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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. Winston S.

    Winston S. Senior member

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    Another try at posting my new to me Leeds.

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  2. jbcohen

    jbcohen Well-Known Member

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    Used to think that there was no difference in brands of shoes, walked around in $20 State Street Mardell Oxford shoes now I am sporting Allen Edmonds Fiesols and let me tell you I can feel the difference. I like to say, blind fold me, spin me around five times and strap on either the State Street or my Allen Edmonds and I can tell the difference real easily. The State Street are like wearing lead weights on my feet.
     
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    I've had a pair of strands for a few months and they seem to be wearing in differently. The right shoe has some creases as is to be expected(they are shoes after all) but the left shoe has much more pronounced wrinkling and more hairline wrinkles across the toe. It looks like the leather insole is pulling on the side of the left shoe which may be causing some of the weird wrinkling. Am I just being overly picky/crazy or is this unusual?

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    My kenwoods and mctavishes haven't worn unevenly so I don't think it's the way I walk or anything. Just picked up a pair of Nathan's(Fifth Aves renamed for JA BanK). Haven't worn em yet though.
     
  4. MoneyWellSpent

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    Wow, that's a first for me. Those don't even look like the same calfskin that Strands are made from. The leather looks like it has very little rigidity. Are they firsts or seconds? New or used?

    You reference the insole "pulling on the side of the left shoe," is that something you are seeing from the inside? Can you post a picture?
     
  5. Winston S.

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    That looks like excess creasing/wrinkling. Do you put shoes trees in your shoes when they are not being worn? It's possible it's also a sizing issue.
     
  6. drbhrb

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    I do use shoe trees and condition with AE products.

    MoneyWellSpent: you can see the crease in the photo with both of them. On the left shoe(bottom) there is a deep crease near the sole. That is the insole causing that crease. It sticks out a bit.

    They were new firsts. It may be a sizing issue although I was fit in an AE store. They were a bit tight at first but broke in to be comfortable. I'm at a EEE so I can't go wider
     
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  7. New Shoes1

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    This. I have two pairs of shoes that were too tight before I stretched them out by wearing them. Both have excessive creasing across the vamp.
     
  8. David Copeland

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    Not sure about what's worse . . .

    a) Seeing a member's prospective post about spending $395 for a brand new AE item, and then discovering that some fellow members on the forum would not "suggest" to wait a few weeks to save over one hundred dollars ($100+) . . . and having the customer feel his stomach pain over the outcome.

    Versus

    b) Some of us (namely over 20 members on this forum, besides myself) having inside information that can suggest a 35% discount on selected styles, but cannot officially post it before the press release - because a promise was made?

    As the song goes, "Can't please everybody".
     
  9. drbhrb

    drbhrb Well-Known Member

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    Well crap. I wouldn't have bought them if I had known they would end up like this. The guy at AE said they would break in as if it was no big deal.
     
  10. David Copeland

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    How long has it been since you purchased them?

    Which AE store?

    (You may have some options)
     
  11. drbhrb

    drbhrb Well-Known Member

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    Maybe 4 months? The one in Philly.
     
  12. guasc1

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    That is not normal. I am new to the "good quality shoes" game, but that looks like Walmart shoes...
    I would contact AE at cacmail@allenedmonds.com (customer service) and let them know.
    I am sure they will give you clear direction on what to do.
    There are many examples, even on this forum, of people having shoes replaced at no charge even after many months of use.
     
  13. MoneyWellSpent

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    Well it sounds like New Shoes has experience with a similar outcome, so he is likely correct.

    As for the insole, the reason I was asking questions about that is because if you were experiencing gemming separation from the insole, your shoe would begin to walk out of shape. Eventually your shoe would fall apart, but it would start by the upper losing it's integrity where it meets the ply-rib (where the upper and insole are joined). Seeing a horizontal crease on the outside of the shoe around the area of the insole (particularly around the joint of the big toe at the ball of the foot) is actually very normal, so that's not causing your other problems. It is common for your foot to "pour" over a little bit during the course of wearing and flexing which causes the leather to flex in that area just a bit. Above the crease is your foot bulge, and below the crease is where it is being held in place by the insole.
     
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  14. New Shoes1

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    David, there is a difference between:

    a) suggesting that someone should wait unitl the Nordstrom Anniversary sale in July to see what styles are selected due to the history of deep discounts on AE that go along with the sale.

    versus

    b) continually telling people you have inside information that you cannot reveal about an amazing sale and that they need to e-mail Nordstrom to get the details. . . . . when that sale is nothing more than the well-known Anniversary sale that happens every year.

    There's no harm or malice in what you are doing, but it is over-the-top enough that you can expect some good natured ribbing from the rest of us.
     
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  15. MoneyWellSpent

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    Precisely. I was on pins and needles waiting for some major event, like Nordstrom discontinuing some of their currently stocked AE models and liquidating their stock for some unheard of discount never before seen in the history of department stores or something.

    The Anniversary sale happens every year, and reminding newbies of this is helpful and thoughtful. However, telling them about this doesn't constitute breaking anyone's confidence, insider trading, or anything else that may lead to the unraveling of the space time continuum.
     
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    DRB:

    Here is one of the shoes I was talking about. The creases are hard to see because the shoe is black and I frequently add conditioner/cleaner to keep the leather supple to aid in the stretching. I've also recently polished them to help make the creasing less evident. I have a crease in the cap as well as two on the vamp as well as another on the inside of the shoe - all proximate to my big toe and where it flexes.

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    I would show your shoes to AE, since they fit you and will likely try to help you out. I would also, in the future, regularly condition your shoes to avoid excessive creasing.
     
  17. MoneyWellSpent

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    I agree. If you were given bad advice by an SA, you should have some recourse in this case. It isn't like you just went off and bought a pair of shoes using your own guess on size and paid the price for it.
     
  18. tietherope

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    There is even a website that currently shows the dates:

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/anniversary-sale
     
  19. lierre

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    I'm looking for a PA in size 8 or 8.5 (not sure of my size, need to figure it out). Should I try to get a second by calling during the AE tent sale or wait for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale? Which one would be cheaper? Thanks!
     
  20. David Copeland

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    Yes and no.

    The difference this time is . . . if a forum member is wanting to purchase a specific style, color, and size on a future sale - they generally will not get confirmation that their selection will or will not be on sale until the final press release.

    But by privately providing a manager's name and email address and asking the same question today . . . the information can be verified by tomorrow in order to decide if waiting is a valid choice . . . and if not, then to go ahead and pay the regular price today.
     
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