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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. random-adam

    random-adam Well-Known Member

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    Burgundy shell Macneils + brown shell Strands and you'll have a fantastic lineup. You might consider a boot of some kind (perhaps Dalton or Long Branch) eventually for relatively inclement weather; I find myself wearing either burgundy shell Daltons or some bespoke rubber-soled blucher perf captoe boots at least twice a week from September to April.
     
  2. Beach Bum

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    Hey, they are the walnut color. I wore them with khakis yesterday just to try out, they are sweet shoes. I'm in a cold city (chicago) and probably won't wear them much until later in the spring and through the summer.

    Also in response to hohneokc, great to hear they are being "recontinued," at least allegedly.

    I have a Rack nearby the office and ever since scored on an awesome pair of Santonis a few months back I've been in maybe once a week or every other. I'm a large size and so much slower inventory I'm sure, and I see the same crap shoes each time I go. Most recently there were a few new ones that stood out, including the Rush shoe that I picked up. Score!!!
     
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    Did someone say Allen Edmonds Strand in Walnut? I'm super excited to finally be officially part of this thread!


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    Yeah I got that too, been thinking about it over the night. My concern with that sole is that it is too thick and will make the Leeds much more casual. One of the things I appreciate about the Leeds is that they are versatile and I'm afraid that sole would restrict it to informal use only. The thinner natural welt soles like the ones that are on my walnut shell Dundee's are what I was looking for. What are your (or anyone else's) thoughts on it?
     
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    This is 100% correct.
     
  6. MoneyWellSpent

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    You got Independence collection shoes for $100.00!? I have a bad habit of missing awsome sales. [​IMG]
     
  7. MoneyWellSpent

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    Hope you enjoy! Great picture, you should try to sell it to AE's marketing team... they could use some help sometimes.[​IMG]
     
  8. MoneyWellSpent

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    Every shoe that I have seen at DSW has always been made somewhere in Asia...
     
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    Yes, but keep in mind that they were seconds, and walnut was not available, so I ended up with black. I sold them because a black casual shoe is not that versatile, and I never wore them.
     
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    True... It sounds like I would have done the same thing. Were you at least able to flip them for a profit?
     
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    No, I lost money on them.
     
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    I've seen AE and Ralph Lauren made in Italy shoes at DSW before. Rare but happens.
     
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    Definitely an awesome pic... get two brushes. One will be for dirty shoes, and then buy one for every color pair that you have for conditioner/polish.

    I have 2 dirty brushes, one for calf and one for cordovan. Start off with giving a spray or two of water on the brush, and then try to evenly distribute to the shoe, and brush thoroughly to "clean" the shoe before adding any reconditioning cream, polish, etc. Get in the welts really good as well. This will ensure that your "clean" brushes remain clean...
     
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  14. MoneyWellSpent

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    Sorry to hear that. I would have guessed that someone on ebay would have paid more than $100.00.
     
  15. MoneyWellSpent

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    Good to know. I do check DSW periodically just to be sure nothing is slipping by me. I have another DSW type shoe warehouse near me that I have actually spotted AE's at before, although it was many years ago.
     
  16. jjr4884

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    95% of the shoes absolutely. The only notable shoes i've see is Mercanti Fiorentini, Wolverine, and a couple Gucci shoes up in Boston. Regardless, I would never purchase from DSW, especially the glued together rubber sole Guccis, laughable. You can find better deals at the rack. If you look closely, a lot of the shoes in these places are not "real." Same goes for outlet stores... Go to any Banana Republic outlet and you will see that the tag on the inside of the shirt is different than an actual BR. Hmmmm interesting... Same goes for the shoes. I personally would not buy a pair of AE's or any other shoe for that matter from these places unless I was 100% positive it was original, not seconds/defects or a different line with the name brand slapped on it...

    Since November, I scored 4 pairs of shoes from the Rack. Cole Haan leather chukka's ($89,) black Magnanni Mateo ($210,) and two truffle cordovan AE's, JR Soles.. the real deal McGraw and McAllister ($199 each.) Thats it, and it might be a while before I find anything else worthy. 90% of the AE's at the rack are the "ae" line, rubber sole. There are a lot of older models, and i came across a few pairs of black strands, however the insole was an insert and the sole was weird... it was rubber, but not really, but not leather. It wasn't the v-tread soles either... idk a lot of them just look like AE knock offs, its weird. Defintiely purchase with keen eyesight... you can easily spend a lot of money on KC Reaction equivalent, or you can find a gem or two...
     
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    I know that many of those stores make a separate line of clothing and shoes specifically for sale at the outlets, like BB's "346" line. I wouldn't be at all surprised if many of the others do similar things. However, I haven't ever seen or heard of a "fake" high-end shoe popping up at any of these places. The equipment that is needed to make a goodyear-welted shoe, along with the detectable quality difference that can be found when holding an AE or anything better than an AE is pretty unmistakeable to me. I'd be surprised if anyone were able to "mimic" an AE or nicer shoe without actually making a nice shoe by default because of how many steps are required to make a goodyear welted shoe. If it were easy to make them, everyone would be, and then we would be saving alot of money!!! I assume that AE isn't worried about such things either, given that they accept their shoes for recrafting without any reciept or proof of purchase. Their name on the shoe is all that is needed.
     
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    I have seen a few pairs of Mercanti Fiorentini recently at a DSW near me. They were the only pair that looked remotely decent: goodyear welted, leather soles, combination heel. I didn't buy any because I wasn't sure about the quality. Can anyone provide more information about this brand?
     
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    Anytime I see AE at the Rack it is overprices and beat to hell; often with far more visible damage than seconds.
     
  20. Quadcammer

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    I don't believe they are goodyear welted. I think they are glued.
     
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