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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. patrick_b

    patrick_b Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the input. How does cappuccino differ from dark brown shell? Anybody have a side by side comparison? I just bought the Patriot in dark brown shell (shipping from shoebank). I'm now wondering which AE shell is closer to Alden Cigar, cappuccino or dark brown.In terms of edge trim, I'd like to replicate this shade. I'm thinking that light brown is pretty close. Natural was too light, IIRC.


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    Sadly, I just returned the above Alden PTB to TSM for refund.

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    Just found this cigar vs. AE brown shell for reference:

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    The only pic I have of real life cappuccino shell.
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    That cigar seems really light.
     
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    What the PTB last? Plaza?
     
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    Bourbon Park Avenues.........

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    Looks like Barrie to me.
     
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    One would assume so. But the toe doesn't look round to me. Maybe it's the angle. Anyway, very nice make-up. Just wanted to know if Alden ever did a Plaza PTB. I know they made/make Plaza plain toe cap.
     
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    Patrick, I never tire of looking at your pictures.

    Sadly, it's akin to ogling a beautiful model you'll never have a chance to date.
     
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    Is that the Strand Webgem? That's a great looking color! Related- anyone have a guess if I could get a Cambridge Shell MTO in the color that's available as a webgem later on? I really want a pair in the next few months, but I really ought to save up a little bit first. I just don't want to miss that great color!
     
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    I'm pretty sure the brown shell of the webgem is basically always available. When you get into colors like walnut and cappuccino is when you run into trouble.
     
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    I just gave payment info for my Snuff Suede Neumoks ordered at the Nordstrom anniversary sale price with free shipping. Should have them up here in Canada in about a week.

    Add that to my two pairs of Saunders last week and the Elgin and McTavish the week before, I'm up to 7 pairs since my first purchase of Strands and McAllister in June. I need to stop for at least 6 months or more, but the webgem Jefferson does look really nice. Two ways to look at it - 1. With 7 pairs shell would be a good change/difference 2. I will regret buying the previous 5 shoes in calf (2 are suede).
     
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    Scenario 2 is definite! Be careful with shell!
     
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    Thanks tifosi!

    Incidentally, I sent my email to Mr. Grangaard last night (after drooling over Mr. K's MTO all afternoon). I received a call from AE a few minutes ago and placed the order. I am astounded at how quick and painless the process was.

    I went with Cappuccino shell Leeds, chili welt, light brown edge trim & double butyl sole. I originally wanted dark brown shell and light brown edge trim but AE typically mates a dark welt & edge trim to dark brown shell. Cappuccino OTOH is often made with a chili welt and light brown edge trim. I thought I'd make it as simple as possible for the factory so I went with cappuccino.

    It's so refreshing to deal with a company so customer service focused. I own more Alden shoes than AE but I sure wish Alden could offer the same level of customer service. Fortunately, the Leeds' #1 last fits me damn near perfectly. I wish I could get a Macneil on the #1 last.

    My shell AE's for reference:

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    I had to go up a 1/2 size in the Macneil. I like them but the fit is less than perfect. I will likely go with the Alden LWB in color 8 one of these days as the Barrie is a much better match for my feet than the Macneil's #7 last. For now, a thin leather insole does the trick.

    Thanks to Mr. K. for the inspiration and tifosi for the MTO inside info. Much appreciated.
     
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    Thanks for the input. How does cappuccino differ from dark brown shell? Anybody have a side by side comparison? I just bought the Patriot in dark brown shell (shipping from shoebank). I'm now wondering which AE shell is closer to Alden Cigar, cappuccino or dark brown.In terms of edge trim, I'd like to replicate this shade. I'm thinking that light brown is pretty close. Natural was too light, IIRC. [​IMG] [​IMG] Sadly, I just returned the above Alden PTB to TSM for refund. Is this shine for real?? I have never seem a sheen like that on cordovan. Is this just plain Mac method?
     
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    Cambridge was not available in brown shell before the webgem, only in black or burgundy. No idea why, as brown shell has always been available for Dundee and Strand. I suppose you can still pay an additional MTO fee to get them in brown shell (or take the styleforum's 'contact the CEO' route to waive the MTO fee). But the webgem price is still $50 cheaper than what AE typically asks for shell shoes.

    I'm debating between Cambridge or Jefferson in brown shell... will probably for for the Jefferson for a slightly 'cleaner' look. Anyone owns both Cambridge/McAllister and Jefferson?
     
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    Incredible pictures and shine on those shoes! We have the exact Leeds makeup besides the soles. I did the same makeup for the Dundees as well. I found a pic of an advert when cappuccino shell was offered as a webgem and asked for that same makeup. I figured if that is what AE thought looked good...haha. Actually it is was what I wanted anyway.

    I really need to work on the shine on my Cambridge after seeinbg these pics!
     
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    Yes, correct. I didn't mean available on the Cambridge, I just meant that 'brown' shell is readily available.
    I asked Allison if there was an ending date on the CEO's offer and she did not know of one. Keep those MTO orders coming while we can!
     
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    Thanks for the kind words! I know what you mean about what specs AE generally pairs together. I could tell the individual with whom I was speaking was not 100% certain that dark brown shell & light brown edge trim would look right as it's not how they are generally spec'd. However, she indicated that the Cappuccino came with the specs I wanted so I made it easy and went with her recommendation. I think both would look fine as dark brown shell and cappuccino shell aren't that far apart.
     
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    My Cambridge have this splotchy appearance to them, still. I guess I am slowly removing the factory polish everytime I Mac them? I am afraid to outright strip them. I guess I'll just keep Mac'ing them till they look like Patrick's! When I bought them... [​IMG] After a couple Macs... [​IMG]
     
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