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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. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Well-Known Member

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    In my judgment, this one is easy: Keep one black pair, one burgundy pair, and one brown/walnut pair. This will provide you the most flexibility for your wardrobe.

    And you may wish to have at least one blucher instead of all balmorals ....
     
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    I was thinking it would be suitable for a Business Casual office, but I almost feel like the Walnut Strands are too eye catching and may bring too much attention to me in that setting. After all, I am going to be a first year at the office. I don't want to rub people the wrong way with the clothes/shoes I am wearing, if that's possible.

    I never thought about returning the PA haha. That's something I am going to have to consider now that you bring up a pretty good point.
     
  3. msulinski

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    I just wanted to add that I have all of those shoes in those exact colors, except for the pas, and they work great for my slightly-more-than-casual office. A lot of people wear medium to light brown shoes (not as nice as the strands), so it is definitely not too showy. If it us relevant, i work in NYC in the financial industry, but for a California-based company.
     
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    Still drooling for a pair of cordovan strands. Some day.
     
  5. norite

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    I was considering doing exactly that. Keep the Black PA, the Burgandy Mcallister, and either the Walnut Strand or Brown Fifth Avenue. I was leaning more towards keeping the Walnut Strands because I could save myself $140 and with that money, buy shoe trees and all the things I need to keep the shoes clean and whatnot. And with any money left over, I was thinking of getting a pair of Brown Bluchers, more specifically Brown Cole Haan Air Carters as my "beater" pair of shoes from Nordstrom Rack. Yes, I know, I went from Allen Edmonds to Cole Haan Air haha.

    AHHH Thank you very much for this extra input. I haven't been around in a professional office setting too much other than for office tours and interviews. The color of the Walnut Strands concerned me as I thought it would be much too casual. Definitely great to hear that it might fit in perfectly fine.

    And on a random side note - I just booked a flight to New York just minutes ago! I'm going to start my itinerary planning pretty soon, but if you have any suggestions of great places to eat, sights to see, and anything else that will make my first time experience a better one, I would appreciate it!
     
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    If you have to pick one, would you get Cordovan Leeds in Burgundy or Black? (also, I already have a pair of Leeds in black calf)
     
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    That makes the Burgundy seem like the obvious choice to me.
     
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    +1 on both counts.



    Burgundy. Then plan to replace the black calf with black cordovan later. :slayer:



    Definitely get some trees, some conditioner / moisturizer, some sole edge treatment, and some brushes. Kiwi wax is pretty good stuff and it is inexpensive. Skip the Cole Haans unless you will be walking a lot outside. Once I had AEs, I never wore the Cole Haans.

    Use the money to buy another pair of AEs, perhaps a pair of loafers or a blucher.
     
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    I am partial to brown. One pair of captoes fulfills all my needs in the black shoe category
     
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    I feel the same way. Beyond my pair of black PAs I don't think I'll be picking up any more black shoes for a long while.
    (though I might add in a balmoral wingtip in black as well some day)
     
  11. acousticfoodie

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    My Black hills are creating a lot of pain for me on my little toe from rubbing on the side. This is weird since I have no trouble with the Strand and kenilworth which are on the same last. Is it cause of the rough waxy leather of the black hills? Can a cobbler stretch rough leather or only calf skin?
     
  12. msulinski

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    As for keeping 1 pair in each color, for me, the walnut and dark brown are so different that I consider them different colors.

    I recommend staying away from Cole Haan. You will likely end up replacing them in the future with a better quality shoe, at which point you will have wasted your money on the Cole Haans.

    Is keeping all 4 pairs if shoes an option?
     
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    I wish they'd bring the Reddings back for another season. I think I prefer them over my Park Avenues, but the current selections using the 2 or 8 last aren't that appealing to me.
     
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    I need dress shoes for a funeral tomorrow, I am debating between the Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue.

    Which pair and why?

    There is an AE store five minutes away from my house so I plan on getting these today or early tomorrow. I would also like to use these black shoes for job interviews and any other formal occasion in which I will need black shoes.

    Thanks
     
  15. Joker Man

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    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF8005_1_40000000001_-1

    That's all you need to know. In Black. Blutchers always fit better and are comfortable and more versitile.
     
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    ^ Totally wrong.

    I would go for the PA, but FA is also a possibility. I would go with the pair you like best. Remember to give them some polishing before wear.
     
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    They do not always fit better and are definitely not more versatile. Some on this board would argue that you shouldn't even wear bluchers with a suit.

    Since you are looking for a formal shoe (funeral, job interview), you want a balmoral, not a blucher. Get the PAs. If you feel like getting the FAs at some point in the future, get them in a different color, like brown.
     
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  18. Joker Man

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    Lay a shoe on a flat surface. The back of the heel will be 1/2an inch higher and the front of the sole an inch or more off the ground. Every co.makes shoes this way so obviously it's meant to ensure correct stride.
     
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    I would suggest throwing saved money into a pair of Daltons or Bayfields or whatever boots AE introduces for the fall. I picked up a pair of nice goodyear-welted semi-dress boots a few years ago and they've become one of my most-worn shoes. You really won't regret it. Boots are like shell -- you get one pair and suddenly you really want more. :nodding:



    Seconded. I only purchased black shell Leeds because they showed up new on eBay for a steal. I would've paid twice as much for burgundy shell. Still might, if the two pair at shoebank are still around a month or two from now...
     
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    Awesome, thank you. I will visit this afternoon in search of Walnut 10.5D's. Also, thanks for the website tip... last time I looked, they were only available in Black and in one size.
     
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