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

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  1. Close Hoarse

    Close Hoarse Senior member

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    Here's a pair of AE Rutledge custom made spectators that I picked up on eBay last week. Sadly, they're about a half size too big for me, but close enough that I could still wear them. You don't see cap-toe specs like this very often.

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  2. Winston S.

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    I haven't done it yet, but I thought maybe I could pick up a cheap paint brush, pop off the sponge, and then brush it on. It's tough to get the sponge off too though.
     


  3. GOP Shoe Guy

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    Awesome! Me likey....
     


  4. kmdsimpson

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    Someone here must know the answer to this: which of these Saphir Cordovan Shoe Polish colors matches the Wolverine 744? Is it Dark Brown, or is Cordovan - I can't tell if Cordovan is red or brown.

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    I'm thinking of stripping my 744 with Reno Mat and starting over, as I've come to realized that I think the reason one boot won't shine is too much cream applied at the factory.
     
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    The 744 (I have a pair) is actually "cigar" which is a medium brown, though AE calls it Mohagany. It's technically color #449. Mind you "cordovan" as a color is a misnomer, it actually refers to the type of leather which is "shell cordovan" for your 744s. The most popular shade is color #8, which is often called burgundy (and because of its popularity with the material, the color is often called cordovan). Anyway, technically none of those colors will really match it quite right, though dark brown would be the closest.

    That said, I commit heresy with mine, and did the Crane's method (oiled and sno-sealed) so I've never used Saphir on them. I tend to think people overly-baby their shells, especially shoes that are properly work boots, and are used as dress boots, like Wolverines. When I need to give any of my (non-oiled) shells a quick nourishment, I give them a bit of meltonian cream conditioner and don't worry about it.
     
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  6. New Shoes1

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    Cordovan is burgundy. Here's a picture of a pair of shell shoes that I have used it on.

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    It's great stuff, by the way.
     


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    A beautiful day out for the Original Mora
     


  8. Ketawa

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    I received a pair of 13C Leeds today. They're intended to be my new shoes to wear in uniform. I had a couple of questions/issues and was hoping for some feedback.

    1. I was able to try them on in 13D, and they fit well in store except for the width. However, on these size 13C my right ankle bone rubs against the top of the shoe's side. It's uncomfortable/painful to walk in. Given that the 13D did not have this problem, is it likely to be a defect that might be remedied on another pair in size 13C? I haven't had this problem on my 13C Delrays (8 last instead of 1 last). Is it something that will be ok after break-in, or could I get a very thin insole?

    2. Where the arch is located, there's some extra stitching and padding on the inside of the foot, you can see it in the lining. On the left shoe this area is poorly attached. Reason enough for an exchange?


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    These were ordered through the AAFES special order program so AAFES won't take a regular return. QC issues shouldn't be a problem, but if it turns out the right shoe wouldn't work for me on a new pair either I'll be SOL.
     


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    I was thinking of buying the Leeds for my uniform as well- after 15yrs my boot camp issued shoes are getting to the end. Can you PM me the AAFES price? I already got the special order department's info last month.

    To your point- something looks wrong with that arch pad attachment. I would try to get those pictures to AE customer support and see if they can make it right.
    Please let us know how it turns out.
     


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    Instructions? LOL I never looked thank you!
    Last week I ordered 3 more edge dressings from the Jeffersonville Outlet and I made sure to say travel size. She said that they are discontinuing the full sized bottles, which is fine by me. All I ever used is travel size they are just right.
    The bolded part is the correct answer IMO. I posted a few days ago pictures of how much cream comes off AE shell and that you can't really do justice to the Mac method with cream on there. Agree totally with you. Hmmm I seem to say a lot of that.

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    right to left: Mahogany, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Light Brown, Cognac.

    I have worn the hell out of my 744's and don't do much to them. I had to wipe them down with a wet (not damp) rag and brush for a few minutes just so you could see the actual shoe to take this picture. When I get time I'll Reno them and a thin coat of Medium Brown. Someday, it is the only shell that I treat like a regular calf boot.

    Speaking of Horween #449 which Nick calls Dark Cognac today was a C&J for RL Marlow type of day:
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    My recomendation is to call AE CS directly and bypass AAFES altogether. AAFES can just get in the way sometimes. You could tell AAFES it is a sizing issue which they take returns on also but you pay shipping to Texas. AE IME has been good at handling these issues for me.
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    I was thinking of buying the Leeds for my uniform as well- after 15yrs my boot camp issued shoes are getting to the end. Can you PM me the AAFES price? I already got the special order department's info last month.


    To your point- something looks wrong with that arch pad attachment. I would try to get those pictures to AE customer support and see if they can make it right.
    Please let us know how it turns out.




    Bates GI issue? 15 years? Good Sir if so you should get a medal for that alone!
     


  11. kmdsimpson

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    Thanks, guys! I knew you'd know. Cordovan is burgundy - I wish they would change this terminology; Saphir should know better.. lol Actually, Cold Iron, your previous posts on removing cream is what made me think of this with my 744s. I was wearing them today. Just took a pic to show what I mean. The left boot has a matte finish that never shines up with brushing. The right boot has the more translucent/variegated pattern, just like yours do in the polish picture. Given these are made by AE, realized it's probably too much cream. Cold Iron, you are using regular shoe polish, correct? I was thinking of sticking with the Saphir made-for-cordovan to start with, which means I may try dark brown mixed with neutral. [​IMG]
     
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  12. AmericanGent

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    Ha- but they are actually not Bates. I came in back in 1998 so I was issued Wolverine brand shoes with a production date of 1996.
    They are still holding on! Had to resole them the first time at the 12 year mark. The rubber sole finally gave out so I went with leather, but I went through that really fast.
    They are still ok for normal day wear but for dress uniform use they are looking a little rough.

    Maybe I'll use this line of thought on my wife to explain why I need another pair of AEs!
     


  13. kmdsimpson

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    New Shoes, are these Meermin? If so, which last are they, and how did you size in relation to your AE size?
     


  14. Winston S.

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    You are referring to the cordovan colored cordovan cream right? I have a jar at home. It is a really red brown. Looks purpleish in jar.
     


  15. kmdsimpson

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    Yes, exactly. Good information - thanks. Hard to tell on the computer monitor - it comes out looking much less red, which is why I wanted to double check.
     


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