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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. Pastor

    Pastor Senior member

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    I understand what you are saying. I purchased my first Allen Edmonds almost 5 years ago. Since then i've gotten about 15 pair of AE, at least 10 Aldens, and 5 Carmina. Over half of my shoes are shell. I've probably gone overboard but that first purchase was justified by the idea that i'd be able to wear my Allen Edmonds for a long time. $350 every 10 years is better than $75 every year for shoes that will only last a season. With shoes you really do get what you pay for. I'll also say that if you can't afford them then don't get them. You can also snag some pretty decent deals on AE shoes from different places. If i'm not mistaken you can get the Lasalle right now for $129. This is a great way to get into a pair of Allen Edmonds without breaking the bank. There are people here who are wealthy but then there are people that are not. It really comes down to priorities. For a lot of us dressing in high quality shoes and clothes is a priority. For many it goes with our profession while for others they simply like looking sharp. My mom rolled her eyes wen she saw the price tag of a pair of AE (this was when they were $325). She couldn't believe that people paid that much for shoes. Her husband (not my father) regularly pays $100+ for Under Armor "officially licensed" college sports shirts. THose shirts last two years and he has to replace them. My shoes will foreseeably last 30 years. It's all in what you like.

    Oh, and stay away from shell or your wife will flip.
     
  2. MoneyWellSpent

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    The polished shoe clearly looks better than the unpolished shoe. You did a fine job. There is no "guessing" that you need wax to get a mirror shine... you absolutely have to have wax to get a mirror shine. [​IMG] If you feel like your results in the photo above are too dull, then by all means, give wax a shot. Good looking pair of PA's!
     
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  3. WICaniac

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    Some of the people posting here are undoubtedly wealthy, as their photos of massive AE shoe collections attest. For others (such as myself), AEs are luxury items worth cherishing and obsessing over--as evidenced by our willingness to write odes about them to perfect strangers on this forum. How do guys making $35K a year afford bass boats and Harleys? It's a matter or priorities--and thriftiness. I only own two pairs, but I saved a hundred dollars on each by purchasing a pair of (seemingly flawless) 2nds and the other pair during an anniversary sale. These shoes will probably last me for the rest of my life, whereas the Pikolinos that I paid $160 for at the Walking Company two years ago are already nearly worn out.

    Merlot is the best all-around color you can buy, as it goes with everything but black, whereas the walnut probably should not be worn with charcoal, either. That said, the McAllisters in walnut are gorgeous. If you can add Park Avenues in merlot later, do that.
     
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    My black AE for Brooks Brothers Strands. I am in that minority who prefers the AE for Brooks Brothers versions as they have Poiron insoles and partial rubber soles. Unfortunately, they do not have full rubber heels as the AE shoes do, so I have the heels replaced with full rubber heels.[​IMG]
     
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    You like your Allen Edmonds seconds WICanic? That may be as close as I can come to a pair of Allen Edmonds. What do other people who own them think of them? I heard one person that had a pair of the seconds thought they were junk.
     
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    The seconds I received are--so far as I can tell--perfect. Neither my wife nor I can discern a single flaw, and the salesman at our local AE outlet indicated that he and his associates usually struggle to determine why a pair of shoes failed inspection. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a pair of seconds, which you can always return if anything is not to your liking.
     
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    New addition to my humble AE collection...


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    the Franciscan in black custom calf.

    In case anyone is interested, I had to go down half a size from my other AEs that are on the 222 last.
     
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    Anyone else with a different opinion of the seconds?
     
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    Factory seconds are a great way to go for those that can't afford or justify paying full price. 7 out of 11 of my pairs are seconds, and I love them. I especially like seconds for casual shoes, as I expect them to get more beat up. I only buy firsts when there is a great deal, like the McAllisters for $100 off. Actually, I think all of my seconds had extra money off, too (counting closeout discounts).

    I suggest you give them a try. You should have free shopping both ways, so there's no risk -- other than getting addicted.
     
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    I did mean insole even though I typed sole. Thank you for the advice. I plan to pick them up if they are available in my TTS. If not, I may give them a shot anyway and return if they don't fit.
     
  11. jbcohen

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    On a poll of men's favorite dress shoes Allen Edmonds barely beat out Johnson and Murphy, a poll on a different forum, and I love my Johnson and Murphy shoes so I can imagine what the Allen Edmonds must be like. This is exactly why I am so interested in acquiring a pair even if they are seconds.
     
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    If there's an AE outlet near you go try on several pair. If not, email shoebank@allenedmonds.com and ask them for a list of available shoes in your size. Every model may size differently on you so go to a store if there's one near you and get sized. If there's not a store near you you can try Nordstrom. If there's a Nordstrom Rack near you, you may find something there as well.
     
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    Is the burgundy calf (not Merlot) corrected grain? I bought some burgundy shoes, and the leather feels like corrected grain.
     
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    Email shoebank@allendemonds.com with your likely sizes and see what you can find. Through May 27th, non-Closeout seconds are 15% off the price they list unless they're specifically mentioned on this document. In those cases, there are some even better deals. In particular, you can pick up Brooks Brothers versions of many staple models for only $159, instead of the standard $345 (plus or minus) prices. Great way to pick up a Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Strand, McAllister, Elgin, McTavish, Neumok, Shelton, or some pebble longwing for over half off.
     
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    BB Strand in Brown came in today. Some discoloration in the sole edge and minor chips, but I'll live. Awesome shoes. Going to run some condition cleaner and redress the edge before wearing.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I never get tired of looking at the brown Strand. Very nice, sir!

     
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    Does anyone own a pair of "Auburns." Not sure how old mine are, but they are a black calf, shortwing blucher. I am trying to figure out which last they are built on. They look similar to the players shoe, but I know for sure they are not the same last as I couldn't wear the same size in the players (incredibly uncomfortable). Thanks in advance!
     
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    I have them in black. They're on the 1 last.
     
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    I love the strand on the whole with black being the one exception. It's not that the black looks bad just don't as good as the others. I feel like all of the awesome broguing isnt as visible like it is in the other models. I am considering a second pair in bourbon that color really sings to me.

    I noticed another post mentioned corrected grain, is this accurate that AE uses it? If so is it on lower models primarily?
     
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