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

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  1. Winston S.

    Winston S. Senior member

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    Can you tell us if it uses the new heel or the old one? I have a theory that the new heel is causing the squeak.
     


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    Quote:Can you give a description of the old/new heels? I just got a pair in snuff suede that are absolutely gorgeous. Haven't worn them outside yet so I can't report on any squeaks
     


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    It seems that they are transitioning to the V-tread toplift across the board. From what I can tell, the V-tread toplift is a bit softer than the original toplift. Perhaps it may not "clack" as loudly when it strikes the floor, and it may have slightly different wear characteristics. As for being more prone to squeaking, I would be surprised if it made a difference, but who knows.
     


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    very interesting- thanks for the info! For what its worth, the amok has been dealing with squeaking issues ever since it came out more than a year ago, from what I read on this board and the AE reviews. Regardless, Snuff is the way to go with this shoe! I considered both the brogue and snuff, and after receiving them in person, snuff is much more distinctive (reminds me of the alden unlined suede chukka) IMO
     
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    For those who recently ordered shoes from the shoe bank, did you guys get hit by any extra costs? I got a pair of the shell Patriots for $179 along with a $25 shipping cost. Bank statement says a total cost of $232. The only thing I can think of is that the shoe bank added taxes into it, but that doesn't make sense because they've never done that before.
     


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    Well, living only one state next to Wisconsin means that the brown shell cordovan Patriots I ordered from the AE shoe bank yesterday arrived today. The shoes look fantastic and looks to be first quality. The brown shell looks pretty much exactly like Alden's cigar shell to me, although I won't be able to compare it to my cigar LWB's until tonight. So at $179 they are definitely a steal.

    They feel good in the toe box and heel, but it does feel a little tight around the instep area. However, I've owned a few pairs of loafers that felt tighter to start out and became very comfortable after some wear, so I feel pretty confident that the tightness will go away in time. I'm a big fan of the Alden LHS and initially these look like they will be a killer substitute for the LHS.

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    I got hit with about $8.50 worth of tax for the shell Patriots, even though my state doesn't charge sales tax for shoes. But since these are such a steal anyway, I'm not going to worry about it.
     


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    Great pics! They look like a great fit on you. Other than the instep issue, any other initial fit comments (i.e. vs other AE shoes)?
     


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    I recently hopped on the 2 for 250 promo and just noticed on my statement that I was billed just over 260. I suspect it has to do with if AE has retail stores in your state then you may be responsible for local sales tax.

    I snagged a pair of Shell McGraws for 125 as part of that deal, so I'm not going to complain!
     


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    My theory is just based on the fact that none of my shoes with the old heels squeak.
    Is it possible that they opened a store or entity in your state since the last itme you ordered?
    Did you size TTS or sized down?
     


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    I'm not sure how it compares to other AE lasts, since the AE lasts I've tried in 9D (1, 5, 7) all fit me pretty well. I think it probably is closest to the 1 last. The toe box has ample room without feeling loose, and the heel is spot on for me (I'm not sure if my heel is considered normal or narrow). Once the instep tightness (which isn't bad at all, just tighter than a typical worn pair of loafers) goes away, it should feel great all around. The Alden Van last is one of the best fitting lasts for my feet, and the Patriot feels about the same except for the aforementioned instep tightness.
    I went TTS (only choice in this case since they only had them at 9D). I would say the Patriot fits TTS based on how it fits me.
     


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    Wow, shell McGraws for 125... very impressive. Even a better deal than the Patriots for 179! Truly some steals to be had lately.
     


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    Yep, those look great!
     


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    What size and color are those McGraws? pics?
     


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