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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. BoxSRS60

    BoxSRS60 Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone explain the difference between the independence line and shoes that aren't in it?
     
  2. GoodTwillHuntin

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    I'd say a leveled heel is very important. I would be afraid it would mess up your posture and wouldn't risk it.
     
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    Just got a pretty good deal on these Carlyle's. $115 after tax from Macys. They currently have a sale plus an additional 25% off. The sake wasn't advertised on the website...so if you live near a Macys give them a call. Just sharing the love. They had Vernons, Gobi, Stradmoks, Park Avenues, Neumoks and a few others on sale. Additionally it's 25% off non sale items as well. Good luck...

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    Never would have thought about Macy's, thanks for the heads up.
     
  6. rostov

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    Seriously, this is just asking for trouble. Somehow I've ended up with a Patriot on order. That plus the Gobi, MacNeil, GMTO Oxblood Eagle River, and the not-AE-boat-shoes I've bought this month... I think I'm already at my limit for 2015 :(

    EDIT: and here I had been contemplating the Kirkland or a seconds-quality Adams...
     
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  7. peppercorn78

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    Technically the Eagle River was ordered last year. There ya go! Enabling enacted.
     
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    Two more pairs in our size... [​IMG]
     
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    Meh, I already have a suede patriot, and I'm not crazy about the fit. Plus, manton says burgundy penny loafers should be shell anyway. Oh, and I already own 2, soon to be 3 burgundy color shoes (not even counting the pair I'm sending you).

    At least, those are the reasons I'm using to stop myself...

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  10. polojock615

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    I've already got four pairs....

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    Lucky for you I can't actually sleep anymore. Picture this, if it makes sense - the Neumok is completely unlined (don't know if you have tried or own it). Then take the Park Ave, which feels kind of like a normal shoe. The Independence line shoes sort of feel like the park ave (or similar) but as if you were wrapped in a pillow on the inside due to the lining - they feel sort of slipper soft. I believe when they released those, they made like one on each last (222, 333, 65 and 97). The re-release sounds like they will be all 65, based on the classic styles (instead of new ones). Maybe a good idea, maybe not - I'm still on the fence. I believe they were worth the premium at the time, but if they go higher in price and approach the shell cord, there would be no question, shell cord crushes the indep. line in every regard. Hope that helps - I might not be completely coherent right now.
     
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    Great deal for sure, problem is Macy's only offers standard D widths.
     
  13. peppercorn78

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    Ok, I've got shoes from the regular line, the independence line, and the cordovan collection.

    The raw components in the Indy line are an upgrade from the regular line in every respect. The upper is made from "crust leather," which is a much higher grade of calfskin. It's softer and finer, and has a tighter grain. The independance sole is much nicer than standard oak bark soles. It's an extra iron thicker, and looks much nicer. The interior lining is made of super soft lamb skin lining, rather than the standard glove leather lining. Also, the insile is much nicer. I think it's a leather insile wrapped in layers of soft cloth. Though I may be wrong? Anyway, they're much more comfortable than standard line shoes. And finally, the level of detailing and finidhing is much higher. If you can get a pair below 200$, even 2nd quality, I believe it's a great deal.

    The standard model cordovan shoes are of course made from shell cordovan which is a different animal (literally) than the calfskin shoes. I won't say I like the leather better or worse than the Independence calfskin. I think they're both of equally high quality. But shell feels different from calfskin (detailed in length in this forum and others here), and many prefer one or the other. And of course, it's more expensive because it's rarer.

    But the insole and lining of shell cordovan AE shoes are identical to the standard line, and therefore a step down. Although shell shoes are soled with JR. soles, which are stronger than the standard soles.

    But I've managed to MTO cordovan pairs with independence line details, and so have gotten the best of both worlds. :)

    But my Rutledges are sooo smooth and light. I was considering selling them because they don't get worn too often, but they're really a joy to wear.
     
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  14. Jmm722

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    The Macy's near me dont sell Allen Edmonds :( I would be all over a pair or carlyle otherwise, the website has nothing so I'm SOL.
     
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    Rush Streets today. I like them with grey.
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    I have nothing to add except to say the LB in CXL is proving to be every bit the workhorse I thought it would be and more comfortable than I had imagined. I find myself hoping for bad weather so I have an excuse to wear them to work.

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    Thinking of these next but with the red instead of black Dainite sole. Might just get the black then send them to Nick to put the Brown Dainite on it.
     
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    Quote:Could very well be. I'll try to get a pic next to my chili daltons.
     
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    Has anyone recreated the light or medium brown transparent sole edge? Thinking about sanding off the black for these chili grain macneils to casual them up a bit.
     
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    Yep..that's why mine are at the cobbler getting stretched now! Lol
     
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