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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. Lobster33

    Lobster33 Senior member

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    @Neo1

    That's one reason I've avoided buying any of the road warriors. I've read a lot of problems with foot pain and fit. If it's causing you extreme pain every time you wear it and it does not improve, what other choice do you have? I'd argue for giving it 10 wears at least and see if it improves.

    I've only had two real challenges with break in. My Ashton caused me toe pinching for several weeks, but that went away. My Leeds took 25 wears for it to finally be comfortable, and even so, my Carlyle is more comfortable than the Leeds. Not counting the Wilbert which was mis-sized or defective forcing me to go up 1/2 size. AE's casual shoes have been mis-sized in my experience (except for the Malone).
     
  2. Neo1

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    @MattRiv I find a lot of heels overly large. They destroy me until broken in. The MacNeil heel is huge, as was the freiburg. I consider the patriot a godsend in this department.
     
  3. BackInTheJox

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    I agree. I almost pulled the trigger on a great deal on a pair of Oak Street Bootmakers beefroll penny loafers in black leather, but then thought twice about it and the combo of black + natural welt. Don't get me wrong, I love natural welts too, but I don't really think I have any use for a black loafer (I'm not sure anyone truly does), and I buy OSB for casual loafers - so natural/brown work much better.

    A great deal on something you won't wear is a bad deal.
     
  4. Neo1

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    @Moose22 Yes! That ankle pain is exactly like work boot pain, like with red wings. It isn't wide at all the material is just so stiff.
     
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    Wingtip Wednesday? McTavish in Cognac
     
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    Ugh, I don't know what to tell you, then, @Neo1 . That friggen' work boot was the one thing to break me. My hikers at the time were similar, but not steel toe and the leather stiffener, and I wore those through 6 years and a resole.

    I don't suppose you're willing to spend an afternoon hiking up to you knees in a creek. That's how we used to break in leather hiking boots, back in the days before everyone went to the lightweight hiking shoes everyone uses now.

    Seriously, I have good advice. Those sound way too hard to break in for my standards.
     
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    Personally, I prefer a chili welt to a natural welt with the navy cordovan. I think those colors work especially beautifully with the navy shell because the shell will lighten over time. Both chili and natural, to me, would be preferable to a black welt with navy shell.

    I'm not such a fan of a natural or chili welt with black calf. I'm just not sure what kind of outfit I'd wear them with that I'd prefer a black shoe over a shoe of another color.
     
  8. RTD1

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    No, they're the ones AE makes for Brooks Brothers that were just on sale for $149.
     
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    Brown shell Strands today, it's been a while since I've broken these out and I need to find reasons to wear them more.

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    I hope everyone is having a great week, as always!
     
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  10. M2511

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    Oh those look substantially darker than the ones I received from BB a few weeks ago. I ended up returning mine to BB because they didn't quite fit.
     
  11. Lobster33

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    My current favorite AE shoes (1 is best, 7 is least favorite)

    1. Lasalle - chili
    2. Carlyle - bourbon
    3. Clark Street - chromexel
    4. Leeds - black
    5. Malone - brown
    6. Ashton - chili
    7. Wilbert - brown
     
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    Wearing khaki (grain) McTavishes at the grave of Hal Roach Studios (in Culver City CA).

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    Does anyone have a problem with boots rubbing their shins wrong? I have a pair of First Avenues that seem to fit my foot, but just rub me wrong on my shin and causes discomfort. Seems like a lot of people say these boots are comfortable without break-in, but doesn't seem to be the case for me. Am I just being a pansy? lol. I can't see how wearing a different size would affect my shin that much.
     
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    After examining these things some more now I think I know what's going on. They built in some cheap crap ankle collar, which feels like hard plastic. The transition from the collar back to the leather of the remainder of the heel is what kills the shoes. The collar is totally stiff & rigid, so because of wear your ankle falls in, the leather caves in and collapses, digging into my ankle bone. If they had just kept the whole thing leather, or even covered the entire heel with the plastic it probably would have been ok, but it's that transition that causes the problem. Yeah, the tongue pad thing sounded pretty out there - he wanted to lift up the insole and put the pad underneath it, to try to get my ankles elevated and away from the sides. Don't ask me - didn't sound promising. We'll see what happens.

    Appreciate the feedback from everyone, thanks.
     
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    Crazy timing on this comment, lol....
     
  16. Neo1

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    My current favorite shoes (I have to look at my sig to even remember what I have at this point...)
    1. Player 1.0
    2. Aberdeen
    3. Lucca
    4. Overlord
    5. McTavish
    6. Jefferson
    7. San Marco
    8. Normandy
    9. Norwich
    10. Knightsbridge
     
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    Sorry - didn't want to be a jerk. I don't have the first aves (Sauk Drive was enough for me). Only pair I had that shin thing with was my Nocona cowboy boots. The shaft was really stiff out of the box and they didn't flex easily. After some wear, they slashed through my shins bad enough that they bled - looked like I had been beaten by a whip. After I got through that, no more issues - the things are amazing.
     
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    My meager rotation:

    1. McTavish - cognac
    2. Strand - oxblood
    3. Long Branch - CXL
    4. Normandy - brown
    5. Gobi - tan saddle
    6. Park Avenue - black
    7. Darmstadt - brown (only AE I kind of regret buying)

    Once I get some funds together, and with a kid nearing braces that won't be any time soon, here's my list of what I'm planning on adding:

    Something walnut - Dalton and Cornwallis are the leading contenders

    Something shell - probably Brown Strands, but maybe something at a trunk sale

    Something in brown calf - Cornwallis and MacNeil are contenders

    Something in navy - I keep eyeing the Neumok. If it ever gets to a crazy good Shoebank price, I'll jump on it
     
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    With a forecast that looked dry, it looked like a good day for the suede Strands.
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    I like these a lot and I hope they bring some new suede offerings in the fall. Not a huge fan of the current suede lace-up offerings directly from AE and shoebank doesn't have my size in older suedes I do like.
     
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