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

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  1. sprezzident

    sprezzident New Member

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    i'm in school, been lurking this thread and a few others off and on for a really long time. kind of always knew the JM burgundy loafers i had always worn with suits were a chink in the armor, so interview season over christmas break seemed like the right time to upgrade. i went to an AE store even though my father is a devout alden shell fan (and a cap-toe hater) because my grandfather swears by AE. got myself a pair of PA's.... loved them so much i sprung for a pair of the bb walnut strands during this past sale. that happened fast haha.. couldn't be happier with either pair though.
     
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  2. Scottyb06

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    Winston - pics please? :)
     


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    jjr4884 Senior member

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    No, the black polish was in reference to my Neumora's because the toe on it is very very dark brown. Depending on the color of your burnished color, choose accordingly. If you have walnut, but the burnishing is significantly darker, i would start with a medium brown and take it from there...
     


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    charliebrown2 Senior member

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    OK, that's what I was suspecting. For the walnut Kenilworth at least, polish the other area of the shoes with walnut, but at the toe a bit brownish. AE told me to just use the walnut, thats why I had to ask.
    Thanks.
     


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    I'm seeing more and more AE's with 'bowing' issue - Any idea if this issue is also in the high end Independence collection?

    Can someone compare the 5 last to the 333 last?
     


  6. New Shoes1

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    You could also just use renovateur on the entire shoe to preserve the burnishing, but still get some shine.
     


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    By dad bought me my first AE's when I was in college. He said you won't want to wear anything else. He was pretty much correct - I now have 37 pair of AE the oldest of which is a pair of burgundy McAllisters that were acquired in 1991 (the one's I got in college finally gave out).

    Chris
     


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    I have been exposed to and known about AE for many years living in the epicenter of AE country in Milwaukee, WI. When I was graduating from college (in Milwaukee) I needed a new pair of black dress shoes for interviews and wanted a plain cap-toe, so I went to a local fine men's shoe store and they had AE all over the place, but my budget wasn't getting me close to full price AE firsts at that time so I picked up a pair of French Shriners. They aren't goodyear welted, but are an ok quality shoe with a leather sole. That was in '99 and I still have them as my places of employment have been very causal since I am in software development. A pair of black cap-toe balmorals are definitely not dress code. Anyway, they are getting a bit long in the tooth and the soles are cracking so I was recently looking for a new pair of dress shoes. I ordered a pair of J&M's before Christmas from Amazon and was very disappointed in the quality of them. Poor quality leather and the stitching was atrocious. Based on that disappointment I decided it was time to take a step up and started to look at AE's and was led by their website to the Brookfield Shoebank where I discovered seconds. Taking that discovery back to the interwebs I uncovered this treasure trove thread of AE goodness. As I was debating the $259 price of the shoes I wanted, the timing was right as the $50/$150 sale hit so I jumped in and picked up Parkways as I will still use the French Shriners as my formal offerings. Fortunately or unfortunately, the AE bug had bitten and I was looking to add a pair of brown Strands. Hello BB 2nd sale! As I have 3 kiddos and a 4th on the way in a few weeks, I am done for a while, but I will replace the Shriners with a new plain cap-top in the next year or so. Thinking I will stick with AE because I enjoy supporting a local company and have been very pleased with the second offerings and price point, especially at the sale prices.

    1/2/13 - Parkway - Black
    1/31/13 - BB Strands - Walnut
     


  9. alladin

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    I was hoping someone could help me with AE sizing.

    I am interested in the Dundee chukka boot and usually wear UK 8/8.5E. Would someone who owns a US 9 or 9.5D be able to tell me the approximate internal length if the boot?

    Thanks in advance.
     


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    You should write this up and submit it to AE. I could see them publishing this on the website around Father's day.
     


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    and this is why i'm afraid to buy my first pair.
     


  12. GOP Shoe Guy

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    Thanks everyone for the input. I did condition the entire shoe prior to polishing and wearing for the first time, including the tongue, as I always do. It seems like the squeaking sound is coming from around my heal. I think it has to do with the poron. I will try some powder in the shoe. I am hopeful that after a few wears, this will stop as the shoe is formed to my foot. It seems it is pushing air out and causing the sound. Something I do not have with any other pair of AEs on any last.
     
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    My AE story isn't all that interesting, but I figure I might as well chime in.

    When I first started wanting to replace my embarrassingly boxy Macy's dress shoes with something nicer, I looked for a brogued cap-toe and fell in love with the Strand. I wanted to get them in Walnut (before I knew that is what everyone here gets), but my "stylish" friend talked me out of it with a simple blanket statement like "I don't like the shape of a lot of Allen Edmonds shoes".

    A year later, I get a text from him saying "I got some AEs and they're awesome". I replied with "If you got the Walnut Strands I'm going to f*cking kill you." He said "Yeah, they're tan'ish, so I guess that's Walnut. Got two compliments on them already today." Not wanting to "copy" the shoes he now owned, I felt a bit defeated.

    But then I stumbled upon this thread and read about a new Bourbon color coming out soon, and I decided I would get these to be a little different. Next time I was in Dallas I tried on some Strands for size, and of course they looked even better in person. I told the saleswoman I would order some as soon as they came out, but she was able to preorder them for me and honor the 15% off Rediscover America sale. They arrived at my house before they were even available for order online, and made for a good excuse to register on SF and make my first post.

    Soon after, I replaced my Antonio Maurizi black dress shoes (which I'm looking to sell if anyone's interested) with some Black Fifth Avenues. I now have some Tan Elgins on the way, and am in the market for some Cognac McTavishes and/or Brown Kenilworths. I'm looking forward to getting to wear these casual offerings more often, as I unfortunately have very few occasions for dress shoes; but that doesn't stop me from wanting 30+ like some of you!
     


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    I'd love to know your size in the various shoes!


    Been wondering this myself...from the research I have done it seems like the 333 last is just as long, if not even longer than the 5 last. I THINK the 333 last fits the same as the 5 last but perhaps a width down...so if you're normally a 9.5E in the 5 last and a 10D in most other lasts then a 9.5D in the 333 would fit well.

    However I have no shoes in the 333 last to prove this claim.
     
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    I have a pair of the Haight chelsea boots in the 3-333 last. I normally wear a 12E in most AE shoes. But with the Mctavish and Neumoks I wear 11.5E. But I was at the Port Washington factory outlet and came across the pair of Haight seconds in 11.5EEE and they fit well enough--albiet a tad loose all around--and the price was right so I snatched them up. But since I normally wear 12E and these are 11.5EEE, that leads me to believe that the 3-333 last runs a bit long and a bit narrow.
     


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