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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. Cold Iron

    Cold Iron Senior member

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    I think many of us are starting to understand how important stripping down to the shell and not using too much product is the way to go. Even when new. I finally got my new black shell PA down to the shell this weekend. Patrick in another thread had mentioned microfiber polishing cloths to buff. I buy the Amazon microfiber clothes in packs of 48 to use as rags on the vehicle and around the house, figured why not try them to finish stripping. It did a fantastic job and much faster than the cotton rags (T-shirts and socks) that I normally use. Once I got down to shell I did 2 thin coats of Saphir blue polish and of course the microfiber cloth buff. Will not use any other than the Mac method for a few months now. It is the only shell that I have polished to this level but will also only wear these with a suit:
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    The Ashland leather wallet in #2 shell I ordered came in last week. Here is a comparison of #2 and #8:
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    Inside with the Horween Stamp well placed:
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    I'm sure you mentioned earlier but I missed it. What did you use to strip all that cream AE loved to use or did you just Mac method
     
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    Do these shell PAs' comes with double leather sole ? Nice job with polishing !
     
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    Cold Iron - Wow on the PAs. Now I'm buying Amazon microfiber cloths and RenoMat. Nice wallet, too. The Horween stamp is a real score. Making me think about Ashalnd, too...
     
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    I'm glad I'm not alone! I don't know if they're the same ones, but, a few months ago, I ended up using some microfiber cloths that I ordered through Amazon. I didn't exactly do it because I thought it would create a stunning result, but rather because I couldn't find my stash of cut-up t-shirts.

    Also, I'm jealous of that wallet. It looks terrific, and it seems like just the right size. Now, since I have a small backside, I don't exactly have to worry about the lack of space for a wallet back there, but a slim wallet is still nicer than a classic bifold.
     
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    My next shoe will be a sleek black simple, relatively conservative shoe to round out my collection and to try to bring closure to what has apparently become a completely out of hand Allen Edmonds fetish. So I believe Im going to choose the Flat Iron because of its sleek psuedo-fashion forward last shape. Aside from the perforated medallion, I think this shoe will be perfect and sleek enough to dress up or slightly down. Now what I DONT understand is why everyone who recommends a simple black shoe either recommends the Park Avenue or the Leeds. The Leeds, I can kind of understand, because it is just a basic but sturdy, versatile shoe. But the Park Avenue, although I personally like it, seems to get a lot of blowback for being too rounded, for having too short of a cap toe, or for bowing. Why in the world is this still the go to simple black shoe that everyone recommends then?...Particularly when the Flatiron is more shapely, or if one must have a balmoral, the Rutledge or the Harrison, would be more suitable considering the concerns that some have regarding the Park Avenue's styling. Its almost like, even though it is an undesired shoe, it still just receives praise out of old habit and nostalgia. Kind of like when Brett Favre didnt know when to quit.
     
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    There is a very simple reason why the PA and the Leeds are the most recommended shoes: they are the most conservative and fit into most of the rules for wearing with a suit and in any business situation.

    The PA is actually the "safest" shoe, as it is a balmoral (closed lacing) and does not have any brogueing or medallions. This is considered proper business style and is the "no brainer" formal office shoe.

    The Leeds is a blucher (open lacing), which technically is not supposed to be worn with a suit. But in the US style culture, it is broadly acceptable. And again, no other adornments, which makes it the safest of the bluchers.

    While these are traditional styles, I don't think they belong to categorization as "old habit" or "nostalgia". They are rather more "proper". And the complaints with the PA are precisely because it is a the go-to shoe, and so people want it to be perfect. And yet, despite its flaws, it is still AE's best selling shoe.

    You are certainly free to have your own opinions and choice of style, but the shoes you cite and the reasons you cite are ones that most would say should not be worn in a formal business envrionment.

    Going back to your post, you mention "sleek, pseudo-fashion forward" as your preference, and "rounded" as a flaw with the PA. But most people would pick rounded over pseudo-fashion forward for the office. In other words, not everyone has drunk the StyleForum Kool-Aid!
     
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    First used Reno rubbing in small circles pressing hard. After the rag turned black I'd move my finger to a new spot and do it again. As soon as I finished the shoe I took a rag and made it a bit wetter than the start of the Mac method and wiped the whole shoe down and the rag turned black. Then a few minutes brushing. Did that twice. Once they were clean I spent 4 nights in a row starting with a damp rag and 10 minutes brushing per shoe and 5 minutes with the microfiber cloth. Good luck Michael!
    Yes JR's, and thanks!
    Thank you very much! I picked up the 48 pack for $28 which means I don't have to pay shipping because it is over $25.

    With the shortage of exotic shell colors I couldn't resist that #2 shell. And something comfortably safe about a front left pant pocket carry again.
    Sizz that wallet has your name written all over it! But you can also get the same in red and blue shell direct from Nick Horween, Ashland makes them for him. http://horween.bigcartel.com/
    Talk about nailing it solid... Great Job! I briefly considered the Rutledge several times too but never could picture myself wearing it to a funeral or an important business meeting, that picture in my mind was just so wrong.
     
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    Finally found some time to polish/clean all my shoes today. Here are some common AE shoes. From back to front: Players, Park Avenues, Strands. Poor quality camera photo but we've seen these 1000x so who cares? Of the three, the Players gets the most wear, followed by the Strands. But I have other shoes I wear more than these three.

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    Cold iron where you just using Reno or renomat
     
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    Why did you quote your own reply without adding anything to it? :facepalm:
     
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    Reno. I have used Renomat on a pair of shell Leeds and followed up right away with Reno, but feel safer with using just Reno.
     
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    Brother from another mother.
     
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    nice patina on those shell
     
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    damn, the cap on the Park Avenues looks really small. :confused:
     
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