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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. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Well-Known Member

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    +1. Even people who polish their shoes with only Saphir polishes, frequently use the AE heel/sole edge dressing. It's much easier to use than the corresponding Saphir product.
     
  2. CalTex

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    Thanks guys!

    I'm going to swing by my local AE today and pick some up.
     
  3. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Well-Known Member

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    Though I will say that the "travel size" edge dressing is far more easy to use than the regular sized bottles. I have found the regular sized bottles to be a bit scary in that they will suddenly and unexpectedly dispense a large amount of fluid. Sometimes it will be stubborn and not dispense any, and then when you push a bit, it will suddenly gush out. I generally get the flow going on a paper towel before I try to use it on my shoes. One time I was going right along the inside edge of my heel and suddenly a large amount gushed out (maybe I pushed too hard on the sponge). Luckily, the excess fluid ran down the underside of the heel where no damage was done. I'm always nervous when I'm running the applicator along the shoe out of fear that I'm going to get a permanent chili colored drip on the side of my walnut shoes. Going forward, I'm probably going to stick to the travel sized ones where they work more like applying chapstick. Anyone have a trick that they use to keep the process more under control?
     
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    I do the same thing you do. I only have the travel-sized ones. When I ask for edge dressing at any AE store, they always give me the travel-sized ones without me having to ask. I just assume they know they are better than the full size.
     
  5. New Shoes1

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    Agree you have to be careful and patient waiting for the dressing to come out. If you push too hard on the sponge, it comes out way too fast. I just simply keep rubbing it on the same place of the sole edge (over a paper towel) until it is ready to come out in a slow and uniform manner.
     
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    I have never read the instructions. That makes sense. I have too much build up on some of my shoes. Does anyone have a good tip for stripping excess edge dressing?
     
  7. sqroot3

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    try wiping carefully with alcohol first?
     
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    The challenge is my instep. I am a D at the ball of the foot. When I size up the ball and heel get sloppy. Straight lacing those didn't help the way the too wide V looks. I relaced them last night
     
  9. jjr4884

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    So, waiting for the new golf shoes were a waste, I should have known better considering their last month's lineup.

    Medalist it is!
     
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    Anyone?
     
  12. Shiny

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    You know, I picked up some Madison Aves from the rack recently. They had the leather soles. Everything online and from talking to AE folks says that they wre made with the rubber soles only. The only thing I can think of is that they are special makeups that never got to a retail place. If you like them, get them. I happen to think that leather soles, with the cork midsole, are very comfortable and are more breathable than the rubber soled jobs.
     
  13. random-adam

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    Monitor this listing, then try to sell yours for final auction price less whatever you think is reasonable for not being NIB. Pretty straightforward.
     
  14. kentyman

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    I have just been really slow and methodical and done pretty well. I've hit the leather once before, but it wiped right off. You could always put a paper towel over the leather to kinda "tape" them off, if you're really concerned.

    Last time I ordered edge dressing I was disappointed to see it was travel size, but having now used them I agree they're easier to use.
     
  15. rollinsay

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    Hey all,

    I'm new to this and I've been planning on getting my first pair of AE for a while now. I'm thinking to get seconds and take advantage of the jeffersonville 20% off deal, I just can't decide what exactly to get.

    I was thinking to start with either Strands or McAllisters, in either Walnut or Bourbon (I think I prefer the Strands in Walnut and the McAllisters in Bourbon). My choices from the outlet's inventory include those two for $269 and $274, or the Brooks Bros Walnut Strand for $199. Is there a large difference between the Brooks Bros strand and the normal AE strand? I've read about the poron insole and the different sole, but I'm wondering if those truly make a big difference, especially for someone who has never had a pair of AEs before. Also, does AE recraft the Brooks Bros version too?

    In the end I might just go for the Bourbon McAllisters... but the Brooks Bros Strand seems like a good deal if the quality is on par.

    Thanks!
     
  16. Close Hoarse

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    Here's a pair of AE Rutledge custom made spectators that I picked up on eBay last week. Sadly, they're about a half size too big for me, but close enough that I could still wear them. You don't see cap-toe specs like this very often.

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  17. Winston S.

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    I haven't done it yet, but I thought maybe I could pick up a cheap paint brush, pop off the sponge, and then brush it on. It's tough to get the sponge off too though.
     
  18. GOP Shoe Guy

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    Awesome! Me likey....
     
  19. kmdsimpson

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    Someone here must know the answer to this: which of these Saphir Cordovan Shoe Polish colors matches the Wolverine 744? Is it Dark Brown, or is Cordovan - I can't tell if Cordovan is red or brown.

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    I'm thinking of stripping my 744 with Reno Mat and starting over, as I've come to realized that I think the reason one boot won't shine is too much cream applied at the factory.
     
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  20. wdahab

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    The 744 (I have a pair) is actually "cigar" which is a medium brown, though AE calls it Mohagany. It's technically color #449. Mind you "cordovan" as a color is a misnomer, it actually refers to the type of leather which is "shell cordovan" for your 744s. The most popular shade is color #8, which is often called burgundy (and because of its popularity with the material, the color is often called cordovan). Anyway, technically none of those colors will really match it quite right, though dark brown would be the closest.

    That said, I commit heresy with mine, and did the Crane's method (oiled and sno-sealed) so I've never used Saphir on them. I tend to think people overly-baby their shells, especially shoes that are properly work boots, and are used as dress boots, like Wolverines. When I need to give any of my (non-oiled) shells a quick nourishment, I give them a bit of meltonian cream conditioner and don't worry about it.
     
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