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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. lostron

    lostron Well-Known Member

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    My mcallisters fit very close to the park aves
     
  2. SloopyNoob

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    They are on the same last, no?
     
  3. DJTraveler

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    The insole was fine, so no worries there. Re-crafting never replaces the insole, but I've really never had an issue with it deteriorating.
     
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    Mcallisters dont have the bowing issue. Park Aves do
     
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    It's walnut shell. I have a pair as do quite a few others on this thread. They were available last year but don't think AE has any more walnut shell right now.
     
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    Yes, they're both on the 5-65 last.

    The Strand and McAllister may be immune due to the extra strip of leather around the ankle. The Park Avenue does not have this extra leather. Neither does the Fifth Avenue, but it's a less popular style so we may just hear less such reports.

    That said, my Elgins have bowing, which either throws that hypothesis out the window or is inadmissible since they're factory seconds.
     
  7. PerCC

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    For me, the McAllisters fit much more snugly than the Park Aves. I believe it is the extra strips of leather all around the shoe that make it a tighter fit. When trying on the Park/Fifth Aves, they were a little loose and already started to bow out a little bit. It was pretty crazy.

    I also have a pair of black Strands, because I needed a black cap toe since the PA's wouldn't work. Their fit is somewhere in between the McAllister and PA. It's strange how much variation between one shoe and the next can have, especially since they're all on the same last. I could also just be being picky, since the McAllisters fit like a glove.
     
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    Don't quit trying to find a pair that don't bow then. It really isn't that complex and AE customer service couldn't be any easier to deal with.

    I think the numbers game is most likely true. I had a pair of shell Bradley's on the 1 last that both shoes bowed. Sent them back and on the replacements one shoe bowed so sent those back. Also had a pair of Clifton's on the 8 last that bowed. Went through 4 pair of Clifton's trying to find a size that fit but my foot doesn't like the 8 last. Only that one pair bowed.
     
  9. MoneyWellSpent

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    They were a special limited offer last year. Not regular stock.
     
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    It isn't an issue with deterioration of the insole. That is why I am such an advocate of getting the natural leather insoles over the Poron or other foam insoles that are offered. The natural leather insoles don't have a "weak link" that will break down, atleast not in less than 20 years of regular use. I think they are concerned about the previous owner's foot imprint, and the way that it may not properly fit the new owner.
     
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    E Margates today. Bought on eBay for $60 about 1.5 years ago. Solid footwear.

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    Ah, I see what you mean. I've bought several used pairs on eBay and never had an issue with the previous owner's foot imprint. If anything, I would imagine that because the shoe receives new cork from the re-crafting, that my foot creates a new imprint with the new cork. But maybe I'm wrong?
     
  13. MacktasticGDogg

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    Wearing some Brooks Brothers MacNeils I got from the last seconds sale. I really like these!
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    Nice gunboats, sir!
     
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    Not completely. My Strands (firsts) have slight bowing on one side of one shoe.
     
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    They offered it a year or so ago, as a special makeup.
     
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    redtomate and I were discussing this in a PM, but I figured I'd bring it back in the open to get y'all's input:


    Any recommendations on a darker polish to keep that rich Bourbon color?
     
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    Disclaimer: I own no AE bourbon shoes, nor have I ever used Saphir products.

    That said, I believe this might be of some assistance.
     
  19. kentyman

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    Looks like Tobacco #34 followed by Cognac #10 might be the best fits.
     
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    Pictures of the Sanderson. Although they are a great fit, I'm disappointed with the discolouration on the eyestays (as you can see in pics 2/3/4).


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