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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. Buddy0329

    Buddy0329 Well-Known Member

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    I went this morning and had no problem getting an exchange done. However, this may not be over yet. First of all, I friend it difficult to say that Nordstrom provides a professional fit considering that they only offer D widths. Now that I know more about my feet after visiting an AE store, it is apparent to me that all they do at Nordstrom is try to force you into the next larger size to compensate for the need for width. I exchanged the 11D's for 10.5D. I fit into a 10D, but it is too narrow. I probably need a 10 or 10.5 in E. the 10.5D are also somewhat narrow but not enough so that I couldn't deal with it; but it is not ideal. I was dissuaded by the store rep from ordering a wider size. In fact apart from going in the back to get the boxes of shoes, the rep had no interest in helping me try on the shoes, and even declined to size me on the brannock after I requested it because of my frustration with the non-ideal fit. It was 10am, and my impression was that he wanted to finish prepping the store for paying (commission generating) customers.

    The second problem, is that the perfing on the shoes is flawed. There's some white showing along the wingtips. I've seen this before on seconds from Shoebank. I asked if he had another pair in this size and he stated that he did not. I wasn't going to be too picky about this because I was still going to get a better fitting shoe.

    There is another problem as well. The same shoe that has the white spots/streaks near the edge of the perfing has another problem. When I brought the shoes home and straight bar laced them I noticed that the eyelets on either side of the shoe are misaligned.

    Looking back on the experience this morning, I'm dissatisfied: especially on the service end. Honestly, I enjoy shopping at Nordstrom, however I do not believe they can provide an professional fit of AE shoes so long as they do not carry widths. They're "fit" is a compromise of their stocking decisions and their service level was unsatisfactory.

    These will likely go back now for an exchange if something else or a credit/refund of some sort.
     
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  2. Rmeister

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    Nordstroms customer service sure leaves a lot to be desired. I went yesterday to get a new pair of Strands and the people helping me were completely uneducated about Allen Edmonds in general. I'm almost convinced that they didn't even know it was an American brand. I also picked up a matching Manistee belt to go with my new Strands and the cashier next to the one ringing me up said "who is buying the cheap ass belt" right in front of me. Now that is customer service! Over all my experience with Nordstroms has not been great to say the least but the sale is good enough to deal with it. I doubt I will be rushing back to Nordstroms in the near future.

    On a happier note, THANK YOU Styleforum members for introducing me to Allen Edmonds a few months back!! and in the last 3 months I've done this to my shoe collection!

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    I went from having ZERO real shoes (all I wore before were Converse...yeah I know) to this. Not bad huh?! The goal? 12 pairs!! I think I can reach my goal before the end of the year...funds permitting. Ebay has been really good to me :)

    From left to right:
    McAllister in black
    Park Avenue in merlot
    BRAND NEW!! Strands in walnut
    McTavish in black
    McTavish in natural
    3 Cedar Shoe Trees waiting for a place to live [​IMG]
     
  3. ww21943

    ww21943 Well-Known Member

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    I know you were looking to try the shoes on but if you are fairly certain you need an E width you can exchange your shoes and have them send the size they don't carry to your home. That's what I did.
     
  4. Ennuis

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    i think i wear sizes larger than normal is because i have high instep & wider feet
     
  5. md2010

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    holly $hit. Nice work !
     
  6. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Well-Known Member

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    I think you are getting to the crux of the matter there... They are interested in getting you into a shoe that they sell, not in spending their time figuring out that you need a shoe they don't even carry so that they can send you away to someone who does.
     
  7. Ed Wiser

    Ed Wiser Active Member

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    Cooldude I would go to an Allen Edmonds store and get yours shoes. All this time you spent running cost you money and time. When you could have just gone to a store that had the shoe in stock.
     
  8. ScottyBoy920

    ScottyBoy920 Well-Known Member

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    There had to be more to your process then just applying that one product. What else did you use?
     
  9. jrarnold

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    Quote:I would certainly be interested in the navy/orange version as a second. However, my experience with the 1511G last has not been as good as with the 8-678 last. I found that the 1511G lasted shoes pinch my toes, except for the Scottsdale that I am wearing right now. I wonder why they didn't list this shoe as part of the orthotic collection?
     
  10. Barroomheroes

    Barroomheroes Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone, need a suggestion for a cap toe medium brown suede Oxford to wear with more casual suits.. Budget is around $250 though.. Any suggestions?
     
  11. polojock615

    polojock615 Well-Known Member

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    Special order a Clifton in suede. More than $250, though.
     
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  12. Barroomheroes

    Barroomheroes Well-Known Member

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    Can the park ave be ordered in suede?
     
  13. horsey shoes

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    First pair of custom orders landed this week... Fifth Street boot in cappuccino cordovan.
    I had ordered the black and cordovan color Fifths last year and wanted to round out the collection.
    I am VERY impressed with the color and craftsmanship of these boots. The pic below is pretty much how they came out of the box (i.e. Flawless) as I have only brushed them lightly for this first set of pics.

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    For comparison, I took a pic of the new Fifths with the older McA cappuccino I got during last spring's webgem. The older McA has lightened up a bit over time but maintained the reddish brown hue. I applied some AE dark brown cordovan polish to the McA just before this pic to deepen the color.

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    Second custom order should be landing this coming week and the third is hitting final inspection soon!
     
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  14. bespoken pa

    bespoken pa Well-Known Member

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    Nice buy and a great selection to start with! With this addiction, you can get to 12 pretty soon. :)
     
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  16. rydenfan

    rydenfan Well-Known Member

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    Nice! They look great. What edge trim color is on your fifth streets?
     
  17. horsey shoes

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    It is the same color that came originally on the McA cappuccino make up... not exactly sure of the name, but I believe it is called natural.
     
  18. NeedAnM3

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    Rockin' the Strands. One of my favorite AE shoes!
     
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  19. Subutai

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    Any thoughts/reviews on the Shell Cordovan Daltons?
     
  20. JezeC

    JezeC Well-Known Member

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    what's the difference between premium shoe polish and the carnauba wax polish?

    I already have the renovateur if that matters.
     
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