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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. mexicutioner

    mexicutioner Well-Known Member

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    wow that heel is really tall. do you guys know if a cobbler can reduce the heel height on a pair of boots? or maybe i can have him glue a thick lugged vibram sole onto the forepart of the shoe (and not the heel) to reduce some of the discrepancy?
     
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  2. zinc2162

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    Yours look really good!!
     
  3. clarksdb

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    lol a convo with a female friend today. This is what she said when I told her I'm smart in how I spend my money because I'll spend a lot if it will last me decades:

    "Smart in how you spend your money? Lmao suree. Im all on board with classic investment pieces but this doesn't mean that I won't buy anything expensive that's in style and on trend right now. Your shoes aren't classic at all and you've bought like 3 of them"

    She thinks wingtips and brogue are not classic :foo:.
     
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    Nice guess! Although I haven't listened to as much Rush for YEARS. . .probably since high school. . .Just a username that's stuck!
     
  5. 0ShinAkuma0

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    I encounter this sometimes too. I know it shouldn't, but sometimes this discourages me from buying nice shoes, because, what's the point? Thankfully I get more compliments for my AE's, so that makes it all better and worthwhile. Added to the fact that I buy my shoes for me, of course.

    PS. My dad just bought some Brown Sanford's in near pristine condition at the thrift/retail shop for... 30$!!
     
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    Nice find! I like the look of Sanfords indeed.

    Yes, it's not going to detract me from buying AE and such. I realize women are much different shoppers than men, especially those on this forum. They are much more inclined to buy trendy (aka ugly) and brand whore stuff.
     
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  7. Winston S.

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    I think he was using Saphir cordovan cream so I think it's OK. Otherwise I agree, he should use Venetian shoe cream, renovateur or Saphir Cordovan cream.


    So for the Krause fits so far we have:

    Kennkim: Size 9 same as 5 last
    Zazadojo: TTS
    SuperNSX: Half size bigger than BB Strand.
     
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  8. PerCC

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    I have decided that I will be returning my black PA's for something more suitable for a business casual intern. I will be visiting the outlet in Charleston to get fitted again and check the other styles out in person, and have narrowed it down to two:

    Kenilworth - Brown Burnished Calf (my favorite)
    Clifton - Burgundy Burnish

    Does anyone have any preference to these, or any other style suggestions? I'd like a versatile blucher, something that can look nice without looking too much like "that guy". It also gives me a good staple to build on once I get a feel for the specific attire and atmosphere of the office. .
     
  9. zazadojo

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    Those are two completely different shoes in how they fit and look. Youll understand that more after you try them both on. Both great shoes.....which fit your wardrobe better....or which ones to you pause less in trying to decide what to pair with them? To answer the question, I prefer the Kenilworth for its simplicity(means its also move versatile).
     
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  10. zazadojo

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    And I should have known better than to speak so soon. I can feel they have loosened a bit just wearing them around the office(retied them already). They still are in range of my normal size that I would not go a half size down..I feel that would be too snug. As far as our three size comparisons above, we all are using different base sizes to compare to. I do not use the Strand as my start size(do the rest of you- if not, what is your shoe you base sizing on?). If I compare these to my strands, i would almost go as far as a full size larger(but the Strands were among the tightest fitting shoes in my lineup). I guess the note here would be socks..if you were only to wear dress socks....you could maybe go a half down....if you want the option of wearing anything a little thicker stay with the norm size.
     
  11. spitshine123

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    Any word as to what the deals will be for the upcoming holiday season? I missed out on the BF sales and am eyeing a pair of shells
     
  12. PerCC

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    The Kenilworths are definitely the ones that I can see myself in the most. My attire will be a button down and dress slacks, and those seem like they would be versatile and look great without bringing too much attention - as an intern I want to make a good impression. The only thing that would make me second guess them is if they're TOO plain/conservative. However, I think they would be a good foundation as my first real dress shoes, and just wanted to see if others agreed.

    The last thing I want as a college student is buyers remorse on a $250 pair of shoes!
     
  13. mikeeygee

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    Gents,

    I've been wearing a pair of Vernons for almost a year, polishing around every 4-6 wears. Up until this past weekend, they've been great and have always held their shine well. However, after I went through my usual routine of brushing, applying the tubed allen edmonds chili polish, letting them dry for 5-10, brushing again, and then polishing with a chamois cloth, the left shoe was noticeably shinier and lighter than the right, and the right had a couple dark spots (around the cap of the toe). You should be able to see what I'm talking about in the pictures (please excuse the scuffs-they would have been cleaned up, but I didn't want to mess with anything after I saw the dark spots). Anyway, I'm trying to figure out what to do, so if anyone has advice on this or has experienced it before, I'd love to hear it. Thanks.

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    My Krauses arrived. Leather is blemished here and there, they will be unnoticeable as the shoes develop some patina. Color is perfect, no problems. is closer to brown. I have ordered a 9.5, I am a 9e Brannock. The width is perfect but length is perhaps a full size large.
     
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    So for the Krause fits so far we have:

    Kennkim: Size 9 same as 5 last
    Zazadojo: TTS
    SuperNSX: Half size bigger than BB Strand.
    Catside: Ordered 9.5 and is a 9E Brannock. Length could be full size larger, but width good.
     
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    yeah, wondering the same thing... thinking about if i should order the long branches now or if i should wait for some deals
     
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  18. 0ShinAkuma0

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    Here are those Sanford's my dad found at the Thrift store for 30$. They're in pretty damn good condition I think, for 30$ I wouldn't complain either way!
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    Pics of Krause. Left one has the defect in tongue, Right one you can see between the laces and the cap. Since these are big, there will be a crease there anyway.
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  20. clarksdb

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    I am biased towards the Clifton as I have them in burgundy and really like them. I'm wearing them today, here is a picture with brown Howard Yount trousers (came out grey in picture) and brown Pantherella socks:

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    Wow, those are indeed in pretty good condition for $30!!
     
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