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

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  1. danwatts2005

    danwatts2005 Senior member

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    Now I think I see what you were saying. There is a big difference between a kirkwood type boat shoe with a rubber sole and nubuck uppers, and the leather soled sea island in suede from Charles F. Stead. Two completely different animals and price ranges. The Sea Island is more like a seasonal beef role Cavanaugh with better suede. 
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    Exactly. They have the new Maritime, but no Kirkwood...
     


  2. ace13x

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    New Jersey. [​IMG]


    MJM (a BCF company), and I rounded off. It was actually $53.99. [​IMG]

    Edit: I also found 5 other pairs of Daltons sub $60, but they were 5.5EEE and 6EEE. Should have bought them and put them on yahoo.jp
     
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  3. jet-stream

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    I have, and love, the bourbon Daltons. No personal experience with oxblood Daltons, but for my preferred use (jeans or business casual), bourbon is about right.

    However, if you are on the fence between bourbon and walnut, you can have both! Bourbon is walnut-dyed leather with black burnishing. If you get bourbon and decide you don't like it, you can strip the burnishing (renomat recommended) and hit with a coat of walnut polish. Voila - discounted walnut Daltons. If you place too high a premium on your time to make this worthwhile, a cobbler can probably do the same for far less than the price difference.
     


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    No clue what those acronyms are. And size 5 & 6? Could I buy them and send them back to AE to be recrafted to an 11?
     
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    I own Quoddys and Rancourts and these AE made in DR shoes can certainly hold their own (Sorry!). Get some. Pretty sure that they use Horween leathers on all of them. I already have my Kirkwoods or I would be picking some up.

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  6. jet-stream

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    I had the exact same issue with Strands in 11D, though I may have had slightly less room in the heel. I had a great AE CS experience, which I detailed on the last thread: http://www.styleforum.net/t/141581/...eviews-pictures-sizing-etc/69285#post_8265755
    This was with firsts rather than seconds, but I don't expect that should make a difference . . .

    EDIT: I should note that I got a bit lucky with the specific pair of 11E's that I got as replacements. There is sample variation from one pair to another, and I got a pair that was like an 11D in the heel and overall volume, and an 11E in the toebox. May be worth it to try a couple of samples to really dial it in . . .
     
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  7. jet-stream

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    My post from 10 Jan 2016:

    In the spirit of AE appreciation, I'd like to offer a couple of anecdotes about AE's superior customer service:

    (1/2) My first pair of AE shoes were walnut Strands (surprising, I know). I had initial qualms about the fit but got fitted multiple times and assured that 11D was the size for me and that the toebox tightness would resolve after the shoes were broken in. After a few weeks of occasional use, the issue was very clear; the footbed did not quite accommodate my two smallest toes (no roast beef and wee wee wee for those of you with kids). This was in clear evidence based on depressions in the cork and wear on the inside of the shoe; it was enough of an issue that I had certain socks I wouldn't wear with the shoes (tight fit + seam in wrong place = blisters). I took them in to the AE store from whence they came and explained the issue. After several attempted stretchings (in retrospect, likely doomed to fail because of the shape of my foot versus the footbed), they fitted me in an 11E and ordered replacements. A week later, I had brand-new Strands that fit perfectly. AE stood behind the purchase and took care of the problem (at zero cost to me other than a little bit of time). I'll note that the firsts weren't quite perfect (maybe halfway between firsts and seconds), but I'm more than happy with the result and will equate the small imperfections with comfort. Bravo Allen Edmonds - that is true customer service.
     


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    @SLCRich Did you try the suede Cavanaugh or regular calf? The suede has a little more give at the vamp. The 114 is a pain - I always feel like an E would be better, but after the D us broken in, I'm relieved I stuck it out. But either way, make sure the length works - too short and you're crushed in there, too long and your heels get shredded with enough walking. If you feel like you just can't make either 8.5 or 9 work, check out the 2592.
     


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    @cc808314 I tried the LaSalle, Delray & Clark St and all fit really well, I just really didn't like the look - if you like these id recommend them.
     


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    Agreed. The Sea Island is great (I just special ordered some in my size), but the Kirkwood is even more casual given the white rubber sole.
     


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    @alexnb Definitely post about your impression when they arrive. I looked at them in person - the material is extremely soft & supple but I thought the sole attached to it was iffy, plus I couldn't believe they would charge $300 for something non-recraftable. Hopefully they fare better than my expectations - they definitely looked really good.
     


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    I went overboard last year with the Kirkwoods/Maritimes when they had them on sale. Bought a bunch in various colors/sizes to try to get the fit right.

    Ended up with 3 pairs:
    - Kirkwood in dark brown
    - Maritime in dark brown
    - Maritime in navy

    Was going to keep a Kirkwood in navy but it was all adding up too quickly.

    I'm a pretty young-ish guy at 33, but loafers have grown on me quite a bit the past 1-2 years. I started with a pair of walnut Ralph Lauren Singletons and realized I love them. I bought a pair of brown Singletons too but have since sold those off to make room for others, as I wasn't wearing them much and I think I had the size wrong. Then I got a pair of the Sperry gold cup tan beefroll penny loafers and realized they're super comfortable lightweight shoes that I can beat up or "dress up" at work (I'm a doc, but chinos/button down with no tie is standard for me). Also got a great deal on one of the last existing pairs of Sperry Made in Maine beefroll loafers on a white boat shoe sole.

    Next I added the Brooks Brothers version of the AE Kenwood with brown grain leather and a natural colored leather sole. Beautiful shoes, although I am thinking I may have to sell them as the 9D is just a bit too snug on my forefoot and they don't come in wider sizes.

    Just recently I took my first step into Oak Street Bootmakers (I know, this is an AE thread). Picked up a pair of the crepe sole brown beefroll loafer for cheap, and they are amazing. Love the leather/craftsmanship, and the crepe sole is unique and ultra-comfortable. I liked them so much that I have just purchased (and anxiously waiting the arrival of) a pair of OSB natural beefroll loafers on the standard leather sole.

    So, in just a few years, I went from "loafers? who needs 'em?" to "I think I've purchased too many loafers." Must be the turning 30 thing.
     


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    Hah, so I'm not crazy. Based on my experiences with the 511 I had ordered my Sauk Drive in 9 EEE but the right pinky didn't like them at all while I have perfectly fine 9 EEE Leeds. Had to get the SD in 9.5 EEE. The rest of the shoe now requires me to use thick socks. Which is fine for a boot but still. Makes me not want a Rogue, although I was thinking about one for a long time and now would be THE time to get one. Can't wear thick wool socks in a Rogue in summer ...
     


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    The Singleton is a shoe that I must have at some point. How's the fit compared to other AEs?
     
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