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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. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    Two year old Walnut Strands. I don't find myself wearing them very much in the winter anymore, but, since the weather warmed up, I've been wearing them 1-2 times a week. Still one of my favorite shoes for fit and aesthetics.

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    Related question: I find they are taking on more of a reddish tone after years of polishing with AE's walnut polish. Any suggestions on a specific polish color to introduce a little more brown to the equation without darkenng them up much more? I fear a medium brown may darken them up too much and a tan color won't add any brown to the mix.
     
  2. MoneyWellSpent

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    Beautiful shoes. [​IMG]
     
  3. hohneokc

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    I would say it is your personal preference. I, personally, do not like horsebit loafers - just a personal thing. But if you like them and these fit like a glove, I would say that is a screaming bargain.

    You will be wearing them so if you like them and $95 doesn't put you in financial distress, I would say go for it.

    Chris
     
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    one question...what in the WORLD would I wear with those? Selvage Denim? Dress Pants...?
     
  5. New Shoes1

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    If you have to ask, then pass. Bargain or not, they'll end up sitting on your shoe rack gathering dust.
     
  6. jguyette

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    As an FYI...
    The shoe bank is getting rid of a number of the baseball-themed boat shoes for $19.00 a pair. The selection isn't great, so you might end up with a logo you don't care for. For less than $20, I'm just happy to have a pair for chasing the kids.
    The model I purchased is the Sandlot. They are beat up looking to begin with, but I think they are neat.
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    Those Gucci loafers call for dark (black/grey) denims or dress pants and white shirt. Black blazer optional.
    Not my favorite style, but a lot of my Italian friends (I am Italian myself) swear by it.
    It is definitely not a casual shoe, but not a dressy one.
    Difficult to match or showcase (again, based on my preferences).
    It's an Italian thing..
     
  8. coolarrow

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    However, if they were horse "leather" shoes, all this purist talk goes out the window. I'd be like this:
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    Buy them. I have black Gucci driving loafers and they are beyond comfortable
     
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    As a guy who's wearing Facconable Khakis, saddle oxfords, a white shirt, and a seersucker jacket to work today (with a bow tie of course!)...these probably aren't for me. I might just pick them up and flip them on the bay.
     
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    You can wear them with shorts or khakis no problem
     
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    Is the "Brooks Brothers Fifth Ave" the "Perforated Captoes" on the Brooks Brothers website? On the Brooks Brothers site it doesn't say in the description that it's made by Allen Edmunds... but they certainly look the same.

    Anyways, for this sale, why is it that the BB models are so much cheaper than the others? Like the BB strand and BB fifth ave, both of which i'm looking to buy, are $159 for BB model instead of $229 for AE.

    Thanks!
     
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    I'm not sure I agree with this. If they were brown, I think it works better with khakis. Not sure about shorts.
     
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    The BB models have the combination sole instead of straight leather, and cannot be recrafted by AE. Probably does not matter that much to many people- indeed, I just picked up a pair of the BB walnut strands to go with my AE bourbon strands :)
     
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    I hear that. My first foray into shell was with a pair of black Leeds. "Black bluchers? What'll I do with those?" said a voice in the back of my head, before I beat it to death with a shoehorn. Now I wear 'em easily once a week.
     
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    I find that my 5 and 8 lasted shoes fit similarly. I wear thin dress socks with them and I actually size down by 1/2 in each of said lasts. The 8 last is one of AE's best, and it is underutilized IMO.
     
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    I love AE's 8 last, but I agree with Quadcammer that it is narrower than the 5 last. My 8 last Delrays get worn less and less due to how tight they are in the toe box.
     
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    A black shell PTB = good choice. I own 2 pairs.
     
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    I could never wear those with shorts. Just not for me.
     
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