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

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  1. gm928

    gm928 Senior member

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    I'm with you 100%. I sometimes visit construction sites for work, and Red Wing boots are my only choice on those days. I don't have any RW shoes, but I'll be thinking about them now.
     


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    I wore various combos of the saddle style several times during my 20's and 30's, though admittedly not AE. I'd love to have a pair of those maroon ones now, but they don't have my size. I still might spring for the walnut. Either pair is perfect for jeans.
     


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    Yes, I just asked a question about Merlot vs Oxblood shoes, but the other pair on the Shoe Bank in my size that is tempting me right now is the Khaki McTavish. I am one of those who likes to match my belt to my shoes. Phil from the Brookfield outlet mentioned the Cottonwood belt, but he didn't say what color. It looks like there is a tan version, but can't tell from the online pictures how well it will match. I would LOVE something in the same leather, but I guess that's not going to happen. What belt do those of you with the same shoes wear to match?

    And good news! My Bourbon Fifth Avenues that I jacked up are waiting for me at home after a long day at work. I was told they were submitted to the recrafting department on April 28th. That was super fast. If I don't get to see my kids tonight (which I don't), at least I have that going for me!
     


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    The Beckman's also show up on Sierra Trading Post for $200 (factory seconds), but I'm pretty sure I've seen them on that site for ~$150 around the holidays.
     


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    It's super casual Friday and post Cinco De Mayo. If you are hung over, what is more causal than sandals? Yes, AE made some of them as well. Behold the Sorrento for your pool party needs.

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    Now that my Fifth Avenues are back, I am able to submit a photo of my small, but growing, family. I believe they did lighten up the Fifth Avenues per my request. In the photo they look rather similar to the Walnut pair. Unfortunately, however, they also either sent me a new box or they covered up the old sticker on the outside with one that has my name on it. [​IMG]

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    Aside from exercising more caution when wiping the shoes down, does anyone have care tips that will help me avoid removing the burnishing from both the Bourbon and Walnut pairs? I'd feel awfully silly (nay, foolish) if I were to do it again. I have the AE Premium Leather Conditioner. Is that safe to use on burnished shoes?
     


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    No idea on the "Premium Leather Conditioner".

    But stay away from the "Conditioner Cleaner" ( http://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/s...aner/SF570.html?dwvar_SF570_color=649#start=4 ). This is the stuff that stripped the burnishing right off my Bourbon Aschers.

    As for polish, I haven't seen anything that really matches. The Bourbon Premium shoe polish is more reddish, almost like Dark Chili. Some people have had luck with the Walnut in this line, but that seems light to me and might cover or strip the burnishing over time. The Light Brown Shoe Cream is really Orange. Personally, I wouldn't use anything other than the Neutral carnauba shoe polish on Bourbon.

    IMO, there's a reason why they discontinued Bourbon. While it could be a very nice color, the way they achieved it (black burnishing on top of walnut) made it inconsistent from the factory and impossible for the owner to maintain over time. There's a real need for AE to come out with some sort of solid medium brown to sit between walnut and their standard brown which is very dark.
     


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    I agree. I have an old pair of Lasalles that I bought gently used on ebay in 2012, in their standard brown - and it is significantly lighter than the current "brown burnished" (or whatever) color they offer. The current brown is too dark for my liking in most offerings, and the color of my Lasalles is perfect.

    I don't really understand what's so difficult when it comes to a medium brown leather shoe.

    Here's a pic of the brown Lasalles (on the right) next to a pair of brand new (at the time) Delrays in the "updated" brown color.

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    Did you wind up picking up the Beckman? Agree with your comment about it btw. Nothing against the Sturgis, just not the same.

    Not easy to compare the 606 & 114, but if memory serves, didn't you say you got the Concord? It's similar to that, a little bigger but not much.
     


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    They did the same to me. Wish they'd put it on the reverse side.
    May just be the screen, but that looks pretty close to chili, with a slight reddish tone. Also, their brown shell isn't too dark and may suit your needs well :devil:
     
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    It's crummy lighting, but there's really not much of a reddish hue to the Lasalles. I'll see if I can take a photo of them with my (old original color) chili Delrays and a pair of new dark chili Madison Parks for comparison. I have since sold the dark brown Delrays.
     


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    Chili Bradleys today. Check out how thick that sole is... Does it look like a JR sole to you gents? I got them from eBay.
     


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    They use to offer a nice brown color called Brown Antibes I believe. I have some PAs in this color and it is my favorite brown. I agree current brown is far too dark and I find myself preferring chili or bourbon.
     


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    So ever since I wanted to update my photo game and take pictures in the sun, mother nature just laughed at me. Been overcast most of the week. MacNeil 2.0 brown grain. I think someone was asking about sizing on this earlier. I'm extremely lucky to be a 9d in 99.9% of the AE shoes I've tried. Cavanaugh in calf the only exception
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    Is there an affordable option for a sleek chocolate suede loafer that comes with width options for someone with a wide foot (Doesn't have to be AE)? The Cavanaugh is not quite doing it for me. I've stumbled across pictures of the Melrose and I would love to have something similar to that.

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