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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. RTD1

    RTD1 Well-Known Member

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    If you're a 10D on the Brannock, do yourself a favor and get 10E for any AE shoes on the 5 last.
     
  2. Mat Waites

    Mat Waites Well-Known Member

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    Maiden voyage for Oxblood McGregors[​IMG]

    - Thanks to ShoeBank
     
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  3. flaminiom

    flaminiom Active Member

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    How do the sides/ toplines look without feet in them? Do they bulge similarly? Are you using shoe trees and given the shoes a rest between wears?
     
  4. SLCRich

    SLCRich Well-Known Member

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    No rhyme or reason but I'm making this week, boot week. Sadly only have two boots with AE, but this is still my favorite. Dalton in oxblood. Blows my mind when people say this color isn't versatile, but maybe my eyes suck?
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  5. whodey14

    whodey14 Well-Known Member

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    I really like these. Probably the shoe I want most. Have them in walnut, wish I snagged oxblood instead.

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    Today was a rare occasion I wear black. Strands.
     
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  6. Captm2016

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    How does sizing in the 555 last compare to the 65? I'm a 12D in the 65 and am thinking of ordering some maritimes or kirkwoods. I do have a store nearby so I could just try them on, but the low inventory thing is really starting to frustrate me and I'd rather not spend the time if they are going to have to be ordered any way. So, assuming a 12D is perfect in the 65 (and 943), what would it be in the 555?
     
  7. M635Guy

    M635Guy Well-Known Member

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    The 5-last is a really mixed bag for me. I'm just shy of 12 on Brannock and the wider side of a D with a high instep. My McT's have decent closure (but not perfect), and going from a D to an E doesn't help that very much. But they're comfortable - my "mistake cognac" McT's are easily one of my favorite shoes.

    My Rush Streets are essentially CXL Strands. I've talked to several SA's and a lady at AE, and all agree that the Strand is cut very tightly. A "D" is only mostly comfortable, and the closure isn't great for me (high instep). An E doesn't help much and a EE is just too loose. I've tried 12's as well. Closure is better but there is unacceptable heel gap and the position of the foot is bad. But the open-lace/derby styles fit me fine in 11.5 D.

    In any case, my point is that for some folks the 5-last fit is as much about the cut of the pattern as the last and sizing.
     
  8. Count de Monet

    Count de Monet Well-Known Member

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    Dustin,

    Are the two pictured on the 5 last brand new? Or have you worn them for a while?

    If the former, you may need a more narrow width. The facings are nicely closed (except for the bowing) right now but if these are brand new and as your feet mold in to the footbed, they are going to come close to overlapping. That's one indicator of too little foot volume for a particular width.

    I second the motion to have an AE employee size you (though good luck finding a "C" width in a brick and mortar store). The Brannock devise (in the proper hands) is a good starting point but doesn't help much in my experience addressing foot volume.

    Just my take.
     
  9. coolarrow

    coolarrow Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]#8 Florshem shell saddle shoes, VTG and MiUSA.
    Nice oxbloods today, gents.
     
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  10. armedferret

    armedferret Well-Known Member

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    Mine are bourbon. Want oxblood or burgundy shell to compliment them. Want it baaaaaad.

    Next sale I'm likely to splurge. :D
     
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  11. M2511

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    Every time I think I'm satisfied or happy with my current shoe line up I remember the ones I still don't have. Once I get some walnut strands I know I'll want the other colors. Then I'll be looking for more bluchers as I do not currently own any by AE. These sales have become a detriment to my wallet. Thankfully this merlot sale hasn't done me in because I have McAllisters in merlot already. I'm grateful I don't find much use for boots in Florida because this problem would only get worse.
     
  12. harlequin782

    harlequin782 Well-Known Member

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    People (including me) complain about AE'S shortfalls, but I must say, right now they are on roll...they have a helluva lineup right now, and I honestly feel like I could easily blow several thousands of dollars without regret, if I had it to spend at the moment.
     
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  13. middlepP

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    Felt like a LWB kinda day! Formally walnut Fenways and denim today. These are slowly reaching that deep cherry/burnished oxblood that I am looking for. (Btw, nice looking oxbloods @SLCRich , @Mat Waites , and @coolarrow !)
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  14. MattRiv

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    Merlot Monday with my Hopkinsons.
     
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  15. smfdoc

    smfdoc Well-Known Member

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    Its Monday morning and time to start off the work week with some serious, traditional, business long wings.

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  16. SLCRich

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    I'm speaking blasphemy, but I need less shoes. I'm still squeaking in these Daltons. In theory, if I had less shoes these would have already broken in, however, I'd have less shoes. Maybe I need more feet instead?
     
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  17. ryansto

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    the bowing looks to be caused by your feet being flat. The Brannock device measures your foot heel-toe-toe and heel-to-ball, but it makes a lot of assumptions about your feet (average instep, narrower at the mid-foot than at the ball, etc). I would try going to an E width- possibly a half-size down, if you don't want too much volume in front. You seem like a good candidate for arch support inserts, as well. you may need the E width to accommodate the insert, but it would definitely straighten the top line.
     
  18. RTD1

    RTD1 Well-Known Member

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    At the $245-$275 price point of the sales over the last few months, there's nothing else out there that can touch AE. At full list price ($395), valid arguments can be made either way as to whether it's worth it to spend a little more and go Alden or Carmina. But not at these prices.
     
  19. Pequot

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    Does anyone know if the Amex rebate offer is still in effect? Thanks.
     
  20. donkeyhoatie

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    There's nothing wrong with buying a "dirty" shoe/boot from AE. However, I don't think the Freiburg fits the bill. Maybe if it came with a lug sole. But, if I'm remembering right, it's just a leather sole. If you're going to do any kind of real work in it, you need traction and protection.

    In all honesty, though, you'd be better served going with a true work boot of some sort. If you're doing anything around a remodel site, you'll want to have the best kind of sole possible. Ever stepped on a nail with just regular running shoes on? Yeah, it sucks. Accidents happen all the time on sites, and having work boots on can mean the difference between a laughable near miss and serious injury. I'm not saying that you need something steel-toed, but go with as thick a sole as you can. The first time you step on something, you'll be grateful. And, they're far more comfortable than you might think. I'm still working with the same, no-name waterproof, steel-toe boots I picked up 12 years ago from some big-box store. They're nearing the end of their usefulness, and I'll be moving up to something from Red Wing or another comparable brand at that point, as I tend to do a lot of project-based work in my garage these days and am usually the guy that gets called upon to help for construction projects.

    TL/DR: Get the Freiburg as a beater for white collar situations. Anything blue collar requires something closer to a true work boot.
     
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