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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. styleaudit91

    styleaudit91 Senior Member

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    Awesome! Nice to see some in real pics. I think it's what I was hoping for. Hoping to get mine in next week!!
     


  2. Neo1

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    Was looking for someone who actually owns them to comment on the Northland mocs - after BITJ raved about the Kirkwood so long last year and picked up like 12 pairs I reluctantly got one myself and despite it being the lesser ae by AE line, it's miles above any of the drivers I own. Trouble is the sole is not only bright white, it's soft as hell. The Northland looked like it might improve on everything I didn't like about the Kirkwood - I'm in the minority but I actually like the look and feel of the chromepak, its sort of waxy but grainy. Sole isn't white, and it's also much more rigid. But since the B&M stores have to be super efficient and only carry sizes between 9 & 10 I haven't tried one. I'm concerned they'll fit overly large and I'll look like I'm going out (in denim, khakis, etc.) wearing a pair of sandmans or something like that. Thanks in advance.
     


  3. Shoes4play

    Shoes4play Senior Member

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    Nice !!

    I ordered on the next to last day and I hope mine look just as good.
     


  4. donkeyhoatie

    donkeyhoatie Senior Member

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    Those look terrible. You shouldn't have to put up with them. Fortunately, they're in my size. So, you know, since you're gonna throw them away and all, you could just send them my way. I'll send you my address and a couple of bucks for shipping.

    Man, I hope they bring this color back for some other shoes. I'd love to be able to get the poor man's calf version of @watchidiot's MacNeil's.


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  5. polishrifle

    polishrifle Well-Known Member

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    Awesome to see in hand pics of these so early! Looks to be exactly what I was hoping for, especially judging by the no flash pictures. Can't wait to get mine in. Thanks for sharing!

     


  6. RichieP

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    @Neo1 have you looked at the Bar Harbor or Bates? Those are also on the 555 last and they're on clearance/in the Shoebank. Very brief description, though. No mention of leather used.
     
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  7. smfdoc

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    There have been several posts and discussions recently about lower cost shell alternatives, others about JR soles and some about AEs refusal to resole shoes with the dovetail heel unless they were cordovan originally. Here is an example of what can be done that touches on all three topics. These are Florsheim long wing cordovan shoes that needed new soles and the original V cleat heel replaced. The owner sent them to B Nelson in NYC to have a new sole, dovetail heel and JR soles. The edges were antiqued and the result is a lower cost shell shoe that has been returned to use with the benefit of a more user friendly superior leather sole and heel. It is certainly an option I will keep in mind for the right project.

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    As an update, I contacted B Nelson about the cost of these changes and received the following response:

    JR sole and heel re-craft........$150.00
    Leather mid-sole.....................$40.00
    Antique edges ans stitching N/C

    Please note, we antiqued the edges of the sole, mid-sole and, heel bases.
    The only way to antique the top of the welts would be to remove and replace them. That's because in order to do the antiquing we have to sand down the original finish/stain. If we sand the top of the welts it would destroy the stitching.
    Replacing a 360 storm welt is a $50.00 option.
     
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  8. ProfilaBinding

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    I actually prefer the look of my shoes on cloudy days, as it doesn't highlight the color too much.

    These new Leeds are interesting in that they are much quieter than the black ones I have. I sound like a woman in heels with my 1.0's. These shoes are like tanks, but I can tell I'm going to love them. Very comfortable insole, and quieter than my Lasalle's.

    Speaking of scrolling, the color on these is fantastic.
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  9. The Equestrian

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    Do you think that the strand in merlot would be too casual with suits?
     


  10. orange fury

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    Those look absolutely incredible, I can't believe they came in that quickly. I ordered mine that Monday, so hopefully I'll see mine in the next week or so- hopefully the Cornwallis looks as good as the Strand!
     
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    You're going to get varied responses on this based on how strictly a member sticks to the "rules". Personally, I would have no issue wearing that shoe with a suit, but I wouldn't characterize myself as "conservative" by some standards.
     


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    As @aero25 mentioned something about today being "tavish Tuesday" (it's also Election Day in California) here's a picture at my Poling Place after I voted and wearing my khaki grain McTavishes......

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    Looking sharp as always, Roy.
     


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    Nice! I didn't realize Dainite soles were an option...bugger.
     


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    I have the Northlands and I went down .5 from my Brannock size. So they fit large.

    They have a nice sleek look IMO. Look really good with tapered denim sans sox. The sole is a lot harder than the Kirkwood one. It is a hard rubber sole with specks.

    The chromepac is horween so it is high quality leather. I think that Horween treats it with a lot of oils etc. So, you just need to brush it for dust. It kinda lightens up at crease points too, which I like. Smells great too. The leather is so thick that I don't think it will expand as much as CXL. I have no experience with chromepac but I think it's gonna look great with age.
     


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