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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. shoenoobie

    shoenoobie Well-Known Member

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    Haha. Yea.

    I am actually looking for walnut/black shells first before I move on to burgundy. Not quite at the shell level yet haha.
     
  2. polojock615

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    Walnut shell is very pretty
     
  3. shoenoobie

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    Drooling. Mad drooling.

    Only thing is that I feel like shells are best for boots. I mean is there a need for oxfords to be in shells?
     
  4. smfdoc

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    Anyone have any experience with the Weybridge? Found some at BCF and I was wondering about their reputation. Thanks

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  5. polojock615

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    There are more boots in here
     
  6. polojock615

    polojock615 Well-Known Member

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    Let's not forget my favorite boots of all time, although not shell

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  7. makewayhomer

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    you will be soon enough :) just skip to that part.
     
  8. NWTeal

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    [​IMG]Polojack you are a treasure to this thread. Love all the shell by the way.
     
  9. froyz25

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    Hello to all, I wanted to take an opinion from some of you regarding my recent purchase from AE. I took ownership of a "first quality" Dalton boot in oxblood. While most of the boot is pure beauty, the right boot has major leather stretch marks on it. I would like the opinion on two things: first, should these have been considered seconds? And secondly, will having this the way it is affect the overall lifespan of the boot in any way? Thanks in advance for any responses and enjoy the crappy night time iPhone pics :)

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  10. shoenoobie

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    The stitching is probably too good to be a second. Perhaps why they were first quality. It looks like can be fixed, but yes, certainly is not up to the quality.
     
  11. misterellington

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    It's a beautiful, sleek, dressy Balmoral. Simultaneously simple AND ornate. No pinking at all, but the violin-shaped perf-ing makes it something special. It's a mock “wholecut” unlike its sister true wholecut shoe (The Fairfax).

    A few of these are apparently turning up at BCFs—west and east coast. I nabbed a pair in Dark Chili. Yours look like a lovely Dark Walnut pair. It's a discontinued style that evidently was sat on with a bunch of “Dead Stock” only now to be released from somewhere. It's a lovely, soft leather that will crease but not crack (Some special calf style called “Ungaro Cork”—Go figure, it's lovely nonetheless). I'm guessing they're going for what they went for here in NYC, which is $99.00. If you have a hole in your rotation for a lighter-colored, dressy Bal, a hundred dollars is a Goddamned steal. I wanted a darker dressy Bal and the Dark Chili (which yours may well be—the lighting COULD be playing tricks on me in your pic) was EXACTLY what I wanted. I have an almost Golden/Deep Brass colored Belvest Glen Plaid suit with a deep red windowpane struck through it that this shoe absolutely MURDERS with, as well a few deep gray and blue suits just leaping at the chance to pair with these.

    They're a damned fine get.
     
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  12. Neo1

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    In case anyone is interested (esp. high arch people), these were the ones I tried. BTW - I am not trying to put down any of the styles, I'm just stating my thoughts, so don't view this as any kind of attack on anything, as everyone's opinion is different.

    1. Normandy (brown, 7D) - easiest decision I've ever made. I heard all this stuff about the Darmstadt and Odenwald being really large but these were fine. The heel is actually very snug/grippy while the toebox is very generous. Not Gobi-generous but pretty roomy. The combination of the mini-lug on the heel and the double sole on the rest I thought worked really well. Wish I had more opportunities to actually wear them though. Being unlined, they don't provide much warmth either.

    2. Shelton (tan, 7D) - saw RLeslie's pics enough that I tried this. If you tried anything on the 511, this was very similar. Something about the tan/tan option didn't appeal to me, it was too light and too casual looking. But the fit was very good, if it was one of the darker color options I probably would have gone for them.

    3. After all the commotion over the tan McTavish, I tried that one (7D). The one in Maine was in rough shape - lots of scratches, notable signs of wear on the bottoms, and one shoe was much lighter than the other. Real dealbreaker was when I remembered how large they ran. I tried them with dress socks and was sloshing around pretty bad. I can only wear my McT's with heavy socks in order to get them to fit ok. Didn't want another pair like that again, at least not now. They had one Khaki McT (not in my size), but I wanted to point out it was sort of like a golden brown grain, much different looking than the tan if anyone is wondering.

    4. Tried the Clifton (7D, tan?) again because I still like the look. Way too roomy, was sloshing around pretty bad. This didn't feel like I could get it to work.

    5. Tried the Mora 2 (7D) - also really large, lots of slipping in the back and too much room in the front.

    6. Wilbert (7D, golden brown cxl) - this was sort of a surprise to me, how badly they fit. They seemed to run much larger and more roomy than standard 511 styles. It was as if they took a 511-G road warrior and removed the orthotic, with a similar "squishy" sole. The fit was awful. They were so inexpensive I thought these would be a sure bet, but it shows you that you can never tell. Ben said he could see me wearing these when I had my 85th birthday - I couldn't have put it any better myself.

    7. I guess I was sort of determined to see if anything else would fit me on the 108, so I tried the laSalle even though I hated how they looked (black, 7D) - of course these fit extremely well, like a glove. But then again so did the Delray, so really no surprises there.

    8. I've tried the Kenilworth they have there (7D, black) in the past, tried it again now. Really hard to get excited about a black PTB - I felt like it would only work with business casual, and if it couldn't double with all casual it wasn't worth getting. If it was anything other than black I probably would have pulled the trigger.

    9. Tried the Strandmok (7D, the one with the contrast sole) since they had it in stock. It fit exactly like the neumok. That reddish welt was so wide it screams casual. Passed on this easily.

    10. Again sort of because they had it, tried the Leeds (7D, black). Really good fitting, simple PTB. Similar situation as the Kenilworth - if it wasn't black I probably would have gone for these. Ben is like garland (club Dalton, like 17000 pairs, every combination, etc.) but he said when he does wear shoes that aren't the Cambridge, the Leeds is the go-to in terms of a good fit.

    11. Dundee 2.0 (brown grain, 7D) - huge let-down. God these were gorgeous, but the fit was way off. The front felt tapered but good while the back was way too large. I couldn't walk well in them. If these fit they would have been an instant purchase.

    12. Tried the Presidio (7D in brown) again, different color - already picked up the black last time. The presidio is sort of too sleek that I wouldn't really use it as a casual shoe, so I couldn't see using the brown for much. If they had walnut I probably would have gone for them. They are very consistent with the 222 last styles, very tapered toebox.

    13. Norwich (black, 7D) - another surprise. I could have sworn I tried these and hated them when they first came out, but they worked really well. I wore them for a single 13 hour day so far and they were comfortable all day. They have more room in the toebox than some of the 222 styles and the double oak sole makes them stiffer than others but they are breaking in very well. I considered them a steal.

    14. Ventura (black, 7D) - these were better than I thought. I was looking for a simple lightweight driver and these looked pretty sharp in black. Unfortunately they were clearly defective - the right shoe was much longer and wider than the left and was falling off when I walked.

    15. Ventura (tan, 7D, 1st qual) - these fit correctly but since I usually wear all dark clothes & dark denim, they didn't look right. If they were black I would have jumped on them. Was disappointed that the only pair of black 7D available were defective. Can't win em all.

    16. Strand (walnut, 8B) - another surprise. Ben had been trying to get me to go up in length and down in width on 65 bals for a while, so decided to take the plunge here. I wore these for two really long days this week and I never wear something twice in the same week especially when it's so new. They were fantastic - no awful breakin like what I normally get with the 7D 65-last bals. Really weird. I'll be wearing these a lot more. These worked out great.

    Felt bad only ending up with 3 but he knows I'll be back for more - until I run out of room :). Bottom line is you really have to try everything you can. As I'm finding out, you can get a decent idea of how something is going to fit by knowing the last it's produced on, but you really can't know for sure. I knew there was significant variation across the 65, but there is a pretty big variation with the 108 and even 222 also. The material, bal vs. blucher and even whether something a boot or a shoe all factor into play.
     
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  13. LanceM

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    Good call on the brief case. I think I will pick it up.

    I tried both the snuff and chocolate suede. I think I actually liked the chocolate suede better because of the contrasting edge dressing. However, I bought the snuff, because I am picking up the either a chocolate dalton or brown first ave. Plus I might get adventurous and change the color of the edge dressing. can't go wrong with either colors.
     
  14. BespokeBrooklyn

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    These have been turning up at Burlington Coat Factories all over the country -- we have several pairs at the one in Brooklyn. I think of them as "statement shoes" -- sharp, but they call attention to themselves. It isn't always a bad thing, but perhaps less appropriate for certain situations than something simpler and less decorated.

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    Anyone have any experience with the Weybridge? Found some at BCF and I was wondering about their reputation. Thanks

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  15. SimplyStylin

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    I went with snuff... I think it's still traditional enough but stands out a bit more (in a good way). Still waiting on the belt to arrive, but I did get in this watch strap which should work well.

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  16. drlivingston

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    If anyone is interested in seconds, I can get any current issue shoe (Dalton, Strand, First Avenue, University, etc. etc.) for $199 as long as it is located at the Leeds, AL, store. This does NOT include shell cordovan. Let me know if you want something.
     
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  17. garland

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    If by stretching you mean the wrinkling on the shaft.... thats acceptable, and you're going to get pretty heavy creasing in that area wearing them. It's not going to impact the longevity of the boots by any means, and unless your wearing calf huggers, its going to be covered by your pants. Wear and enjoy :)

    Edit: looking at it a second time, its the inside quarter of the boot. It'll be almost invisible. I wouldn't risk trying to get a "better" pair at the risk of the rest of the boots. they look awesome.
     
  18. Kahuna75

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    @Neo1 excellent post and thanks for sharing the information

    Holy cow those Bleeker streets in shell are great - some beautiful shoes and boots being posted lately...well done gents.

    FYI Burlington Coat Factory is Paramus is not worth the time to park...so dont go there looking for AE
     
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