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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. rydenfan

    rydenfan Senior member

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  2. AdamAdam

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    If you can smell leather 10 feet away from your closet, does it mean that you've purchased too many shoes recently?
     
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    VIP shoes sells them also
     
  4. ScottyBoy920

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    Love the smell of leather. I think my fiancé looks at me weird when I smell my shoes. haha
     
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    Quick question on everyones AE belts, How do you guys take care of them? I have many scratches on my belt from wear and tear and theyre looking a little dry. Do I just use AE conditioner and cleaner and some brushing with a shoe brush?
     
  6. New Shoes1

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    That shoe looks significantly neglected. As in dirty and likely not polished or conditioned for a long time. I like AE's conditioner cleaner for conditioning leather, but it does not clean nearly as well as Renovateur. Renovateur also does a better job restoring the luster of the leather underneath all that dirt and wear.

    The only reason you would need Renomat would be if you need to remove layers of wax and polish from those shoes. And, even then, don't use it until you've read all the shoe care threads on how to properly use it.

    You can get Renovateur from Kent Wang or the Hanger Project.
     
  7. New Shoes1

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    I just use AE conditioner cleaner on my belts occasionally.
     
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    IS the AE cleaner/conditioner ok to use on a cordovan belt? My main belt is a black cordovan alden belt and its never been conditioned, its probably time. Or do I need to invest in renovateur? I probably dont need colored cream...do I?
     
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    IS the AE cleaner/conditioner ok to use on a cordovan belt? My main belt is a black cordovan alden belt and its never been conditioned, its probably time. Or do I need to invest in renovateur? I probably dont need colored cream...do I?
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    I've used Reovateur on some leather watch straps too, including a genuine crocodile and an alligator strap. They've never looked so rich in colour.
     
  10. ScottyBoy920

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    Thanks for the info.

    I do notice that the color of the shoes is much darker than I thought/would like it to be. After conditioning them, should I use polish or cream to restore the color?
     
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    Pat of my shoe collection includes 3 pairs of black shoes (monk, derby/blucher and an oxford/balmoral) and I am very happy with them. Let the man enjoy his collection, his circumstances might necessitate having more than 1 pair.
     
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    Good evening gentlemen,
    What is the general feeling about the Williams long wingtip?
    Any first hand, ehm... Sorry, let me correct that...
    Any first foot experience?
     
  13. GOP Shoe Guy

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    I have a pair. I love the leather in the Independence line. I have the Williams, Jefferson and Rutledge. Very soft. I love my WIlliams. Here is a pic. Not the best to show them off, but all I have of the Williams.

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    I didn't see any responses to this part of a my question a few pages back so thought I would ask again. Is it normal for "seconds" to be worn or just have defects? My Sheltons arrived from the outlet the other day and I can see no flaws. However, it's obvious that someone wore them for a day and returned them. I don't really care except there are creases (not deep) across each vamp. I'm just wondering if this means that they now won't crease on my lines and will end up being uncomfortable or end up with multiple unsightly creases. Obviously creases are inevitable and my other Sheltons have developed them just like every shoe, but I was concerned that these would tend towards the creases already there instead of mine. I image this is an issue for anyone who buys used shoes as well.

    Thanks!
     
  15. wilbromarshall

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    I think the Clifton, Park Avenue, and Rutledge are great shoes that make a tremendous foundation for what I am guessing will be an expanding collection. (No slight meant on the Montecito I just have no opinion on them since I do not have any nice loafers due my failure to find a good fit.)

    My philosophy is that you should buy what you like. Now certainly having a well rounded collection is a good thing, but I suspect that most of us can find an area we could improve upon, but that just makes for a good "Want" list.
     
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    For those Saphir lovers- I came across this package on Bespoke Post. All for $60. Is that a descent price? Was originally $45.

    https://www.bespokepost.com/box/polished


    Renovateur, 50 ml, Saphir

    Creme Surfine, Black and Brown, 50ml, Saphir

    Pate de Luxe Wax, Neutral, 50ml, Saphir

    Buffing Brush, 13.5cm, Saphir

    Applicator Brush x 2, Saphir

    Waxed Cotton Colorful Shoelaces, 32 inches, 2 Pair - Red and Navy

    Shoe Bag, Saphir


    Descent package?
     
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    Not exactly sure if creases are a turn off. Many people buy their shoes second hand with creases and have a solid pair for life.

    I guess if they create an uncomfortable experience then it would be an issue though.
     
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    Great story guys! I remember mentioning to my wife one day as I was heading out the door, "I'm going to have coffee with a guy I met on the internet...see you later!" It certainly didn't sound sordid when I was making the plans but as I uttered those words aloud, it sure seemed strange.
     
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    It's an encouraging story, especially if you work in an environment with men who are less savvy about footwear. More than once I've been challenged by a co-worker who thought his $99 Chinese made square toe loafer was superior to my AEs.

    I was intrigued by the less than discrete scrutiny of the other party's footwear. I fully expect that one of these days someone will appraoch me (probably at the airport) and ask me if I'm PhiPsi32, referring to one (or more pairs) of custom shoes that I posted on StyleForum. Seems a little odd. Someone walks by, looks at your shoes, and says, "Hey, I know you . . ."


    FTFY
     
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    Per my earlier post about AE's natural edge dressing, I ended up using a tiny amount of AE's walnut cream polish on the scuffs themselves. I didn't apply the cream polish to the entire edge, just the spots that needed color (the tube was listed as AE Premium Shoe Polish).

    I then applied AE's Brown wax polish (jar of brown carnauba wax polish) over the entire edge. As we know, wax polishes don't impart all that much pigment, especially when applied very lightly. My thought process (based on the informative responses I received earlier today) was that the cream would cover the scuffs and the wax would seal the edge. I have a bottle of dark brown edge dressing but its very dark and I wanted to preserve the OEM finish & appearance. The brown edge dressing would likely cover up the visible stacked layers of sole leather.

    It turned out as well as I'd hoped. Here are some before & after images for reference.



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    Lastly, I've no idea how I scuffed them in the first place. I fly regularly and while it was my first trip with these shoes, I've never previously seen scuffs like this.
     
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