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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. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    The independence collection details are similar to the Seven collection, so you should start there. But you might just be happier with a shell Macneil, something you hadn't tried before. Pending proper fit that is, good luck friend :D
     
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    Williams is on the 2-222 last, right? So narrower and sleeker looking, I guess. Having said that, I find something really cool, on the border of business and casual, and sort of retro-looking about the MacNeil. I think if it were me I'd go for the MacNeil, and save the Independence for something dressier - like the Jefferson.

    Of course, I can't wear the 2 last, so my decision is a lot easier than yours!

    Oh, and the availability of shell on the MacNeil is cool, too!
     
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    That's exactly what I like about the MacNeil and why it was my 1st choice. The Macneil is not at all sleek, very old school gun-boatish, in shell and unlike anything else in my rotation. However, once I got a good look at the Williams I realized it's a fantastically crafted shoe. It is on the 2 last and I have no idea how it fits. I figured if I need an E in the Macneil's 7 last, I might as well go for an E on the Williams.

    However...as JubieSpiegel pointed out, it's quite similar to the Tresana while the Macneil is as different from the Tresana as you can get. The more I think about it, the more the shell macneil seems like the right choice.
     
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    If you get to try on the Williams in E, please let us know how it fits. I'm curious if I could wear the 2 in a wider width (never tried it).
     
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    Just from my experience, a pair of Richmonds on the 7 last (albeit, quite worn when I acquired them) in E was a bit too wide for me, where as my van Ness (bought brand new) in the 2 last fits very well with E width, though it is a bit tight in the toe box.
     
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    Be happy to.


    Thanks for the info.
     
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    Obenauf LP is a great product and I use it regularly on my Wolverine 1K boots in CXL. I personally limit my Obenauf use to pull-up leathers only as once you apply the LP, you'll never be able to get much of a shine. For a casual boot like the 1K that's just fine. The Bayfield's lugged sole make me think its a casual boot as well so perhaps Obenauf would be fine. It will certainly increase water resistance but will also slightly darken the leather. If you ever want to get a shine, skip the LP.
     
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    Venetian Shoe Cream is good stuff. Nick Horween uses and recommends it himself, btw. [​IMG]
     
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    Very different, is the image an accurate representation of its color? I really like the darker version in that Strand. Very sharp. I received an AE Sale email this week about the factory 2nds sale and they had a picture of the Kenilworth in brown, black and walnut. If I could get a walnut pair that looked like your strands, I'd be all over it.

    [​IMG]
     
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    The Allen Edmonds 2012 catalog is on their website. Broadstreets anybody?

    Chris
     
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    Not a fan of the Broadstreet. I prefer the Strawfut. They used to make the Bel Air in a walnut/white spectator version, which also looked better than those too.
     
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    I was expecting something new for the Cordovan shoes, but didn't see anything. However, the Rutledge model is really nice looking. This shoe appears to be the only American made adelaide style balmoral for sale today. I'll give it a good looking over. The Larchmont (longwing) looks interesting too; probably a cheaper alternative to the very similar looking Williams.
     
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    I use Obenauf's HDLP on my boots that I wear hunting and hiking, 4 pairs plus a pair of Irish Setter shoes. And a pair of AE Yuma made of bison, at least will when they get back from being dyed correctly by the cobbler. Venetian does not waterproof and only conditions the leather. It is the recommended treatment for the Bayfield cxl leather from what I've read. My boots and shoes that I use Obenauf's on are totally waterproof after being treated. I have my Bayfields on right now, have thought several times about treating them with HDLP however I wear mine for business casual so have decided against it. HDLP will darken almost all leather that I have put it on so far. It does condition and waterproof very well IME. Make sure you clean them well before treating I use saddle soap on my boots first then let dry thoroughly. Then use a hair dryer on low constantly moving it to help melt it in. Thin coats are best and after treating you can brush it out some. If you put it on too thick it will collect dust and dirt on the surface.
     
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    Strawfut is amazing. If you want contract, the brown/linen is great without having to do white leather, which I tend to think looks cheesy unless you are of an age where you remember the great depression.
     
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    New to the forums, everybody, and I have a random question. I have the Malvern boots in 10D and they fit nicely. I'm looking to get MacNeils in the same size. Does the 7 last have less toe space than they 1 last? Are there any other differences I should be aware of (ie. wider waist, etc...)? The description on the AE website does nothing to help me.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Fuuuuuuuu....

    I've fallen absolutely in love with the brown distressed MacNeils...anyone know a comparable shoe I can buy for under 200? (not needed to be AE)

    [​IMG]
     
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    I've found the Malvern to be slightly narrower than the MacNeil across the forefoot.

    I wear an 11D in the Malvern, 10.5E in the Leeds and Dalton (same lasts as the MacNeil).
     
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