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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. mreams99

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    I've ordered from Men's Wearhouse, and they seem to use this approach. I've seen times when the store staff is not busy -- they could use that down time to send a few packages. Honestly, if they can use "slack time" labor, it could be less expensive from a labor perspective than using full-time packaging staff at a warehouse.
     


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    Despite record high temps in NYC, I'm going with black shell boots today:

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    Cheap office carpet:
    Palate to display nice shoes.
    A walnut Wednesday.

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    It pays to be prepared. You never know when the wind might shift, and you'd be stuck.
     


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    From the "you don't see these very often" files - burgundy Lombard from the short-lived Executive Collection.
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    Nice to see a rare example of an AE with closed heels. This came up a few days ago, regarding AE's short-lived run of shoes with a shank and 270 welt. Does it feel different in the heel and arch than other models?
     


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    +1 , I do that as well and generally it works...
     


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    Anyone near Knoxville, TN? A store called M.S. McClellan is cutting their AE styles (all firsts) and they are 50% the previous retail price. The best deal was a pair of Tan Daltons in 10.5D that fit me perfectly for ~$200. Sadly I have already agreed with the wife not to buy any more shoes. There were also a few small sizes in black Park Avenue and several loafers, as well as a Bourbon Mora 2.0 in 10D.
     


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    This is coming from a twenty-four year old, just married. I probably have more money into clothes than anyone I know and yet by SF standards I am woefully lacking. My suits range from cheap JCP to JAB Signature Gold, shirts are Charles Tyrwhitt at best, and ties are a mixed bag but mostly made in China. Throughout the week I typically wear Dockers, Banana Republic, Lands End, or even off brand stuff as long as it looks trim and presentable. So I am pretty moderate in clothing expenses but I feel like shoes are an area that should not be skimped on. Not only is it a better value long term, but you can walk comfortably and look better at the same time. I know I am not alone in my opinion that a stellar pair of shoes can make even a basic wardrobe really pop.

    As for my story in brief: my introduction to decent shoes came gradually over my time in college, where there was a discount shoe store I frequented. These shoes were mostly overstocks, seconds, and customer returns, all priced at $40 and under. I became interested in getting a proper fit and handled many shoes, trying many on. 80% of these were cheap fused shoes with unnatural linings, and I began to notice a difference in comfort between them and the better Florsheim, Bostonian, and Cole Haan shoes available. Even the occasional Ecco's were a step above the average. Not only this, but I was able to see how the leather on the cheap shoes crumpled up and looked terrible on some of the returned shoes with presumably very little wear. All the cheaper shoes I had purchased there would look terrible after just a few wears. So in my earnest quest to find the "holy grail" of discount shoes I discovered an odd pair of Magnanni, Allen Edmonds, and To Boot New York. With a very limited budget, finding these brands for $30-$40 was very exciting for me, and I purchased a couple that seemed to fit.

    Even through this time, I still considered it folly to spend any more than $50 on a pair of shoes, but that changed when I found a nice pair of tan Cole Haan wingtips at a Saks Off Fifth. I experienced much buyer's remorse at blowing (gasp) $110 on a single pair! After graduating and getting more income as a single individual, I decided to buy some Allen Edmonds from the ShoeBank. I had long been a reader at the Ask Andy forum, mostly for advice on dress clothes. After I found a very vibrant AE community here on StyleForum I began spending more time over this way.

    So a couple years later I own six pairs of USA made boots, and eight pairs of quality leather shoes... and I pamper my humble collection religiously!
     
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    I don't think there is any advantage to split toes in the rain. I reached for the Portlands yesterday partly because they have a tap sole and a good in the rain (and I needed a more formal boot to match my attire). When a few different people had mentioned split toes and rain in earlier posts, I said "speaking of..."

    Looking back at my post, I can see how my statement may have implied this. Sorry for any confusion - but, if it helps you get back into a split-toe, this barn weasel was happy to assist.
     


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    These don't feel any different than my other AE's.

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    (Pretty close to) Walnut Wednesday. I love the character that these are developing, and after only a few wears at that.
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    Can anyone opine as to why there is creasing in the left shoe but not the right on my PAs?
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    One foot smaller than the other?
     


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    Great conversation, thank you for that. Now I need to figure out how to get my older brother to respect the shoe :)

    Sadly I cannot contribute pictures today, (Wolverine Wednesday), however why doesn't AE have a current Chelsea boot? (confession, I'm hooked on boots, shoes, and now dabbling in cologne. It's very good I'm single.)
     


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