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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. Rambo

    Rambo Well-Known Member

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    Got my Dalton's in. They fit very similarly to the 5 last. Also got my shorter MacNeil's in. Holy hell that's a missized shoe. The 10.5 felt like a 12 and the 10 felt like a 9. Guess there's no 7 last for me!
     
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    Has anyone purchased from the Independence Collection? Is there really such a difference in terms of quality? I know the wheeling is a nice touch, but I would be interested to hear other comments.
     
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    That's funny - you must just have hit the sweet spot of where your foot hits the wide part of the last; then you are either over or under. I had to size up half a size on my MacNeils, but that worked for me.
     
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    I also received a shipping confirmation for my walnut shell strands. The funny thing is that it appears they've been shipped "next day" delivery. If this is true, I should receive the shoes tomorrow. :D

    I won't get my hopes up though.
     
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    Haven't purchased, but I did inspect them. The longwings in particular were certainly nice, and the leather was noticeably softer, but I just can't see paying a 30% markup for slightly better leather, as I generally think AE's regular leather is pretty nice. The other touches (the wheeling, contrast sole, and brass name plate) are nice, I guess, but not something I'd pay extra for. Next time I'm at a store, I'll probably try them on to see if the better leather makes for a more comfortable shoe.
     
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    I think the name plate and contrast soles are totally silly. It's not as if they've added a fiddleback waist, they've simply painted one on. With that said, I think the new longwing looks so much better than the MacNeil. Its proportions are a lot nicer. I'm going to contact AE and see if they will make me up a shell version of this new longwing. That shoe would put the Alden LW, and the MacNeil to shame in my opinion.
     
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    Curious to know: Who said that a medallion toe would make his foot look out of proportion? I didn't, and I can't see that anyone else did. I said that CERTAIN semi-brogues with CERTAIN kinds of brogueing might not give him the lengthening and narrowing effect he's looking for.

    And who said that some amount of brogueing is going to make his foot look fat, but no brogueing might not? It's not a question of no brogueing or some brogueing: it's a question of the kind of brogueing. The C&J Drummond has one kind, the Strand another.
     
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    +1 Just used Natural on my Walnut Strands and it really livens them up, almost to "like new"
     
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    Agreed, I think the nameplate is a nice idea to recognize its a different line, but doesnt add any value. The reason I liked the Williams is because I dont really like the Macneil, but as you all mentioned, the markup is lot. It gets even higher when you consider that some of the popular models can be had for $150-200 as factory seconds
     
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    How can you tell?
     
  11. Bateman87

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    I bought the Williams from Amazon for $310. The Hancock is the same price now.

    I think they do look and feel really nice, but I haven't decided to keep them yet.
     
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    If your UPS tracking page is up, look at the box to the right of the green "in transit" box. The box should say "shipped by". The method of shipment indicated in my box is "next day air".
     
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    2 day for mine. Still should be here Friday!
     
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    2 day for mine. Still should be here Friday!
     
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    Agree. The Williams would be the one from the Independence Collection that might tempt me. I'm also not a big fan of the Macneil shape. I have the Macneil in walnut pebble grain, and it's a good shoe with khakis and heavier wools, but it's not quite bulky enough to make a really great casual shoe and certainly not sleek enough to wear with suits. It is comfortable though. If I try the Williams on and find it significantly more comfortable than the Macneil, I could be tempted if it were on sale for around $300.
     
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    PSA: Amazon is running 25% off AE's today.
     
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    I try to like the MacNeil, but I just love the idea of a longwing more than the MacNeil itself. Every time I go into the AE store, I hope I'll look at it and love it, but I just hate it.

    The Williams, on the other hand, is downright gorgeous. If I can pick it up for $300ish, it's coming home with me.
     
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    There are a few AE shoes with proportions I can't like. The MacNeil, the PA, and the 5th Ave. are all included. The Strand on the other hand looks 100% right. I'd love a shell PA with the proportions of the Strand.
     
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    Check out Amazon... $333 today, after the 25% discount
     
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    I completely agree. However, due to the Nordstrom sale and factory seconds, I havent really spent more than $200 on shoes, so I'd find it hard to make the jump up to the $300 range. The Williams is now my dream shoe, so here's to hoping it gets included in a ridiculous outlet sale.
     
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