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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. kentyman

    kentyman Senior member

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    1. Cheap Perry Ellis socks from Macy's.

    2. I haven't used any edge dressing, but when I do I'll have to decide between Natural and Chili colors from AE.
     
  2. njruss

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    I think the black strands are a beautiful shoe and plenty dressy. If you can wear a wingtip, I see no problem with these. I just got the McAllister in merlot and think it a great addition.
     
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  4. Buddy0329

    Buddy0329 Senior member

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    Anybody here have Park Avenue in Burgundy Shell?

    All these pictures of shoes with shell cordovan being posted are certainly making an impression on me. Would like to compare against merlot calfskin Park Avenues.
     
  5. David Copeland

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    I tried to find them at Macy's - but I guess they are out of stock.

    Reminds me back in Newport Beach where the style was to turn the cotton socks inside-out for that natural look. Hard to find again these days.

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  6. David Copeland

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    CAMBRIDGE -

    "Some of the best of the best get to walk the hallowed halls of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and we've honored this historic academic town by giving one of our choicest models its name.

    "Everything about this shoe is first-class, starting with its shell Cordovan leather exterior. The finest leather available, this material is not only soft and durable, it's certain to only look better with time. Playing off the richness of the leather, the full brogue style on this six-eyelet balmoral, which includes perfing on the wingtip, upper, eyestay and backstay and a classic medallion on the toe, conveys an air of gravitas in even the most stately of situations.

    "Elegantly executed on the 5-Last, this shoe's Reddenbach double oak leather sole and a combination dovetail toplift add the final stunning touches to the Cambridge, an Allen Edmonds shoe for those that have already made it to the top of their class or are pushing to graduate to the next level."
     
  7. masernaut

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    I don't see a lot of Park Avenues posted here. I tried mine on today casually for dinner - with my second ever attempt at spit-shining.


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  8. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Senior member

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    That's because very few SF members "bull" their shoes . . . nice job!
     
  9. VinnyMac

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    What do you mean by "bull?"
     
  10. trig

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    bulling = getting that mirror shine
     
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  11. denverbizman42

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    Wow. I'd love to learn to get a mirror shine on my park avenues. I recently bought allen edmonds cream polish and applied that and then wax polish. I'm pretty detailed about shining my shoes and I have to say I had a hard time getting more than a dull shine. I do love my AE shoes but does anyone else have this problem?
     
  12. thecooldude33

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    I couldn't get anything more than a dull shine either using just the AE tube polish. Well, I guess the shine is a bit better than "dull" but it definitely isn' the elusive mirror shine. I'm going to order some saphir wax this week and hope that it will do the trick. I'm not sure if the black Park Avenues can actually achieve the mirror shine. If anyone has any pics of mirror shined Park Avenues...please post pictures along with an explanation of what you did exactly. It would be greatly appreciated.
     
  13. Shoeluv

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    I just bought some 5th Aves. I spent 22 years in the military and could shine shoes so you needed sun glasses to look at them. My 5th Avenues I put 12 coats of the AE Brown cream and got a light shine. It is kind of annoying too, that much work should have made them glow. I am going to get a wax and try that. I am scared to use some of my army tricks like coating the shoe with kiwi and running a lighter over the shoe to melt the wax in. I will try just spit shining with a wax polish, I just ordered the AE wax and will report back after a few hours with that.

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  14. masernaut

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    AE's tube polish and creams won't work. I learned that the hard way. Wax polish like Kiwi will do the trick.
     
  15. david 112358

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    here in Portland, you can tell when somebody is dressed up because the wear socks with their sandals. :(


    wore my aberdeens today... they've turned into a very comfortable shoe, but the heal seems to get looser every time I wear them. i like the shoe, but I'm think the 2 last just isn't for me
     
  16. Cold Iron

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    I talked to them Friday so I could copy your mini lug tap sole on mine [​IMG] When she was reviewing the order she said poron soles for options and it hit me that was an option so I asked about leather insoles and she said certainly. So thank YOU!
    Last summer when I did the MTO for my Dundee's Deborah asked if I knew what color truffle (cappuccino) looked like. I said lighter than brown but darker than walnut based on the pictures on here. She said no cappuccino is actually darker than brown. And in indoor lighting it is, when it gets full sun it totally changes color. The samples don't always reflect that totally. Couple of weeks ago when I got my latest samples I took my cappuccino Dundee's outside in bright light and they were almost the color of the walnut sample that I had. I love how the cappuccino changes color during the day based on the lighting.
    Very nice job! I really like my black shell Park Aves and wear them more than I thought I would, although normally I wear them with a suit. After polishing with black I hit them with a couple of coats of blue polish, I really like the effect.

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    Like masernaut said you can't get there from here using AE premium polish or cream. You have to use paste wax. Meltonian is premium Kiwi with a bit more carnauba wax, and AE paste wax with carnauba is good too. As is Saphir paste wax. But there is nothing wrong with good old Kiwi and that still works well, very well. Less wax works better IMO, use very thin coats I hardly touch the tin of wax with any pressure with the cloth when polishing for a mirror shine.
     
  17. jbcohen

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    I looked at Allen Edmonds they gave me a good case of sticker shock. I see that I can get some excellent prices on line however, before ordering I would like to ask one question - the shoes on my feet now are a size ten wide, does that mean that I will take a size ten wide in Allen Edmonds? Is the best thing to do to go into a local Edmond's store (there is one a few blocks from my office) and get measured? If I order on-line I need to be certain of my size.
     
  18. Papa Doble

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    If I wore a suit every day (I don't), had black PAs and dark brown FAs, and was looking for another balmoral, I'd probably add a burgundy calf or shell brogued cap toe (like the Strand) or wing tip (like the Cambridge or McAllister). If it had to be black, I'd consider the same styles in black, and I don't see anything wrong with that. A black brogued balmoral is still quite formal, and if you're going to have two black balmorals, you don't have too many other options once you have an unbrogued cap toe.
     
  19. msulinski

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    There is no way to say what size you will take, as all Allen Edmonds shoes do not fit the same. You should definitely go into your local store. You will want to try on the actual model you are planning on buying.
     
  20. ScottyBoy920

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    Go visit the store and try on a few different pair in different lasts. Shoes will certainly measure differently depending on the last they are made on.
     
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