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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. rpearlberg

    rpearlberg Senior Member

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    I usually don't buy at full price.
    Only one cobbler in town that I know, mixed reviews.
    Uppers seem to be good, they are about 2 years old and get worn once or twice a week.
    I don't have a relationship with a SA that I know of!
     


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    @rpearlbergWhat color is yours and what is available?
     


  3. rpearlberg

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    Dark Brown/Cognac is what I have and what is available.
     


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    I might eventually warm up to the cap toe. I actually like the look of the Strands a bit. But now it sounds like the 65 last is probably not in my best interest. You'd never guess by looking at my pics of the Carlyle, but it's actually very roomy inside, especially in the toe area. I definitely don't want to change the size for the sake of the V closing.
     


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    Lacing inspired by Peppercorn's blue suede shoes!
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    What are the thread's thoughts on the Kenwood loafer? I never looked closely at them, because so many of them were made of bonded leather, but the shoebank currently as a burgundy cordovan pair for $300 and a tan saddle pair for $200. My only loafers are dark brown McGraws. Would you recommend either pair, or would you advise getting, say, a Grayson before a second pair of penny loafers?
     


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    I tried the $297 Kenwoods but had to return them due to odd fitment and excessive bowing. For $297, they are a steal if they fit you well.
     


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    I have the BB Kenwoods in brown (just got them yesterday wearing today). They have been extremely comfortable. Definitely the most comfortable pair of AE shoes I own though I'm not sure its fair to compare them against laceups for comfort.
     


  11. BackInTheJox

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    I have the brown pebbled/grain version for Brooks Brothers and I really like them. They are 9D and I'm a 9E. They were a little snug up front at first, but they have relaxed a bit and fit very well. I've acquired quite a few loafers over the past two years ( 2 X OSB pairs and eyeing up a third, RL/AE Singletons, BB/AE Kenwood, Rancourt shell pinch penny x 2, Sperry Gold Cup penny). That doesn't even include my boat shoes!

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  12. BespokeBrooklyn

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    Sounds like a terrific collection! I love loafers, but stopped buying them when I started working in a business formal office. I usually wear my McGraws on the weekends, with sportcoats or nice sweaters. One reason I would be interested in a cordovan or tan saddle pair is to have a more-casual pair to wear with jeans and khaki chinos. Unfortunately, I wear too large of a size to avail myself of the Brooks Brothers or Ralph Lauren models that Allen Edmonds manufactures.
     
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    Gotcha. My daily attire is basically chinos and a button-down shirt (+/- my white coat if I feel like it). I own one AE balmoral shoe (walnut Cornwallis) and then have a pair of Johnston & Murphy Meltons (cap toe bal similar to AE PAs) in black and burgundy. With how infrequently I ever wear balmorals, this has been plenty. Most of my extensive shoe collection is bluchers (heavy on the wing tips) and loafers.
     


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    The barn weasle answer is recraft your pair AND buy the seconds.

    The question really is down to this: can you get more than $62 + fees + effort for your original pair? But if you go that route you also remember you may get a seconds pair that you don't like.
     


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    4th option: send to B. Nelson for $115 resoling. You're gambling a $10 restock fee with the seconds. Even if they do work out and you sell your current pair, I'm not sure you'd net more than $40 after fees and shipping. So, best case scenario there is $137 - $40 = $97. Not to sound haughty but saving $18 wouldn't be worth the hassle to me.
     
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