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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. Count de Monet

    Count de Monet Senior member

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    Bucksfan, thanks, that was exactly the assurance I was looking for. Plus, you anticipated my next question as well.
     
  2. MoneyWellSpent

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    They are certainly the exception to the rule, but a few are made with dovetail heels. The Vernon is another one.
     
  3. tifosi

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    PSA:
    I'm working with AE on a couple cappuccino shell MTOs. Allison said there is only enough shell left for approx. 25 pair of shoes then they will not be getting any more. If you are thinking about a cappuccino MTO, I would get a move on!

    I'm in for a Dundee and a Leeds!
     
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    Thanks for the heads up! Wish I could justify a pair of Bayfields in cappuccino... alas, dollars.
     
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    I was just thinking about the Bayfields, too....But I need to stop!
     
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    My Strands fit tighter than my McTavish, no doubt about it. I wear 13B and ordered that size in both. There is a difference, but the Strands will break in and maybe feel a little better over time as long as they are not unreasonably tight.
     
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    You are in fact correct MWS. They function more as a decorative piece than a shoe tree. She trees are generally unfinished cedar, which will absorb moisture. The wooden material at the heel (that is finished) would not serve that purpose.

    It is actually recommended that once every year or two, one should use a (very) light grit sandpaper on their trees to open up the fresh scent of the cedar and refresh the absorption capabilities of the trees.
     
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    No, not technically I don't think, but it is how Horween refers to it as "part of a hide".



    Shell Cordovan


    Genuine Shell Cordovan is the art of tanning at its finest. More than just a color, it is a very specific leather, from a particular part of a horsehide.
     
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    Agreed. [​IMG]
     
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    All of my shoe trees are cedar, but I try to be open minded about the possibility that we are all being indoctrinated with marketing at some level on this. The scent of cedar, the insect repellant properties as well as potential properties for preventing fungal growth, and the dry porous nature of cedar are all claimed to be benefits of making trees from this wood. All of these make perfect sense to me, and I don't really doubt any of it.

    However, these sources make one think about the merits of the counter argument and whether it really matters what your trees are made from:

    http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2012/06/guide-to-shoe-trees.html

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/19986/help-me-choose-beech-vs-cedar-shoetrees/0_100

    I don't agree with everything Ron Rider posts, to be fair, but the fact that most of the world's most respected shoe manufacturers don't use cedar is interesting.
     
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    Interesting reads.
     
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    Curious about others' thoughts on whether to get the new suede strand in AE's brogue suede or Carmina's version in snuff suede. I think the shoes are fairly comparable and both fit my feet the same. For me, it comes down to whether I want my one suede balmoral to be snuff suede or AE's brogue suede. Any thoughts on which will be more versatile? I can see myself wearing the shoes with gray flannel pants and a blazer in winter and gray and tan pants in Spring/Summer as well as jeans on occasion. Any thoughts on which color will be most versatile?
     
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    Could you post a side-by-side for comparison?
     
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    I just realized why my shell cordovan shoes smell like ass. Because it is ass!!!!

    Good evening gentlemen,
    I just couldn't resist..
     
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    Based purely on color, I'd go with the snuff Carmina's all day.
     
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    ^^these shoes look so similar that it would probably come down to which color I liked better or which fit better.
     
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