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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. alexnb

    alexnb Well-Known Member

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    Saw this and was definitely interested. However, I typically wear a 12A in the 65 last... Anyone think it would work?
     


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    Wearing mine today @donkeyhoatie and love them. Same shoe size as my strands. I made the mistake, or brilliant choice, to get both in oxblood.
     


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    You can try hand degreaser on the soles. I've used it on the red gumite, and it works on Chuck Taylors. Just dab a little on a paper towel or clean shop rag, then rub the grime away. If they are really bad, used something with pumice like GoJo Orange. Not sure if it will get out yellowing, but people have also had success with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

    Edit: For the yellowing, I was referring to the degreaser. The eraser has some bleaching agents that may help with yellowing.
     
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    These look excellent
     


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    gjdgjdgjd Well-Known Member

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    I picked up a pair of 'The City' last weekend I'm brown boxanil...can anyone tell me about this leather? Does not see to want to shine like most other AEs that I have. Anything special about this shoe?
     


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    I could be completely wrong, but I think the original shoe care instructions on the AE site included conditioning only. I.e. the leather is in some sense a corrected or treated grain, to which polish will not adhere.

    edit: The City in black is calf and takes polish.
     
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    Fit is amazing, will be selling some of my 65 last and 201 last shoes now.
     


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    Here are my (unorthodox) thoughts... I have seen plenty of long-wings worn with suits and sportcoats in the southeast. I have owned two pairs of these, a Florsheim Kenmoor and now the brown McGregors. I would have worn the black grain Florsheims with a casual-ish shirt and tie or sport-coat at the most, though they worked best with dark khakis or wool pants. The McGregors certainly are a different cup of tea, and I think 99.5% of people wouldn't bat an eye at seeing them worn with a suit. Here's my compromise: I think the McGregors look perfect with dress pants and sport coat, and they would be too formal for all but the finest pair of jeans.
     
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    I've been looking at the Sea Island loafers for some time because I want a for-summer suede loafer and they are perfect for that. But $300 for a casual loafer that can't be recrafted (as far as I can tell)? I'll probably pass. I keep checking the Shoe Bank from time to time but nothing in my size.
     


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    Well, inflation has been under 2% and even under 1% the past several years but point taken. The issue I have is that I started getting into AE shoes about 2.5 years ago when they were $345. They then went to $365, then $385 and now $395. That's a nearly 15% increase in 2.5 years. That's significant.
     


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    I think I'm pretty much in agreement with you here. I haven't worn a sports coat in years, so that's generally not a consideration when I'm looking for shoes. I just want something that works with chinos, wool trousers, and/or jeans. I'm generally wearing the first two items Monday-Thursday and sometimes wear jeans on Fridays. For me, the LWB in general works for all three of those. However, I think you're right in that the McGregor is too formal for jeans and I'm trying to decide if that's something I'm OK with. I generally err on the side of wearing slightly more formal footwear than the pants would normally require, so it might work in my favor to hold onto these. I think I'm just going to have to put on a couple different pairs of pants when I get home and see how things look.

    In baseball terms, I was expecting this one to be a home run when I bought it. It looks like a double and I don't want to get thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple.
     


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    I special ordered the Sea Island in my size (11.5B) and they delivered the wrong color after 6 weeks of waiting. I have since sent them back and told them to make new ones in the correct color, but I did get a chance to try on the ones they sent and get an impression. I also posted some pictures about 2 weeks ago on this thread if you want to check them out.

    So my impression is they are great shoes. The suede was incredible... best I've ever seen (which they cite as the reason for being expensive as it is from some famous suede shop in Europe). They fit very similarly to the Kirkwood (which I also own and like), as they are basically the same shoe. A lot of people have complained about the price (which is high), but they are made of high quality suede, and are a beautiful shoe. Lot of people on this forum have spent much more on shoes they rarely wear... so if you think you'll put them to use, the price can be justified.
     


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    Thanks for the reply. Yes, i did see your review from about 2 weeks ago and i appreciate the review. It's one of the very few i've seen online in regards to the Sea Island.

    Living in Louisiana as i currently do, the warm months are quite humid and my feet tend to sweat quite a bit. I'd like to have a shoe that i can wear sans socks, but am worried my foot will sweat too much. I was just finishingup posting a question to the AE staff on their website in regards to how the shoe is made and if it helps to prevent the foot from sweating. My guess is probably no, but i will see what they have to say.

    I will probably pick up the light brown or blue pair next time I'm in an AE Store. The shoes look great and i don't mind the $300 price point. I will likely only wear them a couple times a month, so they should hold up so long as my feet don't sweat too badly. In a perfect world the light tan or blue would show up on Shoebank and i could buy both pair!

    Do you wear socks with yours or do you go sockless?
     


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    I am definitely a sockles guy, even with my Kirkwoods.

    These shoes are marketed to be worn sockles, and I think a large part of that is they are "unlined" which allows your foot to breath significantly more -- which in your case should help with sweating.

    I too have a sweating issues when wearing shoes sockless, but one way I combat that is to sprinkle some Gold Bond in the shoes before I wear them. your feet stay MUCH drier, and the shoes don't stink after just a few wears.
     
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