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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 Distinguished Member

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    Yes it would be. And I understand exactly what you are saying although I don't know how the MacNeil fits the 1 last fits me pretty darn well too which is why I did what your thinking about. Outdoors:
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    And when you do a custom shoe you also get your choice of soles. I went with the natural thinking if I didn't like it easy enough to darken it. And I likely will with chili.

    Cambridge (old burgundy shell) today:
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  2. Winston S.

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    They were a special make up so I think you're SOL. You can probably get them made up at the regular price though.
     


  3. AZsundevil

    AZsundevil Well-Known Member

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    Thank you to everybody who replied to my shoe conundrum! Now I've narrowed it down to the Rapid City, the Kenilworth, and... dare I say it... the Webgem saddle shoe that was posted earlier. I kinda dig the blue saddle contrasting with the brown last. Can I get some more opinions on this shoe?[​IMG]


    I wasn't planning on buying until mid-May (end-of-semester gift to myself), and at that point the sale on the other shoes will be over whereas these Webgems are listed at $199 through the end of May. That's another selling point for me. Does AE have sales frequently?
     
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  4. mexicutioner

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    ^ don't get that webgem. the less money you have and the fewer shoes you have, the more crucial it is that whatever you get is as versatile as possible. that saddle shoe might be a nice shoe to have as your fifth, tenth, or twentieth pair of shoes, but i would absolutely not recommend getting it as your first pair. kenilworth: it's kind of a dressy shoe. i personally wouldn't wear it with jeans. i know you said you wanted sleek, but some shoes are too sleek to look good with casual clothes. this is a personal decision. rapid city: it's pretty casual and would go great with jeans and khakis, but as you said, it's not very sleek. other good, first timer versatile shoes: - leeds in anything but black - dalton in anything but black - blucher wingtips such as the macneil. - chukkas (not sure if AE makes them in anything but suede, which you said would be too casual) - Rawlins in dark brown (it's similar to the Kenilworth but is on the #8 last); only seen it once at Nord Rack, but it's a great looking shoe things not to get: - anything black - anything in a balmoral (aka oxford) style. too dressy. when you need a dress shoe, you'll know it. (possible exception: AE strand in walnut) - anything that looks fun or eye catching. you want something that you can wear all the time and will just blend in.
     
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  5. jd13jd13

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    So I just got my first per of AE's. I got McTavish seconds in 7E. Unfortunately, they a too long and a bit roomy width-wise. I'm thinking of switching to a 6.5E, how much tighter in width would they be?
    A side note, CS told me I have to pay for return shipping on second , but I've seen mention here that some have gotten free returns on shipping. Anyone know anything about that?
     
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  6. alvin545

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    it seems like they have sales on a semi-regular basis. You can also look into purchasing factory seconds as well, which are always discounted compared to the regular prices on the website for first quality. Keep in mind though that the availability of your choice of shoe in your correct size could be hit or miss (ie they may not have any Rapid City/Kenilworth in your shoe size/color at the time you want to purchase).
     


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    Interesting. Appreciate the reply.


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  8. MoneyWellSpent

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    While I don't agree with everything here, I think there is alot of wisdom to what mexicutioner has said. Initially, you said that the McAllister may be a bit too flashy, but it isn't nearly as flashy as the blue Webgem you are looking at. Starting off in a career, you probably don't want your first impression the simply be "the guy with the bright blue shoes." Something more conservative and utilitarian is much safer and more versatile. The only thing that I disagree with is the sweeping exclusion of anything balmoral. There are several balmorals that are perfectly fine for what you are aiming at. Heck, even the blue Webgem is a balmoral, and it surely isn't dressy. In fact, balmoral construction can take an otherwise very casual shoe and dress it up just enough to make it work with business casual. Allen Edmonds runs sales very frequently, and since you live near a factory seconds store, you will have access to shoes on sale regularly. I wouldn't get a pair of shoes that isn't really what you need simply because it is a little bit cheaper in the moment. These shoes will last you a long long time, and you will forget about the extra $25 or $50 you spent to make sure you have what you really need in no time.
     


  9. Al in Philly

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    Why not 6.5E?
     


  10. jd13jd13

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    That's what I meant, edited.
     


  11. mexicutioner

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    balmorals are inherently dressy, so any casual balmoral has to add a lot of casual elements to overcome the inherent dressiness. nine times out of ten, that added stuff takes them out of the realm of versatile.

    walnut strands are a very light color with tons of broguing. they're quite casual, but they stand out like a mf.

    similarly, my natural-colored neumoks go great with jeans, but only because they're made from a very rough-looking leather, which is even more casual than suede.

    this is why i said he should stick to bluchers: you can easily find a simple, dark brown blucher that will work with casual clothes. not so with balmorals.

    in summary: i didn't mean to imply that there are no casual balmorals. only that it's easier to find a casual, versatile blucher than balmoral.
     
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  12. MoneyWellSpent

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    I am really speaking within the context of a business casual environment such as the OP's which is teaching. The teachers I am familiar with are just fine wearing nice looking jeans or chinos with a button up shirt. There are balmorals that will fit perfectly into this type of clothing environment without removing their versatility. The Finch (particularly in Tan, which would have to be found in seconds at this point) or the McTavish in Cognac would be great options in my opinion. I agree that most of his choices should be bluchers, but I think there are a couple of balmorals that can work.
     


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    I agree that the webgem wouldn't be a good choice for your first shoe, since versatility and avoiding too much show-iness will be more of a priority at this point in time. I have the Kenilworth in burnished brown and love them but have yet to wear them with jeans (no aversion to it, I actually like the look, just haven't had the opportunity yet). Personally, based on what I remember my teachers wearing in school, I think the Rapid City's would be your best bet. The Kenilworth would be great if you just needed them for work; but I think the more casual look of the Rapid City's will fill more of your needs for a first shoe. This is depending, of course, on how casual/formal you normally dress outside of the workplace (I'm assuming more casual).
     
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    I like the webgem (obviously) but what everyone else is telling is practical and good advice. The webgems are great at a great price, however you can probably find a good dress shoe as mentioned by MoneyWellSpent. You're a teacher, so you really don't have to play as many "political" games as someone in the business world does. I see this as a good thing. The saddle oxfords are a "look at me shoe", but only you know if you're cool wearing a shoe like that. I for one am. I have the Finch in this same combination. If you miss out on this webgem, you could certainly look for the Finch from the outlet. Those are from the Rough Collection and look great with khakis and jeans alike. Get what you like. It's not like this will be your last pair of shoes. I have a feeling you'll end 2013 with at least 3 pairs of AE's maybe more [​IMG]
     


  15. MacktasticGDogg

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    I would not get that Webgem if you're aiming for versatility. I thought the Kenilworth is probably the best fit for your purposes, perhaps in the Bourbon or Walnut colors. The AE 5 last is probably one of the sleeker lasts they have, but it's not really that sleek when compared to some shoes made in England or Spain. For instance, the Carmina Forest last is considered one of the less-sleek lasts they have, more suitable for bluchers and boots, but it's shape is pretty similar to the AE 5 last in my opinion. AE 5 last [​IMG] Carmina Forest last [​IMG]
     


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