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

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  1. ace13x

    ace13x Senior member

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    Do you even Walnut, bro? ;)

    But seriously, I feel you. I was trying to show some restraint, but then the Midnight Blue hit, followed by the Merlot sale. Doesn't explain the Bourbon Daltons that are now in my closet, but...

    There is still the yet to be re-issued Bayfield that I want.
     
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    If only they were an 11.5D
     


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  4. ace13x

    ace13x Senior member

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    I was referring to their followers.
     


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    Gents, I got these as 2nds awhile ago. Just noticed this around the welt. Would the holes in the leather where it's sewed to the welt being exposed be a issue?

    My goals was to get a dainite sole once this wears out but thinking I might return them now.


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  7. Oinkedmoo

    Oinkedmoo Well-Known Member

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    I noticed similar holes on my beater Lexington seconds. I've jumped into a few puddles and still no wet feet.

    I'll probably replace the leather soles with dainite once the time comes.

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    I was helping remodel a new house today that I'll be moving to soon, and to make a long story short, I wore my Brooke's running shoes for most of the day. These shoes were fine to wear when I was younger, but wow, they do not give great support. My feet are in a bit of pain now and I'm going to need to find another shoe to remodel in. I'm strongly considering ordering a Freiburg for $107 and using it as a shoe that I don't mind if it gets a bit messy. It blows my mind that my hard insole Carlyle's do not bother my feet, even when standing for hours, but my Brooke's running shoes cause me lots of foot pain. I'll probably get attacked for this post, but please keep in mind, I see nothing wrong with buying one shoe/boot that can be my "dirty" shoe.
     


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    I think that's a totally awesome idea, though an insole in your running shoes might be a better idea (or a better pair of sneakers to remodel in, possibly with an insole ;)).

    I got a pair of "beater boots" recently when JCrew offered a pretty healthy discount on their Kenton boot, but even with the discount it was $170. It is a pretty darn nice boot for the money, but if you can grab something from ShoeBank at that money and it is comfortable, I'd go for it.

    [edit - it seems like the Freiburg was a little bit tricky to size]
     
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  10. Moose22

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    You have anything on a 201 last? Or even 333?

    I'm wondering how the fit is in comparison. I'm a high instep guy and can't fit into the PA/5thAve either, but there's no alden shop nearby.
     


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    Friends, would appreciate any input as it relates to fit on my recent purchase. There's a bit of bowing on both Strand firsts and McTavish seconds. I was measured 10D brannock and these are both that size.

    I don't know if this is caused by:
    -incorrect size/width
    -the anatomy of my foot relative to the 5 last
    -shoe defect (perhaps in the case of the McT)

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    Also below is a pic of my existing Cliftons in 10D, purchased at Nordstrom. I never realized there is a bit of a gap but they otherwise are comfortable and seem to fit well.
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    Appreciate any thoughts!
     


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    I do not know if I am the best guide to this fit issue, because I only know what works for me. My issue always concerns the vamp across the top of the foot and not the toes. My right foot is always the worse of the two and I am a EEE width which is hard to find. The left fits well and the right is tight. The 201 has a roomy toe box, yet I am still limited to the blucher lacing as found in the Rogue. I tried the 201 last with the Hopkinson, closed lace, and it was still tight like all of the other closed lace shoes I have tried. I have tried several shoes on the Hampton last from Alden, with closed laces, like the one in the picture The calf shoes are tight, but the cordovan is looser and works well. So that is the direction I have gone to get a more formal shoe with a closed lace.

    Do not expect to find an Alden store close by unless you live in SF, Manhattan or Washington DC. Those are the only factory connected stores. The Alden stores and "The shoe mart" are willing to accept returns if they are in unworn condition. PM me for any other specific questions as I would not wish to bore the forum.
     


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    You're pretty loosely laced in all of those pix. I recently got some Shannon Drives with a similar issue, and even tighter lacing didn't solve it entirely. I'd lace to the tighter end of comfortable and see what you think.

    When I called about my Shannon Drives, the customer service rep told me she thought it was a lasting issue and replaced the shoes. The new ones have very minimal gap.
     
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    @smfdoc , this is exactly the kind of fit info I look for. Thanks for it.

    And it's GOOD info. Real world issues, which the brannock device doesn't always measure.

    You actually sound like your problems are the same as mine, but being EEE makes it harder on you. I, too, have problems across the top. Sometimes at the toe, but it's always because I pull up the vamp with my instep and it squeezes in the sides, so if I go wider it solves that problem but gives me major heel slip. This is why I straight up can't fit into a 5 last without tricks like a tongue pad. The rogue fits me perfectly to size, though it is a blucher as you mentioned.

    Strange, it wasn't what I was thinking about, but I almost want to try a hopkinson or jefferson 2.0 even more than before, just to see if I have trouble closing the laces! I'm betting they'll work OK, as I can get mostly closed in the Rutledge (333) now that they are broken in, but this sows some doubt.
     


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    I think I would try on a Strand in a 10.5D and see if that improves it. If its not to long in front of your toes that may be a better fit. Some people don't size the same blucher vs. balmoral. Its possible that the shoe wasn't lasted correctly, but the probability of that diminishes with 2 pairs (3 if you count the Cliftons). Did you brannock yourself or did they do that at Nordstrom when you got the Cliftons? If its at all possible try to go to an AE store and get a fit by them, they may have a better idea how to relate the readings off the Brannock (Length, Ball to heal, and width) to the 65 last. That is assuming you get a knowledgable SA.

    There is also this post #8732 that quotes Paul G. and discusses lasting issues. The post preceding it shows a similar situation to yours.
     
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