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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. ProfilaBinding

    ProfilaBinding Distinguished Member

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    If AE brings back the MTO option, I'm going to have to order a blue pair of Leeds. That blue Carlyle is the most awesome shoe I've ever seen.
     


  2. ace13x

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    What I meant: was is it possible that the Bayfield would be available in shell as a regular order (like the Dalton is now). As a MTO at $875 (possibly more with Redenbach sole??), the reasons not to go with a Carmina Jump Boot or C&J Harlech start to fade away. The one plus for AE is I know how the 511 fits me.

    But who am I kidding, there are still more Dundees on my to do list. [​IMG]
     


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    My experience.... I have a Wilbert in a 10.5D that fits great. I also have a Polo in 10.5 E that seems a little roomy but wears fine. Both are on the 511. I have a pair of Burke penny loafers (114 last) that are 10.5D and these were very tight in the width. That said I have a set of trees that seem to aggressively stretch the width and after using those they fit snug but comfortable.

    I was looking at getting a pair of Cavanaugh's myself and think that a step wider from the 511 would work.

    I am wondering what other people will say...
     


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    Exchanged a few emails with Dave tonight and he was not super helpful in email with much detail. Crazy short answers which didn't inspire confidence but he did say he could do it with a "rubber zip sole".

    On Reddit GYW, I found this review of Dave:

    "Dave is in no way a people's person, he doesn't chit chat, and if you're not brusque with him, he might not fully understand what you want him to do. That's the only issue I see with him, and outside of that, his work is top notch outstanding stuff. I got the same results with him that I got from one of the more respected cobblers in Paris. Overall, I would recommend him, but I would also warn anyone going to him that they should be explicit in outlining what work they want done."

    Yep, definitely my experience :)

    So assuming he is as good as people say he is, seems I need to be ultra specific on what I need. Is there anything specific I should be telling him? Any specific "rubber zip sole" I should go for? Anything I need to ask about edging?
     


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    There is no way I would return those. I wouldn't even polish them for a while. They are perfect.
     


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    They look great!
     


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    I ordered a pair of Daltons and Shaker Heights 2nds which I had both at the same time before returning them. The Daltons at 8E were a bit tight at my instep but the rest of my foot felt great and after a few wears, they broke in enough to become comfortable. Unfortunately, I returned them because the burnishing started to strip off on one of the boots.

    The Shaker heights, also in 8E, felt tighter to me than the Daltons. They were scrunching the top/front of my foot around the ball area so I ended up returning these as well. I'm reading the above Dalton vs. Shaker Heights fit posts and it seems like it really must depends on the shape of your foot to determine how these 2 boots will fit you.
     


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    That's RIGHT there are!! Chukkas FTW.

    BTW I find Carmina's pricing of shell boots rather absurdly steep. I mean, Alden makes arguably the best shell boots in the business and their pricing doesn't jump up a cliff just because 3 inches of leather are added to the ankle.

    And BTW I'm a Carmina fan!


    This is the Lord's truth. The 73 last is much pointier than 511, and the taper begins much earlier up the vamp. So for some people it may SEEM more narrow when it isn't.
     


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    It's a walnut world that we live in

    [​IMG]

    First wear for another fortunate find for the blessed D widths at Bloomingdales. There is slightly less burnishing on the left shoe in person, but otherwise perfect. For 160 they would have to pry it out of my cold dead hands. My fifths, on the other hand, were done by someone operating under the influence. The brogueing barely survived. It's a shame - beautiful leather, burnishing was exquisite - but toe caps are different sizes and the stitching on the caps will bother me, so hopefully the next pair will be better.

    [​IMG]
     


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    I second those saying not to touch them.

    I got some new walnut McCallister firsts that had been assaulted by the Mad Burnisher. There were blobs of black polish (?) all over them. Using conditioner/cleaner to remove the blobs took all of the darker finish off, so I ended up doing the entirety of both shoes, taking off 95% of the burnishing before polishing them with walnut cream polish.

    I'm happy with them, but my advice to you is expect the burnishing to come off if you use conditioner/cleaner.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Has anyone sent in a pair of calfskins for recraft and requested JR soles/heel be used with success? I spoke to a rep online saying it was only possible to do this with their shells. I thought I had seen someone saying they would do this but I cannot seem to find the post and I think it was dated a few years back anyway.
     


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    I just got a pair back from recrafting, and have another pair in now. I asked three different reps in the recrafting department about it, and was told no by each one.
     


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    Burgundy shell Daltons 2day:

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    That is really disappointing. I almost wonder if I should send them to B. Nelson instead. They appear to do the same thing AE does for $150 and AE CEO recommended them not that he needed to.
     


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    Its an early end to the week to head out for a wedding. This makes it casual Wednesday for me and time to wear the Fenways.

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