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ALLEN EDMONDS APPRECIATION THREAD 2021: News, pictures, clothing, accessories, etc.

Adhazem

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Hey! Glad you asked.

Twice a year we do what we call a trunk show. In February, the materials used are usually non-shell. In September, always shell. This year, we felt like we were rushing to get out ducks in a row so we opted to push the show back to the very end of October/beginning of November.

We give you a menu of sorts of styles, colors, soles, and sometimes a few other methods of customization to choose from, and usually several of the options are not typically available to you in our standard line. Within the constraints of that menu you can create something specific to your personal tastes. We usually quote 12 weeks, but some people see a quicker turnaround. There are no discounts of any kind, but there are also no upcharges for your special makeup. It's just $695 for shoes and $725 for boots...usual shell prices. No returns or exchanges, so this is not the time to take sudden gambles with size. Definitely square that away before ordering.

We choose a handful of "host stores" that hold mixer events on kickoff day and have physical samples for you to touch and look at, and the host stores always change slightly from event to event, but EVERY store is armed with a ton of photos and references so you are 100% crystal clear on what you're getting into before pulling the trigger, even if your favorite store isn't a "host". Lots of customers email and call in, so you don't even really have to visit anyone in person. Just support any store you like, and if you don't have one, I can link you with one.

Speaking of which...it's about that time. I should be announcing soon. Stay tuned!
Thanks for the breakdown. No I definitely have my size nailed down after several pairs. I’m looking forward to what you guys will come up with!
 

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Bradley today.
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I'm with you on most of this. It does seem like AE is consolidating a lot of models to the 65. I wore my Badlands again today because the 5 last works so well in bluchers for me. Back in 2016/17, it did seem like AE was offering more new models on the 201. I've already mentioned this before, but the 201 fits almost identical to the 65 for me. I know this is not the case for a lot of people on here, which I find fascinating. I would love to see more options on the 201 because it's a last I can trust.

Also, be careful with left handed guitars. I hear that because most manufacturers do not create them frequently, they are often not made as well or need a lot of set-up done to them.
Thanks for the tip. I bought my lefty HD-28 new in ‘84 and my made in Nashville Eppi Casino this spring and both seem top notch. So they seemed to be paying attention those days.:-D
 

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Sterling and McT are 201...Hamilton sure ain't! I love my Hammies specifically because they AREN'T 201 - they're 65.

If you're needing the extra vamp space of the 201, have you looked at the 42? Lots of volume there.
I'll check that last out, thanks, I know I've tried on a lot of their different shoes though. 201 has the widest toe box of the shoes that I tried, which is where I end up needing room the most.
 

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Wore my brand new Broadstreets in navy and white that @ae_ashley got me.

It's taken a while for me to get a chance to wear these, but I love the feel and the look and I got several compliments and inquiries. We also ended up partying till 6 am, soooo---coincidence? I think not.

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I mean, let's not overstate things here.

Allen Edmonds has expanded their business into sneakers. I still see a lot of dress shoes being made, and they aren't getting rid of most models, though the lack of a LWB is shittty with the death of the McNeil. Admittedly, there are like, a friggin' bazillion LWBs in the vintage market. It seems everytime I look for vintage shoes, the only things available are LWB. I don't need a 5th LWB.
the death of the MacNeil seems more problematic to forum members than the general population
 

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the death of the MacNeil seems more problematic to forum members than the general population
I think it's cause the LWB is definitely an American staple for the last 50 years. It was really popular in the 70s/80s and so forth.

Given how many men in shoe circles seem to really dig the LWB, I think it's odd that they didn't just keep it. But then again, Allen Edmonds has to consider the bottom line. I am sure if the McNeil was selling, it'd not have been discontinued.
 

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Wore my brand new Broadstreets in navy and white that @ae_ashley got me.

It's taken a while for me to get a chance to wear these, but I love the feel and the look and I got several compliments and inquiries. We also ended up partying till 6 am, soooo---coincidence? I think not.

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Wow.......just freakin' WOW!
 

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