. Winston S.

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    Cordovan!
     
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    Cordovan!
     
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    There's always my method, shoes for me, gift card to Ann Taylor for my wife.............
     
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    The Lombard is the same as the Player's shoe and was made in merlot. It has a rubber sole though, and is discontinued. You may be able to find a used pair,
     
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    My first though was to recommend the Macneil...until I read your comment about the Macneil vs. Players. What is it about the Macneil you don't like? If it's a sleeker shoe you desire, perhaps the brogued makeups in the Independence line may work, like the LWB Williams or semi-brogue Hancock. I really wanted the Players but couldn't get a size to work right. I have to agree with you that it is a terrific looking shoe.

    As has been mentioned, you could start the natural progression into full on madness i.e., Shell Cordovan. If you go the shell route, I'd strongly consider the burgundy shell Leeds (and maybe reconsider the Macneil in burgundy shell). I dress similarly for work (just with a SC rather than a lab coat) and I love the versatility of the Macneil/Leeds. They work just as well with wool trousers during the day as they do with casual khakis and denim.

    Lastly, I don't see any suede on your list. Suede brogues may be something unique. If you are willing to go with Alden, something in a color like Alden's snuff is a solid three season shoe. I do like Alden's and AE's tan as well but they are only slightly less versatile given that the light color works best in spring and summer. I find snuff looks great in the real warm months but also quite nice in the fall. Note, AE may also have a snuff-like color suede but I'm just not sure, hence the Alden recommendation.

    Hope that gives you some food for thought. Here's a recent image (last week) of my *burgundy shell Leeds and Macneil for reference.

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    *Note that the pictured burgundy is AE's old shade. As much as I like it, the new burgundy shade is downright stunning IMO. Both are nice but I wanted to include the disclaimer that if you don't like the above shade, the new ones are much darker and a bit closer to Alden's color 8.
     
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    A quick shoe stretching update... My issue is my left foot is about 1/2 size larger than right. I was fitted and re-fitted at my local AE store and the SA has been very helpful and believes I'm in the right size (McAllister 7.5 E). After about over a dozen wearings the left was still causing me some discomfort especially towards the end of the day. The SA recommended stretching the left shoe. At first it seemed like the right move however after being on my feet all day at a conference this week it's clear that the shoe is now too big and my foot slides around causing great discomfort. I will not be doing this with my other new pair of McAllister. My Sheltons (1 last, 8 E) fit much more comfortably.

    I'm not sure what to do at this point. Tongue pad? The SA has been nothing but helpful and I don't want to have to exchange the shoes but I'm wondering if there's anything AE would be willing to do or if there's anything I can do.

    Thoughts from the group?
     
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    The only thing I can suggest is to email Allen Edmonds customer support and ask them the same question you are asking here.

    You will definitely get a more precise and committed answer from them.

    The opinion of this forum, although interesting, is irrelevant.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Max
     
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    Sometimes a particular last just won't work for you. Have you considered going mto ceo paul has waived the fee in the past for sf members.
     
  20. David Copeland

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    Aside from style . . . may I assume you are on your feet most of the time as an intern? If so, I have personally met physicians who own 90 pair of Alden and Allen Edmond shoes . . . along with Oxford style Ecco Shoes which are extremely comfortable, yet have a very nice stitched edge/welt look to them.
     
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