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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. CalTex

    CalTex Senior member

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    Bought it, can you guys confirm this is the travel size?

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    Yes, it is.
     


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    In the wild pics of my vintage shell MacNeils that I polished up the other day. Love em!

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    They are Meermin; Rui last.

    AE 1 and 5 lasts 12D, good fit, but could not go any narrower
    AE 8 last, 12D, a little too narrow and uncomfortable as my foot swells.
    Meermin Rui last, 11UK, a pretty good fit, but wide enough that I wonder if I should have sized down another 1/2 size to a 10.5UK.

    The Rui last is definitely wider than AE's 5 last and is pretty spot on for anyone who is on the border between a D and E width.
     


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    PK: those look outstanding! Did you restore with Venetian Shoe Cream or Renovateur?
     


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    They look like bowling shoes. Goodyear welted, Made in the USA bowling shoes but still, bowling shoes.
     


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    I'm thinking they would have looked a bit better with the black parts being brown and the white parts being a lighter tan.
     


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    fantastic patina. Almost looks Alden ravello. Much deeper colors. Bravo, sir!
     


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    Which AE plain toe blucher do y'all recommend? I read earlier there were some issues of ankle bowing with the Kenilworth - still a problem? Would the Leeds be a better alternative?
     


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    I have about a month's worth of regular wear on the Kenilworths and have not had issues with bowing. I personally prefer the aesthetic of the Kenilworth over the Leeds.
     


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    Funny-

    That's a little strong, don't you think? They will be pretty hard to pull off without looking like you are trying really hard, but I don't think anyone will mistake them as bowling shoes!
     


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    Bowling shoes or not, they are pretty ugly. :embar:
     


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    If I remember correctly, you should be pretty safe to try on the Kenilworth (or any of the shoes that have had reported bowing issues) and see how they look and feel. If they look and feel good, take them home and do your indoor break-in method, wearing them for at least 3-4 sessions around your house for a few hours each (on different days). If they still look good and feel good, you should be in the clear. The bowing issue seems to be a problem from when they are new, rather than a problem that develops over time (assuming you are giving them proper care and keeping shoe trees in them). I'm strictly saying this from observation and from some data gathered from a previous question, so don't take that as gospel, but I posed the question some time ago, and all of the responses indicated that they purchased the shoes that way if I remember correctly.
     


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    I'm not sure if anyone mentioned this yet because this thread is quite long and I haven't read all the responses but it looks like in your second picture that the bottom strip is overlapping the top one and I'm not sure it's supposed to do that looking at other pictures of this shoe. I'm sure I'm not using the correct terminology but see my attachment and you'll know what I mean. That's probably causing the leather to not sit correctly in other areas of the shoe.


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    Having to work on Good Friday stinks. Wearing the Finch today makes it a little better.
     


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