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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. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Well-Known Member

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    I think the Flat-Iron would be a huge hit for AE if they did not have that medallion on them. Feel the same way about the Parkway if the stitching were not so pronounced. I like the shape of the 3-333 last, but not the styles that AE has built on it.
     
  2. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Well-Known Member

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    I have to agree here. I liked the idea of both of these shoes, but their delivery fell a bit short. First impressions mean alot, and while I know I may be reaching a bit here, my first impression when I saw the pictures of the Harrison were that it reminded me of an elongated bird bill.


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    Strange, I know, but that was my first impression and now I can't help it!

    As for the Rutledge, I agree here too. The welt extends out so far that my first impression of it was that it looked like a cemented sole. I have a pair of beater cemented sole dress shoes that I am waiting to fall apart before I trash them, and the wheeled bond welt on them looks alot like the Rutledge.
     
  3. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Well-Known Member

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    Since we are talking about the progressiveness of the 333 last. A comparison pic of a GG Cambridge, AE Harrison, and Ferragamo Fable:

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    I think AE has come a long way, albeit there are some kinks. As I had to return the Harrison due to the uneven heel causing pain...
     
  4. mexicutioner

    mexicutioner Well-Known Member

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    re: the 333 last. i'm actually very excited about the flatiron, especially the medallion toe. same with the neumora. i haven't had the chance to try any 333's on yet, but i have high hopes. AE has really been killing it lately.
     
  5. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Well-Known Member

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    Now that picture could change my view on the Harrison. They look excellent here. Sorry you had to return them!
     
  6. imainish

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    Excellent comparison....thank you!



    Agreed! I have the Neumora, Parkway, and Rutledge models and looking seriously at the Larchmont. I really hope they bring out some models in both cordovan and suede on this last.
     
  7. Quadcammer

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    333 just looks awkward to me.

    I still think the 8 last is AE's best.
     
  8. MoneyWellSpent

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    I hate to be impatient and post this in the AE thread, but I am not getting any responses. I was hoping some of you could check out these boots I spotted at Brooks Brothers and give some opinions on what I said about them. I need a pair of shoes with a specific application, and these are on my list of considerations. I need some shoes to wear with jeans during the fall/winter on weekends. I also want them to be useful for foul weather days year round. So essentially they will only get worn on weekends 6 months out of the year, and the occasional days when heavy rain is forecasted. As for AE's that I have considered for this purpose, I am looking at the new Rapid City (1st choice), or perhaps the Black Hills. I am not overly enthusiastic about the boot offerings from AE right now for this specific application. I don't require them to be boots, but I will be buying them with the expectation that they will get somewhat "heavy" use rather than "careful" office use. I would appreciate some input! Thanks!

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/321339/opinions-on-these-boots-from-brooks-brothers
     
  9. hohneokc

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    I tried on the Flatiron at my local menswear / shoe store. It was probably the best fitting AE shoe I have put on my foot, so I guess my foot was made for the 333 last. I liked the Flatiron sitting on the display table, but it was kind of borderline. But I loved how it looked on my foot. I am tempted as this Flatiron at the local store was in Bourbon and I really like that color.

    They had the Parkway in the dark brown, but I wasn't a big fan of the pronounced stitching on the toe - just a personal thing. It fit great like the Flatiron, but I personally like the looks of the Flatiron much more than the Parkway.

    Chris
     
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    I have the Black Hills and I think they would be a good choice for your needs. Treat the leather with some AE Leather Lotion and they should be good to go. The Rough Collection leather is a bit tougher so they should hold up for your needs - but I wouldn't go hiking in an rocky area with them. The lug soles are great for wet days. I usually wear mine only in the fall/winter with jeans/khakis/cords.

    I have some AE Cascades I wear on weekends in the fall/winter. It is a lower boot so that might interest you.

    Chris
     
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    AE is going to hve to do something about this issue on the Independence collection. I have a less pronounced version of the same issue on my Jeffersons. There seems to be too little margin of error on the heel attachment making the shoe less comfortable than your average AE.
     
  12. MoneyWellSpent

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    Thanks for the input! Yeah, my definition of "heavy" use in this context just means that I will wear them every weekend regardless of weather, but they would be for whatever the family has planned (young kids at the park, young kids birthday parties, shopping around town, running errands, etc.) I really just want something that doesn't have a leather sole to get ground down too quickly, or something that will require a polishing after every wear by doing the above mentioned stuff. I don't want something that is bulletproof and heavy, so the Long Branch, Bayfields, Indy Boots, etc. are a bit more than I want.
     
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    Alden Indy boot. Sorry...
     
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    Ignore this. Your last post mentioned "heavy"...
     
  15. VinnyMac

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    ....you shoe guys are alright with me. Some of these look GREAT!...makes me wish that I didn't have all of those B-school student loans to pay back, haha.
     
  16. DJTraveler

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    Here's an interesting tid-bit about how AE creates the new bourbon color. This quote comes directly from AE's facebook page:

    "..they originally start out walnut, but we hand burnish the darker finish/detailing onto them."

    Very interesting!
     
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    Personally I would rather get a pair of Chukkas or the rubber soled version of the Daltons for that specific use. I'm not thrilled about the look of the Brooks Brothers boot and the fact that it is part of BB's outlet line.
     
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    Sent the Kenilworths back to AE today. I'm hoping the bowing is due only to a certain manufacturing run of the shoes because I don't believe any other combination of length/width could fit any better. If not, than I'll either have to live with it or not wear the shoes. I hope this is not the case as they truly are beautiful.

    I think I'll go to the AE store in New Orleans this weekend and try on some different lasts so that I can fill out my Christmas wishlist...

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  19. New Shoes1

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    While there, you should pick up some gift cards to give to your coworkers as Christmas gifts.
     
  20. OptoDoc

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    Unfortunately I work for one of the largest Eye Centers in Baton Rouge...16 doctors and 50+ staff. Not sure I can afford to supplement their shoe obsession and my own (especially since I'm only 2 years out of school and still have over $100K in student loans).
     
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