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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread 2018 - News, Pictures, Clothing, Accessories, etc.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Fueco, Jan 1, 2018.

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  1. ace13x

    ace13x Distinguished Member

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    Pictures don't actually do it justice. It may be better constructed than current stuff, but I'd put it up against anything recent, including the Walker in terms of style.

    BTW, I mean all of the above in the worse way possible.
     
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    Uhhh... is it bad that I don’t know what an AE “taint” is? Do I want to know?
     

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    I like Allen Edmonds shoes, I have around 30 pairs.
    I'll add that when you buy a pair of AE seconds, you are buying a pig in a poke--some real lemons, you never know what you're going to get.

    All of the Grant Stone seconds I've bought had very very minor flaws.
     

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    "TATE" = tainted
     

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    I never liked the looks of the Tate line, but what was wrong with them?
     

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    I'm sure it was a ton of work -- but those look great.

    I've got a pair of bourbon Bleeckers, and they're a pain. They were stripey to begin with, and the big expanses of unbroken leather on the vamp inevitably leads to creases... which become ugly finish cracks. I went through multiple rounds of trying to get them right incrementally, and finally just decided to strip aggressively, redye with Saphir Juvacuir, and try to get to where yours are.
     

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    I own 2 pairs, they are upscale (for Cole Haan!) and I like mine as beaters. That is their nickname though.
     

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    Lol. Thought everyone was in on the Tate joke.
     

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    I agree. Company speak is that they are land locked and cannot build up. If they wanted to add capacity, they sure could.
     

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    [QUOTE="wasmisterfu, post: 9477031, member: 291423"

    This is what makes Caleres’ direction so worrying to fans, nobody does what AE (and other long-gone American shoe companies) have historically done: produce a slowly evolving core line, with lots of sizing options, combined with a lot of special and seasonal models. So there is no replacing AE, they are (or at least were) the last of the quality shoe companies following that old American model of having a broad catalog (of stuff that isn’t sneakers) and that’s what’s bugging people. We want the Broadstreet’s, the Shelton/Polo’s, the weird MacNeil Web-gems, the Rudolph’s, etc.. We want the sharkskin Chester’s, the alligator Leed’s and our MTO options back. But it seems like the stuff we like is getting sidelined for a whole bunch of crap (even though it’s clear that it’s the sidelined stuff that’s still selling, not the new stuff).

    Just my 2cents.[/QUOTE]


    No matter how dumb Caleres is I find it unlikely they are sidelining popular (volume wise) models. I think the more likely scenario is that models we like do not sell as well as the new crappy models. Just walk through the Nordstrom shoe department for what is currently popular.
     

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    At the end of the day you buy what you like, be it AE, Alden, GS, Rancourt, Carmina, C&J, EG, Bonafe, or what have you. I personally don't get too wrapped up into a particular brand, because I've been amazed and disappointed by all that I have tried. For example, I have never tried Rancourt. From the looks of it they make amazing stuff, but I personally tend to shy away from blake welted shoes. That may change in the future, but for now I wouldn't invest in a pair unless I found them greatly discounted. Same goes for Carmina, beautiful shoes but I have to try a discounted pair first. That's what I did with Meermin, and I discovered they weren't my particular brand of vodka with a minimal investment. I'll still continue to look for and buy older AE styles thru the secondary market. Hell, most of my shoe are purchased pre-owned. Thats part of the fun... Lol! Just enjoy what you acquire, what you have, and wear in good health!
     

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    audog Stylish Dinosaur

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    I would agree with you, the nick would drive me nuts.
     

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    Well, I thought I had coined the term "taint" in reference to the Tate line. I did some searching and it turns out that @2Deuce2 has used the term first in March 2017 and I did it again in August. Story of my life. Always a day late and a dollar short.
     

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    Thrifting on the first day of autumn in 93 degree LA heat.

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