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

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  1. spitshine123

    spitshine123 Senior member

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    They do look narrow on him, but I can't pinpoint what exactly it is. He does have a gap between the laces, but the gap does not seem as big as other examples that we've seen on this thread. What are some other tell-tale factors?
     
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    The current Webgem says order by 3/3 so I am hoping (with fingers crossed) that there is still hope. There has been a couple of times early on when Webgems started that they have had more than one major Webgem offer at the same time, especially when shell was involved. Would love to see several New Arrivals instead though. Several times the shell Webgems have sold out early due to demand. I was extremely lucky to get my walnut shell strands before they stopped taking orders. And nothing at all wrong with those brown shell Dundees. [​IMG]

    Looking forward to Monday... damn that is something you don't hear every day! [​IMG]
     
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    Agreed. The stitching kills it.
     
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    Those look like chili grain Lamberts. Very good looking shoe. Chris
     
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    I just got my first pair of AEs - Brooks Brothers walnut strand. While I understand that, as factory seconds, they will have some cosmetic blemishes, I am concerned about the streaking that appears on the toe cap of each shoe and the cracks in the leather.

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    Is this the normal type of blemish one should expect from a factory second? Should I try to get a different pair, or just live with it? Would the AE walnut polish work to cover it up at all?

    Thanks!
     
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    Nice, I'll give both a try. Thank you.

    All good advice. Too late on these Elgins as I've worn them out a few times, but I'll be sure to think hard about the fit of the McTavish when it arrives.

    Thanks for this confirmation. I'll wear these McTavishes around the house a bit and see if I have the same experience. I'm actually surprised 8E was wide enough. Were you able to compare with 8EE or 8EEE?
     
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    At least on the toes, those look more like minor cosmetic scratches then a problem with the leather dying process. I think they could be fixed with polish. Not sure about the sides; it's hard to tell from the photos.
     
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    The Fairfax was one of the best looking shoes Allen Edmonds ever made. Extremely comfortable too. I have 'em in black, chestnut, and merlot. I posted this photo some time ago in another thread, but reposting it here.

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    Clean and polish.
     
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    Do yall mean they look tight or just a narrow shoe? They felt very comfy even with athletic socks on.

    Sent from my SGH-T999 using Tapatalk 2
     
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    I'm curious, how much is a discount on the seconds shoes? I ask because I would want to weigh the value vs. the minor blemishes. Thanks!
     
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    It depends on the shoe I believe.
    The AE Patriot loafer seconds i'm considering for instance are regualrly priced at $350~ and seconds would be $269.
    Combine this with the S4S promo and it goes down to $234.

    Call the Shoe Bank and ask for your interests. (Somebody else can chime in with the number. sizzle??)
     
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    I'm looking for a potential alternative to Park Avenues for a black cap-toe oxford. I measure 13.5C/13C left/right foot on a Brannock device, so I'm tricky to fit. I can kind of wear a 13C on the 5 and 8 lasts.

    Can anyone speak to the quality of the Loake 1880 Rothschild? I haven't been able to find anything on SF about it. According to their size chart, their 13 UK is about a 13.5 US. It also comes in a UK E width, which is narrower than normal. I also like the placement of the toe cap a little better. Link: http://www.loake.co.uk/rothschild.html

    ETA: Of course, Wikipedia claims that UK shoe sizes are typically 1 whole size difference from US. Who to believe?
     
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    BTW. Just found this Reddit thread. This quote in particular makes me LOVE Grangaard a million times more.

    Q: Allen Edmonds is constantly praised for their range of beautiful shoe styles. However, like most shoemakers, you have to cater to those who may not appreciate those styles. If there was one AE shoe that you could get rid of, both stop selling it, and stop the style among all shoemakers, which style/shoe would it be?

    Grangaard Answer: Au contraire, Pierre, that's an easy question... The square bicycle toe slip-on in cheap corrected leather with an obviously rubber sole. We don't make it, but the guy in a nice suit across the aisle from me on the plane yesterday was wearing it. It looked bad, really bad, and totally inconsistent with the rest of his effort. It's like a great golfer with the putting yips -- you don't win tournaments with a bad case of the yips.

    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Grangaard is the man. BTW, didn't know he went to Stanford and UChicago Business School...sharp guy.[/FONT]
     
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    They appear narrow because the quarters of the shoe should be much closer together; you have a wide (3/4-1") V, a width wider would greatly reduce this.
     
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