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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. ace13x

    ace13x Senior member

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    Probably NOT what your looking for, but good information for the group in general. AE Wedding Offer:

    http://www.allenedmonds.com/wedding.html

    My opinion, sort of dissents from the prevailing. Faced with your situation, I would just suck it up and get a Black Park Ave, (actually for me, the Hopkinson since the 201 is a bit better fit for me). Going with something else to try and cover more bases, will likely find you facing the same decision at a later point down the road; like another wedding, funeral, interview etc. Rip off the bandaid and get it over. If you really have very few of the above events in your life, you can even look to a seconds pair, doubt anyone will know they're seconds but you. Black PA's also pop-up on Grailed on a regular basis, precisely because of the one wedding and done scenario.

    So, not your beater Aldo's situation, but a frugal option if you don't wan't to drop the money on firsts.
     
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  2. RTD1

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    This. Black PAs or FAs for your charcoal suit and then just get a pair of beater department store shoes (a brown blucher of some sort) for your jeans.
     
  3. Oinkedmoo

    Oinkedmoo Well-Known Member

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    I'm a sucker for advertising, so when Allen Edmonds sent the email about the Park Avenue, I decided to show mine some love!

    This was my first shoe bank purchase, I think they were stretched out and returned, so they fit a little looser compared to my other 5-last shoes. I still like them but they don't get enough wear!

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    My Cambridges in burgundy finally came in

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  5. ZheNewYork

    ZheNewYork Well-Known Member

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    For any of you have Amex cards, there's a $50 for $250 AE coupon just popped up until June.
     
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  6. Captm2016

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    Slight off topic, but where's a good place to get some more colorful, high quality dress socks? Notice some pretty cool socks in some of these pics.
     
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    Brown Jermyns with some really bad office carpet.
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    I'm a fan of Nice Laundry
     
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  9. Middlife

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    Maybe a dark brown Leiden or McGregor if the bank still has your size.
     
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    New walnut Madison Avenue. Easily most comfortable AE I own out the box. It's a sleek cap toe blucher. I prefer these to the Clifton although the leather is not as thick.


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  11. bishopcraiga

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    Maiden voyage for my chili McGregors on cheap office carpet. Really glad I stumbled into the EE, would have been swimming in a EEE.

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  12. Middlife

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    Wait what?! How did you get McGregors in EE?
     
  13. Neo1

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    @BennJeff I'll offer my 2 cents since I actually tried on the lake forest orthotic at one point so I have some idea what you're talking about.
    1. For a formal bal, id say go for a bloor st or hopkinson, PA and Carlyle and see which is best. Maybe start with 9E and go from there.

    2. Disagree with the black. With charcoal lots of people would say chili - good choice. I prefer walnut - its more flashy and works well with shiny perorated captoes and wingtips. Oxblood would be my close 2nd.
     
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    Picked them up from the Jeffersonville outlet via the shoe bank. It was the only McGregor listed under 11EE. Figured since it's a blucher I'd try it even though my Park Avenues are 11 EEE. [​IMG] Sent from my XT1585 using Tapatalk
     
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    Those are mighty purty. They look almost black, is that just the lighting or are they really so dark?
     
  16. Middlife

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    I was trying to get McGregors in EE for quite some time but was told that they unfortunately did not make them in EE. I would have to imagine that you got a pair that someone wasn't 100% happy with from a special size request order. You are a lucky man!
     
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    Thanks for pointing this out. I was just about to order something from Shoe Bank. With tax, I'm just under $200. I'm tempted to add one of the $67 pairs to my order as my net cost for the add-on item would be under $25. Anyone have experience with the Sandman slipper?

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    It's either that or some random bit loafer/boat shoe/driver that I could flip on eBay.
     
  18. bishopcraiga

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    Lucky indeed. I figure that is exactly what happened, but a slight eyelet misalignment, that I didn't even notice at first, and two small blemishes that will inevitably even out with wear weren't enough for me to be anything but giddy when the fit is so spot on. It is strange that they only did a regular size run on them. Why else would you put it on the 65? Sent from my XT1585 using Tapatalk
     
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    Choco suede Macneils the other day...

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    I don't think this is a minority view at this point, but I love these kinds of questions and must display my overly inflated ego by putting my four cents in on the matter.

    I mostly agree with the Count on this. Charcoal (if true charcoal and not mid gray which I often see labeled as such) is right next to black on the formality spectrum. Between that and jeans, you have less formal suits, conservative odd combinations, other odd combinations, slacks without a tie, chinos with a tie, and any number of other scenarios. don't try to find a double duty shoe for these two ensembles. In my opinion, you're going to be making a big compromise to choose one shoe to go with your suit and dark jeans. You are going to be getting a shoe that should really be worn with one or the other, or possibly one that really shouldn't be worn with either. Best case scenario, it doesn't immediately look wrong to the untrained eye. But, the trade off is that you are definitely going to be falling short of the best overall appearance of both ensembles, the suit and the more casual ensemble. I for one, wouldn't choose this option if I already had shoes that would look great with my jeans. Get the suit shoe and look your best when you wear that suit. After all, isn't that the point of having a dark suit in the first place –to present your best self?

    Also, I think your color choice for a true charcoal suit (charcoal trousers are a different animal) is going to be limited to black or burgundy (with a black sole). If the suit leans more toward med grey, I agree with others that you might go dark chili. If there are other combos in your normal wardrobe like chinos with a jacket or tie, you might consider a balmoral brogue, but otherwise, I would just recommend sticking with the black or merlot PA or the black FA.

    As for contemplating the purchase of the shoe and weighing costs, may I suggest thinking about it this way. What justified the expense of the suit? If you've invested a little money in a suit you expect to ensure that you are adequately outfitted for certain occasions, why not invest in a pair of shoes to go along with it? Regardless of how many wears you get out of the shoes, they are going to go with that suit perfectly every time you wear it. And if you didn't invest much in that suit, the shoes can definitely be worn with whatever your next conservative suit purchase is going to be, whether grey (whatever shade) or navy. Even if you only wear them an average of three times a year, you may realistically end up with plenty of wears over more than a decade to justify the present expense. In my opinion, if buying a conservative suit can be justified (which I believe to be the case for any man with the means in America to do so), then buying a proper pair of calf skin oxfords to accompany that suit is also justifiable.
     
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