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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. fiestaplatypus

    fiestaplatypus Well-Known Member

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    So I called a local outlet store yesterday to exchange my brown Jefferson 2nd's for Brown Cordovan Strand 2nd's, while the $299 sale was still going on. Today, while looking around at the Amazon shoe sale, I picked up 1st quality Shell Cordovan Strands in Brown (via Shoebuy) for $335! Mostly odd sizes available (see below), but they had my somewhat normal 13D size. Not a bad deal for $35 more, especially if my 2nd's don't look so great when they come in.

    If you're any of the following sizes and have interest, you may want to check the site out, immediately...

    http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Edmonds...sr=8-1&keywords=allen+edmonds+strand+cordovan

    6.5E
    8B
    9.5E
    10B
    12 AA
    13D
    14A


    They also have the Elgin (through Amazon) for $175 today, using code: 12SUMMER
     
  2. Winston S.

    Winston S. Well-Known Member

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    Great price for a 1st.
     
  3. imatlas

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    Soooooo tempted...
     
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  5. deveandepot1

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    Both are the versions I don't want. The Yumas are two tone and the Amoks are distressed.

    Nordstrom has the two versions I want.
     
  6. halgrind

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    Shame they don't have my size.

    They do, however, have the walnut strands for just under $295. Less the 20% off using that code puts it at $236, slightly cheaper than Nordstrom's sale price after tax. Another 3% off if you use an Amazon card and it comes to just under $230. Not bad.
     
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  7. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Well-Known Member

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    I always keep an eye on Amazon for these random, unannounced discounts. I've seen AE belts for $60 and got my Malverns for $189 on Amazon. The other trick is that the AE stores will price match Amazon.
     
  8. MarioImpemba

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    Only the 8B and 10B are left with discounts.

    Thank goodness... saved me some money, haha.
     
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  9. seven7seven

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    I am shopping for some Fifth Avenues/Park Avenues and I am having sizing difficulties. The 11.5D is a good width, tad loose in heel, and tad long, and the 11D is too tight on one foot in the middle.

    I just received a pair of 11Es in the mail, fit is great everywhere EXCEPT the heel is far too lose. I can nearly pull my foot out of the shoe with them laced up.

    So I think my three options now are

    1) heel insert on the 11E (anyone do this?)

    2) have a pair of 11Ds stretched by a professional (anyone do this?)

    3) Try a different last/brand --- None of the other shoes AE look appealing to me (looking for black oxford), Alden is too expensive, any other ideas?


    Thanks in advance for any tips
     
  10. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the club! Have you measured your fit? And if so, what is your measured size?

    My suggestion is to try an 11.5C. I know everyone says the #5 last runs long, but I went up a half size and down one width. It's worked very well (the differencein length between sizes is about 1/5 of an inch).
     
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  11. Buddy0329

    Buddy0329 Well-Known Member

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    Just today I received a pair of Dark brown Stands I ordered from Amazon. I love these shoes; the styling and color are out of sight. However, on the inside front quarters of the right shoe, there is this "wrinkling" of the leather. AE customer service says this is not a defect

    I'm not sure I should let this bother me. I would love some opinions and reaction to this and also whether any other AE Strands in the wild exhibit something similar.

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  12. seven7seven

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    You would suggest that even if the 11 is perfectly adequate in length, if not a bit too long even?
     
  13. RossPirelli

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    Would like input from Styleforum members on this one. I recently purchased a pair of AE Walnut Calf Strands. Last week I got a chance to visit an AE factory outlet store. Picked up a pair of Brown Brooks Brothers 5th Ave's for $169 and there were no defects. I was looking to pick up a pair of Black Park Ave's during the Nordstrom Anny Sale for $220. However, I noticed the Bruno Magli Maioco oxfords are on sale for $279. I'm going to pull the trigger on one of the two. I've trolled the forums as much as I can, but I get varying opinions on both. Your thoughts and input would be greatly appreciated. FYI, I work in K-12 public education as a business administrator. My office setting is business casual; but for state, regional, and national meetings I'm dressed like a Wall Street Exec.
     
  14. Buddy0329

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    Your thoughts on the "wrinkles" on the front quarters of these Dark Brown Burnished Strands that just came in today? AE customer service didnt really think anything of them. Would you return them? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  15. PhiPsi32

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    If you have access to the shoes locally, then absolutely. If you have an AE store, they will order and hold two or three sizes for you to try on in store.

    From your comments, the 11D is too tight over the instep and the 11E is too loose in the heel. So you can see there how changing one width size can dramatically alter the fit of the shoe. In terms of size equivalency, the 10.5E/11D/11.5C will be the most similar in fit (the primary difference being the length). So if the 11D is just a bit tight, then the 11.5C will more closely retain the heel fit while still giving you some extra volume in the box. At least it will give you a point of reference to the 11E. Then you can choose between the two.

    -Inserts to correct the fit can be problematic and should be avoided when possible. However, tongue pads can be very useful for taking up excess volume and tightening the heel.

    -Stretching is also problematic as the degree of stretch is limited. I have tried stretching at home and at the cobbler shop. It works for some, but not for me.

    -You can find a #5 last that fits. It takes time and patience. I must have tried eight different sizes before settling. Even then, you should remember that calf fits a bit differently than shell cordovan and the waxy leathers such as those found on the "Rough" line.

    Best of luck.
     
  16. SuitedDx

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    Being in the AE thread, I'm sure the overwhelming vote will be AE. Personally, I think BM's leather uppers are not as good as AE. The construction is also a factor with AE being GYW and BM not (which affects sole thickness). Used to own BM years ago (when the shoes were better) and until recently had a decent collection of AE. I vote AE.
     
  17. sevenfoldtieguy

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    I have at least a dozen pairs on Alden's Barrie Last. I have 3 models on AE's 8 Last. I take 9D in each. Hope this helps.
     
  18. PK35216

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    I picked up a pair of the Brown Shell Strands in my exact size 9.5C from Shoebuy via Amazon for about $335, first quality. They arrived today, and they look pretty great! Very excited. The best news is that I had credit through Amazon from returning some MyHabit shoes I ordered several months ago, so I paid about $160 to the front door. They arrived in an AE cardboard shipping box direct from AE!

    I first took a damp paper towel and gave em a good wipe down, then brushed em for about 5 minutes. I then applied some AE cleaner conditioner with a small horsehair brush and brushed it in pretty good. I let that sit for a bit and then brushed em again and laced em up.

    I ordered some neutral Saphir shell cordovan polish whatever. I will wear the new shoes a few times with some brushing in between to remove any film (forget what it's called), and then will try out the neutral shell polish (very light amount), and see what develops.

    FYI, I can now say from experience with my seconds, black shell cambridges what I have read here and elsewhere, use a very small amount of shell polish. If you use more, like what you might use with AE polish on calfskin, then it becomes a big, clumpy, gooey mess. I learned this a few weeks ago when I applied an excessive amount to one black cambridge and a minimal amount to the second shoe. The second shoes shines up real nice with minimal effort, whereas the gooey shoe took substantially more effort and didn't shine up as nice.

    My new brown shell Strands!!!
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    Out of the box.
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    After the aforementioned brushing and conditioning. (Not saying they look amazing or anything, since I haven't polished them yet.)

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  19. sevenfoldtieguy

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    Nice shoe!! I also have it. IMO, the dark brown shell Strand is the best shoe AE makes.
     
  20. seven7seven

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    Wow thank you so much for the tips, looks like the 11.5C is definitely worth a shot. Also one last thing, will the PA and Fifth Ave fit IDENTICAL? Because the 11E I tried was a Fifth, the rest have been Parks
     
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