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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. carsnoceans

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    I am looking for a pair of New Orleans black and Mcallister in walnut. What would be a good place to buy them for anything less than retail?? I have been scouring the internet and the past threads for several days but it seems only few selected models go on sale.

    Is AE definitely worth spending $335/pair? I have never bought AE's (or shoes that expensive).... so on the edge about paying so much for a single pair.
     
  2. OmniscientCause

    OmniscientCause Well-Known Member

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    Picked up strands from Fedex this morning (had them held) for some reason the associate at AE didnt have them shipped to the store like I had the PAs done just 2 weeks before...still not a big deal.

    Color is darker than I have seen here/in store. I don't know anything about polish but would love to get them looking similar to this finish [​IMG]

    Any suggestions? I remember there being a discussion about a few different colors like 5 or so pages back walnut v chili. Associates at the store recomended walnut.

    I have to figure out how to go about polishing etc, but want to put rubber soles on both these and PAs first.


    It's been a long journey but after about 2 years I finally own a pair of strands.
     
  3. msulinski

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    To lighten them, use the Cognac polish, not Chili. Chili is what you want for edge dressing
     
  4. random-adam

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    If you had purchased Allen Edmonds shoes before, I'd suggest checking with shoebank@allenedmonds.com to see what they have in your size.

    Because you haven't: you might do best to find a reputable brick-and-mortar establishment nearby and trying on a couple pairs of shoes. The last 570 pages of thread have made it apparent that fit is the one thing you really oughtn't compromise. Once you know you're a 9.5E (or whatever) then order all the shoes you can afford! ...but a $335 shoe is worthless if it doesn't fit properly. It's totally worth the extra few dozen bucks you might save by going eBay or Shoebank.

    Being a really wacky size myself, I happily pay full price if the shoe I want isn't available as a second or NOS on eBay. Good shoes are worth it.
     
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    Nice, I purchased the tan Mcs but was surprised how nice the black ones looked in the store.
     
  7. msulinski

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    Do many of you often wear black McTavishes with business casual dress? I have a pair, and so far, I have only worn them with jeans.
     
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    Bump. Anyone?
     
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    Congratulations on the Strands. I am about to give in and order a pair of Strands in the brown calf.

    Chris
     
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    Look close to my AE Hale's, but maybe not (?).
     
  11. New Shoes1

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    I believe those are a pair of vintage Cliftons. I saw an almost identical pair on EBay recently. At some point in time, the Clifton was apparently a balmoral.
     
  12. peteyyytran

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    Hey guys about to bite the bullet on getting my first pair of wingtips... anyone know anything about these FRYE james wingtips?

    http://genuinegents.com/0fc5

    The fatigue color is ugly as anything; but I am liking the ones for 92 (burgundy/blue/olive) Thanks!
     
  13. lostron

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    Same as you, however, i wear the McAllisters for business formal/casual
     
  14. seer

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    Personally I have had trouble with Fryes in the past - the leather dye kept bleeding onto my socks. Why not AE shoes? They are made much better - worth the extra cost.
     
  15. New Shoes1

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    Because the guys on the Frye appreciation thread said not to buy AE's due to problems with seconds being passed off as firsts. [​IMG]
     
  16. seer

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    Well they don't know what they are talking about. I have owned a number of Frye boot/shoes over the years - they don't compare to AE. Not even close.
     
  17. MarioImpemba

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    Beautiful photo - how'd you manage that angle, lol?
     
  18. facet

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    Maybe they're the Van Ness?

    edit: Nope, just noticed the heel is different.
     
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  19. fiestaplatypus

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    For the price, they're fantastic...at least the couple pairs I own (the black w/ natural edge trim and a white wingtip with natural edgetrim). They aren't AE's, but I think they're much better than any of the other major mass-market shoe brands (J&M, CH, Florsheim, etc). I own over ten pairs of AE's so, I obviously love them, but some of the James wingtip models are pretty unique.
     
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  20. OmniscientCause

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    I googled Allen Edmonds Walnut Strand and looked for the color I am going for :tounge:

    No that is not my pic, but I do agree good angle.
     
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