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

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

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  1. SuitedDx

    SuitedDx Senior member

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    I too plan on getting a pair of the Daltons and the loafer in grey. However, I already have grey shoes :)
     


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    Recently got some rutledges on sale from the shoe bank. There was something different and I'm not sure it's part of their normal design.

    When I walk the shoes make a 3 part sound as I place my foot...first the back of the heel, then the front if the heel, and then the sole. Very noticeable when walking on a hard floor.

    I placed them on a flat surface and studied them. I noticed that when I pushed down on the back of the shoe the shoe "rocked" and the sole lifted about 3/8". Further study showed that the plane of the heel was at a different level than the plane of the sole.

    I checked my other AE shoes (strand, park ave, fifth ave, seneca) and no others did this. Old Bostonians also did not rock.

    I checked my other shoes which were European ( Bruno Magli, santoni) and they also rocked and had this non-parallel thing going on (is this a euro thing?).

    What are other people's experiences with the Rutledge? Should I try to find another pair or live with them even though they sound unusual when I walk?
     


  3. kmdsimpson

    kmdsimpson Senior member

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    I'm really impressed with everyone's stories of how they got into AE shoes, and especially of how many they own!

    Earlier I said I have 11 AE (or AE-made) pairs of shoes, but in total, I have around 25 pairs of AE-quality shoes/boots including other brands.

    I feel like I've been on a shoe and boot buying spree lately, and it's made me hesitate to buy more. But now I see on the seconds list Shoebank sent me that they have the RL Illford boots and Cambridge Burgundy Shell Cordovan shoes in my size... Seeing how many shoes others have, maybe I can justify just a couple more, right? :satisfied:
     
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  4. GOP Shoe Guy

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    I just did a test with my Rutledge, (pushing down on the shoe tree to flatten the heel) and they rock a little also. However, my other 2 pairs from the Independence line (Jefferson & Williams) do the same thing, they rock about the same amount. Also, my McAllisters rock a little bit as do my 2 pairs of Strands. Not all of my AEs rock though. It could be certain lasts cause that shape and the rocking. I would just wear them and enjoy them as they are. I had a squeaky issue with my new Brooks Strands, and I put some powder in the shoe and that alleviated the issue. I am wearing my Rutledge for the first time tomorrow. If I have any issues with mine I will let you know.
     


  5. BackInTheJox

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    Absolutely beautiful shoes, I have been thinking of grabbing a pair of seconds during this sale too. The only issue is, I'm looking for a true walnut/tan colored shoe, and the walnut Rutledge looks almost chili (and I already have plenty of chili in my collection).
     


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    Those are beautiful - nice shine too. Definitely on my future list especially since I like the 333 last.
     


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    Those pics may have just sealed me buying a pair of those. Damnit. May be sending my nuemora's back though. Squeak is too annoying.
     


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    What'd you do as far as choosing a size for the Rutledge compared to your other AEs? A 9.5 E in the 8 last (Delray, Lasalle) fits me perfectly, so if you happen to own any of those (I think I might see a pair of Delrays [or maybe they're Parkways?] in your collection), what size adjustment if any did you make? If you don't have any 8 last shoes, feel free to compare to whatever other AE models.
     


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    Glad to hear the powder fixed the problem!
     


  10. GOP Shoe Guy

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    They are all the same size. 12d.
     


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    Send them back. You will be bothered by them every time you wear them, and, then, eventually you will quit wearing them. Spend an extra 125-ish to get firsts. The extra money spent, in the long run, will be irrelevant.
     


  12. GentlemanJohnny

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    I saw a few pages back someone posted pictures of their 744s (Wolverine but made by AE). I haven't seen the Krause mentioned too much here but I'm in love with both of them. I received the Krause boot first from Krystle in the states and they were very comfortable and wear well in the snow despite having oiled leather soles. I received the 744s from Jay and they immediately replaced the Krause as my favorite pair....they were also my first pair of shell boots and I think I'm hooked... They just feel so substantial...and I just want to look at them when I'm wearing them...and the smell of both boots...that was new to me. The Krause aren't shell but both have a lovely fragrant smell that I've never come across before. Passengers in my car often ask about it...it is that noticeable and pleasant.

    Anyway, some pics of both. The Krause had been worn for a month and the 744s were just taken out of the box at the time these were taken.

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    I have enough boots for now (6 since November...went on a little spree)...the next shoes I get are most likely going to be shell...
     


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    2 different colored shell on that pair. I have few pairs of shell(6 pairs in total). One old pair of c&j Bradford now showing signs of two different shades. Don't have any AE branded cordovan shoes(yet). I think Alden makes the best cordon shoes. They are much shinier than any other and also since their waxy finish they don't have mismatchig problem.
     


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    This also occurs on my Lindricks.

    But the boot is so nice I don't consider it such a big problem.
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    That's just the grain going in different directions.
     


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