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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. kentyman

    kentyman Well-Known Member

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    Actually, I looked at that, and it's not good for their shell polish. In particular, their "Cordovan (71)" color is not anywhere on that chart. And in order to get the chart before buying polish, I'd have to pay $19.34 shipped. And even after that, none of the other burgundy'ish colors on the chart are available in their shell polish. So if I found that "Hermes Red (12)" was what I wanted, I wouldn't be able to do anything with that information.
     
  2. Cold Iron

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    Looking great bucksfan! Hope the inaugual wearing went well for you. I really like mine and everytime I wear them reminds me that I need more black shell.
     
  3. MoneyWellSpent

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    Yeah, that's what I've now heard. Strange that I've somehow missed them, because I frequently check Leffot's website (nearly every day).
     
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    Is this considered marketing?

    "your cash is snugly secured in horse ass leather for safekeeping"
     
  5. Cold Iron

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    Last week as soon as my burgundy shell Patriots came I put them on. 10 minutes later it a downpour started and I ran out to the deck to bring in the cushions. As soon as I got back inside I took a rag and wiped my shoes down and the AE Cream came off with the rag.... So I did my standard stripping and applying Saphir cordovan cordovan cream. In 2 weeks I will be going to Fl. for a week and will wear my burgundy Patriots every day, and they WILL get wet this time of year. So I applied 1 coat of Saphir mahogany #9 wax on top of the cream. I don't buy the turpentine damage to shell thing, Reno has it and so does VC. From this point forward I will only put cream on them when badly scuffed. And use Kiwi Select (which is what Alden wax is) black paste wax maybe twice a year if needed.
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    Not a great picture but I happen to be wearing them today.

    Couple of weeks ago I ordered the brown cordovan cream and Kirby sent me another cordovan instead. I don't have any need for 2 as one will last me a lifetime. If you want send me a PM and I will send it to you. Saphir cordovan cream is much better than the AE cordovan cream and actually soaks in a bit more.
     
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  6. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Well-Known Member

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    I found that to be a bit "beneath" Leffot.
     
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  7. othertravel

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    I don't get the appeal of cordovan. I'd rather get the lindrick in calf than the cordovan option.

    To each his own though.
     
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    For fun, thought I'd post a pic of my Cronmoks today in action. Mostly more formal around here, thought if mix it up a bit! Comfy as slippers.
     
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    I ordered Bradley shells during the tent sale. As seconds there were a couple minor issues, but the main thing was the right shoe had the dullest leather I've seen. It was like the left was in the warehouse and the right was thrown in a barn for years. It still needs work, but after about 45 minutes of various treatment, it finally started showing a little life. I have Reno on the way and will see how that works too.
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    Nice Patriots, C.I. - enjoy FL.
    Thank you - it indeed went well. I have these and Leeds in black shell, and I agree about needing more. I have started using Kiwi Select on them after I remove the cream, and results are very good.
    Nice looking shoes. Keep at it with a damp rag and a horsehair brush, you will get them gleaming yet! The renovateur will add shine and nourish the leather too - good luck!

    Today's shoes: Patriot's older brothers, the Randolph:
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    Thanks for the response and the generous offer! I'll be PM'ing you soon.

    Interesting that you use wax to waterproof instead of Alden Leather Defender like Macarther, or maybe Saphir Super Invulner Waterproofing Spray[FONT=Helvetica, Arial, clean, sans-serif] instead. I asked before if they were comparable for shell, but don't believe I heard back. There's also Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP and Sno Seal, but I'm oblivious as to the differences or which leathers they're suitable for.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Helvetica, Arial, clean, sans-serif]I just received some ALD from J.Crew and plan on using those after treating them with Saphir Cordovan Cream. Separate question: do these sorts of waterproofers prevent further treatments from taking hold? For example, will they be less likely to take conditioners, colored creams, etc.?[/FONT]
     
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    I like the simplicity of it certainly wouldn't drop $120 bucks. Im going to my workshop and make one from veg tan . see how it works out . If I like it i can order a shell from horween .
     
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    That's pretty much my point. I like the simplicity of it as well (assuming it really works and doesn't just flop open in your pocket), but the price is pretty hilarious considering what you are getting.
     
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    Paging 'TheSizzle' (or anyone else who owns both shoes)...did you get the same size in the Spiaggia as the Strand?
     
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    ...love those burgundy "Kennies."
     
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    TheSizzle hasn't posted here in almost three months. Strange...
     
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    I have the Strandmoks in the same size as my Strands (same shoe unlined, and in suede)...not sure about Spaggia...
     
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    The Sizzle has fizzled. [​IMG]
     
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    Try new SF affilliate vendor Gentlemens Footwear. The owner has mentioned that he sells Saphir products for the normal $19-23 price, but with free shipping. I haven't ordered from them yet, but will in the future, now that Hanger Project has upped their free shipping minimum to $75.

    And, yes, I have used the Saphir cordovan care cream (burgundy) on a pair of longwings that had finishing issues, which it resolved. I also bought the brown, but tend to use the neutral cordovan care cream on all my brown shell to care for it and help bring out the shine.
     
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    Very nice! Keep at it looks like they are coming along nicely. A hint for when you get the Reno... Don't go outside to brush and treat them with the jar of open Reno below you. When a drop of sweat falls off your chin because your brushing so much it will land in the open jar of Reno 100% of the time ;-)
    Now that I finally have a couple pairs of shell loafers you are causing me loafer envy bucksfan. They look Great!
     
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