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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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    Oh god you only wore it once??? Yea... send them back.
     
  2. Gabru

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    Need some advice on this peculiar issue with the new Bleecker street. it's on the right shoe at the base of the tongue .
    I tried 2 different pair but both had the same issue . The shoe fits well though I think there is some extra volume in there (9.5EEE) but can't figure out the real issue. This could have been my first dressier chukka..

    Any help is appreciated-
    [​IMG]
     
  3. chadagap

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    Well, i work in NY. I have to walk a mile to reach office after coming out of a train station. In a day I walk at least 2 miles... So lot of wear for the shoes. I never wear a shoe more than once in any given week. other leather sole shoes have lasted around 3 to 4 years but i never had this problem. Had i known that the leather sole is so fragile, i would have ordered the v thread sole.
     
  4. JSO1

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    It looks to me like you're having a similar issue on the left shoe, but slightly less so. Seems like it might be a sizing issue, since you've tried two pairs. How tightly are you lacing them? It would seem that you're pushing the tongue down towards the vamp, almost.

    Have you tried other sizes?
     
  5. Rugger

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    Well, friends, my Carlyles have arrived and are suffering from the famed AE welt connect area issue and some strange wrinkles/bubbling alone the vamp/quarter seam. The belt also has some noticeable dents along the top line. Hopefully they can take care of this issue promptly and will send them out before my return arrives. Otherwise...absolutely love the shoes. My new favorites for sure.

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. The Hunter

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    Maybe I am missing something here but I don't see a problem...
     
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  7. peppercorn78

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    Gosh, we are so spoiled by AE customer service. Yes, leather soles will get torn up if you happen to step on a rock or some glass. That's why some use topys or overshoes. I walk 2-4 miles a day in NYC, and all kinds of soles, butyl, JR, rubber, EVA just wear out quickly here (especially where I live in Bay Ridge - lots of pebble cement sidewalks). The most durable I've found is Dainite, but I don't think they're as comfortable as leather.

    I even drove a 1 inch twig all the way through the EVA sole of my Saucony trainers once while out for a casual stroll. What do you think they would have told me if I had sent it back to them, claiming it was their fault? LOL.

    i don't mean to sound condescending, but if they fix this for you, it will only because they are going above and beyond to try to win your future business.

    Edit: additionally, I have found the butyl soles to be significantly softer than oak tanned soles. More comfortable, more grippy in wet conditions, but definitely softer.
     
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  8. Rugger

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    See where it looks like someone took a few swipes with a hack saw?
     
  9. tyort1

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    Why in the world would you wear a leather soled shoe in crappy conditions? As much as I love AE's, I live in Colorado and ALL of my leather soled shoes get a rubber vibram toppy. Just too easy to inadvertently destroy them otherwise. Plus I have slipped around on leather soled shoes to almost end up on my ass on more than one occasion. And at 5'10" and 165lbs, I am NOT top heavy :p If you are gonna wear nice shoes in bad weather (or even potentially bad weather), do your soles and your ass a favor - get them rubber toppied.
     
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    Are you talking about that one tiny divot on the welt?

    If so... :facepalm:

    If you would have rubbed an insignificant amount of brown polish on it, you wouldn't even know it was there in the first place.
     
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    You're right, similar issue on left but very light. I laced them just normally, not too tight or loose.
    I did try 9.5E but that was little tight on my little toe, I do think that 9.5 EE would've been the best fit but they don't make it in that size. The next size was 9.5 EEE which I am wearing here.
    Also tried size 10E but that felt little too long.
    surprisingly, I wear 10E in other 5 last shoes like mcallister without any issues.
     
  12. JSO1

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    I went down half a size from 9 D, my usual 5-last balmoral/oxford size, to 8.5 D for the Bleecker (8.5 D is my Brannock size, and I use it for all 5-lasted bluchers/boots and pretty much anything except 5-lasted oxfords). It fits like a glove, although I did initially get a little bit of pinky pinch that has since gone away as the insole has molded to my foot. If the 9.5 E is truly only a little bit tight on your little toe, it might be worth breaking them in.
     
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    Thanks for the info, and that's what I thought earlier i.e. to go with 9.5E. But I am reluctant to do this if the shoe doesn't fit right when it's new.
    I tried this earlier with Mora 2.0 and a Park Avenue, they just never broke in to be comfortable enough. Ended up selling them on ebay.

    On the other hand, I have ordered another Oxblood Strand(tried and tested size) to replace these bleecker. May be next time for chukka... (Dundee in shell ..I wish [​IMG] )
     
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    Good tip. Would they recraft from a JR sole to a butyl one?
     
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    While we're on the sole topic. Is there a nice visual anywhere that shows all the different sole options from AE? Like a side-by-side comparison sort of thing? I looked around on their site, but didn't seen anything quickly. Wondering if there was something shown in an old catalog.
     
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    My bleecker streets do the same thing. I had an 11e that was pinching my pinky toes so went to an 11.5e which feel better. But both sizes had that wrinkle, though not as extensive as yours. Sorry I don't have any advice, but you're not alone. Do you have a low instep? I think that might be my problem. A lot of my bluchers have pretty close eye stays when I lace them tight enough.
     
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    I should not be making at-home corrections after delivery on $400 shoes
     
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    Check out the first page of the AE MTO thread.
     
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    My friend, I am sorry that you had a bad experience at an Alden shop. I must say that it is funny that you bring this up, as I had the complete flip-side of the coin experience. I went to the Allen Edmonds shop in Reston wearing my Alden Color 8 Leisure Hand Sewns, and as soon as the associate figured out they were Alden's, I got a lengthy lecture on how AE is better and how it is an atrocity that Alden or anyone else would still use steal shanks in their shoes. Just an alternative perspective. I personally, do not allow the input of one sales associate to sway my impression of an entire company. However, alike you, I believe that associates should sell products based upon their merits and not by talking down other products.

    I also want to mention that AE does not compete (price wise) with Alden in the Calf Market, but they do compete (price wise) in the Shell Cordovan market, which is typically my focus area.

    -Mike
     
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  20. BackInTheJox

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    You evidently have very unrealistic expectations with AE. Doubly so considering that start/stop welt mark is normal and standard on most of their shoes.
     
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