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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 Senior member

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    But of course. However I blame sevenfoldtieguy. His collection of shell has to be the Pope & Young museum equivalent for horses...
    Oh my goodness, I AM normal!! Yes I think of many purchases in the terms of shell purchases including checks to the IRS, etc. Whew I was starting to get worried there for awhile! When I got home tonight the over sized hammock that the girlfriend wanted was sitting outside the garage, going to take me half a day to put that beast up in the yard. It was only one shoe instead of 30 pairs so I feel much better now about it ;-) But it is very important to keep the other half happy IMO.
    Maybe I can help enable you to purchase another pair of shell instead of spending money on a gas grill....

    I have both and grill at least 3 times a week 52 weeks out of the year. Almost 100% on the Weber charcoal. It can be tricky when the temp gets down in the teens below zero F but it still works just takes longer. Hopefully you have the 22" Weber which allows for more accessories. I go through 40 20 pound bags of charcoal a year. It goes on sale at most large box stores soon for ~$10 for 2 20 pound bags. Get a Weber charcoal chimney to start the coals and you can use a hair dryer to help the process go faster by placing it at the base of the chimney. Replace the grilling grate with a cast iron grate and learn how to sear and slide steaks with the coals directly under the meat to start the sear. Meathead has a great site on how to do it. Pick up the rotisserie, all meat taste better on a stick. Learn how to do the minon method to keep the coals going and control heat. And you will have some of the best eating you have ever had in your life that few restaurants can reproduce. Of course starting with prime cuts of steaks and good meat always helps.



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  2. New Shoes1

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    Perhaps I have given Cold Iron too much credit as the sole cause of the shell shortage. Perhaps there is a secret Axis of Evil (Cold Iron, Bucksfan and Sevenfoldtieguy) responsible for this calamity. Something to ponder as I look at spending three pairs of shell shoes on a new refrigerator.
     
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    That's exactly what I'm afraid of......once I decide between cappucino and walnut for the Bayfield. I'm going to be thinking about which ever one I didn't pick.
     


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    Tough call, I just made the same one. It really is a fruitless endeavor to try and decide. I'd recommend walnut as it appears to be in much shorter supply. At this moment I'm wondering if I should have chosen the bayfield?

    As an aside I wonder if cold iron is actually Macarthur from the Alden thread under a different screen name as to avoid criticism for consuming more shell than Japan. Hmmmmm 
     


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    cool site that I've never heard of. thanks.

    too bad not much data in it yet
     


  6. Michael Haines

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    Can some one tell me about the Sanderson is it really nicer material then the MacNeil
     


  7. bucksfan

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    Good luck with the house purchase and eventual move. My family just did that last summer / fall and couldn't be happier. Piece of advice: budget for everything then increase by 30%.

    Edit: what I mean is that there will be extra things that pop up and additional charges that will increase your budgeted costs.. so plan for it.

    Cold Iron, fortunately for us, "normal" is relative... but I am happy to be your frame of reference!

    WiredandTired - listen to C.I. on the gas grill issue. I, too have both a gas and charcoal Weber. I am not as die-hard as C.I. is, but I do find myself using the charcoal when I have the time, which ends up being probably 2/3 of the total grilling I do in a year. I have had 2 Weber Gas grills, both in the "2 pair of shell cordovan shoes" range, and the reality is that no gas grill can give the same flavor a charcoal grill can. Take a cold beer outside and follow the directions CI laid out above, and you'll get the charcoal working in no time!

    Wow- I am humbled to be in the company of those two, on the topic of shoes.

    And, I chuckled at "Axis" - I prefer to think of us as a force for good, helping the world appreciate shell cordovan and working to ensure the profitability of a few great American companies (Horween, AE, Alden (sometimes)).
     
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  8. bucksfan

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    I believe it is basically a Williams, from AE's independence collection, but also available in what looks like a very nice tan calfskin. Can't speak to whether it is on AE's 2-last (like the Williams) or not...
     


  9. kentyman

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    Actually, if there's no way to put in width, it seems pretty pointless. Ideally, I'd think you could put in your actual size and how well it fits you in that size (runs long, runs wide, toe hurts, heel slips) to let you mine some interesting data. Like "most people size down from Strand to McTavish, some size down and go up in width, and those who don't size down at all have heel slippage".
     


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    Here's a pic of my tan Sanderson. The leather feels softer than my other AE calf shoes, and they do have a combination heel like you see on the cordovan shoes. Maybe not as soft as the Independence collection, but I don't own any of those and have only seen them in the store. I'm not sure I would say they are way better than the MacNeils, but you can get them in some different colors at least. You may want to check the outlets if you are interested in seconds, as when I got a list during the last sale a few weeks ago they had several in my size. I also have the brown pair, although I have not worn them yet. I had actually ordered their chukka boot called the Saunders, but they sent me the Sanderson by mistake. Couldn't fault them too much considering RL has the Sanderson, Saunders, Slaton, and Singleton. Easy to get confused. They also sent me a tan khaki version (second pic) initially instead of the calf version I wanted, but I was able to exchange. Unfortunately they were all out of Saunders by the time I got my order and tried to exchange it, but the brown Sanderson was so nice I never sent it back.

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    UGH. AM I NEVER SAFE FROM CORRECTED GRAIN?!


    now the wait for the return. What a waste of time!! :(
     


  12. ReppTiePrepster

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  13. JubeiSpiegel

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    I was looking to re-craft my AE Sevens and a pair of the Veronas, and I was told at the AE store that while they would resole the Italian shoes, they would not do it with the same soles and materials.

    Anyone re-craft any Sevens or Italian collection shoes, and can comment?
     


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    My guess is same leather as williams but a diffrent brown... I ordered a pair from the link and with Paul's deal I am now talking at least a 6 month break
     


  15. kentyman

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    I talked to the seller and he seemed genuinely unaware of the blotches, and offered to refund some money. After getting almost 22% back (standard difference between firsts and seconds), they came to $379 - $83 = $296. New Shoes1, thank you for the heads up on this eBay listing. I owe my first pair of shell to you.

    I have worn them around the house and surprisingly am happy with the fit. They're 8.5D just like my Strands, which I knows is abnormal, but I also did not have success sizing down McTavishes at 8D (too tight), so my feet my be a bit odd. I wouldn't be surprised if 8E works better for 5-65 last shoes that run big (bluchers, Rough Collections), but as someone who needs to find deals on seconds I don't usually have that option.

    I have noticed that the left shoe creases different than the right. Do y'all agree that this is just normal variations causing this, or do you think the creases look indicative of bad sizing?


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    If anyone has advice on the blotches, I'd love to hear it. I'm content with these blemishes, but if there's something I can do to lessen it, that would be great. I'm also concerned about removing too much factory polish as others have described in case it makes the problem more apparent. Does that Reno'Mat treatment lighten shell in a way that would make blemishes more obvious?

    Thanks for all the advice.
     


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