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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. angelescrest

    angelescrest Well-Known Member

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    Huh? What are you torn about? It's a damn thoughtful present from your wife. You're going to give it back for something else?
     
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  2. BackInTheJox

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    Haha, oh I agree, it was unbelievably thoughtful. I hadn't even talked to her about different bags, just mentioned that I was going to need something like this soon.

    But she's also super practical, and would likely appreciate saving $100 too. If I told her "I love that bag, and there's another one that looks similar that's just as high quality but $100 cheaper, what do you think?", I don't think she'd be the least bit offended. Of course, I suppose I could be wrong.
     
  3. M635Guy

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    The first pair I got were "Natural Tax Waxed Leather" - not sure about the Cognac, but it seems very similar. I'm not an expert on leather, but I think "waxed" is as much a reference to the finish as the leather itself.

    Whatever it is, it is a great rustic feel.
     
  4. RichieP

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    I feel for ya, man. I've been looking at #2 and 3 on your list as well. I really liked the Rush St earlier this year when I saw it in store. If you've been holding out for them, Get 'em, I'd say.
     
  5. mreams99

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    I think you got a great gift.
    The end.
     
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    I would say that it totally depends on your work environment and what you need. The saddleback is definitely more casual, although if you don't need dressy, I wouldn't think twice about keeping it. They make a phenomenal bag.

    I'm not knocking the Strand bag, because believe me, I covet it on a daily basis. Its just on the dressier side, comparatively speaking.
     
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    +1 billion
     
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  8. RichieP

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    Which one matches your shoe color rotation better?

    Well, if she stuffs it up your ***, you'll know she was offended. :smarmy:
     
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  9. JR Magat

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    Agreed. Though it's nice to save $100 on a briefcase you like as much (or even slightly better), your wife must have put a lot of thought and effort to buy the Saddleback & to surprise you with it.
    You got an awesome briefcase, and an awesome wife. Enjoy it! [​IMG]
     
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  10. angelescrest

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    I'm sure you know her well, and I doubt it would be a major deal if you swapped it out. However, you would have a LOT more style than the best dressed person on this forum by accepting her thoughtful gesture. She took the time to pick it out. It's a bag that will last and better with age for years on end, and every time she sees you with it she will appreciate the fact that you use and love the bag she gave you. And hopefully you will feel the same. That's worlds better than whether or not it perfectly matches your favorite pair of AE shoes.
     
  11. BackInTheJox

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    Wisdom abounds on this board, and well beyond shoes.

    I am going to keep my beautiful new bag!
     
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  12. JR Magat

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    Or a lot of angry wives from our past mistakes... [​IMG]

    good call!
     
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  13. Levi1

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    Sorry, I was under the impression that the OP was asking for advice about the fit. I went back through the posts and no such request was made. My appologies
     
  14. Levi1

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    Good call bud
     
  15. M635Guy

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    Smart choice. Nicer bag, happy wife. :)
     
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    saddleback was actually my original choice before seeing the strand double flap briefcase.
     
  17. smfdoc

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    I understand. My wife was counting shoe boxes there for a while as well and was starting to get a bit peeved. I will tell you how I handled it. One of my sons also liked shoes and had a need for additional income. I started him in a side business buying and selling shoes to flip on ebay. This means there is a frequent delivery of shoe boxes to the house and a nearly equal number going back out. She now assumes all boxes arriving are just part of that side job. My shoes arrive under that radar and quietly go into the closet and I occasionally remove a less favored pair out through him as well. I killed two birds with one stone: Extra money for him and a perfect cover for my shoe addiction. You may now shake your head in amazement.
     
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  18. fairlynerdy

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    You are an inspiration to us all. Nice work!
     
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  19. Count de Monet

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    What a thoughtful wife! Great gift.

    And you are getting the better bag. But be warned: you WILL be approached by complete strangers to ask about your bag. It happens to me regularly, occasionally by a fellow owner.

    And it will look better five years from now. Just don't baby it. It was built to be used so use it and embrace the patina that will come.

    In fact, more folks should think of their shoes in that way. [​IMG]
     
  20. LanceM

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    Happy walnut Wednesday! It's getting closer to Friday![​IMG]
     
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