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

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

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  1. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    I have had a pair with similar marks (visible needle holes in the upper near the welt). It could be where the welt was stitched improperly to the canvas gemming, and they removed it and re-stitched it. The picture is a bit blurry so it is hard to tell for sure. It could also concievably be where the leather was slightly damaged when the outsole was being stitched to the welt. I have also had a pair where there were a few tiny "cracks" in the leather near the welt which didn't go very deep. They could be from the lasting process where the leather was slightly damaged when the leather was being pulled over the last by the lasting pliers. In both cases, I kept the shoes because I didn't think they posed a structural problem. I do make sure I put a little extra conditioner and polish on the area to ensure the area is extra protected. As for the heel, it is hard to tell for sure there as well because the picture is slightly blurry, but it looks fine to me. It may just be where the edge of the piece of leather in the stacked heel had an uneven surface near the edge which translates to looking like a "split." That happens periodically as well. If that is all it is, then there is still alot of surface area that is making good contact and the heel will be fine. If it were to separate, fixing the heel down the road is one of the most elementary shoe repair jobs that just about anyone can do. So once again, I'd keep them. These are relatively common problems to see with seconds, so if you get into the return/exchange cycle, you may well end up with a pair with bigger problems.
     
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    Thanks for posting these pictures. I have some bourbon Strands on order and have been looking at lots of pictures online as I wait. Just one question: the colour in these pics varies a lot from the first pic to the second two. Which picture most accurately depicts the colour of your table (and therefore the shoes)? I'm trying to figure out if the shoes are more yellow/green in colour (like your first pic) or the rich brown of the second two pics. J
     
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    I just did some light conditioning of a few pairs of shoes/boots before first wear. Thought I'd post some before and after pics to show the difference.

    The MacNeils and the Wolverine 744 boots are both shell cordovan. Both treated before first use with Venetian Shoe Cream. As described earlier with the Wolverines, I just applied a light coat of cream with a cloth, let it dry (which only takes as much time as applying to the other boot), buffed with a soft cloth, then brushed. Total time for each pair was probably less than 10 minutes, if that.

    MacNeil before (left); after (right)(with flash) T
    hese were seconds, and you can see the area on the vamp where the dye did not take cleanly. I think this is the defect. At some point I'll polish it, but it doesn't really bother me too much:
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    Wolverine 744 before (left); after (right)
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    The Cheaney boots I conditioned with AE Cleaner Conditioner, then I applied one coat of Sno-Seal, and then I polished with burgundy paste after the Sno-Seal dried, just to even out the color. As expected, the Sno-Seal darkened the boots noticeably. This was OK, as I want to use these in snow and rain, and also like the darker color anyway.

    Cheaney before (left); after (right):
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    Agreed. In some instances, I had heard that if you have a good relationship with an SA they will throw in some duster bags for free. I've collected enough duster bags over the years, I'm not too disappointed about not getting them with seconds.
     
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    Plus, when you put your shoes in the bags, you don't get to look at them all the time.
     
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    Maybe not, but more importantly the bags will keep the dust off of them.
     
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    Thought this was the clepto thread
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    I've been inspired by eveyone's pictures of shell lately. I got a chance to run outside to go outside and take a picture of mine:


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    Also, here are pictures of new burgundy shell versus the old one, but outside. The Macneils are new, the Leeds are old.


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    I've also been meaning to take pictures of my gator and sharkskin. From left to right: Birmingham in gator, Park Avenue in gator, Clifton in sharkskin.
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    Nice find. Too bad there's no wide widths available. Tan Suede Neumoks look great with the brown sole.
     
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    Your shell collection is just about perfect. Nice selection of colors and models!
     
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    The difference in AE's old and new burgundy shell is striking.
     
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    Thanks! I just need some dark brown shell dundees and something in cappuccino. Haven't been able to find any cappuccino in a 12 EEE, though.
     
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