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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. bucksfan

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    P.S. if you really want a strong shell cordovan smell, go for an unlined pair (or an unlined wallet). I was just reminded of how much I like that smell as I took a credit card out of my unlined shell wallet (ashland leather, if you're interested) to buy a pair of unlined shell AE Kenwoods. I have a sickness...

    LOL. Another few years and my oldest will be ready to start earning her allowance this way (that's what I did when I was about her age) The real trick is teaching my 3 year old not to brush the sole of the shoe.
     
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    Where did you get a shell wallet? The only one I've seen is in the Alden store in NY, but I'd like some choices.
     
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    Thanks for the heads-up! I just emailed Allison asking whether I could still switch, but apparently it's too late at this point. On the bright side, they should be ready sooner than we expected.
     
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    Awesome. Thank you!

    I don't think so. If anything, it gets more use than a pair of shoes since one uses it daily and it under stress quite frequently (sitting, bending, inserting cash/cards, etc.). I definitely don't have more than the value of my wallet in cash usually, but i do appreciate the feeling of quality leather whenever I pull it out of my back pocket.

    I do think you could get a nice wallet for less than $200, but since you only get one, might as well splurge on a nice one [​IMG]
     
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    My Mitchell Leather wallet with a well placed Horween stamp!

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    I got the Mitchell Leather wallet at least. I got the money clip version, and it's wonderful. I copied someone else here, honestly, and got the #8 shell with the wheat CXL interior. The color combination is just outstanding.

    I also agree with the unlined shell recommendation. I never buy lined shell, and in fact have ordered shell Neumoks from AE now so that I can have a purely shell shoe, to go with my unlined Wolverine shells.
     
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    I use Ashland's "little New York" (or the "card wallet" in Mitchell's language). Both are around the $100 level I believe. I have that in one front pocket, my money clip in the other.

    I agree with the other two posters, it is something that gets everyday use, and I honestly get enjoyment out of having a nice one in shell that was made in the USA. Not for everyone though (good thing too, as shell is hard to come by these days!)
     
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    Currently there are some rare colors for Mitchell, navy red, and "gold". Navy shell is pretty enticing, but I'll likely end up with classic #8 when I do decide to pull the trigger. This is probably, running off topic at this point, but good to know and thanks for the links and input guys.
     
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    You could always keep more than $200 in it. Then you wouldn't have that problem! [​IMG]
     
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    Yea, those rare colors from Ashland are almost impossible to get. Right time, right place sort of thing. Kinda like shoes. I like my Mitchell. I wouldn't pay more than $99 for a wallet anyway!
     
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    Mitchell only has black and #8 at the moment. Even those are in short supply.
     
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    They aren't shell, but Saddleback Leather makes some nice leather products as well. A 100 year warranty (on you and subsequent owners) on a leather product isn't anything to take lightly, and their prices are quite reasonable.

    http://www.saddlebackleather.com/
     
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    I contacted the owner of Ashland about two months ago when they were all sold out of the front pocket wallet (which looks almost identical to the Mitchells one posted above). He told me they were sold out, but had color 8 and whiskey being made. I told him to put me down for one, and just like that, I now have a whiskey shell wallet, with the same Horween stamp in the middle. For $99, I'm happy. I wish I had have grabbed one of AE's shell money clips for $25 when they were on clearance, though.
     
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    Does anyone have some pics of well worn AE Independence collection shoes? I just bought some Jefferson seconds and am wondering whether to return them or not, since I can get 1sts for $100 more.
     
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    That's not for shell, that's for the CXL interior of a shell exterior (the shell is only available in black or burgundy). The "gold" is the wheat CXL that I used, though I really thought about doing navy instead for the interior.

    It is worth noting, though, that it's a small, highly customizable shop. So, he might have some natural shell on hand, and you can certainly ask him to make combinations that he doesn't actually list on the website. So, even though there is no #8 shell with mismatched interior, you can definitely get it.

    Edit: I just checked the page, and it is definitely a CXL interior, but it is *much* less clear now that that's the case. He now just says Horween interior, rather than Horween CXL, so you could definitely get confused.
     
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    +1.

    I have been contacting him on an almost bi-monthly basis waiting for natural shell. None available up to this point.
     
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