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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. BackInTheJox

    BackInTheJox Senior member

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    Why would you initially try to size up if you knew ahead of time the last ran long?
     
  2. middlepP

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    If you're wanting to keep that pair, I'd call customer service and see what they say.

    I had a run of AEs with lumpy footbed. Some were returned immediately, others were kept and eventually broke in. The last time it happened, CAC told me to wear them a few times to see if it settled and if it didn't they'd replace or refund.
     
  3. Lobster33

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    I think you'll probably be fine. I checked the size chart on my nordstrom shoe trees and it says 8E uses M.

    I use a M for my 8.5 D Wilbert and it fits fine without stretching. But for the rest of my shoes, I use S (in 8D size). If I put the M in the 8D, the shoe looks and feels it it is being stretched too much. Because your shoes are wider than mine, the M should not stretch your shoes too much. When it doubt, just follow the chart. I have noticed several times the employees hand me a M for my 8D size and I have to ask them to please give me a S instead.

    You can see below that for Nordstrom shoe trees, they recommend M, but AE recommends S for 8E.

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  4. jet-stream

    jet-stream Senior member

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    I wouldn't sweat it unless the lump is massive. I've had this happen on one pair and the cork compressed just fine; several SAs I asked said the same thing at the time.
    Never a bad idea to email AE or call your SA just to register the problem (officially or not), but if you are otherwise happy with the shoes I would keep.
     
  5. styleaudit91

    styleaudit91 Senior member

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    Based on some comments on here about going up a size helping with placement of the flex point at the ball of the foot. So long meaning it tapers not that it runs "big." For example I have a 3 last shoe (Hanover that is a 12 and would work better for me in a 12.5 or 13. In the end apples, oranges and bananas and I knew I could go size correctly once I got back in town as I traveled for the whole April sale.
     
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  6. harlequin782

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    So true about the tan strandmok...these things look awesome with jeans...might just be the perfect daytime lace up casual shoe.
     
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  7. tmchow

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    I had exact same thing on my Neumoks but on both shoes. It's dead center on the ball of the foot.

    I didn't notice it until I left my house and walked outside.

    I figured it was expected and it would compress and wear down. Not the case?
     
  8. styleaudit91

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    Yea it seems results may vary. After wearing them in the kitchen for a few minutes making dinner it started to bug me a bit. Calling tomorrow for advice.
     
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    Here it is folks. Fifth Ave in Dk Chili. Just picked it up yesterday. Pretty exciting for me :)

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    Right next to the Lexington, just for comparison:
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    And right next to the Fifth Ave in Walnut:
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    The walnut is 2nds. Most likely due to the brogueing on the right shoe (the holes aren't centered). Not a biggie for me. Love them both.
     
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    Family polishing and photo (not pictured: gridiron and oxblood mcgregor)

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  12. middlepP

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    Love this shot!
     
  13. Lobster33

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    Going to the Costa Mesa store today to see if they have the Cheetah. I'm curious as to what they look like in real life.
     
  14. MattRiv

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    Dark Chili fifth avenues are the shoes you are looking for.
     
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    I had the same difficulty matching the Tan Color Strandmocks ( w/Diannite Soles). Even the AE SP in NYC who assisted with the sale couldn't find a match. However, as one who is not ashamed to look in discount stores, I did find a Timberland brand wide belt at a TJ Max that was almost a perfect match. Hope that helps.
     
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    I own this... close enough to wear, but looking for something better.
     
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    Thanks, will check it out... I went by a few stores in the mall, so far not much.
     
  19. FaRKle

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    Songmics also makes a version of the twin tube. They go for $20 each frequently (or if you wear size 6-7 they're always $20).
     
  20. Count de Monet

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    May I offer a dissenting view? I don't think there IS such a shoe and you should accept that and plan accordingly. A dark charcoal suit and jeans are simply so far apart on the formality scale that any attempt to connect them is simply a bridge too far. This is a Venn diagram where the circles don't overlap.

    A dark charcoal ("Is there any other kind, Lt. Caffey?") suit is a staple but conservative and any shoe lighter than the trousers will improperly draw attention to itself. You are correct that something in black would be "classic" and "obvious." Why do you think that is? Because it works with a conservative charcoal business suit when so many other things won't. The only decent, but not perfect, substitutes would be a dark brown or burg.

    However, even if something like a chili were deemed good enough, pairing any sort of stitch cap (e.g. PA) or punch cap (e.g. FA) with any sort of jeans is just wrong. I think it is too incongruent.

    If you already have the suit - and it sounds as if you do - and if you are already wearing it for work - and it sounds like you are - with what do you currently pair it? If it is something you look forward to retiring for whatever reason, I think getting a proper suit shoe should take precedent over trying to find a dress shoe to go with jeans. After selecting your suit shoe, then start saving for something to wear with nicer jeans. Don't try finding something to do both well because I don't think anything can.

    If your dilemma were a little less extreme, e.g. wanting a single shoe that could cover both business suits and sport coat combos, then a decedent compromise would be a wingtip oxford (e.g. McAllister) or semi-brogue oxford (e.g. Strand) in a dark but not black color. In fact, I'm not sure that could be called much of a "compromise." But, I don't think pairing dark oxfords with jeans should be attempted.
     
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