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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. Captm2016

    Captm2016 Member

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    This would be almost exclusively for suits, so I guess I wouldn't get much use out of the walnut FA. I'm thinking it might be better just fork over the extra 50 for the macallisters since the 5A in brown wouldn't be a huge difference from the dark chili 5A's I already have.
     
  2. redmusic1

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    If the 50 is the main reason you are considering the FA, forget about it. I've been wanting a merlot McAllister for over two years and haven't bit the bullet yet myself. Don't be like me. If you have the dollars, get em. I want them in the v-tread and hope to get them the next time they go on sale. Problem is, I keep buying other things in between, so when they go on sale I don't have then funds.
     
  3. JLC2

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    Hi fellas,
    I picked up my first pair of AE's today, thanks to the anniversary sale. I'm a Canadian at a conference in a city with an AE store and had to take the plunge on some merlot McAllisters.
    The "tip" of the right shoe's wing kind of sticks up and looks maybe a little frayed. Is this anything to concern myself with? Should I glue it down? Or is this typical for a handmade shoe. I'm still in town for a few days if this is something worthy of a return.

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  4. harlequin782

    harlequin782 Senior member

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    Well, the way I read it when it was discussed before was that a light/tan shoe is technically a more casual color on the color spectrum, and thus was a bit of an oxymoron and didn't quite conform to style doctrine when paired with the more dressy balmoral, single sole, punch cap style. However, like I said, I received several compliments on mine, and I think they look great with khakis or even dark jeans...but either way, as long as they work well for you I'd say keep wearing them. I have for about 4 years now, and I haven't been arrested yet for it.
     
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  5. eagleman

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    Those are beautiful shoes. I wouldn't be worried about it. Wear them and enjoy.
     
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  6. whodey14

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    Very nice, I really like mine too.
     
  7. redmusic1

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    I haven't seen a specific discussion on this subject in a very long time, so I'm not sure to what discussion you are specifically referring. Perhaps it took place while I was away for a few weeks recently. If so, I didn't get to put in my four cents worth.

    Of coarse tan is a more casual color on the spectrum. And black is the most formal. So? Color is one element that makes a shoe more or less formal, along with the other elements you mentioned. All shoes lie along a spectrum based on how different elements fit together. This particular context of elements that make up a shoe must then be put into a newer and larger context of an entire outfit (this includes the shirt and tie, not just suit vs. odd vs. jeans which is typically the only thing mentioned in the arguments on here). And it isn't just about doing whatever one feels like. Making sure attire and shoes work together is important. While I may not suggest to someone new to color and style to get anything other than the staple shoes in the colors they are best known for, that is just beginners advice. It isn't part of any rule. The rules are simply that the lighter color makes them less formal than the same thing in a darker color, the punch cap makes them more formal than a semi-brogue in the same color, and the single oak sole is more formal than a split reverse welt with contrast stitching. One must decide where his attire lies along a spectrum of formality and choose a shoe that works.

    I am aware there are a handful of people on here who consistently say they don't understand why AE makes a cap toe in walnut. I am also aware that there are some who want the rules for what shoes to wear with what attire to be completely objective. I beg you, resist the temptation. On the other hand, don't make the mistake of thinking that all of this is relative, and involves merely subjective application without any reason for a spectrum of formality.
     
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  8. harlequin782

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    Yeah...I was just giving the gentleman who asked about them some context for why the style technically didn't make sense according to some. But it was a discussion that took place a while ago I believe in the old thread before it was closed...like I said though,far be it for me to try to tell others how to wear their AE so as long as it works for each individual, then I definitely say to wear it in good health however you see fit ...I do. I know I break style etiquette all the time but I'm ok with it.
     
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  9. Oinkedmoo

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    I've been wearing my bourbon Lexingtons about twice a week for the past month. Last night I polished them with some Nordstrom dark brown shoe cream mixed with a little AE black cream and brushed with my black brush. They darkened a bit and are developing a nice patina!

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    Back from Feb 19
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  10. MattRiv

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    Love the color on the cap.

    Do those shoes fit correctly, though? Seems that crease on the vamp by the lacing signifies excess volume.
     
  11. MattRiv

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    Definitely do not worry about that, the pinking isn't glued down anywhere on the shoe as far as I know. You could maybe trim it with some sharp scissors if you are extremely careful, but I would just let it ride and enjoy. Those shoes look amazing and I think you picked an outstanding style for a "first AE".

    Now just good luck keeping yourself from buy many more in the next few months, because after just a few wears you will be hooked.

    Cheers and welcome!
     
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    They are a little big on me... I nailed my size on the 65 last balmorals, but the derby has a little more space in the forefoot. Maybe going down half a size or using a tounge pad may have helped, but they're so comfortable that the creasing doesn't bother me much.
     
  13. peppercorn78

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    (Thomas) Jefferson Thursday:
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  15. SLCRich

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    Continuing the week of blood, what's been touted as the sexiest plain toe shoe (possibly sexiest shoe in general), the Warwick in oxblood.
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  16. MattRiv

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    All of this dark chili talk, so here are my PAs. If I had it to do over again, I probably would've gotten the FA in this color, but I suppose these will do!
     
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    Oxblood Strands today. I went back and forth between these and Merlot McAllisters for a while, but I think I made the right choice. Turns out, I'd get a lot more use out of a burgundy shoe than I thought I would. Now to decide if I can justify adding a Chili Fifth Avenue...
     
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  18. Gabru

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    Chilli Bleecker st today..

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  19. middlepP

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    Great looking boot! And in the best color for this style. Bob's Chili Bleeckers are my most versatile/workhorse shoe I've ever owned. With all the 5th Ave (and versatility) talk lately, I still say I'd rather have a Bleecker or other variant over multiple 5As.
     
  20. naspratt

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    As do many other makers:
    And many more in slightly redder tones. It doesn't bother me overmuch, it just becomes a less versatile shoe for my wardrobe.
     
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