Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc...

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  1. Barroomheroes

    Barroomheroes Well-Known Member

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    11.5 D... They look pretty sleek while on my foot. More sleek than the Vernon.. About the same as the Kenilworth.. All this "nice" clothes and shoes is a bit foreign to me. I stumbled on the website from a google search of "What color shoes to wear with blue slacks".. I have no spent $5,000 and a shit load of time on here.. Trying to break away from the black or gray slack with black shoes... I am learning.. :) More importantly, I am having fun!
     
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  2. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior member

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    Good idea, I'll check out the rack and see if they have anything. The thing that sucks is the place is always a traffic jam and gives me such a headache. I'm going to wait and see what I find there, they may also have the allen edmonds belts.
     


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    It's a little bit of both but primarily, AE burnishes the toe during the mfr'ing process, applying more dye or finishing to the toe. When I get them,. I bull the toe with dark brown polish. I use dark brown on the entire shoe but the toe gets multiple coats so it helps accentuate the burnishing. You'll also hear this called "antiquing". This medallion toe (J&M Handcrafted in Italy collection from ~4 yrs ago) has a similar level of burnishing/antiquing on the toe to make it look darker. My polishing just brings it out more. I've even used black polish in small amounts on the J&M shoe.

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    It's very common and when done right, in moderation, it looks great. I'd like to try adding a real dark brown to the toe of the Westchester (loafer above) to see if I can get a similar look. It's not all that easy to do with polish and you should use a cream polish as they have much more pigment than a wax polish.

    Also, the shoe trees in the above pic are the $12 Rochester trees from the Rack. Note how much better they fit than the ones in my Kenilworth's. The tree in the Westchester loafer is a size XL. I found that the larger size fit better in some of my [primarily] size 11D shoes. The Large is marked to fit an 11D but the XL fills it out more. The trees in the Kenilworth's were some of the first trees I ever bought in the early 90's. They used to have a metal tag with the store name, I think it was Filene's.
     
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  4. Thanks SF (a new me)

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    Nordie shoe trees are good value as Pat_B noted...Fortunately, I'm pretty much set with AE shoe trees when 5-6 years ago as they had a huge sale at the Port Washington,WI location were trees are sold for 6.99 each..I must have grab 20 of 'em for gifts and personal use
     


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    That's great! I would have done the same thing.
     


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    Amazing? I don't know, can any belt be amazing? I do think the AE belts are of good quality. I wish the wide dress belt was on sale, those are very nice and I could use some more colors. The Manistee is a good belt, too - my walnut one matches my walnut calf Strands very well.
     


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    AE does such a great job with the walnut. Almost every shoe they make in that color looks great.
     
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  8. TauKappaEpsilon

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    I just ordered a pair of Strands in Walnut, and a pair of Fifth Avenues in Brown. Can anyone tell me how to wear both of these? I don't wear suits a lot but I dress smart casual everyday. I was thinking the Strands are going to be for everyday wear and the Fifth Ave's are going to be for when I'm wearing a suit. Can I wear the Strands with dressier jeans, chinos, and cords? My typically daily outfit for this time of year is Cords, OCBD, sweater, and tweed SC.
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    those are the two pairs that i just ordered Monday. I guess you are on the right track, 5th Ave is more formal, so I would probably only wear it with a suit. As for the walnut strand, you can still wear it with a navy or grey suit, and it can also be wear with a dressier or casual jeans/khakis/cords. To me walnut strand can be your everyday shoe and that's how I will do when I get mine!!! can't wait!!!
     


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    Which edge dressing do you recommend for the Walnut Strand and the brown Kennilworth?
     


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    Neutral for walnut, brown for Kenilworth in burnished brown.
     


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    My dark brown Kenilworth's have brown trim, my AE's in walnut also have brown edges.
     


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    My walnut strands have a natural colored trim, so I go with the neutral dressing.
     


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    JubieSpiegel, you got me wondering...I just checked my walnut Westchesters and they do have a natural edge trim (or just a lighter brown than the Kenilworth). However, I continue to use brown edge dressing. I found that the AE branded edge dressing is actually pretty light in color until you start adding multiple coats. So a single pass is a fairly light brown. If I keep applying with the applicator sponge, it gets progressively darker.
     


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    So based on user feedback, I passed on the AE belts and I am going to head to the rack to see if they have any shoe trees (from AE or the manufacturer of AE's shoe trees)
     


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