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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. harlequin782

    harlequin782 Senior member

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    That is how I feel also....it is a casual boot...Ive actually always just asssumed the slight indentation in the toe was intentional...I remember noticing it when I originally went to go scout them in the store before I ever even placed an order... if youve ever owned a strandmok in brown or tan, you know that certain casual models are intentionally pre-distressed/pre-scuffed by AE for visual effect. Some people dislike this technique and Im not saying thats necessarily the case with the Higgins Mill, but with it being an overwhelmingly casual cxl boot, I wouldnt be surprised if it were the case (especially since the "problem" is so consistent and widely pervasive). But I actually really like the shape of the boot, myself.
     
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  2. BespokeBrooklyn

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    Those look terrific! I've seen so many inspirational style photos of Bruce Boyer or anonymous elderly Italian or Japanese dudes in tobacco-colored suede shoes that I've always thought about getting a pair for myself, but can never bring myself to pull the trigger at full retail, if only because, splitting my time between Buffalo and Brooklyn, there are too many months in the year when suede is borderline unwearable. But to find a pair for that price is incredible!

     
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    Stuttgart was made for the European market, along with a few others I can't remember at the moment. Should be mainline quality materials.
     
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    Thank you. I was not sure. An SA who seemed to know his stuff did told me that AE does also manufacturer some models that are specifically for NR using lesser materials, but not what models.
     
  5. naspratt

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    I think the Riverside and Madison Ave are, at least in person they seem slightly less quality than the mainline shoes.
     
  6. TexasTexter

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    It's not just the HM that has dents. It's the others that are on sale as well. Alumnus that I got was very dented and so was the Oakstreet. I think they are growing so fast they are having quality control issues. I did speak to AE CAC and they said dents are not supposed to be on the toe box. Maybe a shipping damage from the boots hitting each other or stacking them.
     
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  8. Uncle

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    @ Middlep, let's not rush the seasons too much, still have to put more wear on my Woodstocks and Enfield's!
     
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    I usually ignore the sellers estimate of wear. For me, the best indications are a good picture of the sole and also of the insole. The insole shows a good representation of the wear by looking at the gold printing of the logo and text. The picture of the sole, such as the one you have here, gives a good representation of how many times the shoe has been worn and under what conditions. For rubber sole shoes I always inspect the heels closely as that is where it wears down quickest. It's a red flag for me if these photos are not part of the selection on the Ebay ad. If they are missing I ask for them to be taken and sent to me for review.
     
  10. harlequin782

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    Hmm thats interesting...that puts it into a new perspective for me.
     
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    i have been taught since medical school that however much my patients tell me they drink, multiply by 3. turns out this works outside of medicine as well...
     
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  12. CharlesThe1337

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    Haven't posted here before, but I wanted to share my recent purchase with you gents!

    I managed to get a great looking pair of the Brooks Brothers grain leather Macniels in chili from the shoebank. They are a great addition my my Elgins, Players Shoe, and Fifth Aves!

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    Pardon the Elgins, I recently oiled them and liked how it darkened the leather, so I put another coat on last night after polishing up my new Macneils.
     
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  13. ace13x

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    Visiting my neighbor in the hospital. Snuff Dundee 2.0.

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    @CharlesThe1337 , welcome to the thread. Nice group of shoes there. Watch out for the bad influence of the guys on the thread. Before long you will become convinced your group photo is just a "starter set."
     
  15. pineappleguy16

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    Hey Lobster, I am a bit stumped on the sizing of the 5 last. I tried on the 7.5 E's again, they definitely feel better than an 8 D as there wasn't any heel slip. I think I could almost close the V gap. The AE store measured my foot on the brannock and it came out to be 8-8.25 E with thin dress socks. Based on the photos, would you think it will be too big after it breaks in? I've noticed quite a few others with the V gap that looks exactly like the photos from my size 7.5 D which you guys mentioned is too small. Thanks again. Any inputs from others would be great too.


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    They have the Wide Basic in a number of suede colors, including Snuff, but only size 44 in Snuff. Might have to bend my belt matching rule in the short term because I'll be dying to wear these babies.
     
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    Whoa, baby. Those Elgins are a nice looking shoe! Very cool collection you have forming there.
     
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  18. polojock615

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    The 721s are 12D! I even have the shoe trees and (oddly enough because there were originally two) one boot bag. And they're for sale!

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    For those of you who asked about the 744s:

    I've attached some photos of the boots. The only thing I need to disclose is that in an effort to make them work, I stuck a heel pad on the inside of one boot to try and get some cushioning. Didn't work. Did, however, leave some residue. I've used renomat and Bick 4 to get 95% of it off. I've included a picture or two so you can see it for yourself. Honestly, it wouldn't bother me. I've also got the original box (it's seen better days, though), the certificate of authenticity, both shoe bags, and the original Wolverine shoe trees.

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    As an update. I was encouraged to come to my local retail store when the manager, Brian, was working. And that's what I did yesterday before my huge Nordstrom Rack score.

    I believe I might have found one of the "master fitters" I read about on the web site. Brian seemed very knowledgeable indeed. He used the laser measuring device on my feet. It claimed that lefty was 9C and righty (the mutant) is 8.5C. This I found quite curious because if there's ever a problem with crowding of the toes, it's on righty. Brian confirmed that my instep is high. His opinion was that 8.5D was my correct size in the 65-lasted bals.

    He recommended a shoe-tying trick to cope with the bump on the instep of my mutant right foot which, so far, seems to have helped. He also told me to ditch the bar lacing for the same reason. He said stick with the timeless lasts (65, 201, 511, 79, etc) and stay away from the 1943, 108 and 97 (doh! I own MacNeils). Overall he was a treasure trove of seemingly helpful advice.

    To address the issue of my Merlot 9D strands being too large for me, he comped me a pair of Road Warrior inserts to help fill up some of the volume. They seem to have done the trick but I'll know for sure during their next outing.

    Overall a very satisfying customer experience.

    Also, he said the McAllister will be one of the models offered at $150 off during the Rediscover America sale. He mentioned two others, but I got distracted the moment he said "McAllister." Will have to run some numbers and see if the old slush fund can support that acquisition next month. Daddy needs more Walnut.
     
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