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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. blsing

    blsing Well-Known Member

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    Outlet sale a couple of weeks ago on select models-Fifth Ave, Strand, Clifton, Lasalle and a few others
     
  2. althanis

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    Thanks for the response. Sometimes I wear a black pants to work, and about 5-7 times a year I might need to wear it with a suit. I think that's probably enough to get a black pair, as I'd feel a lot more comfortable in them.

    I guess you're right about the McAllister and Strands being very similar, at first I thought that the short-wing might be noticeably different from the cap-toe, but on reflection it'd probably be pretty easy to confuse the two.

    I wear the PA and would be using the FA for work in a business casual environment, mostly pants that are light grey, dark grey, navy and black. The McAllisters I wear with jeans, but I also have a Wolverine 1000 Mile that I wear casually, so I don't need another one.

    I'm thinking I should just get the black FA and call it quits, it's way too easy to start buying too many shoes. Three AE's, the Wolverine 1K mile, and 2 beaters in black and brown ought to be enough, yeah?
     
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  3. JubeiSpiegel

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    I'm going to pick up a pair of Veronas myself. All i can tell you is that the Italian collection is made in Italy (SA told me it was the Bruno Magli factory), with traditional bologna construction. They are made on AE's Italian last, and they are extremely light. Also, as a side note, they are all re-craftable. Always a nice extra, check them out first before buying, some people needed to size down (not myself personally).
     
  4. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Well-Known Member

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    If you're going to primarily wear the black shoes with slacks and occasionally with a suit, you might want to consider a shoe that is less formal than the Park Avenue and versatile enough to pull double-duty between business casual and a suit. I have Park Avenues because I wear suits frequently, but do not wear them with anything other than a suit. I think the Delray does a good job of working with both slacks and a suit. I wear my brown Delrays with a navy suit and when dressed more casual. The guy down the hall does the same thing with black Delrays and it looks fine.
     
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    Does anybody have shipping confirmation on their cordovan dalton boots yet? If they are going to be here by Christmas they have to ship put today or tomorrow.
     
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    What shoe is that in the picture? C&J?
     
  7. bucksfan

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    I think that makes sense to get one pair of black dress shoes, and as stated above, check out those that are less formal than the cap-toes, since you could wear those with the dark grey and black slacks to work as well as with a suit (black Strands would probably work also - the broguing makes them less formal). Black park ave's are a bit much with typical grey or black slacks.

    3 pair of AE dress shoes is certainly a good start - allowing your shoes to rest a couple days between wearings will lengthen the lifespan of your shoes (especially when using shoe trees on the 1-2 days between wearings). If you're really looking for an answer to your second question, though, I would get a couple more pair of dress shoes. If you add 2 more, you will be able to let a pair of shoes rest a full week between wearings, which will significantly increase the lifespan of your shoes, both between resolings and overall lifespan.

    Since you work primarily in a business casual environment, I'd look at adding something with a double-sole: Macneil, Leeds, Walton, Hillcrest... and maybe a loafer (either a penny loafer or tassel loafer).
     
  8. rmspawn

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    I have not yet received shipping confirmation on my Walnut Shell Strands either. Maybe they plan to overnight our shoes via Santa?
     
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  9. Testudo_Aubreii

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    If you can afford shell cordovan, I think a Cambridge in burgundy shell or a MacNeil in the same would add a versatile element to your wardrobe. Both have double soles and plenty of brogueing, so would look good for business casual. Would go well with your black pants, too.

    Every man should have a formal shoe in black calf or shell or burgundy shell. It doesn't HAVE to be a balmoral/oxford, but if it isn't, it had better be sleek and lack any decoration. If not balmoral, then a plain toe blucher, I think, and on a sleek last.

    If you can afford it, a custom-made Park Avenue in burgundy shell might fit the bill nicely. Too formal for tieless business casual, but it's a highly versatile shoe for wear with suits or blazer and tie. Put a double leather sole on it and it'll be just a touch less formal and better for walking. You can wear it in perfect taste to job interviews, funerals, suited presentations, suit-or-blazer social, etc. Plus, burgundy shell goes well with pretty much all trouser colors, from black to cream, except maybe dead white and ivory. Looks equally good in day and evening. Burgundy shell is more versatile than black calf or black shell, in my opinion. Worth looking at the Alden 9070 if you go this route.
     
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    Don't know. The Gentleman's Corner blog I grabbed the photo from claims it was sold by Lodger.
     
  11. blsing

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    I know everyone talks of "building" their AE collection, but as a young man with a few pairs, I feel too impatient to wait! I just wish I could grab like 4 more pair right now. Anyone want to donate?
     
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  12. bucksfan

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    LOL I hear you. I went from 1 to 14 in the past 12 months. My recommendation is to get a list together of what you really want, then work the sales and outlets.
     
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    Wow 14! Yeah all of mine are either through Nordstrom sale or outlets. Even at a good price, its still an investment that would require patience on my part.

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    I bought 2 in a month, and I'm fighting the urge to not buy 2 more when the Nordstrom sale comes around.
     
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    Althanis, I am definitely thinking the same thing-I already have a long list!! But I think it will actually be easier to decide because ill buy seconds instead in a couple of months at the next big sale (just got at the 2 for $300 sale-split it with a buddy). I'll make my decision based on what the offerings are.

    Bucksfan, just out of curiosity, what does your AE stock consist of? How did you decide what shoes to buy?
     
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    I have some info - my local store told me this evening that my Daltons were in final stage of construction and are due the 22nd or 23rd. Cutting it close....
     
  17. bucksfan

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    I mostly built my collection around what my local outlet had in my size, when the sales happen. I also scour ebay for new pair in my size, of something I want. I keep a list of things on my "wish list" - currently I'd like a pair of AE Cambridge / Brooks Bros cordovan shortwings / RL marlow short wings... and a pair of shell penny loafers: AE Kenwood / Brooks Bros / Alden LHS... we'll see which one comes up first on sale.

    My current collection has:

    Calf:
    Black Park Avenue
    Black Grayson
    Walnut grain Macneil
    Walnut Dalton boot
    Walnut (chestnut?) Clifton

    Burgundy Shell Cordovan:
    Macneil
    Bradley
    Grayson
    Randolph
    Leeds

    Black Shell Cordovan:
    Leeds

    Brown Shell Cordovan
    Strand

    Other than Allen Edmonds:
    Alden for J. Crew captoe boot in #8 shell cordovan
    Ralph Lauren Marlow Plain Toe Blucher in brown shell cordovan

    I also had 4 pair I offloaded on Ebay: 2 pair of AE executive collection that didn't end up fitting, AE cole penny loafer that was slightly too long for my foot, and a pair of New Orleans that I didn't end up liking.
     
  18. bossman08

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    I really like the look of the Player's and Lombard in brown and will consider purchasing them during the next Nordstrom's sale. Do you guys think they would work well with jeans and chinos? I'm just wondering if they look too 'dressy' to be worn in this context or if I should elsewhere for a wingtip to wear casually.
     
  19. MyOtherLife

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    Either shoe will go perfectly with denim or chinos.
     
  20. the_drizzle

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    Agreed. I wear my chocolate suede Players shoe in chinos and suits. Very versatile shoe.
     
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