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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. rickrone

    rickrone Well-Known Member

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    I own the black fifth ave. I want to buy 2-3 shoes because of the sale, what should i get. I need a brown pair for my suits and i need a casual pair to where with khakis. i don't were jeans much. any suggestions? should i get the dark brown fifth ave to wear with my suits?
     
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    I thought the Presidio was on the #2 last. It's the Brooks Brothers loafer with the combo sole. Unless I'm confused and mistaken, which I've been known to be both.

    It's these on the BB website. I got them as seconds from AE.
     
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    I also have a pair of Fifth Street boots on the #5 last and those don't have that bump. That's why it surprised me when I put on my Mcallisters. It's good to know that it will go down over time. I like them a lot.
     
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    Welp, I only lasted 2.5 months; both the Finches and the Sheltons are on their way, along with a Center Fielder. If I keep all three, that'll be 12 pairs of Allen Edmonds in not so many months. I'm really enjoying upping my shoe game, but also realizing that I'm going to have to slow it down here soon...
     
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    Could be. I'm not familiar with the BB's lasts.
     
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    If it makes you feel any better, extensive broguing/perfing/pinking/etc. could certainly be described as "Extravagant, complex, or bizarre, especially in ornamentation".
     
  8. GOP Shoe Guy

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    I jumped on a pair of Burgundy Shell Cordovan Daltons with the special sale that began today. $466.I think they retail for $695. So not a bad deal at all. Vincenzo said the flaw he could see was a small ding in the shoe, less than a 1/4" I think I can live with that. I also got a pair of MLB Yankees white with red stitching for $19.That was cheap... Looking forward to getting them both.
     
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    Looks like the end of a tiny screwdriver. If you want to get in there, a tiny screwdriver will do just fine.
     
  10. Tardis

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    Allen Edmonds shoes have become a "hobby" for me. I'm up to 13 pairs! I trust my local "shoe expert" to keep them looking good.
    Favourites are Wendell's - Proudly wearing black and brown ones. The quality and value-for-dollar are amazing.

    Oh, and yes, I did get a brand new pair at the local Good Will for 22.50!
     
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    It is on the 2 last and so is that BB model, the latter of which i recently tried on. The fit was positively miserable. Just terrible.
     
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    I don't think that I can try anything else in the 2 last, it's just an odd fit for my foot.

    I just got my return label from Adam. He's been really helpful when I purchase shoes from the Brookfield store. I'm thinking of trying the McGraw's in Walnut. Does anyone have experience with the 4 (234) last? I do have a pair of Cortlands and I think they are on the 4 last as well but I think it might be the 4 (444) last. Not sure of the difference besides what is stated on the website. More squared off toe and flatter in the toe area.

    I really want to get a loafer in Walnut and that is about the only one that I can find from them that is available in my size.
     
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    You can find the tiny cotton swabs in the baby section of your local store. We have them for our kids and I steal them for my brogueing from time to time. Usually the pencil brush from AE is enough.
     
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    Finally got around to posting a pic of my AE strands, i purchased the Walnut strands at the start of the year and found the colour to be a little too light in my opinion.

    So after several mid brown and dark brown coats i think its safe to say its in a colour i now prefer and can match more with.

    I hope it assits anyone who is on the fence with darken walnut shoes.

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    Nice! I have the walnut strands, and recently ordered bourbon ones. It is the favorite model out of all the AE shoes.
    I discovered people have been darkening the walnut strands by themselves.. However, you can't just switch between walnut and bourbon in an instant, so having two pairs makes sense. I just hope the colors are not too close! Will post photos when I get them.

    Does anyone own both walnut and bourbon in the same model?
     
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    So if I use a tiny Q-Tip (or small-tip screw driver) to nourish the Brogue holes - what Saphir color or product do I use in the leather holes to maintain the darker contrast? Or do I use Saphir Renovateur?

    David
     
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    I think I may do this as well. Did you use AE cream polish or Saphir? To mirror what another said, if you used Saphir, which colors?
     
  18. MoneyWellSpent

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    Yes, they are rebranded Fifth Avenues, and they are on the 5-last. Some manufacterers (like Alden) have custom lasts that are used for Brooks Brothers shoes, but AE's models that are simply rebranded for BB are all on the same last as the AE version.
     
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    I didn't miss it, and your picture helps prove my point. Yours are showing the nice hue that is desirable against a walnut shoe, and the chili dressing allows the grain of the leather to show through in a beautiful way. Using brown edge dressing on the same shoe would give an opaque brown sole edge that would look more like milk chocolate. The brown edge dressing is better on shoes that are a true brown where no contrast is intended in my opinion (like on a pair of dark brown Fifth or Park Avenues with a suit for example). Obviously the brown edge dressing has it's place on plenty of other models as well.
     
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    David, unless you are trying to get "artistic" you should use the same color polish that you are using on the rest of your shoe. The darkness of the brogue holes is caused by lack of light caused by shadow (because it is a hole). On some models the material that is placed between the leather upper and leather lining during shoe construction also contributes to the darkness of the brogue holes. In any event, the brogue holes will always be darker than the surrounding leather simply from shadow, and no extra help is needed.
     
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