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

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.

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  1. Flyswatter

    Flyswatter Senior member

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    You guys are right; maybe I overreacted a bit in the wake of being disappointed by yet another pair of Park Aves that gape. Still, it's a frustrating issue that should be resolved by AE. I know the CEO mentioned in an AAAC post a couple years ago that he was aware of the issue and working on it, but perhaps it's no longer a priority since the gaping problem still exists. Should he still be reading this thread, I would love to hear where AE currently stands in terms of addressing the problem.

    Also, I know my experience is limited, but the reason I am inclined to believe that that Park Avenues can and do indeed work fine for my feet and the issue is not improper fit is because I've had a pair that had no gaping whatsoever on the left shoe, and moderate gaping on the right shoe. I've posted these pics in this thread before:

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    Perfect fit on the left shoe, gaping on the right. These are first quality shoes purchased directly from AllenEdmonds.com. This leads me to two possible conclusions:

    1. Although my Fifth Avenues fit fine with no gaping, for some strange reason my foot is incompatible with Park Avenues even though they are made on the same last and are essentially exactly the same shoe except the Fifth Ave has punches along the toe cap. If this is the case, then I guess the properly fitting, gape-free shoe that you see on my left foot in the picture above was DEFECTIVE, and not the other 5 individual Park Avenue shoes I've had experience with that DO have the gaping issue.

    Or the more likely conclusion...

    2. The shoes that have the gaping issue suffer from some type of structural/manufacturing flaw that has yet to be pinpointed/fixed by Allen Edmonds, yet such shoes still pass quality control and are sold as firsts.

    I guess the solution here, if I really want to get a pair of black Park Avenues that don't gape, is to wait until I can get to an AE retail store in a few weeks and try on every single pair in my size until I find a good pair. Hopefully the sales rep would have some patience. :rotflmao: I'd still be disappointed though that I had to pass on the great price of $215 on seconds currently being offered by the Jville store.
     
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    Better idea. Go to the store and try on every RIGHT SHOE hahaha
     
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    I'm really sorry to say this, but if only one pair had no gaping while five others had, the evidence strongly suggests, the one pair was indeed the exception. In other words, your second theory is indeed less likely, not the other way around.

    Many people have differently sized feet. I'd suggest you use a measuring tape to make sure, yours aren't.
     
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    Use a natural caranuba wax...like Allen Edmonds. There is also a natural Kiwi wax. Put it on thin so it doesn't flake in the creases. The tone and colours in your Strands just don't do tinted polish, IMHO.
     
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    No, not five pairs with gaping, five individual shoes. One pair had gaping only on the right shoe, as in the pics above, while two pairs had gaping on both shoes.

    And your premise suggests that Allen Edmonds intends to make shoes that gape.
     
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    A pattern of stubbornness doesn't mean you're right.
     
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    My premise presupposes that your feet are not meant to fit the 5-65 last.

    Surely, I might be wrong. It's always hard to tell from the distance. Just a suggestion.
     
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    FYI, I got the Shoebank flyer in the mail today for the 91st Anniversary sale, 4/15-29, $91 or 19.22% off select factory 2nds and closeouts.

    A few factory 2nd prices from the flyer:
    Carlsbad $215
    Cody $215
    Larchmont $269
    Neumora $178 (hmm ...)
    Strawfut $178 (hmm ...)
    Vernon $178
    McTavish $189
     
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    That is a possibility, but I am not ready to accept that premise yet for a few reasons:

    - Firstly, I have NEVER had such an issue of the uppers bowing-out around the ankles with any other brand of shoe, suggesting that I don't have a abnormally shaped feet.

    - Secondly, I have a perfectly fitting pair of Fifth Avenues that don't have any gaping whatsoever. The Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue are of course made on the same last. It follows, then, that the fit of the two styles should be the same, given the same size. The fact that the PAs seem to suffer from the gaping issue but not the Fifth Avenue indicates that Allen Edmonds is at fault, not my foot. They're doing something weird with their Park Aves during manufacturing, and I say it must be a conspiracy! :nodding: Kidding of course. But then there are plenty of instances on this forum of people experiencing gaping on other AE styles as well, hence my previous comment threatening to swear off the brand altogether.
     
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    Thanks for posting, does anybody know if any firsts will be discounted?
     
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    If the cream is a treatment by Horween or AE, presumably to condition, protect, and extend the life of the shell, wouldn't it behoove us to keep it stock rather than strip it for a shine?

    New Shell Owner [with another (Leeds) enroute]
     
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    No flyer in my mail. Would anyone be willing to scan and post?
     
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    Also, the J'ville outlet also has a special twist when these sales roll around. Shell shoes for $150, special deals...Anybody got inside info on the J'ville outlet?
     
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    I would love to hear about this 150 shell deal seems to good to be true
     
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    Here is a list of first quality discounts I received from the Phoenix store. I'm guessing it is at all stores.



    $249:

    McAllister

    Boca Raton

    Carlsbad

    New Orleans

    Cody

    Verona

    Franciscan



    $199:

    Strandmok

    Hector

    Rapid City

    Woodstock



    $149:

    Grand Cayman

    Sedona

    Eastport
     
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