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

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  1. slider17

    slider17 Active Member

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    Hi Guys

    i recently purchased a AE Strand shoe and 2 Brooks Brothers Cap Toe and Medallion shoes (which i believe are rebranded AE's).

    Can someone recommend a shoe tree for all three shoes i have purchased.


    Thanks
     
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    Thanks 'Thanks SF'. :fistbump:
     
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    I have a chance to get some used Bayfields. I'm not sure what the rules are with buying used shoes. Should I worry about the shoe not being broken in to conform to my foot? I'm not sure about the condition of the boots either. Would a nice cleaning, polish improve them much? How much (if anything) should I consider paying? Thanks!

    These are the actual boots:

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    I'm a huge fan of buying used shoes, but only very lightly used. shoes worn 5-10 times are essentially new and I generally think these can be great deals.

    shoes worn much more than that and I think they are starting to be broken in to someone elses foot (which is bad for you) and in general will just be dirtier, etc.

    so try to get a feel for that...which is easier on leather soles shoes. looking at heel pics is another good way to judge wear, as heels often wear down very fast.

    re: value, it all depends on various factors such as original cost, brand, leather type, how classic the model is, how worn it is, etc. try searching ebay completed listings to get a sense of what your model is selling for, obviously something closest in the above variables to the one youre thinking of is best
     
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    Thanks for the reply. The pics above are of the actual boots in question. They've obviously been worn more than 5-10 times. Not sure how much life could be left in them.
     
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    oh tons of life I think. that's not the issue. it's an issue of if the footbed has started forming to someone else, and your general comfort level of putting your feet in there!
     
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    Everyone's feet are different. I have 5 pairs of AE's and all (but the Tresana) in size 10.5 EEE, including the Park Avenues in black, and Strands in walnut. They seem the same to my feet, the only noticeable different being the black calf is harder to break in, so it's a little tough in the beginning. The only time i had to size down was on the Tresana, on an Italian last. Ow well, just playing devil's advocate... :devil:
     
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    If you're a 10.5 E or 11 B Amazon's got some shell Leeds for the price of calf. Only 1 in each size...
     
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    Looking for a pair of ae's to wear with jeans or slacks and button up with maybe blazer. No broguing or anything like that. Suggestions? Thanks.
     
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    The Kenilworth is a great looking plaint toe blutcher in burnished brown. Even though it did not work out for me, i still hold that it is a fantastic shoe, especially when you get to see it in person, very versatile.
     
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    Any more opinions on these? Was thinking of paying a little over $100 for them. Good idea/bad idea?
     
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    Kenilworth or Leeds. Leeds in shell is very desirable.
     
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    Something about them is off. I am not a fan of these boots. They look too "scrunched" if that makes sense. You could do better
     
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    Leeds are fantastic. It's one of my all-time favorites shoes.
     
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