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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. tmchow

    tmchow Senior Member

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    Got these used Bourbon Mcallisters off eBay just now for $150. My first pair of AE. I figured it was worth it to get the color and enables me to buy a strand in walnut assuming I can find those used too :)

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    Good start! Now, repeat. And repeat again!
     


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    If you like it, sure, there is a point to it. That said, my personal aesthetic is that monk straps are somewhere between casual and dressy; for a formal/dress shoe I think bal. Given your lineup, something like a brown Cornwallis might be a nice addition (assuming it fits you - tragically, not the case for me, but the 1943 last has to fit someone, right?).

    I like the mora and went with bourbon as a less formal color; I use it in business casual-ish settings.
     


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    This.
     


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    Thanks. How many coats of polish would you recommend and how long should I be letting it dry in between each application? The right shoe seems like the toe may still be a bit damp so I may let them dry overnight.
     


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    I think it takes a while to get the factory finish looking that good. But getting a really good brush and spending some time brushing and buffing with a strip of t-shirt is a good start...
     
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    It's going to be difficult to get fit dialed-in thirdhand, but based on what you are saying 7D is less likely to work than 6.5EEE. 6.5 sounds like your length, but it is possible that 6.5E or 6.5EE would be better than triple E. 7D should be roughly the same width-wise as 6.5E, so if you don't think 6.5E would work, 7D probably won't either.

    Have you been measured on a brannock device? This would be what basically any shoe store uses so doesn't rely on having an AE store nearby. That would be a good starting point.

    One option would be to order a few different sizes from AE, while making it clear to the SA that you only intend to keep one. I've never had to do this, but others have poste that AE is usually open to this. Of course, this makes assumptions about your willingness to buy firsts or pay the return fee on seconds.

    I'd also opine that the 65 last (Strand, Fifth Ave, and many others) is not AE's best; it can be difficult to get a good fit.
     


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    I'm not sure what product you're using. Regardless, if it feels damp, it's safest to wait until tomorrow.
    In general, cream polishes don't have as much wax and it's harder to get a good shine with them. They are good to use on the vamp though, because waxes can crack there. A wax product is good for the heels and toes. It can take several coats of wax to get a strong shine.
     


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    Using the AE conditioner/cleaner and Oxblood cream. Should I pick up some AE carnuba wax as well?
     


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    The AE oxblood polish seems to have a fair amount of wax in it. Wax could be used to add a higher shine to the heels and toes, if you want.
     


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    Thanks. Do you recommend buffing with a cotton cloth after I've used a horsehair brush to clear the polish?
     


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    A soft cotton cloth works. So does a microfiber cloth.
     


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    Thanks for the advice.
    I don't live in the US unfortunately, so ordering firsts and having the option to return would not be feasible.

    I should probably add that the tightness from the 6.5D seems to be mainly around my toes. Does this mean it's a length issue as well?
    And i have measured myself before using the printable fit guide from AE and I am a 7D.

    Also wondering, is a 7EEE really so different from a 7D to feel half size bigger?
     


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    I spent about 2 hours in an AE store today after finding out last night that I had been wearing the wrong size shoes. Brannock had me at 12B, but I was wearing 11Ds. I'm having a pair of Park Avenues stretched by AE and exchanged (Norstrom is truly amazing) my walnut Strands 11Ds for 12Bs. We shall see how the stretch job does on the PAs, but I'm excited to finally be wearing shoes that fit correctly.

    Anyway, moral of the story is to get your brannock size and try a few different shoes until you can dial it in. I have worn size 12s since I was 12, but never really had shoes that fit correctly. What I found out today is that the 5 last fits true to my size. I had no idea how narrow my foot was, so I was thinking I was a D and was sizing up and down instead of out and in, which is why I went down to an 11 to stop swimming in the shoe, but that took the ball of my foot out of the "sweet spot" of the shoe and for lack of a better descriptive word the front of the shoe instead of the area where the foot is supposed to fall.

    It sounds like your foot is maybe narrower than you think and you are ramming your toes into the front of your shoes farther than what is intended to achieve some kind of snug fit. I would find a place nearby to get your brannock and get some sizes around it. So I was a 12B, the 11.5C was a mediocre fit, but probably passable and the 11D was just a little tight, but they would feel fine after having them on for little bit.

    Anyway, this is my experience. Hope it helps.
     


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