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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. halfnhalfnhalf

    halfnhalfnhalf Well-Known Member

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    One of us! One of us! [​IMG]
     
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    I do believe this is the first time I've seen sticky keys used in this thread. [​IMG]
     
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    halfnhalfnhalf Well-Known Member

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    Aye, there's the rub. No way to tell without seeing them side-by-side. I say order both and keep the one you like better.
     
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    I had a feeling you were going to say get them both [​IMG]

    I sent you a PM on size advice -- maybe you can shed some light there for me [​IMG]


    Since everyone here is so damn helpful and all part 'enablers', I want to say THANK YOU -- and if anyone needs IT/computer/electronic related help/advice/etc.. don't hesitate to ask... at least I can help others there!
     
  5. WICaniac

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    So does AE, albeit not on their website. The pair Allison sent me to size my MTOs are black. If you call her to have a pair made in black, you might just find that they have a pair in stock (they'll have 11.5Es once I send mine back, at least).

    For the silent few of you who, like me, prefer to wear lightweight boot socks with boots (especially in winter) and are perhaps considering a Shaker Heights MTO: I find a half size up is perfect. I wear an 11E in all AE lasts that fit me, and I'm having these done in 11.5E.

    I, too, suspected that the days of clearance prices for MTOs were numbered. My wife thought it was too good to be true; unfortunately, AE agreed. (BTW, I don't begrudge a corporate spy for lurking in this forum and taking notes--I do wish we had all been a little more circumspect in our postings. Loose lips sink ships--and unbelievable deals).
     
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    New store in DC. Just received this:

    Dear Mr. XXXX [Wonderful],
    Thank you for being an Allen Edmonds loyal customer. I want to let you know that we have a new store in Washington DC City center and we would like you to pay us a visit. Moreover, We have a great promotion for our new store opening, you get free belt of your choice with the purchase of any welted full price shoes.Should you ever desire to be fitted by one of our Master Fitters or simply want to see a product in person before purchasing, we are here to help you. We carry a wide selection of styles in our store and a number of the accessories that you see online.
    Thank you again for your support of Allen Edmonds and know that we are here to help you with any needs you may have.

    Best regards,

    Alex Elsakhawi
    Allen Edmonds - Citycenterdc
    1071 H Street Nw
    Washington Dc District Of Columbia 20001
    Telephone: 202-842-5163
    E-mail: washington65@allenedmonds.com
     
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    I've been thinking for a while that the entire "Allison system"'s days are numbered. Whatever benefit AE has been getting from it is I'm sure being outweighed by the burdens. I also can't help but think that other SAs (many of whom know about the arrangement) are none-too-pleased about losing out on business (i.e., commissions).

    I've thought a lot about various MTOs but have never actually pulled the trigger on any of them. I really want a pair of Leeds in brown shell and unless they offer it very soon as a WebGem or something that will probably be my first Allison order. I'm prepared for it to be my last.
     
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    @halfnhalfnhalf Currently have the regular grey's LB (6061) on the way from a different warehouse so they weren't able to personally inspect (but they haven't been tried on as with my other seconds)... so I'm hoping I get good luck with the seconds LB as I have with all my others.

    Damn ENABLERS! =]
     
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    I am not so terribly distressed about not being able to MTO at deep discounts; most of the flippant ideas I brainstorm in any given week are stimulated by the potential low prices and not really needs. The full-price orders I have in the works are long-term staples, hence my willingness to pay the full price. If anything, the deep discounts would spur me to make purchases I otherwise wouldn't.

    I wouldn't even be bothered by ordering through a store. My biggest priority is accommodating my particular fit requirements in desired footwear. So for me that can often mean it's necessary to special order because, e.g. I'm looking for a merlot and a shoe that fits me is only offered in black, while the many merlot shoes are in lasts that cause me pain, so I MTO the model that fits in the non-stock merlot color. And, admittedly, there are sometimes style choices like the above-mentioned sole dislikes.

    A waiver of the custom fee is significant for me though as it at least makes up for some of the frustration in having to go the custom route in order to find something that I can wear and enjoy. If that waiver/discount went away my efforts would probably then go into just picking and choosing clearance items while finding a different company for most of my needs as only a small niche of stock AEs can meet my purposes no matter how much I might like them (note: I'm ordering the all-brown Strawfuts today at the clearance price. I already have the black, and they suit a purpose for use in the hot southwest Fla. summers. They will be the only 5-65 last dress shoes I will own, as they do cause me nerve pain. The vast 5-65 offerings, model/color options etc., compared to fewer options in other lasts is a great frustration for me ... MTO placates that frustration greatly for me).
     
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    Enablers is right for you all :p. Hoping to score with some BB Gatsby seconds for the warm weather this spring :slayer:
     
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    I agree that the waiving of the MTO fee was pretty generous to begin with. I also think that being able to customize - no medallion, different sole, and so on - is a huge perk as well.

    I'm sure this has been answered elsewhere, but can a shoe simply be made on a different last? Could I order a Strand on the 1-511, for example?
     
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    Bumping this question...details anyone?
     
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    My understanding was that the 2 for $250 was for clearance seconds not firsts. Not sure if they are the same models in both.
     
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    I've been told by Allison that this is not possible in most cases due to patterns only fitting the last they're designed for. Once you start talking about new patterns getting drawn up for a custom order, you're getting into bespoke territory.

    I do believe, though that in some isolated cases (such as one forum member getting a McNeil on the 5 last), it may be possible, but I think that's mostly do to a discontinued model's pattern being easily modified. In this case, there had been a defunct LWB on the 5 last.
     
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    My Brooks Brothers Park Ave's in Brown just came in today from the bank. I thoroughly reviewed them to look for any defects and I simply cannot find anything. I know PAs sometimes get lambasted for being too conservative or not interesting enough, but these shoes are remarkably elegant in person, especially in this color. I couldn't be more thrilled for the 149$ I paid.


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    On a side note, I also ordered 3 pairs of shoe trees from the SB because the SA offered them to me for about 15$ each. The recommended size for 11.5E (my size) is XL in the shoe tree; it is a "borderline size." However, they sent me 3 pairs in L. I put them in my shoes and they fit perfectly. I can't imagine why I would need XL for this size.
     
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    Those look great! Awesome for 149!

    Honestly, I think cap toes like that are a do everything shoe. Work fine with casual attire and a suit. Sure you can do more casual shoes with casual attire, but if you don't feel like it, then dont! Just wear funky socks to even it out!
     
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    So just got a call back.. They could not find the pair so they called a store and found a first quality display model.. Going to let go at seconds due to being worn, etc.

    Has anyone had issues with display models? I grabbed a pair of walnut strands one time and u could easily see the color difference Bt the display shoe and the one in the box...

    Should I be concerned about this with the Grey Long Branch?

    They did offer to waive the return fee if there are any concerns.. But the store SA said they look great.. So I'm not that worried.
     
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    Has anyone inquired about getting the team color neumoks with a v tread sole?

    Given that its unlined, is sticking with the same size on the 65 seem to run true for everyone?


    From the 2nds sale will have some shell daltons, and MLB sandlots here tomorrow. The sandlots for $19 was just a no brainer. Opening day is drawing near!

    Those smoke grey Long Branches are tempting me. Especially given the lovely weather here of late in ATL. But its also going to be in the 70s next week. Damn bi-polar weather.
     
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    as a newbie I am still obsessing about size. If you read my earlier posts I measure an 11c but my first fitting of a park ave in 11d was uncomfortably tight in the toes. I switched lasts and tried a Harrison in 11d (3 last). It was much roomier in the toe but I thought the D width was too wide for my foot with laces pulled right. I then tried the brooks brothers version of the fifth and it did not have the same toe tightness as the AE version. So I ordered seconds of Bb fifth ave.in 11d. They fit snug but not painful in the toe, but there is slight heel slip when I walk. I did read some posts saying slight heel slip in a new shoe is normal and goes away with break in. My impression was shoes get looser as they break in so was curious what others have experienced. Also went back and tried the Harrison's again and now feel I may have been overly anal. Yes I lace tight but overall they are comfortable and slip is minimal.
    By the way I'm happy with the quality of the seconds. The perf in the left shoe is slightly off center and there some very minor marks in the leather but seems like a great deal for more than 50% off list.
     
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    Heel slip goes away with time because the cork in the footbed breaks in and your foot 'sinks'.
     
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