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Allen-Edmonds Men's Leeds Oxfords,Black,10 C

General Information

Size
10 C US
Binding
Apparel
Brand
Allen Edmonds
Color
Black
List Price
$525.00
MPN
9501
Number Of Items
1
Package Quantity
1
Product Group
Shoes
Product Type Name
SHOES
SKU
s274656-1891346
Title
Allen-Edmonds Men's Leeds Oxfords,Black,10 C
Clothing Size
10 C US
Department
mens
Fabric Type
eyelet
Vendor Name
Amazon.com
Vendor URL
http://amazon.com
Product External Identifier
B000BGV7OQ
Buy URL
http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Edmonds-Genuine-Cordovan-Oxford/dp/B000H12RFS%3F

Latest reviews

Pros: Remarkably comfy, make me feel incredibly confident, easy to care for, look amazing
Cons: Slightly too narrow for me, blacks don't match, sewing machine markes
I was a happy 24 year old with my first real job and no decent shoes. I read that good shoes could be resoled and last decades, so I went to AE because it was reasonably priced and made in the US. (I found later the uppers are made in Brazil, a shameful deception.)

The sales guy was out of calf Leeds in my size (9EEE) so he showed me the shells cordovan ones. I was immediately in love. I got a pair in black and a pair in color 8. Did I get upsold like woah? Totally. And I don't care.

For the most part, they are gorgeous and surprisingly comfortable. I don't like too much padding so I like the stacked leather soles. It took a while to learn the dark arts of polishing shell, but it's easy and fun. Now that they're two years old they still get welts from water, but not very badly.

Here are problems:
All the stitches have marks from the part of the sewing machine that clamps down on the leather to move it through the machine. It takes the form of a 1/8th inch of dimples running in a line along each seam. I wish it were smoother. Also there are two places where stitches have frayed a little.

BUYER BEWARE: my black shoes don't match. One is slightly shinier than the other no matter what I do.

Also I have flippers instead of feet, so my toes feel a little pinched even in the extra wide shoes.

BOTTOM LINE - I think they're stunning, but I bet any shell oxford would look the same to me. Every time I put the black pair on, I still get a little annoyed that one of them is shinier. Just be careful about making sure they match and you'll have yourself long lasting shoes that make you feel capable and classy.
Overall
3.5
Value
4
Quality
3
Sizing
4
Style
4
Purchase Price
480.00
Purchase Date
2011-02-01
I once owned these in an 11A(They don't offer the Leeds in Extra Narrow widths any more). I would say they are true to size. Maybe a little too wide. I had them in burgundy shell cordovan.

They were a staple item in my shoe collection. However, I eventually sold them. The creases IMO became too visible. I prefer my shoes to look like they are well kept.

If you pick these up, I suggest going with brown calf.
Overall
4

Comments

Regarding blacks that don't match, that is one of the joys and heartaches of Shell. One piece of Shell is enough to make one shoe. Two pieces are required for a pair and due to the nature of the leather, no tow are ever an exact match. Even in one shoe, you will find variations in color. Enjoy them even with their variations.
 

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