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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. cnation

    cnation Well-Known Member

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    Been hoping someone would post pics of the st johns.
     


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    cnation Well-Known Member

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    nvm spoke to soon
     


  3. Neo1

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    @peppercorn78 Is it just me, or do all these 1943 styles look very much squared off in the toe, even more so than the 333? I never tried the 1943 but I've seen the Cornwallis up close and didn't notice that before.
     


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    I'm curious why AE doesn't just offer all of their mainline shoes in all of their colors. Especially now that they've discontinued Merlot (and Bourbon previously).

    For example, while you can get the Park Ave in Oxblood, you cannot get the Fifth Ave or McAllister in Oxblood or any other shade of burgundy. Likewise, the Leeds, Macneil, and Warwick are not available in Brown (well, the Macneil and Leeds are but only in country grain).

    At a minimum, it would seem that all of their workhorse shoes should have a brown and a burgundy (Oxblood or Merlot) option. I know you can special order, but I'd think demand would be such to render that unnecessary.
     


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    I think Paul G stated that this last was to replace the 333 as the company's chisel last option, so it makes sense. I haven't seen any 1943 shoes in person, but from photos it doesn't look any more extreme than English or Italian chisel lasts like GG, CJ, or Bonafe.
     


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    I haven't seen any side by side comparisons, but I'm going to say that the AE one looks blobbier.







    Sorry, couldn't help myself. [​IMG]
     


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    I'm not a fan of chisel toe shoes in general, but in this comparison I'd take the AEs. The others look like something you'd use to kill a cornered cockroach.
     


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    Following one trend today, wing tip Wednesday. #dyewtwb (do you even wing tip Wednesday bro)
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    The Deco last is not for everyone (including myself), the others are lovely though. :)
     


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    [​IMG]

    The walnut color can be so bland when you first get them, but it develops the best patina IMO.
     


  12. BackInTheJox

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    Thanks to the fellas who helped out with my inquiry about brown gunboats. Very helpful starting points - we'll see what I end up doing, will probably hold off on buying anything quite yet.

    Another general question to the forum: what's the consensus on black shortwing/longwing bluchers. I've been indoctrinated to feel/believe that they are a bit of an oxymoron, as black should be reserved for the most formal of occasions (and thus most formal shoes). I wear a lot of browns/tans and have two pairs of shoes - black J&M Meltons to wear with a charcoal suit, and a pair of To Boot New York wholecuts to wear with black tie. I do not wear black tie or a charcoal suit terribly often, so they get little play.

    On occasion I've considered black longwing (and/or shortwing) bluchers, but I feel like the "correct" answer is that there really aren't many occasions where they are a great choice.

    What say you, gentlemen?
     


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    Those are Aldens, aren't they?
     
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    A lot of people believe that black looks better at night than other colors do. I agree with you that, if you are going to wear black shoes with something other than a a city suit or black tie, the make-up of the show should be more casual. I think that pebble grain is a good way to wear black at night without looking overdressed. There's an Allen Edmonds-for-Brooks Brothers pebble grain MacNeil that's for sale for $150 in the tent sale that you may consider; some English brands also make more casual black shoes in country grain with a lot of brogueing.

     


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    Good points!

    In the past I've considered the RL Sanderson in black (since I'm a big fan in tan/walnut and can get a good fit with an E width), but it is a bit more sleek and not quite the same level of "dressdownability" as, say, a black grain longwing like you suggest. But, I'm always open to considering and trying new things.
     


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