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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread 2016 - News, Pictures, Sizing, Accessories, Clothing, etc

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by watchidiot, Feb 12, 2016.

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  1. danwatts2005

    danwatts2005 Senior Member

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    I don't know what shoe it is, but don't buy the walnut. Don't buy THE WALNUT. DON'T BUY THE WALNUT. Buy the Oxblood, or Brown, or Chili. You'll get much more use out of any of those.

    Edit--Unless it's shell. Then, BUY THE WALNUT!!! BUY THE WALNUT!!!!! BUY THE FUCKIN WALNUT!!!!!!
     
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  2. jcman311

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    Funny you ask this question after I posted that bit about James Bond. It was actually the Bond movies that got me into dressing better. I started watching all of them in order about 10 years ago and after Skyfall I really got hooked into the fashion side. That led me to reading all on his clothes, which led me to searching about footwear and that led me here. That and a AE giftcard that went unspent for what was like 1.5 years. (from about 2013-early2015) Funny my first pair of real shoes were actually Loakes... and now you really cant get them in the US due to import/retailer restrictions.

    I dont wear suits that often and I really dress business casual but I use just about all my footwear all the time (with jeans, wool slacks, chinos, etc) Ill even wear my black Loake chukkas with jeans. I've never had someone yell at me for it yet. [​IMG]
     


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  4. Uncle

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    Was wondering whether I had to launch my Walnut Fifth Aves on a Wednesday, but now, I can save them for "Fifth Avenue Fridays"
     


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    otterhound Senior Member

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    @CMT1, tell me about those handsome socks.
     


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    Those are extremely inexpensive, heavy/winter weight socks from the Eddie Bauer outlet just off HIlton Head Island, SC. Something like $10 per pack of three.

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    They are about three years old now, they see constant wear and have held up very nicely for an inexpensive sock. :cheers:
     
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  7. Scarlet

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    Before I graduated college a couple years ago, I was strongly of the opinion that no one should ever have to wear anything more than t-shirt, jeans and sneakers for any reason. I still sometimes get into moods like this. But knowing that I had to get a real job, I started doing research about more professional menswear and getting used to the idea that I may have to wear nicer pants and button-up shirts. I found a brand that I liked that made interesting clothing made in the USA, which reinforced my only-buy-domestic-made preference. Once I got a job I was able to start buying a few of their pieces and start replacing the dress clothes I'd had since high school. The company had previewed a line of American-made, Goodyear-welted shoes, but sadly they closed down before they went into production. With my cheap black Nunn-Bush shoes wearing down, I began shopping for new shoes. I wanted a pair of chukkas, that were made in the USA and could be worn both casually and at the office. I looked at Red Wing, Frye, Rancourt & Co, Allen Edmonds, and Capps. I fell in love with AE's Gobi chukkas, but I was still resistant to the idea of paying upwards of $200 just for a pair of shoes, so I bought the Capps. Then about a month later, I learned about the Shoe Bank and bought a pair of Gobis for $97, and a pair of Strandmoks for good measure.

    Since then I've bought 10 pairs of AEs, mostly seconds. I've had mixed results with fit and finish, but the ones that I've gotten right I'm very happy with. Right now I'm trying to sell the ones that aren't good for me and am holding off on further purchases to see what the upcoming austerity brogue will be like. If I don't care for it I'll probably be going to Rancourt for a custom pair of their wingtips. Until then, I'm still wearing my AEs erry day.
     
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    I must agree, those are very nice looking socks.
     


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    Because this is almost entirely not about shoes, spoilered to protect the sensibilities of the forum
    Dressy nicely doesn't mean spending $2000 on a sport coat, wearing three-piece suits, or (God forbid) wearing an ascot. If you want to, and can pull it off, more power to you, but it really isn't necessary. I wear suits to work, not because I have to, but because I feel better and more professional. I've never spent over $1000 on a suit, and I have some decently nice pieces. eBay is your friend, as is B&S here. Just follow balearic1 on eBay (Spoopoker on SF), and you can pick up $1000 suits for a fraction of that. Or go Internet MTM, with Black Lapel, Knot Standard, or the like, and get a suit that will fit better than any you've ever owned before for under $800.
    None of that is meant as judgment; there's nothing wrong with wanting better shoes and feeling comfortable in JAB. Hell, I have a couple JAB suits, including one I'm wearing tomorrow morning to an interview. But you might be surprised what you can find for a lot less that you would expect.
     


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    I've known for a while that AE brick & mortar stores are dropping inventory, especially in non-D widths.  Store managers have told me as much.  But today it's seemed to have hit a new low.  I called the Plano store today, since I'm going to be in the area this weekend, to see what they had in stock in my E width size.  I was told they had a grand total of four shoes in a 10.5 E in the entire store (PA, Cornwallis, Ashton, and LGA).

    So I asked the SA (who has always been great to work with) if they could order in an oxford on the newish 201 last.  He said he can probably get in a Jefferson 2.0 in by Friday and I could try it out, no strings attached.  I asked about the Hopkinson (which I'm seriously thinking about) and he told me that there are none made up anywhere in that size.  In other words, the only way I can try on an E width is to buy it, wait a few weeks to try it on, then decide whether I want to keep it. 

    Again, the SA was great and I really appreciate him.  But there isn't much point in having a B&M store it you keep shrinking its inventory.  If I have to go to such lengths to try on a size, or just guess and ship things back and forth, in order to buy a $500 shoe, I might as well buy through the web from overseas makers like Bonafe, Carmina, etc.

    I know inventory sitting in stores costs money but there is a cost to not having anything for customers to try on.  AE doesn't seem interested in distinguishing themselves from competitors in that price range.

    /mini-rant
     
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    Thanks!
     


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    anyone?

    TIA!!
     


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    Are there routine calender sales?
     


  14. Count de Monet

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    Yes, there's a spring sale soon and the Rediscover America sale near Colombus Day. In recent times the biggest discount on walnut Strands has been the Nordstrum Anniversary Sale in late summer. I've had AE price match the Nordstrum deals.
     


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    Brooks Brothers is having 30% off corporate discount this Thursday. Their Medallion Perforated Captoes (made by AE) are basically Strands with BB soles.
     


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