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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. bl@ster

    bl@ster Well-Known Member

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    Buddy0329 asked me to post some close-ups from today's AE haul. I'm happy to oblige:

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    Brooks Bros Gatsby (2nds)
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    I believe the length increases by only 1/6 inch and width by 1/4 inch each size up. So, I would try a 9.5 D or E if I were you.
     
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    I think it is more like 1/8" in length for each 1/2 size.
     
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    Wow. Nice haul indeed. Those Gatsbys are 2nds?! Never would have guessed that. They look perfect. A very dandy choice, Sir.
     
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    Even if a cobbler stretches them for you, I don't think it'll do much to close that big of a gap. You could try a wider size, but pay attention to your heel. You might close the space of the laces but create another gap in the heel.

    Do you have a high instep? If so, AE's bals may not be a great fit for you. I have a high instep and have a very hard time with their bals. Their shoes are cut lower than other makers that I've tried. Their derbies fit great though.
     
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    I am with you my Bals unless unlined, unstructured or distressed leather have a major issue with the gap and so far I have had limited success in going up or down and expanding widths...Sucks that in the 13 size you get limited to go down to 12.5 which is an uncommon size nor is there a 13.5 to go up...Most shoes for me to go up in size even if I could would probably result is some weird creasing.

    Right now for a regular AE lined shoe 13E in the Jefferson has been the best fit and closest lace gap do to the insole being more cushioned I do not get heel slip.

    The Brooks Strand in E with the full poron insole is very tight on me and a huge gap on the laces, If I get the chance to grab a 13eee to try I will
     
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    Strippers and Ron Burgundy references...this place is great!
     
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    I wouldn't get too excited. AE does not have walnut grain at the moment. Nor do they have plans of re-stocking.
     
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    Thanks Tif. Looks like they only have them in 2nds. There is a pair in my size and the price is right .... now it's decision time.
     
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    Do it! If they weren't bals, I'd be all over them!
     
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    Is the gap in your Jeffersons narrower than what you get with the Strand or McAllister? I'm thinking of exchanging my Strands for the Jefferson to see if I can get the gap to close.
     
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    Agree. Grab 'em while you can. If you end up not liking them, you're only out $10 for the restock fee.
     
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    Yes the Jeff gap is narrower in 13E than the Strand or McAllister...It is by no means a straight line but def. closer..also the Indy leather is so much softer that it gives more. I have not even worn the Jeffs for more than an initial laceup and fit. I think after a few wears the lacing gap will even be more narrow..

    For whatever reason the Strand is simply the hardest fit shoe for me from Suede Strands to regular leather.
     
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  16. Kahuna75

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    On a side note - wearing my burgundy cordovan old Florsch's for the last time before sending to B Nelson for new soles...So for all you cordovan folks is it no big deal to go regular leather sole with sole guard and maybe a toe tap(I just like the metal toe look)

    Or do I stay traditional since it is a vintage shoe and just go JR sole?
     
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    I would go for what you think will function the best for you and how you'll use them. I wouldn't worry about what vintage the shoe is...
     
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    Thank you. That is helpful.
     
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    Youngsweet, are you by any chance 8E? I've been looking at that 2nds for some time as well.
     
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    Me too...finally decided against them.
     
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