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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. Nolaman

    Nolaman Well-Known Member

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    Am I the only one who doesn't like the Independence Line? I have a pair of Williams in dark brown and they are my least favorite pair of AE I own. The leather is soft, but that causes it to crease a lot. Additionally, I find the double oak sole to be extremely uncomfortable. I guess I need to list them on the 'bay. 9D if anyone is interested.
     


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    I love the Rutledge!
    Was Chili color standard?
    New Haikus weekly?
     
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  3. wanderedsouth

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    Quote: In your photos the "Saddle" color looks lighter than in those at AE. Would you say your pictures give an accurate impression of the color of these shoes?
     


  4. Uncle

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    My Bartlett's ( 2nds) arrived from Paramus. Love the way they feel. Thanks to Alyssa on 44th street for putting up with my sizing requests with a smile. My magnifying glass perusal noticed some uneven stitching where the inside lining meets the outside calf skin, around the ankle/heel. Without the glass, I could find little else, if anything wrong with these shoes. For $330 something with no tax and free shipping, it was a no-brainer. ( I however, did take them off before retiring for the night!)

    Also, light brown Saphir Creme Polish arrived today, so, I'll be working on those tiger stripes and uneven burnishing ( Bourbon Strands), following a previous poster's suggestion. Maiden voyages soon to be taken on 3 pair, once the snow finally subsides. ( Walnut Fifths, Dark Brown Patriots, and those Bartletts..all seconds!) Phew! ( I've been one of the order for 20+ years without even knowing! Perhaps I'll be Knighted!)
     


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    I'd say the photos are pretty accurate. The shoes may be just the tiniest bit darker in real life (the flash added a little light I suppose)... but it's pretty accurate. They are not a dark brown like the Snuff Dundees.
     


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    Thanks. This shoe was said to be walnut, but it sure looks chili to me. Not sure if it is darkened by the previous owner or not. As for Haikus, a definite maybe. I do not write them much
     


  7. wanderedsouth

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    Thanks! Would you say the AE photos make this color look darker than they actually are? I wasn't much interested upon seeing the color there but your photos changed my mind.
     
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    Maybe a little darker. I mean the problem is the AE photos are on a pure white background, which changes the relative color of the shoes.

    Bottom line is my photos are accurate as to the color of the shoes.

    Can always return them for free if you don't like them.
     


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    @middlepP I found those Mojave at BCF also - good looking style but decided to pass. For me they were identical to the Gobi except for the sole. Same really large fit with a ton of volume. Crepe sole was very comfortable but provided little support (then again this is from mini-lug sole's biggest fan). If you have the Gobi id say the original Mojave is redundant.
     


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    Good question. I have no immediate plans to strip down the Delray but the attached pic might provide a partial answer. You can see the variation between the leather hidden by the tongue and the leather that's been exposed to the sun. I probably used conditioner on the tongues ~20% of the time.

    [​IMG]

    Agreed on your point of not buying dark shoes and expecting to be able to get a lighter shade. I have to like a shoe's original shade in order to buy it but I do enjoy thinking about what it could look like and guiding the development of its patina.


    That is the Wendell.
     


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    Black Park Avenue for a funeral today. These have been consigned to 'wedding, funeral and interview' duty and are stored on a high shelf in my closet. Each time I reach for them I wish I had opportunity to wear them more often. I rarely wear suits anymore and even my odd jackets are on the casual side. I sometimes think of pairing them with my navy blazer but then the 'mall cop' image comes to mind.

    [​IMG]
     


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    Reputation bump: Unsolicited haiku. chili Rutledge .... nice.
     


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    Great shoes so far this week, gents. I am a fan of the brown Normandy (and even more so, black), although reviews on the AE website are saying they are too unstructured and that the toe box dents easily. One guy, unbelievably, said he hiked 20 miles a day in them on a trip... with leather soles... he complained they had poor traction. [​IMG]

    The bourbon McAllisters are awesome shoes (someone posted a pic earlier) I have one pair of bourbon AE's, the Ft. Collins. They are the Flatiron with no medallion and a poron insole. Now I am wishing I had held out for a pair of bourbon Strands or McAllisters which could have recently been had for much less money than I paid for the other pair. Unfortunately, the budget police has clamped down after one too many shoe purchases this year and I am forced to sit by and watch some great styles fade into history.

    Chili Rutledge?! Very nice! Surely they have been polished with red-brown polish.

    The color dark chili (or Bob's chili and now regular chili) is really growing on me since getting BB Warwicks. I noticed a couple odd Dark Chili strands on the shoebank, but they are not listed on the website. Is this combination now defunct?
     
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    No +1 here. My Indy shoes are my favorites. It's like your foot is being gently hugged.
    Not sure about the Williams, but all my Indys are single oak soles. No (or little) cushioning but comfy IMO.
     


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