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

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  1. naspratt

    naspratt Senior member

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    Ok, maybe I'm crazy but this e-mail shows the Sea Island with the "handcrafted in USA" insole, right? It certainly doesn't look like the insole on my Maritimes.
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    I mean, I know the web page says made in DR, but this feels shady.
     
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    I'll call and see what they say.

    I'm still struggling with sizing too. I was initially fitted by 3 SA's at two different stores, and they all figured 9E was my size on the 5 last - I'm pretty much an exact 9.5D on the brannock by both length and arch.

    But, wearing a pair of Neumoks in that size killed the knuckle of my pinky toe on one foot and the lacing was never going to close. They also seemed a little long. The customer service rep thought 8.5EEE would be better, so now I have a Merlot McAllister, Blue Neumok, and Walnut Strand all in 8.5EEE. They feel pretty good, but maybe a little loose. I can curl my toes into a ball and can move the ball of my foot side to side a bit while standing.

    Could that be because they're new? Or should I give 8.5EE a shot?

    I really want to avoid that pinky knuckle pain. In my experience, if a shoe flares that up I'll never be able to wear it.
     
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    Inaugural wear of the 5a. They aren't perfect however I'm tired of sending them back.
     
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    Is there any love for the Chili Weybridge?

    Sorry for the poor lighting in the first pic.


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    The Olive Shannon Drives get the call for the ride home from SFO...
     
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    Now there's a name and quote I didn't expect to come across on this board. A few excerpts from Surely You're Joking... "found" their way into the reading list for a few classes that I taught.
     
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    Just black calf. I keep them clean though :)
     
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    Man, I've got to get myself on those now before they disappear from the Shoebank. What last are they on? Do they run big or small?
     
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    I like these a lot actually. I have seen them on ebay but never in my size. I'd definitely purchase them if I did. Unfortunately I didn't care about quality shoes when these were on shelves.
     
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    201 last, i believe. Sizing is the same as the 5-last, though i think it isn't as finicky for most, and the cut isn't as tight as the Strand. Slightly wider, possibly a slightly more tapered toe. I'd say expect a more forgiving fit of your 5-last size. The leather here is super-soft, and the butyl sole isn't going to beat you up, so it is more "wear-in" than "break in" for me. I'm really happy with them!

    They still had a fair number of firsts recently despite removing them from the main website, and might honor the clearance price ($199) if you call.

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    Super casual Friday with Kirks and light denim.
    For those keeping score at home, these (and their sister Maritime) are the same size as my 5-last - though I have at least one pair where I dropped down from D to B, in attempt to control volume. Both the Kirks and Maris are slightly longer and wider than the DR-made Sea Islands (I would have had to size up); still waiting on the, hopefully US-made, pair coming from Nordy's.

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  12. RTD1

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    I know all about pinky knuckle pain. Broadly as well as specific to the 5 last. IMO, if you're a 9.5D on a Brannock, here's what you should have done: Bought the shoe in 9.5E, since the 5 last runs a little narrow. Then purchased one of these:

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    The black plastic pieces come in different sizes/shapes and go into the holes in the wooden body of the stretcher. Find one about the size and shape of your pinky toe and put it into the hole nearest where your pinky toe would make contact with the shoe, then insert the stretcher into the shoe and crank the ever living shit out of it. Let it sit overnight. Then enjoy your shoes.

    The reality is if you have a hammer toe or something else that causes your pinky toe to jut out, then going up a width or two or three is just going to leave you with a shoe that is loose everywhere except where you need it to be. Spot stretching solves this problem.

    They also make these things for accomplishing the same thing, but I have not yet used one, out of fear of damaging the shoe (the stretcher I posted above will break long before it damages a shoe in most cases):

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    "Dem ain't shell... but its off the hook."
    On a serious note, I was set on burnished brown, but these have me considering black calf
     
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    As promised. Here are my brand new Merlot McAllisters that just came in last night compared to my Oxblood Strands and Dark Chili Strands.

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    Close up:

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    The Merlot and Oxblood are virtually indistinguishable, if you compare the Merlot to the burnished parts of the Oxblood. If you look at the unburnished parts of the Oxblood, they're a little more red than the Merlot (look to the left of the laces of the Strand in the first pic).

    Oddly, in the second pic, the merlot looks more red and the oxblood more purple. That's because of the lighting. In lower light, it's reversed and the merlot looks a little more purplish than the oxblood. But regardless, the colors are very close, both burgundy variants.
     
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    The CXL shoe insole imprint says "fine imported leather". Maybe the lining is imported, but the CXL is from Chicago. You can never trust an insole. [​IMG]
     
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