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

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  1. ktown

    ktown Senior member

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    Since the Player is discontinued and they are factory seconds, they told me $179. I'm the type of person who agonizes over new purchases... I don't really want the chili Dalton so I'll most likely end up getting those in dark chocolate. I'll sleep on it and either pull the trigger tomorrow morning, or just let the Players pass.
     
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    And what do you suppose happens the moment he gets out of the chair and takes 5 steps?

    I can make creases "disappear" just by inserting slightly oversized shoe trees. But they are back again as soon as I do this crazy thing called walking.

    By all means purchase a deer bone and see if you can banish creases forever. Or even for a few steps. I have one - it' great for dealing with small scuffs in shell and for (temporarily) minimizing the appearance of creases. But mine must have come without the magic ingredient for permanently banishing creases, because it doesn't do that.
     
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    You're the shell expert - do you know the cause of the shortage?
     
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    If i'm not mistaken these are shell and not calfskin. The deer bone is used for polishing not removing of creases. There is no way to "remove" creases. Shell is unique in that is doesn't crease like calfskin. Shell produces more waves but calfskin will have a definite crease when worn. I can put shoe trees in my shell shoes and the creases virtually disappear. But they come right back when I wear them. I'm not sure if you've ever handled shell or not but you owe it to yourself to go and see some in person. Then you would know a little better about what i'm talking about.
     
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    What a great looking pair of shoes.

    When I looked at the AE description, they are made with a 7 Last - which is exactly what my old Saffords were, instead of the current 5-Last in the Strand. This may be a better fit for me.

    Anyone notice how wide the welt is?
     
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    I'm not the shell expert. On the Alden thread someone mentioned that Horween just could not keep up with the demand of shell. One of the owners from The Shoe Mart said he visited Horween in Chicago and there was none on their shelf at all. This included even standard colors like #8 and black. My personal thoughts are that this will have the biggest effect on bigger companies like Allen Edmonds and Alden. Carmina seems to be able to get shell regularly but they deal in a smaller volume. The rare colors I have from Carmina (ruby and navy) were limited to only 6-8 pair per run.

    My advice - eat more horse meat so that more shells can be produced!

    On a side note my friend has several horses and every time I go to his house I tell him, "that horse would make a fine pair of shoes."
     
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    They are still having the 20% sale. Yesterday I ordered brown shell patriots and the sale price was $359. I was looking at the Alden LHS but $359 for the Allen Edmonds compared to $704 for the Alden (if I could even find them in my size) helped me make the decision to go with the AE's.

    They had just about every shell shoe available in a second for this price.
     
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    ^^^ Okay - so it's likely increased demand as opposed to some reduction in supply - that I can believe - shell seems to be gaining popularity right across the board.
     
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    Supply and demand of course. There is an increased demand for shell from existing and new markets such as Italy and Japan. Horween supplies much of the shell produced and it takes 6 months to make. Nick Horween posted somewhere a few months ago (just did a quick search and couldn't find it) that the price of horse hides has increased dramatically and IIRC he slowed down production because of that. He purchases his hides from Canada and Europe where they are a source of food.

    The US had a ban for almost 5 years on the slaughter of horses put in place by the Federal Government due in large part by the American love affair with horses. They lifted the ban about a year ago however there are no slaughter houses yet in the US that are processing horses. They are still being transported to Canada and Mexico. If we could get one or better yet several to open in the US it would certainly help with the supply side and end cost.
     
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    I think you should read his CEO blog on the AE website all the way back to April 8, 2010 where he proudly talks about the DR facility. To your original point about why didn't he release press about the DR facility in 2007, I am not sure how he could have done that since he became an employee of AE in late 2008.
     
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    This was the Cleveland store or the shoebank, or where?

    You are a bad influence. [​IMG]
     
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    Or if you prefer, lower the pants cuff and they look like an Oxford.
     
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    Clearly AE would have been talking about it at the time (or now) via their press releases, if they were proud of it.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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