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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. bobbyz

    bobbyz Well-Known Member

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    The approach I've used is to have the products thrown in when I order the shoe (trees, polish, conditioner etc.). If you're looking for a polish within Canada consider Leatherfoot. They are a member here and they carry a decent variety of shoe care products. I've been pleased with their service.
     
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  3. LeviMay

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    Walnut calf MacNeils? What size?
     
  4. wonsmithr8

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    Hmm since I can't seem to find the Alden natural chromexcel LWB in my size, I might consider the web gem MacNeils. Can I MTO a web gem (dang 6.5EEE feet!)?
     
  5. Kahuna75

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    Yes calf walnut, 13D
     
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    Nice. Too big for me, but a great shoe.
     
  7. Count de Monet

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    NOOOOOO!

    Slightly more seriously ...
    One of the things some people find endearing about shell, and which frustrates others, is that it sorta takes on a life of its own as it ages. One pair of burgundy gets browner. Another gets redder. Some develop splotches or streaks. Sometimes on the same shoe, some panels get lighter and others darken. That's the nature of the beast.

    The only way I would imagine to counter that is with some dark cordovan cream. But to me, cream should be used sparingly. Otherwise you risk losing the luster so characteristic of shell if too much is applied.

    I would embrace the burgundy for what it is and hunt and/or save for a second pair in brown or black.
     
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  8. NeedForTweed123

    NeedForTweed123 Well-Known Member

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    So I own dark burnished brown strands and bourbon mcallisters. I have recently started to regret this decision because the dark brown doesn't mesh as well with the style of the shoe as walnut would. I was thinking about selling the strands, and then re-buying strands in walnut and buying a pair of fifth avenues in burnished brown instead seeing as how dark brown is more business oriented and the fifth avenue style fits with that. I could just buy walnut strands, but I prefer to have a variety of styles in my shoe collection. This way the three major shades of brown are covered and I have the strands for spring/summer and lighter colors, the mcallisters for fall/winter and neutral/darker colors and then I have the fifth avenues for business situations where brown shoes would be appropriate. Thoughts or advice?
     
  9. Indyoshi68

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    Happy to oblige, YoungSweet. I did get the exact same size as I have in Strand, Neumok and Mcallister calf; they were a little more roomy than my similarly lasted calf models, but with some slight rub on my 'rogue' right small toe (a consistent problem in otherwise great fitting 5/2/8 last shoes). After some determined marching along city streets, though...heaven.

    Good luck in your search!
     
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    Generally I prefer my shoes/boots with brogueing to be lighter as it emphasizes the details of the shoe. Sometimes so of the flash of the shoe can get lost with darker colors. Equally for formal shoes I find darker colors to he more aesthetically pleasing. I usually lean towards more conservative attire. Some can pull off the walnut and navy shoe combo well. I believe the brown cap toe bals are very versatile and will serve you well.

    I think you plan is a sound one. My walnut strands are among my favorite shoes.
     
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  11. jch1

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    Yes, I know from recent experience that you can.
     
  12. New Shoes1

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    I agree with this advice. Walnut strands, dark brown cap toe and bourbon wingtips is a solid starting foundation. It also allows you to eventually get that brown strand in shell. [​IMG]
     
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    Sweet, thanks!
     
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    This is possible with a darker polish or cream, but just don`t expect the effect to be permanent ... cordovan appears to be quite impervious to consumer applied pigments found in creams and polishes.

    From personal experience, I was able to restore some burgundy pigment to a pair of sun-bleached Horween cordovan ... but it was quite obvious that the pigment was sitting on top of the material and would be subject to being worn off in time.
     
  15. Kahuna75

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    And if you do not like what you have done to it darkening wise...it is no fun to take off. I picked up a pair of used MacNeil shells in what was supposed to be burgundy and 90 minutes later it seemed under all the gunk they may have been brown? Or Burgundy that changed to brown...either way it was tough sledding with some reno to get all the crap off and honestly there are still some areas that need to be redone. You could try some Saphire Renovator (sp) on them as in some of my reading people seem to suggest that this darkens shell slightly.

    Anyway whatever you do make sure you do it lightly and look to achieve your result over time as opposed to right away....again that comes from reading a ton on shell lately ot from any experience I have.

    Also back to the point of my Shell MacNeils being so much bigger than my other MacNeils....well last night an put them up against some of my other MacNeils and the shells are easily much bigger length wise though the toe area is much sleeker.
     
  16. peppercorn78

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    Anyone who needs the color of burgundy AE shell to be darker would probably be happier with Alden's version of Color 8.

    Don't buy a 650$ shoe if you're not sure you like it!
     
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  18. JezeC

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    Burzan, do you only buy AEs?

    It's also my first-year anniversary with AE.

    dark brown fifth avenue
    snuff suede strand
    shell burgundy leeds
    shell dark brown dundees

    Sold due to sizing issues
    black park avenue -replaced with alfred sargent captoe
    burgundy macallister - looking to repuchase or maybe picking up the Jeffersons (burgundy available?)
    walnut strand - great shoe, but walnut with broguing may be a bit too popping for me
    chili delray - definitely looking to repuchase when a seconds deal pop up or the 2 for $250 deal
    suede amok - meh

    Geezus, the old me just wanted to replace my two pairs of Cole Haans with a pair of PA and FA and call it a day.
     
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  19. GOP Shoe Guy

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    Wearing my brown shell cordovan Jeffersons today. Here they are in the sunlight at my office. Regarding the conversation both these and my brown shell strands have began to patina and in spots they look brown and in some spots look burgundy. I say leave it and don't try to darken to the same color. The patina is all part of the shell experience...
     
  20. DJTraveler

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    How I feel when I see other peoples shoe pics:


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    Speaking of new socks, I highly recommend a company called Nice Laundry! http://www.nicelaundry.com/
     
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