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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. Incainwetrust

    Incainwetrust Active Member

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    I have a small dent as well. i don't think it's UPS. Honestly boots aren't always perfect, if it's not a structural problem I make them my boots, start of the boot's character
     
  2. Count de Monet

    Count de Monet Well-Known Member

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    A single sole, flat welt oxford in a dark color -wing tip or not - is relatively dressy. As for me, even in a small rotation, nothing more casual than sport coat and tie with that shoe.

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  3. tradbrah

    tradbrah Well-Known Member

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    Did someone here order the last Freiburg in size 10B? If so, congratulations. I have been meaning to pull the trigger on them, and they slipped away from me. If you change your mind, please feel free to return them :)
     
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    I think I saw a twenty-something guy on Instagram or someplace in shorts and Strands with no socks. I found it off-putting, but he was owning it.

    It's the United States in the year 2016 AD. As sad as it is, literally anything goes. Wear whatever you want with confidence and it will look natural on you. Besides, how bad could your judgment be as a SF member?

    Personally, I would probably draw the line at sweatpants.
     
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  5. styleaudit91

    styleaudit91 Well-Known Member

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    That look is relatively common in the hipstery crowd. I see a couple guys at the local 5th wave coffee shop that rock black oxfords with shorts. Wouldn't do myself but if you can pull it off why not.
     
  6. peppercorn78

    peppercorn78 Well-Known Member

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    Sorry Baldrick, Strands with shirts just don't compute with me. It would be the same as wearing tuxedo tails on top of a bathing suit. The two pieces don't go together period. Having confidence in being wrong doesn't make you right. I have heard many musicians confidently play the wrong rhythm in the melody of Coltrane's "Moments Notice." My impression of them is not that they have their own unique style but that they don't know what they're doing.

    I came to SF because I didn't know anything about classic style, and folks told me that this was the place to learn. And through learning and reading we begin to understand why dress oxfords in smooth calf look most appropriate with tailored clothing. Sure everything in our culture is more casual now and lines are more blurred, but some things will never change, like wearing brown shoes with a black suit.

    My favorite thread from ye olde forum days is "coherent combinations." Definitely recommended reading!
     
  7. peppercorn78

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    I would suggest to you that rather than pulling it off, they look intentionally ironic. That's a lifestyle choice for sure, but this thread exists within the "classic menswear" universe (forum?) abd ironically mocking classic style traditions isn't really the point of this forum.
     
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  8. St Hubbins

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    Ok, then. In the context of "Classic Menswear" I would say balmorals in general I prefer to wear with dessy pants that have a crease in them. However, I will wear them with chinos though it's probably because I don't have a blucher style in enough colors.

    But part of my point there was that simply because we're here means we will probably not make such tasteless choices as shorts and dress lace-ups.

    Does that align better with the sensibilities of this forum?
     
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    A few years ago when I was just beginning this very expensive shoe journey, my wife and I were in Chicago and the hotel was across the street from an AE store. I picked up a pair of unlined daltons in walnut shell cordovan. About 6 months later I sold them as the fit wasn't quite right and I figured I'd be able to grab another pair without much effort. Boy did I miscalculate. Had no idea that AE would stop making both Unlined and Walnut shell. So I was quite excited to see a BNIB pair recently on the Bay. Was able to snag them for less than the cost of calf, and couldn't be more pleased.......

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    My long search has finally ended.
     
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  10. danwatts2005

    danwatts2005 Well-Known Member

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    My Natty Oak Streets, which I've had for a few months, are quickly becoming my favorites. I'm a huge fan of CXL, and the Dainite makes them flexible. My other favorites are my Rush Streets.
     
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    Pretty sure I saw that in a Banana Republic add at the beginning of summer.
     
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  12. peppercorn78

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    Yes, mostly I was just reacting to the notion that confidence can make an incongruous choice work. Formality is definitely a continuum. I could see wearing strands or macallisters with linen pants or chinos, given that the outfit is completed with a button down shirt and sport coat of some kind. Or a dark brown Lexington (cap toe Blucher, flat welt, single sole) with a light grey POW or patterned suit. Even a McNeil or Leeds wouldn't look crazy with a brown herringbone tweed country suit.

    I probably wouldn't wear black park aves with khakis, but I think that goes without saying.
     
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    Wow, congrats on your unobtanium!! Those look tremendous!
     
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    I'm pretty in line with your take on dark colored balmorals, single sole, flat welt being dressy shoes that go with tailored clothing. I can see as you said some strands and suedes working with chinos and jeans. I think anything in shorts is ridiculous outside of some loafers/boat shoes and maybe strandmok 2.0? I would not wear a Merlot McAlister with jeans, to me it is as you stated a tuxedo with bathing suit bottoms.
     
  16. MattRiv

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    Those are amazeballs.
     
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    Happy Friday barnweasels. Did you ever think, "What these shoes need is another eyelet"? I was interested to learn from the 1960 catalog that there was a time that 7 eyelets on AE shoes was common. So, should this 60 year old design trend make a comeback in a few styles? Sorry that the images are so dark. They are pictures of Xerox copies. Yea or nay.

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  18. MattRiv

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    There was a pair of Navajos in 11.5 C (I'm a 12 B) on ebay that I will probably always regret at least not buying them to try them on. Beautiful shoe.
     
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    It is pretty hard to see. They look "busy" but maybe its just lack of ability to see it.


    Did anyone notice the mass drop for Buday shoe? Looks like a nice shoe for that price point.
     
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  20. peppercorn78

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    That is an incredible price for Buday. i would say they are 2 or 3 steps above AE in quality.

    Ixnay on the 7 eyelets. :foo:
     
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