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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread 2020 - News, Pictures, Clothing, Accessories, etc.

madhat

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Gorgeous trio of Strands!
And that shot helps me answer whether the Brogue Strands are too close to the glorious brown shell version.
Oh hell no!

I know, right?

Quick but sincere thanks to Ashley and RJ of Team Charleston for digging out a 13 A Grayson and the heretofore nonexistant 13 A Randolph for me to try on in advance of making my trunk show picks, and getting both to me, pronto. Amazing customer service.
Bonus, the 13A Grayson fits very well, and the 13 A Randolph well enough for my skinny flat feet. Randy has a big cone! :p but width-down, he's manageable.
Can you compare the Grayson to Randolph? I've only tried 11.5EE; I think E would have been better. I feel like it had a wide heel and lots of instep volume, but not necessarily more than Randolph. I guess an important question is toe taper between the two...I couldn't tolerate a narrower area at my toes than Randolph
 

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Gorgeous trio of Strands!
And that shot helps me answer whether the Brogue Strands are too close to the glorious brown shell version.
Oh hell no!

I know, right?

Quick but sincere thanks to Ashley and RJ of Team Charleston for digging out a 13 A Grayson and the heretofore nonexistant 13 A Randolph for me to try on in advance of making my trunk show picks, and getting both to me, pronto. Amazing customer service.
Bonus, the 13A Grayson fits very well, and the 13 A Randolph well enough for my skinny flat feet. Randy has a big cone! :p but width-down, he's manageable.
You may find that suede Randolph is a better fit.
 

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Different size, but I wear a 6.5 EEE in the Randolph and can't wear the Grayson. The Randolph is wide enough for my toes, but a just a little tight across my instep. The Grayson is a no go due to being tighter in the instep.

This is a quote from my shoe notes: "Grayson: 6.5 EEE too tight across the top of my foot, hard to even put on, toes and heel fit fine".

For comparison, 6.5 EEE in the Bradley or Leeds are my best fitting shoes from AE. The MacNeil is 6.5 EEE is a little loose, but comfortable.
 

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A width Grayson has a much improved (narrower) heel with just enough toe room. My normal B width Grayson is good up front but sloppy in heel. For me the Grayson has less room up front than Randolph

A width Randolph has good toe room forward and good heel but still has some room under the strap—where a normal instep is usually found. If the suede Randy runs a little tighter than the calf I’ll be in bidness. if not I may have to put a tongue pad under the R strap.
 

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I seem to think that you recently retired? Is that correct? If so, please describe the retirement feeling related to your shoe collection. Did you instantly feel the need to add a bunch of Wilberts and sneakers to the stable? I got to know.
I am "semi-retired" since I continue to do consulting but I no longer go to the office. This has had a HUGE impact on my shoes. My need for "office shoes" such as shell LWBs has dropped considerably and now I go towards more casual offerings. Suede and scotch grain and now common and my wearing of boots has increased drastically. I will be moving to eastern PA where winter makes itself known, unlike LA. I can see myself wearing boots the majority of the time and suede shoes. I will be keeping cap toe oxfords for those suit occasions, but I can see I will be selling some of the office shoes once I get moved and settled in.

These are either on order or received. Some more adapted for bad weather than others, which is clear from the material and sole.

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Not pictured, snuff suede Leeds from the trunk show.
 

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completely agree with that, but also realized I have some pairs that have turned the corner on actually being decent “investments”.

I was cleaning this pair yesterday, purchased in spring of 2014 during the Anniversary sale for $249.


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I still wear them once a week, and at one point probably 3x a week. So estimated 600-700 wears, and haven’t even recrafted or needed to change the heels. I noticed the v tread is peeling back a bit, but otherwise, not bad!
I'll be at 24 pair when my two Alden pre-orders arrive in a month or two (and 25 in the fall, when my third Alden pre-order arrives), and all but three of them (IIRC) have been acquired since I joined SF not quite a year ago. Coincidence? I think not...

I'm wearing one of my more recent acquisitions today; Coffee McAllisters (I really wanted a pair of the Brown Jeffersons that were on clearance a short time ago, but they didn't have any left in my size, so I got these instead):

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Another McAllister guy here. Probably my second most worn work shoes, after the black Parks.
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I am "semi-retired" since I continue to do consulting but I no longer go to the office. This has had a HUGE impact on my shoes. My need for "office shoes" such as shell LWBs has dropped considerably and now I go towards more casual offerings. Suede and scotch grain and now common and my wearing of boots has increased drastically. I will be moving to eastern PA where winter makes itself known, unlike LA. I can see myself wearing boots the majority of the time and suede shoes. I will be keeping cap toe oxfords for those suit occasions, but I can see I will be selling some of the office shoes once I get moved and settled in.

These are either on order or received. Some more adapted for bad weather than others, which is clear from the material and sole.

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Or just dress nicer inside your home so that you can wear those more formal shoes. I'm sure everyone will understand if you explain it like that.
 

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Or just dress nicer inside your home so that you can wear those more formal shoes. I'm sure everyone will understand if you explain it like that.
Hell, if you can’t wear denim with OCBD and some LWBs. If can’t wear um.
 

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I am "semi-retired" since I continue to do consulting but I no longer go to the office. This has had a HUGE impact on my shoes. My need for "office shoes" such as shell LWBs has dropped considerably and now I go towards more casual offerings. Suede and scotch grain and now common and my wearing of boots has increased drastically. I will be moving to eastern PA where winter makes itself known, unlike LA. I can see myself wearing boots the majority of the time and suede shoes. I will be keeping cap toe oxfords for those suit occasions, but I can see I will be selling some of the office shoes once I get moved and settled in.

These are either on order or received. Some more adapted for bad weather than others, which is clear from the material and sole.

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EXACTLY the footwear dilemma I went through 3 years ago, with the exception of the move. Need for "dress" shoes went down to almost 0, and boot wear increased from 10% of the time to 90+% of the time. Welcome to the club!!!
 

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Hell, if you can’t wear denim with OCBD and some LWBs. If can’t wear um.
Heck, denim and shell and LWBs were MADE for each other. Bourbon Leeds, natty MacNeils, bourbon MacNeils and vintage Florsheims.

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EXACTLY the footwear dilemma I went through 3 years ago, with the exception of the move. Need for "dress" shoes went down to almost 0, and boot wear increased from 10% of the time to 90+% of the time. Welcome to the club!!!
I define my own need for dress shoes. The standard at work is flip flops or trainers. Wear the shoes you like!
 

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Gorgeous trio of Strands!
And that shot helps me answer whether the Brogue Strands are too close to the glorious brown shell version.
Oh hell no!

I know, right?

Quick but sincere thanks to Ashley and RJ of Team Charleston for digging out a 13 A Grayson and the heretofore nonexistant 13 A Randolph for me to try on in advance of making my trunk show picks, and getting both to me, pronto. Amazing customer service.
Bonus, the 13A Grayson fits very well, and the 13 A Randolph well enough for my skinny flat feet. Randy has a big cone! :p but width-down, he's manageable.
You go on n git you some now. ;) Naw, it’s a totally different brown. I’ve always wanted a brown suede oxford. I’ve a nice grey flannel suit to wear them with.
 

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