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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. lemmywinks

    lemmywinks Senior member

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    Actually got fitted today at a store... What a world of difference! I wear anywhere from an 11 to 11.5 in most shoes, but it turns out I'm just a modest 9.5D in Allen Edmonds, and I'm guessing most other shoes. If Nordstrom was carrying the Strand in 9.5 I must have gotten those, but I got a 10D, which fits great, but still has the slight roominess I'm used to. You know how as a kid all your shoes are bought slightly bigger because your feet will grow eventually? Yep.

    So this is a huge notice to everyone who is just starting to step up their dress shoe game...

    GET FITTED!!

    A well-fitted pair of dress shoes is actually really comfortable to walk in. I almost want to get another pair of Allen Edmonds strictly for casual wear with jeans but it's just really not my style at the moment.
     


  2. lemmywinks

    lemmywinks Senior member

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    If you don't have something equivalent to the Park Avenue in black already, please please please get that. So much more useful, and barely anyone will notice or care that you aren't wearing patent shoes with your tuxedo.
     


  3. Distorbiant

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    So I've fallen in love with the Walnut Strand and the Walnut Dalton after visiting my local AE store to donate some shoes.

    And, through ridiculous amounts of deal hunting, I've finally found a pair of New Daltons for $255.


    I wanted the strand because it's so versatile. I intended on wearing it with jeans as well as job interviews and special occasions. But this Dalton deal is just so damn good. Could I pull off the same functions with the Dalton instead?

    Am I just crazy for thinking I can wear the strand, much less the dalton, for job interviews? I could also get a pair of used black Park Avenues for $110 from a user on here, but $365 in shoes will hit my budget really hard, especially since I'll probably only wear the Park Avenues a few times a year.

    Disclaimer: I'm a student with a shoe fetish and no dress shoes/boots/etc whatsoever. This will be my first pair of Allen Edmonds.
     


  4. Cold Iron

    Cold Iron Senior member

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    The Alden Van last you say? Patriot's in brown shell came yesterday, thanks once again MacktasticGDogg and everyone else for posting yours! Finally after many years and every salesman telling me that loafers will not work with my narrow heels we have a winner with the Patriot.


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    The shoe on the left has been cleaned with Reno and a few minutes brushing, the right still needs to be done in this picture from yesterday. For $360 from the Jeffersonville outlet not as good as a deal as the recent scores here but not going to complain, still feel like I stole them. Can't find anything really wrong with them and I'm very pleased to say the least. They have 9 Patriots in #8 shell in my size in stock, oh the temptation....
     


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    congrats on the purchase.Reno does amazing job. I will need to invest some $$ on reno and other quality products. The only product I use on all my shoes (calf & shell) is collonil gold polish- http://www.amazon.co.uk/Collonil-PREMIUM-Neutral-leather-repellant/dp/B001BMUWYA This is what my cobbler recommended me for shell and for all of my calf shoes ! They do bring out a shine on calf and shell with quite easy applications.
     
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    Thanks for all of your advices. I'm planning on going to the opening of the new AE store in NYC (I believe it will be at 43rd St. and 6th Ave.) next weekend and buy a black Park Avenue by then, as I need one for an upcoming wedding in June.
     


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    Re: the black suit / tuxedo question, what about the Vernon? I've never seen them in person, so I don't know, but AE sort of bills them as filling both functions.
     


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    So, I made the drive out to Riverhead to see the new burgundy, and it is definitely a gorgeous shade. Not Color #8, that's for sure, maybe #6 or 4? I'd imagine this is why AE just calls it burgundy, so they can jump shades without having to change the mode. The Cambridge and the Leeds are both absolutely beautiful in it. I'm contemplating a pair, with the 20% off sale. I also much much much prefer the fact that they are unglazed. I think that the matte shell looks way better than the super-shiny shell.

    Is it weird that I'd actually rather have them in unlined? I think that shell just fits my foot amazingly when it's unlined, and the addition of a lining sort of diminishes the feeling. Also, possibly shortens the life of the shoe, since the lining gets destroyed well before the shell does. Have that happening with my older MacNeils (the much darker, shinier model) where the lining and the shell have come unattached in the back, because the lining has ripped along the top edge (on both pairs) just from hard wear.
     


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    It all depends on how correct you want to be. I trust Allen Edmonds to make a quality-constructed shoe in a size that will fit my foot across a wide range of styles... but after roughly half of the webgems over the last year, including those brogued patent monstrosities from November, I really don't trust them for style advice.
     


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    The Alden LHS just doesn't fit me well. I may have to try these. Brown shell would be my first choice as I'm kind of swimming in burgundy/color 8. CI, I agree that you stole them at that price.
     


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    Just out of curiosity, can the damaged lining be fixed during a recrafting service?
     


  12. helius0

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    Anyone knows if there's any online store that has Saphir's Renomat in stock? Or any stores in the Washington DC area?

    It's backordered at the Hanger Project, as well as Ron Rider's boot store.
     


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    Warning OT photography comments:


    I know what you mean. I'm still shooting with a D90 that's probably as old as your D40. However, it does pretty much everything I need it to do. I absolutely love the 35 f/1.8. For $200 or thereabouts (IIRC), it's a great lens. I bet your small D40 and that tiny prime lens make for a great walking-around setup.

    I find it does well with product-type images but also handles portrait type stuff in a pinch. These were taken of my kids in a park a few years ago. I ended up having them printed 8x10 and framing them. It doesn't produce the syrupy bokeh like a good portrait lens but it's also a couple thousand dollars less than those awesome portrait lenses!

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    Anyway, thanks again for the DOF comment, it's nice when someone notices those kinds of things.
     


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    Does anyone feel that AEs have heels that are too wide?

    I'm feeling this in my AE Jefferson. Is there any way to correct an excessively roomy heel?
     


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    I love the Strand and Dalton, but if I could only afford one dress shoe, I would not choose either of those, and I would not wear them to an interview. A more versatile style would be, say, a dark brown or burgundy plain toe blucher. It's not ideal for a dark interview suit, but IMO it's significantly more appropriate than a Strand or Dalton, and it will work with everything else (denim, chinos, and wool trousers, all with or without a jacket).
     
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