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

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.

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  1. Veridis

    Veridis Well-Known Member

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    That is good to know, I am glad it worked out for you.

    I just spotted a slight dent about an inch long on the inner side of the left shoe. Just talked to Amazon and they offered a partial refund of $30 of I keep the shoes, and a full refund if I return it. Exchanging is not an option.

    Actually, for $170 it is quite a good deal. I could just pretend I bought seconds. However it is never nice when you expect first quality shoes and get slightly used one. I think someone ordered them a while back, wore it around the house for a day and returned it without the paper and plastic stick.

    Hmm, to keep or to return... I only have a few hours left to buy it at about $260 (including tax) from AE's website. From a poor student's perspective, keeping it seems the most cost effective.


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  2. njruss

    njruss Senior member

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    I would contact AE and see if they will do an exchange.
     
  3. Veridis

    Veridis Well-Known Member

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    I used the live chat on AE's website and was told that they do not handle sales made by their retail partners.
     
  4. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    Yes, I've had them since December. I like them, and given the needs that I was trying to fill when I chose them, I still think they were the best choice for me. I wanted a boot that was going to be getting worn weekends during the cooler months and I wanted them to handle whatever I needed from them including running errands around town to walking in the park with kids. I wanted something that I wasn't worried about regular exposure to rainy weather as well. I needed them to be more rugged than a dressier version like the Dalton. They have fit into those needs perfectly. I maintain them with AE Conditioner/Cleaner and Dark Brown Premium Polish. I was sized at an AE store, but they weren't my first pair on the 1-511 last. That last is perfect for my foot, so I knew what to expect before I ever tried them on. I am true to size in all of my AE's so far. The only exception is the 5-65 last where I size up half a length and down one size in width. I don't do this for comfort reasons, however. I do it for purposes of helping the creases to fall in a more desirable location, and the change in size doesn't affect comfort for me. When I go true to size in the 5-65 last, the shoe tends to crease awkwardly.
     
  5. LaymanX

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    Quick question.... What do people think about the DR plan- nah just kidding.

    I bought a pair of first quality AE Strands about three years ago from the Madison Ave store and there has been significant bowing on the sides. I THINK I read earlier in this thread that it was considered a defect but I can't find that post now. Can someone confirm? I likely have no recourse as I've worn them on and off for the last three years hoping the bowing would disappear. This is just for my curiosity's sake.

    Also the edge dressing that the SA recommended was pretty bad. It is this roll on type that quickly flakes off, leaving the edge looking splotchy. I read in this thread that people use 150 grit sandpaper to remove all edging and restore it to neutral... But then what? Is there a better edging product to use?

    Thanks folks! Even with the bowing I experienced on my Strands, I think a pair of shell Dundees is my next boot purchase.
     
  6. njruss

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    Contact Paul's office. You have what is supposed to be a first quality shoe from a legitimate source. I would expect that AE would make it right somehow.
     
  7. David Copeland

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    A dent? That looks more like a minor cosmetic fix for the next time you want to add a Saphir Polish and other products to it - which should virtually eliminate what I am seeing. For $170, you could take the extra savings and get the full Saphir line to REALLY take care of that like-new appearance you want.

    David
     
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    Try actually looking at the picture, clearly there is a dent/crease in the shoe. No amount of Saphir is going to fix that.
     
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  9. njruss

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    Needs bondo
     
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    There is no question in my mind that the Saphir dressing in Natural or any other color for Edging is superior to anything else. And with the full process applied to the edge, you should not have to use sandpaper. I will let you know for sure in the color you mention, because I just received the supply of Saphir products from Hangerproject today.

    As for the bowing - how long after you purchased them did it start? One option is to wait until the shoe needs the $125 Recrafting from AE - which includes a stretching of the upper to restore the shoe to the original out-of-box fit and look. (You may want to try the SEARCH using the term "bowing". If not, Google has great search results for this web site - and you could type in "bowing" in Google, then go to Advance Search and limit the results to styleforum.net - which is good.
     
  11. athenianlion

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    Hi all,

    Quick question about how a correctly fitted dress shoe is supposed to feel. I had taken a chance buying my brannock device size (10.5 D) and ended up with a fit much too narrow and long. I recently exchanged those Park Ave's with 9 3E's at the store. A fitter helped me.

    They feel better, but are still uncomfortable. My right foot is larger than my left, and my small toes are....compressed together. The back of my right heel rubs against the leather (the leather rubbed off on my sock). The same happened with the 10.5Ds too, so I don't know whether its a matter of shoe length. My left foot fits pretty well; it rubs against the throat line of the shoe, but not so bad.

    I can't order a wider size than 3E, and the widest part of my foot matches up with the widest part of the 9 length. I'm wondering if the 5 last just isn't for me. Should a shoe feel tight or uncomfortable?
     
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    Sorry Tristan, but . . .

    When I mention Saphir - I am referring to one or more of the entire Saphir Process - not just a Saphir Renovateur or Saphir Polish (like you have been known to use).

    I suggest, Tristan, you call Carlos or Kirby at the Hangerproject and ask them to look at the picture here on the web site - in order to confirm the Saphir Process can greatly eliminate to the eye what is seen in the photo.

    David
     
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    First, welcome to the Style Forum. I am also a newcomer in the last month or so - and there is much to be gained by viewing all of the topics.

    As for your issue - the first thing I would want to ask is if you went to an official Allen Edmonds Store (or Nordstroms). Both of these store have the very best fitters - and you should be able to get a final size or answer. Plus - you always have the Made-to-Order or Custom Fit option (look at Allen Edmonds website for details).

    There is a difference in the 5 Last versus the 7 Last for a width of eee . I found that out when my first purchase in 1998 was for a D width, and it ended up a EEE because the Nordstrom Staff was well trained.

    You should be able to feel comfortable right out the door - no break end needed for the Calfskin styles.

    But the quick answer is . . . AE can fit you comfortably!

    David
     
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    Thanks guys, you saved me from going through with those. Since I don't have an AE store near me, I wouldn't have been able to see them in person or try them on.
     
  15. Rene_Lahm

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    This is a question for the bigger guys on the forum who frequent the AE stores. I plan on visiting the Washington D.C. area in June and was wondering how frequent AE stores typically carry larger sizes, size 14 specifically? I'm hoping to pick up a pair of olive Neumoks, and will likely call the stores in that area ahead anyways, but I was hoping someone had experience with this.
     
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    Yes it was an official AE shoe. The fitter was very professional and the shoe was comfortable in the store. I wonder if cramming into the narrower 10.5D's all day had squished my foot enough that the 3Es felt roomy, haha. Can't afford custom-fit quite yet. I will try out the different lasts.

    Thanks for the feedback David!
     
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    Why didn't you try a 10 E? Going down to 9 EEE is a considerable drop from 10.5D.

    Anyway, the 5 last is a pretty challenging fit...it is a very long and narrow last. I use a 14E in the 5 last and I get heel slippage, but that is the best fit for me.

    Why don't you try a 1-last shoe in your Brannock device size? They seem to be more spacious versions of the 7-last (I am a 14D in the 7-last and it is perfect for me).
     
  18. ylkim30

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    The Washington DC store don't carry too many 14 size shoes. I think they generally only have Park Aves in 14D, but they might have a few others (but not many).

    You're probably better off buying online.
     
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    I had simply gone in to buy shoe care supplies. To be honest I was shocked the salesman offered to exchange the shoes for me (I had worn them a few times already and they had wear), so I went along with whatever he suggested.
     
  20. David Copeland

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    Here is a kicker . . .

    My foot size is 11.5

    AE sized me in 11eee - which was much more comfortable because of the last. When I spoke to Paul last week, I mentioned that my 11.5 foot was more comfortable in a half size smaller, with a triple e.

    I moved to Montana from Newport Beach (where the shopping was GREAT). Now the nearest Nordstroms is in Spokane, Washington - which from Western Montana is about a 4 hour drive - if I was to be fitted in-store by a professional.

    Otherwise, AE recommended that I order online - and if it does not fit, they pay for return postage - back and forth, back and forth - which I think is okay if I lived in the North Pole.

    And because different styles may predict a completely different size - I think I will take along a notebook to Nordstroms and try on every style that strikes my fancy - buy what I can within my current budget - and then know what other styles and exact sizes I want in the future - so that when I return to Montana and am ready to purchase again, I can either call the Nordstroms sales rep and order over the phone - or use the Nordstroms or AE online buying with the correct fit.

    Added Note: Nordstroms will PRICE MATCH all of their Allen Edmonds shoes with whatever AE Sale is going on at the AE website!
     
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