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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. jjr4884

    jjr4884 Well-Known Member

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    Any pair of shoes that you own can be anywhere from 3 months old, to a year or two, especially the well known models where you might have an uncommon size or if you are purchasing cordovan which is clearly not purchased/manufactured nearly as quickly as calfskin.

    With that being said, the leather can dry out a bit after a certain amount of time. It won't hurt the leather, however if you have shoes that are not properly conditioned and the leather doesn't have the moisture it needs from a good application of renovateur, the vamps will be prone to cracking easier as the leather is too dry. Better to be safe than sorry, besides, who doesn't enjoy getting a fresh pair of shoes with no wear on them and spending some time with the brush.

    Its like getting a brand new car and hand waxing her. Better than what you get from the factory any day of the week.

    As far as the "crease" free toes, I will say one thing, I am religious about something being in my shoes at all times. If it isn't my foot, its a shoe tree. I'll post up a pic of my shell strands later if I have the ability to. No one will believe me that they are 3 years old with a good amount of usage. The vamps have almost zero crease, still, after easily over 100 wears. God I love those shoes.
     
  2. watchidiot

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    100% correct.
     
  3. LEgoiste

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    I placed an order on Christmas day for a pair of brown burnished calf McGregors, which are part of the current After Holiday Sale for $299. I just checked its status online, and it says "Order Received." I thought I would've received them by now, but I guess my #1 new year's resolution for 2015 will be to have more patience. [​IMG]
     
  4. peppercorn78

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    yeah, I don't think the factory has revved up again. If the shoe isn't in stock at a retail location, it'll have to be made.

    I'm currently waiting on 3 MTOs :)
     
  5. Bank

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    Hello all - new to the Forum, was excited to find a place like this.

    Was saddened to see that my favorite Monk, the Norwich, is going away. On my second pair - will need to quickly add another pair.


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    (Please excuse my poor shine today!)
     
  6. RitchieBro

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    I know what you mean by cloudy, and this is different....the skin on the right toe is noticeably rough textured and I can see like the enlarged pores in the skin, while the left is very smooth and slick and shiny. The texture of the rough patch won't get more smooth, will it?
     
  7. jjr4884

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    Do you use shoe trees when you aren't wearing them? Luckily AE can still recraft them, and from my experience, for $125, they bring the shoe to an almost new condition.
     
  8. peppercorn78

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    Oh I see. That could be a lasting defect. Cordovan is notoriously difficult to last properly. Does it look like this?

    [​IMG]

    I'm not sure if there's sone kind of care regimen that can alleviate that. Maybe a shell expert can chime in, like @mdubs
     
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    Sounds like "pitting", which I thought was something that some shell just has.
     
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    How do the sandersons fit? Does it run slightly wide and long? Wondering if I can wear an 8D if I can wear an 8E amok. Guessing not.

    Guessing the macneil is slightly shorter than the PA, right?
     
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    Awesome info! Thanks.
     
  12. peppercorn78

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    I understood that pitting was the result of the shell not heating to the correct temperature during lasting.

    However, it is higher probable that I understood wrong, as with most things cordovan...
     
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    You very well may be right! Here's everything I know about pitting from a thread about the toes of my Patriots. Interestingly, @New Shoes1 had the same problem with his. However, if it was a lasting problem, I would expect that problem to be more common where the shell is stretched around the last. I also have a pitted area on the heel of my Daltons. Maybe I should take a picture to share.

     
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    Those look great. I think I may pick up a pair. I'm guessing these should fit the same as the strand etc.
     
  15. Count de Monet

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    Regarding the Sanderson, I find it to have a longer looking "snoot" and therefore looks longer, but seems to have the same ball to heel length as my 5 last AE's. It most definitely is not wider. However, I find it tolerant of my high instep.

    I think it is a great looking show, though it is past time to head home and take them off.

    [​IMG]
     
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  17. RitchieBro

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    This is pretty much how the leather on the right shoe toe cap looks; I think it must be permanent and will never shine like the left toe cap. Don't think I can live with it, so will send em back and try again. Bummer....
     
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    Anyone know when the next legit AE sale is? I am still looking for the right burgundy pair and wonder if I should wait if a sale is on the horizon. I am leaning towards the oxblood strand for wear primarily with slacks/sportcoat and the occasional suit day when the black PAs are not necessitated. $250 seconds just isn't that sexy.

    The merlot Mcallister seemed like it might fit the bill better for my needs, but the shoe didn't fancy my foot and dug into one of my ankles. Strange since the 5 last fits great with the PA / Strand.

    Which shade of burgundy do you guys find more versatile: merlot or oxblood? Personally I think the oxblood is more striking, but I have never rocked burgundy before.
     
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    Agree that the Sandersons certainly aren't wide. I find mine to be a little more cramped in the forward part of the toe box than my 5-last shoes. My understanding is that they're on a custom RL last similar to the 2-last.
     
  20. RitchieBro

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    Yes it looks very similar to that.
     
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