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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    That $100m is a drop in the bucket compared to the revenue that BMW created in the local region. Many in NC were upset because SC got them by allowing Corp. tax exemption for a few years. You would think NC would have learned by all the manufacturing in the Greenville area already. I was fine with it living in Asheville as Greenville was closer than the NC location they were offering. I picked up some consulting work from them and some of the hundreds of other companies that sprang up to supply them. Every German manager that I talked to said they were amazed at the productivity of the American worker. Then they would defend the German work force but say that because of the German union influence they didn't get near the amount of work from them.

    I've been burnt hard by lack of support and service by the American Auto Industry over the years and have tried them all. My current vehicle is made in Tn. I may go back one more time and try again and if I do it will be a Ford because they didn't participate in the gov't bail out. But they also burnt me the worst with the POS V6 head leaks and all 3 times while I was deployed overseas and the wife was left back home alone to take care of it. And Ford didn't even acknowledge it was an issue until a class action lawsuit. That is lack of customer service at its worst.

    Pendleton is also a highly American defined brand, and the shirts are hard to beat, I owned my first one in Washington State more than 30 years ago. And picked up a few more over the years. Henry Fonda wore a Pendleton shirt every day in the movie Sometimes a Great Notion for a reason. In January I was in Old Town Scottsdale in Az. being dragged through the shops and saw a Pendleton store so I dragged her through it as soon as I saw it. And was shocked at how little was made in the US any more, but the prices were still typical Pendleton prices. I'm afraid they are headed the way of Woolrich which is a shadow of its former self, as is the town of Woolrich, Pa. because of it.

    All things are not equal between AE and other shoe manufactures that I have dealt with. AE customer service is second to none and one of the reasons I am loyal to them. That and they are the only higher end shoe company to work with the military system. I have spent more on other shoes and don't feel they have the same value. In my mind there is no other shoe company to even compare them to, no one else even comes close price or not.

    I do believe you got a comment... :)
    My shell Strands are walnut so I don't have that same exact color Strand. But I do have brown shell Patriot and Dundee which are no where near that color. Personally I like the color of your Stands, a lot. You can always exchange them if you are not happy with the color and should if it bothers you. But I'd think hard about it as those are the most unique color I think I have ever seen. Shell is not ever exact and the use of aniline dyes allows the shell color to come through. Good looking shoe IMO.
     
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    Awesome to hear, thanks for posting
     
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    Thanks for the help, gentlemen.
     
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    Thanks for the response. I was aware of the MTO option but like you said that is expensive. Any thoughts from you (or anyone else) on the discoloration?
     
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    I'll have to explore the 7-last ... I've already got a pair of Leeds and have found it to be more narrow and longer heel to arch than my 975 ( 8.5D 1-last vs 8D Barrie).
     
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    This is the best looking Strand shell colour I have ever seen, You're right that it doesn't look anywhere close to brown. Here's a picture of my shell dark brown Patriot and a colour #8 loafer. Your Strands might fit right in between the two.


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    Sorry for the flipped picture. It's coming straight off my phone.
    I would still wear those Strands :)
     
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    I don't think it will probably ever go away, but I would expect it lessen over time as the shoe wears. Additionally, from the photo I would think it would be hard for anyone ever to notice the difference from eye to foot distance, so I would probably just keep them but they are your shoes. If you don't like it, exchange them.

    I also wanted to recommend that you not go with the smaller size and hope they will stretch. I have the same problem as you where my left foot is good at a 10D in the 5 last, but my right is a 10 1/4D. I tried the 10D's per the sales guys suggestion that they would "loosen up", but after many wearings, various stretchings by a cobbler and the bank, they just were never comfortable and I couldn't wear them all day long due to pressure on the top of my toes and rubbing on my pinky. As a testament to AE customer service, they allowed me to exchange them worn for 10.5D and I am much happier. They don't have a glove-like feel, but my feet are much more comfortable and I will wear the shoes more because of it.
     
  8. MoneyWellSpent

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    Whew, that is a relief!


    Just wanted to affirm my appreciation for chiming in as well! We would all enjoy hearing from you from time to time if you can fit us into your crazy schedule!
     
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    That's uncalled for and inappropriate. I cannot believe you would speak to anyone in this manner, let alone the CEO of a company who came here as a guest to clear up a misconception.
     
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    Agree. Especially since the issue seems to be caused by not fitting the wearer rather than being an actual defect with the shoe, at least from anecdotal evidence that people are buying the shoes with the bowing problem being present from the beginning. Not all lasts fit all types of feet.
     
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    Eh, I see your points however, if you step into a public forum, you should be prepared to encounter any matter of public comment. Does it make the poster's comment unprofessional? I am not saying; I can see it being a joke. For someone to be upset by that would make me wonder if they are considering the source. Public forum...anonymous posting....say whatever you want. For someone to take any comment with any more weight than that is also a problem....just my thoughts....
     
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    Stick around for awhile and you will see that the posters in this thread address each other with a respect and civility that is not found in other SF threads. Rudeness and disrespect are frequently called out as inappropriate in this thread. And, whether CoolArrow was joking or venting about his grievance (see below), he was rude and inappropriate considering the context of the AE CEO taking the time to post in this thread.

    I, for one, think it is pretty cool that the CEO of AE came here to post and do not want one disgruntled customer to make him think he is not welcome here at any time. Especially when that disgruntled customer is upset because he was not able to exchange the seconds he bought at Nordstrom Rack after wearing them for a year and a half before noticing a bowing/gaping issue.
     
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    Your point is definitely valid to a certain degree. I wasn't personally offended, and I doubt Paul would be either. I was really responding to what I percieve to be an incorrect or invalid statement. If someone is joking, then using an emoticon or some other form of punctuation goes a long way. That's why they are there. A blunt message in all caps with a period sounds like an ultimatum, which is inappropriate, especially given that the problem he is asking to be fixed may not be AE's fault to begin with.

    As for the last statement, that is a double edged sword. Don't you want to be taken seriously? I personally don't like the sound of Paul stepping into what we try to maintain as a polite, open, learning environment only to have his head bitten off the first time he does so. I'd rather him feel welcome to come back and engage rather than feeling like he is just going to end up having to address issues that may not even be AE's fault. All too often I get annoyed by people whose first posts in StyleForum are prefaced with things like "go easy on me" or "don't yell at me" or something like that. Obviously people ask questions that could easily be figured out by a little bit of independent research, and that can be frustrating to see threads getting clogged up by the same old answers being posed over and over again. However, many also take advantage of the anonymous posting and lose their common courtesy, thus making the environment seem hostile. Many members seem to thrive on lurking around waiting for a comment by a less experienced poster so that they can pounce and show off their "knowledge."
     
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    I actually thought it was a defect more than a fit issue.



    Does anyone else have any input on this? I don't have any Alden shoes yet or even Barrie lasted, but I always under the impression that Barrie lasted shoes were wide. In my experience, 7 lasted shoes are narrow and I feel they are even more narrow than their 5 last counterparts.
     
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  15. MoneyWellSpent

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    The truth is, that hasn't really been figured out. I have seen Paul's engagement in another thread a while back where he touched on it, and said that it could arise from a shoe being stored too long in a shoe box laying on it's side, or not being kept with shoe trees. It was strictly conjecture, however.

    I have asked questions about it, and the only responses I seem to get are that the bowing is present when people buy the shoes, rather than something that develops over time. I have also heard of a person or two that figured out that changing sizes fixed the problem. The issue really is that it is speculation regarding what is causing the problem. I'm not saying it isn't a defect, but there is anecdotal evidence to suggest that it isn't. I don't think AE has changed the way they are manufactering their 5-lasted shoes, and if it is a defect with the leather hide, it seems quite odd that it would show up so frequently as bowing around the throat of the shoe. Why not somewhere else in the shoe? The pieces of the shoe are all cut from a single hide, so if a section gets cut and used and later shows up to be defective, it should happen in other parts of the shoe just from a standpoint of chance.

    I think that the high degree of exposure that AE and the other high-end manufacterers are getting from StyleForum and AAAC due to the current trend of "made in USA" and the in-fashion status of timeless men's wear has simply brought to the forefront issues that may not actually be anything new. In other words, a guy in 1990 who went out and bought a pair of Park Avenues that seemed to fit well and were comfortable, may not have thought anything of the throat of the shoe having some extra "room." Instead, he would have decided the shoes were comfortable, bought them, bought the recommended shoe care supplies or gone to his local pharmacy and purchased some Kiwi products, and lived happily ever after. Now, due to the trends and exposure that is taking place, people are stressing over details that haven't always been a concern. If you could travel back in time a few decades, I bet you would find shoes with some color inconsistencies, some occasional off stitching, and perhaps a bowing issue or two, but the people would be walking around happily going about their business.

    No doubt that the increased exposure and trends has led these companies to increase production, speed up their processes, and as a result some QC issues have been more apparent as a result. I am not discounting that at all. I just think a middle ground has to exist here. Sorry for the long post.
     
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