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

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  1. JohnnyGalt

    JohnnyGalt Well-Known Member

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    Hey fellas, I've been pining over a pair of brown shell PTBs for a while now, and since Mr. Grangaard has recently extended the offer for custom make-ups without the extra upcharge, I'm going to finally take the plunge. My first thought was to the Leeds since they already come in shell options, but the Kenilworth is also on my mind as a potential option. Any opinions between the two? I am required to wear a jacket and tie or suit to my office every day, but my jacket sits on a hanger all day unless I have a client meeting. My concern is whether the Leeds would look too bulky with a suit? I have also considered possibly doing the Kenilworths with a double sole. I know the purists will say that balmorals should be worn with suits, but I have my bases covered in that department for when I have to face clients (Park Aves, Strands and Mcallisters). I also have a pair of burgundy shell Macneils which are on the clunky side, but I like the aesthetic. Thoughts?
     
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    I also own the 3/4 black Superfeet but they are far too minimal for my foot. My custom orthotics are significantly larger in the heel cup. When you wear your Bentons, do you take out the removable insole or are you wearing the black Superfeet on top of the insole? I am interested in the Benton because of the possibility of accommodating my custom orthotics and the more square toe box. I also like the look of the Benton over the Ashton. I think the straight line from the split-toe would distract me when I'm walking. However, that's all just speculation since I haven't actually been able to try on the Benton or the Ashton.
     
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    The Benton and Ashton are part of AE's Ortho line and are made specifically to accommodate an orthotic insole. They are the only two models currently offered on AE's ortho last: 8-678. AE's 8-108 last is not an Ortho last so the two should not be confused.
     
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    Just picked my 1st pair of AE. Sean from the South Coast Plaza store here in SoCal helpede decided on some bourbon strands. Very versatile shoe and color.
    I am now trying to decide on a black pair and am considering the Parkway, Vernon, and Westchester. I realize they are all different from each other but I like them all! So trying to decide of the 3 which one looks best in black?
    Eventually I'll get other colors in whichever other 2 I don't select now. Your comments and opinions are appreciate for a new poster. Thanks.
     
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    I prefer the fit of the Leeds over the Kenilworth by a long shot.
    The Kenilworth is more sleek, but is also a much less substantial shoe.
    For a "substantial" PTB, the Leeds, comparatively speaking (Alden's PTB on the Barrie last), is reasonably sleek, and would be sleeker still if you dispensed with the split reverse welt.
    I have brown shell Leeds (with brown edging) and like them quite alot.
    I used to own the Kenilworth but sold them to a friend; not substantial enough for me in terms of what I wanted out of a PTB.
     
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    Thanks for the response. That is why I'm looking at the Benton and the Ashton and not any of the shoes from the 8-108 last.
     
  7. David Copeland

    David Copeland Senior member

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    Welcome to the Styles Forum. I am also a big fan of South Coast Plaza - grew up around Newport Beach before moving to Montana.

    You are about to join me in the Addicts Club of Allen Edmonds shoes - for it was the same Nordstroms where I had my first love affair with the introduction of AE shoes.

    Click on the following link:
    http://www.styleforum.net/t/141581/allen-edmonds-appreciation-thread/19950#post_6311853

    Although I purchased the same style in four colors over a decade ago - the style I chose, the original 1998 Sanford (not the 2011 version) - lends itself to nearly all occasions for business, casual, denim, and more.

    What uses do you intend for the other shoes? (You are certainly in the Land of Styles)

    David
     
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    Can anyone enlighten me as to whether these shoes are shell or corrected grain?
    (Please ignore the file name, haha).


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    I wear the black superfeet on top of the factory insoles. Even when I wore my custom orthotics I wore them with the factory insoles in place. So I believe there is a very good chance that they will work for you. There are two variables here though, the thickness of your orthotics and your foot volume. But I still think there is a very good chance that they should work.
     
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    They also came out with 3 new styles that have removable insoles to work with an orthotic. The names are Scottsdale, Winter Park, and Lake Forest. You may want to look at those.
     
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    ^^ Id say shell those are rolls not creases
     
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    I took advantage of the Jeffersonville outlet 20% off sale this afternoon. A pair of dark brown Rutledges will start their journey to my door tomorrow. Hopefully the defects will be minor.

    I considered going with Meermin or Kent Wang but the wait for Meermin was off putting and although beautiful the KW were a little more than I wanted to spend. I was able to get them for $223.20; an awesome price considering they retail for $475.

    I think the walnut Rutledge is a better looking shoe but I need a conservative brown captoe for suits and the darker calf is better for this. I'll post photos when they arrive.
     
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    That shine and those rolls - definitely shell. Looks like very faded burgundy.
     
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    thinking about polishing up my merlot mcallisters. would this work?

    leather cleaner
    burgundy cream polish
    neutral wax polish

    thanks
     
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