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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread 2019 - News, Pictures, Clothing, Accessories, etc.

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I agree - with pictures as examples.

For me, this is one topic that I need to be educated on. I have not taken the time to research welts, and I feel I am missing the mesmerizing nuances of welts that people get so passionate about.

I’m sure if we spend time learning about them, we could convince @BFT9000 that he now needs to purchase every Strand with every welt option possible.
I wonder if we can convince @ae_ashley to bring back walnut shell for an encore if I promise to buy one in a flat welt...one in a reverse welt...one in a Norvegese... hell I'd even buy one with a cemented sole if we can make this happen!
 
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A storm or split reverse welt provides some greater degree of foul weather protection while giving the shoe or boot a stronger, more stable appearance and at the same time decreasing its perceived formality.

Don’t overthink it too much though except perhaps when etiquette is paramount. Many seemingly contradictory combinations yet attractive examples exist in the footwear kingdom. For instance, the ever popular Indy boot with its 270 storm welt. And if you’d like to see a beautiful example of a medallion toe oxford with an all around storm welt, pop over to Frans Boone and find their black strait tip. So don’t be afraid to play around with the welt options if given the chance. After all, a Leeds with a flat welt or a Strand with a storm welt, may just be the kind of cool and unique vibe you’re looking for.
 

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I agree - with pictures as examples.

For me, this is one topic that I need to be educated on. I have not taken the time to research welts, and I feel I am missing the mesmerizing nuances of welts that people get so passionate about.

I’m sure if we spend time learning about them, we could convince @BFT9000 that he now needs to purchase every Strand with every welt option possible.
Gonna need the real experts to weigh in, but from my limited research it seems like you gain very marginal weatherproofing from the added storm welt material, but it really changes the aesthetics and formality of a boot or shoe.

Once I got obsessive enough about it, I decided a beefier welt and a few speed hooks were worth a 10+ month preorder vs. a stock model of Alden.

Non AE stuff, but I think this really sells the difference:

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A storm or split reverse welt provides some greater degree of foul weather protection while giving the shoe or boot a stronger, more stable appearance and at the same time decreasing its perceived formality.

Don’t overthink it too much though except perhaps when etiquette is paramount. Many seemingly contradictory combinations yet attractive examples exist in the footwear kingdom. For instance, the ever popular Indy boot with its 270 storm welt. And if you’d like to see a beautiful example of a medallion toe oxford with an all around storm welt, pop over to Frans Boone and find their black strait tip. So don’t be afraid to play around with the welt options if given the chance. After all, a Leeds with a flat welt or a Strand with a storm welt, may just be the kind of cool and unique vibe you’re looking for.
I should have just let you handle the words.
 

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Since @Shoenut mentioned unicorns and since (for some reason) pictures have nearly disappeared from this thread, here's a picture from October 2017 with a unicorn piñata I found in some bushes while wearing khaki grain McTavishes.

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After taking this picture, returned the unicorn piñata to the bush in which I found it, since it is important to always put things back where you find them.
A well dressed man was found to be littering the streets of LA with unicorns, said no one ever. Well, actually I just did, which is weird. But I think you did the right thing.
 

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Anyone else casually browse the Allen Edmonds Enthusiasts Facebook group?

I find the differences between that community and this one to be pretty fascinating. You have a very large group of active users on the Facebook group - probably 10 times or more the active users of the AEAT, but many of those users are guys just getting into the GYW shoe game.

The AEAT in contrast has probably the most condensed source of brand knowledge outside of the company itself, and if I had to guess the amount of money spent between the users of the FB group and the AEAT are probably pretty close, even given the stark difference in number of users.

I don't think the FB group came even close to the $70,000+ that the AEAT spent on the previous trunk show, for example.
 

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Anyone else casually browse the Allen Edmonds Enthusiasts Facebook group?

I find the differences between that community and this one to be pretty fascinating. You have a very large group of active users on the Facebook group - probably 10 times or more the active users of the AEAT, but many of those users are guys just getting into the GYW shoe game.

The AEAT in contrast has probably the most condensed source of brand knowledge outside of the company itself, and if I had to guess the amount of money spent between the users of the FB group and the AEAT are probably pretty close, even given the stark difference in number of users.

I don't think the FB group came even close to the $70,000+ that the AEAT spent on the previous trunk show, for example.
I've lurked on the FB group for a while now, but never posted. I agree with your assessment overall. A little more welcoming here, too, though FB does have a few interesting personalities. It's interesting to see Steve from Bedo's posts. The best thing is we have more pictures of shoes containing unicorns, dogs, and food. ;)
 

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Gonna need the real experts to weigh in, but from my limited research it seems like you gain very marginal weatherproofing from the added storm welt material, but it really changes the aesthetics and formality of a boot or shoe.

Once I got obsessive enough about it, I decided a beefier welt and a few speed hooks were worth a 10+ month preorder vs. a stock model of Alden.

Non AE stuff, but I think this really sells the difference:

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Yes, it does. Thanks.
 

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Since @Shoenut mentioned unicorns and since (for some reason) pictures have nearly disappeared from this thread, here's a picture from October 2017 with a unicorn piñata I found in some bushes while wearing khaki grain McTavishes.

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After taking this picture, returned the unicorn piñata to the bush in which I found it, since it is important to always put things back where you find them.
Like those McT's on you. Solid.
 

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Anyone else casually browse the Allen Edmonds Enthusiasts Facebook group?

I find the differences between that community and this one to be pretty fascinating. You have a very large group of active users on the Facebook group - probably 10 times or more the active users of the AEAT, but many of those users are guys just getting into the GYW shoe game.

The AEAT in contrast has probably the most condensed source of brand knowledge outside of the company itself, and if I had to guess the amount of money spent between the users of the FB group and the AEAT are probably pretty close, even given the stark difference in number of users.

I don't think the FB group came even close to the $70,000+ that the AEAT spent on the previous trunk show, for example.
I avoid FB and have never seen their page; I hear it's a cesspool.

I've only been over to r/Goodyearwelt when someone links to a post.
 

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I avoid FB and have never seen their page; I hear it's a cesspool.

I've only been over to r/Goodyearwelt when someone links to a post.
I commend you for avoiding FB in general.

The AE FB group isn't bad though. Lots of shoe pictures, shoe talk, lots of guys asking more basic questions about GYW shoes, whether "five pairs is way too many", etc.

We get a lot of pictures of shell and other high end collector's pieces in this thread. The FB group is more guys posting pictures of their brand new walnut calf Strands and oxblood McAllisters. It's kinda quaint but nice.
 

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I've lurked on the FB group for a while now, but never posted. I agree with your assessment overall. A little more welcoming here, too, though FB does have a few interesting personalities. It's interesting to see Steve from Bedo's posts. The best thing is we have more pictures of shoes containing unicorns, dogs, and food. ;)
This week has been awesome. Ashley drops the news, Dabondo posts for the first time, now all we need is to get Bedo's over here too.
 

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