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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread 2016 - News, Pictures, Sizing, Accessories, Clothing, etc

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My brand new AE came in today and one shoe has this odd crease. Does this look like a defect or will a crease like this form naturally anyway?
I would return those. Not only is that huge crease in an odd location, but the welt/edge finishing is among the sloppier work I've seen from AE. It's almost as if they didn't sand it down at all. And this is their flagship shoe!!
What PC said. For new shoes, I would return; most of my AE calf shoes don't crease there anyway (only one Indy-line shoe has ever creased there for me). AE may offer to let you keep them at seconds pricing; I'd be borderline personally at that level but I think these would be reasonable as seconds.
 

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I ended up getting both.: Strandmok in Tan Leather and Fifth Ave in Dk Chili. Great, freaking shoes! I couldn't resist the $150 off of the retail for the Fifth Ave. I have it in Walnut although Seconds only - I know I know, had I waited I would've gotten it for cheaper and Firsts. The fit on the 65 last on the Fifth Ave is also way better than the Strand, for me atleast.
The Strandmok is just plainly awesome. Pairs very well with chinos and khakis. And, I don't know, but I tried it with a light blue pair of shorts and I think it works.
****! i literally just realized, I'm short on shoe trees. Damnit! This means if the 2 for $40 shoetrees sale is still going on I might end up with an extra pair of shoetrees... And who in here have extra shoetrees just lying around? Of course it would need to be functionally accompanied by, what else, a new pair of AEs
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PSA - massdrop has two pairs of woodlore epic trees in sale for $44 shipped. IMO these are vastly superior to the basic woodlore/JAB trees and that is a very good deal.

If you do go with the basic trees, I posted a DIY on adding knobs a few weeks ago ...
 
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Can anyone advise what last the Madison Avenue is built on? Thx


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I would return those. Not only is that huge crease in an odd location, but the welt/edge finishing is among the sloppier work I've seen from AE. It's almost as if they didn't sand it down at all. And this is their flagship shoe!!

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Thanks for your feedback everyone. I'm going to return the shoes.
 

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PSA - massdrop has two pairs of woodlore epic trees in sale for $44 shipped. IMO these are vastly superior to the basic woodlore/JAB trees and that is a very good deal.

If you do go with the basic trees, I posted a DIY on adding knobs a few weeks ago ...


Links?
The ae store ended up giving me a pair of shoe trees for $20. Pretty good deal IMHO. Top notch customer service.
 
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Links?
The ae store ended up giving me a pair if shoe trees for $20. Pretty good deal IMHO. Top nitch customer service.
Original link is http://www.styleforum.net/t/518090/...ng-accessories-clothing-etc/2040#post_8363009
Two important notes: http://www.styleforum.net/t/518090/...ng-accessories-clothing-etc/2040#post_8363025 and http://www.styleforum.net/t/518090/...ng-accessories-clothing-etc/2520#post_8381752

I'll re-post in a moment when I figure out how . . .
 

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How to make cheap shoe trees better (OT)

I've seen recent discussion of shoe tree sales (such as JAB trees) and thought I would share my modifications to such trees. While I strongly prefer Woodlore Epic trees, they are relatively expensive and I have plenty of JAB tres. To me, the big shortcoming of the JAB and basic woodlore models is the lack of a good handhold. To solve this, I simply added brass knobs to the cheap trees, which magnifies their utility substantially (especially for boots!). If you have a few basic tools, there's not much to get.

As pictured below, for each pair, you will need:
- 2x Cabinet knobs (I like brass to match the nicer shoe trees)
- 2x 8/32 screws, preferably brass, 1/2" in length (5/8 could potentially work but will be hard to get into place) **** NOTE: measure handhold of shoe tree first!!
- A tiny Phillips screwdriver (#0 or so) to remove the nameplate
- An 11/64 drill bit and a driver (you probably could go up to 3/16 if absolutely necessary)
- (Optional) small needlenose pliers


How to:
1. Remove the existing nameplates.

2. Drill a hole on or near the screw hole closest to the front. Take care not to move too far back or you'll get into the area where the shoe tree curves, which means your screw won't be long enough.


3. Feed the screw through the hole from below. Pliers are not essential but will help, especially for those of us with robust fingers.


4. Hold the screw head in place with a finger and thread the knob on top.


5. Place trees in shoes.


That's it. It is pretty quick - I could probably do this for a dozen pairs in the time it will take me to write this post.

Of note, some of you may be tempted to buy a longer screw (2") and attach the knob near the back of a tree. I do not recommend this, for several reasons:
- it's more complicated. You will have to drill a countersink and do some sanding. It's even worse if you want to avoid the wood on the bottom splintering.
- it may get into the heel of the shoe (see below)
- unless you go really far back on the tree, the spring mechanism is in the way

Trust me on this. If you don't believe me, post your skepticism and I'll take a photo of why this is a bad idea. The method outlined above puts the knob in a really handy place (especially for boots), and looks fine aesthetically:


That's it. Hope this is useful to all of the barn weasels - enjoy!


Four notes on the above post:
1. I did include some AE shoes for relevance. That's how I roll.
2. Brass screws in this size are re

adily available at any hardware store or big-box home improvement store, typically about $1.20 for 6 pcs.
3. If you don't want to shop for just the right knob, I used the cheapest brass knobs I could find on amazon (<$1 each). The specific ones I used are now like $5 each, but this would be pretty much the same thing: http://www.amazon.com/Amerock-BP191..._UL160_SR131,160_&refRID=0EZ3DF9N9FVFF59KRC1E - note this is an add-on item if you want free shipping (assumes amazon prime). If you get the knobs for this price, the total cost of modifying a pair of trees is <$2.50.
4. Since originally posting, I finished the remaining JAB trees I had. One of the 6 (total) had a thicker than normal handhold/shelf, rendering my 1/2" screws inadequate. In this case, I needed a 5/8" screw, which are more difficult to find. I ended up just cutting a longer screw (hint: dremel or similar). The 5/8" will still fit under the handhold, but the pliers become less optional. Moral of the story: measure before purchasing hardware. Or, if you wanna go all Reagan, TRUST BUT VERIFY.

Re-posting my DIY instructions for adding knobs to shoe trees; spoilered since they are repeat posts. Second spoiler contains a few notes, 3 are fairly important.
I actually prefer these modified trees for boots; the position of the knob is just about right. Enjoy!

EDITED: for typo in spoiler name. Sheesh.
 
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Hey guys,

Just wanted to run a few questions past you AE experts. I'm attending a wedding in roughly a month's time and suppose I need some new shoes to go with my suit. Currently the only pair of AEs that I own are some orthotics that I picked up a few years ago at Nordstrom Rack for cheap when I needed some shoes quickly for a function. They are in the Chili color and I believe are known as the "Lake Forest" from 2013. They are a 9.5 D and I find that they fit quite comfortably. My question I suppose is what do you think my sizing would be in other AE lasts? My foot is generally pretty flat but I've never thought of it being all that wide. Several pairs of AE I have tried on seemed to be too narrow for me though. We have an AE outlet near us which is most likely where I will purchase my shoes so any last help is appreciated so I would know what to tell them should they need to order a pair for me from another store.

My 2nd question would be what AE colors do you guys think go well with a charcoal/dark charcoal suit? I know they classic would be black obviously, but black probably wouldn't fit into the rest of my wardrobe all that well. I'd prefer to find a shoe and color to wear with my suit but also that I would wear at other times with dark jeans or something since it's not everyday I have the need to wear a suit. Most people would probably tell me to just buy some beater shoes for the occasion but I have issues throwing money away on cheap shoes.

Cheers and thanks for any insight or help you can provide.
 

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Hey guys,

Just wanted to run a few questions past you AE experts. I'm attending a wedding in roughly a month's time and suppose I need some new shoes to go with my suit. Currently the only pair of AEs that I own are some orthotics that I picked up a few years ago at Nordstrom Rack for cheap when I needed some shoes quickly for a function. They are in the Chili color and I believe are known as the "Lake Forest" from 2013. They are a 9.5 D and I find that they fit quite comfortably. My question I suppose is what do you think my sizing would be in other AE lasts? My foot is generally pretty flat but I've never thought of it being all that wide. Several pairs of AE I have tried on seemed to be too narrow for me though. We have an AE outlet near us which is most likely where I will purchase my shoes so any last help is appreciated so I would know what to tell them should they need to order a pair for me from another store.

My 2nd question would be what AE colors do you guys think go well with a charcoal/dark charcoal suit? I know they classic would be black obviously, but black probably wouldn't fit into the rest of my wardrobe all that well. I'd prefer to find a shoe and color to wear with my suit but also that I would wear at other times with dark jeans or something since it's not everyday I have the need to wear a suit. Most people would probably tell me to just buy some beater shoes for the occasion but I have issues throwing money away on cheap shoes.

Cheers and thanks for any insight or help you can provide.

Depending on what you are used to, properly-fitting shoes may initially feel tight. With that said, the last that the shoe is made on is important; I don't know the Lake Forest last offhand, but I think it's not one of the narrower lasts out there. The good news is that AE outlets are a perfect place to try on shoes; they will often have a wider range of sizes than retail stores.

Black is the easy choice, but I think you have some options. I really like Merlot with charcoal suits, and Chili (aka Bob's Chili or Dark Chili) goes with darn near everything. IMO, walnut goes with medium charcoal just fine, but isn't the most versatile color. AE's brown is pretty dark and I personally wouldn't pair it with charcoal (navy, on the other hand, would be perfect). If you're looking for one color that will serve many purposes, chili might be worth considering. Something like a 5th Avenue (if the last works for you), perhaps?
 

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Welcome.

Just be careful on the sizing if you go to Nordstrom. They have often tried to sell me medium shoe trees when in fact, my size calls for small. Medium is much larger than the small size and can stretch the shoes too much.
So if I was using M shoe trees on 8E or 8EE shoes, should I probably stop before I stretch them and get S trees instead?
 

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Merlot Hopkinsons,, Park Aves, or Shell cordovan #8 PAs. Some will say an Oxblood someting or other, but seem a bit too RED for my tastes.
 

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Picked up some Walnut Carlyles online on the sale and tried a 13 as I was told that last runs long and lean (usually a true 12D or 12.5). It was a decent amount too big and so I went in to local AE store to try a 12. There you have it 12D it should have been. Picked up a visually stunning pair in a more caramely tone than the 13- and less burnishing.

The 13 showing my big toe with lots of room.

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Here are the 12s!
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Fit on the money. But one question of you all as I may try and take back. I believe the cork on the right shoe has a lump in it on ball of foot. It wasn't noticeable on carpet, but I stepped on my kitchen wood floor and it was very noticeable. Think it may be worth a return, even though I hate to turn away such pristine leather....any thoughts?
 
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