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

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  1. jd13jd13

    jd13jd13 Senior member

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    I've worn my first pair of AE's, black McTav's, a couple of times now. The toes seem to be wearing out pretty quickly. The stitching is flush with the surface of the front of the sole. Is this normal, or should I be worried? [​IMG]
     


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    most of mine do the same after a handful of wearings.. guess I drag my foot when I walk.

    might not hurt to put a tap on it to preserve it some more..

    for future pairs, some posters on here recommend breaking the shoe in for a couple hours (across separate wearings) on carpet/non concrete. they feel it helps prevent the front edge from wearing down prematurely
     


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    The thinking on this is that the stiffness of the new sole causes one to scrape the toe when walking.Makes sense. If so it seems flexing the shoe off the. foot would help speed up this process . Just thinking out loud here.
     


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    If for clearance they meant closeouts..... there is some confusion going through the Allen Edmonds lines.
     


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    any idea what is 40% off (belts, shoe care, etc...)?
     


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    What's the email address for the Factory Seconds lists? I had it in my address book but just got a new computer at work and it hasn't been populated yet.

    I'm guessing the email that we all got this morning in reference to 15-40% off applies to the seconds?
     


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    Wearing them indoors every night for a week or so is what I try to practice. Once they are properly broken-in (the term "broken-in" applies to more than just comfort/fit issues), you will notice that the toe wear is generally not as severe unless your particular gait is the culprit.

    I have a pair of double soled shoes that I wore indoors for about 3-4 consecutive nights for about an hour each before wearing them outside. When I bought them, it was apparent that the right shoe had been tried on in the store several times, and the left one had never been on someone's foot. I was ok with that, especially since the creasing pattern was perfect. However, that lead to the right shoe being significantly more broken-in than the left shoe when I started wearing them outside. The toe of the left shoe is now noticeably more worn than the right (after about a year of wear). That's part of what lead me to extend my indoor wearing to up to a week before heading outside, now that I've seen the saving effect on the sole. It was almost a perfect experiment that I didn't intentionally create, having a side by side comparison of the same shoes with different break-in periods.
     


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    It's interesting that you mention the pinking issue. I have a pair of walnut Macs that's I bought just a few weeks before these. They had to be shipped from another store and while they were new there were some scuffs (came out with conditioner) but I noticed the inconsistency with stitching around the edges. I just assumed hand-made shoes were like that. The new merlot I just received had to be crafted since there weren't any in my size anywhere. These are perfect. Since this is your third try perhaps ask for a new crafted pair.
     


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    That last Elgin pick made me get mine out today! They're in need of some saddle soap for sure.
     


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    No, but yes. I first ordered the burgundy and black Dundee through the Military Exchange being retired military and had a discount because of that. After I contacted Paul about having the others made up he saw that I was retired military and allowed me to purchase the other 3 at the discounted price and no MTO fee. Which really made a strong and deep impression on me. I ended up paying only $2,500 for those 5 Dundee's instead of $3,000. I have not asked for a military discount on any of the MTO shoes that I have ordered since then, I feel they are worth the price that I pay as it is.
    Yes that is cappuccino and dark brown in the front row. The lighter is the cappuccino that you have coming soon [​IMG] and yes I agree that it is a great color. It takes full sunlight to make it light like that, when indoors it is darker. It is like wearing 3 pairs of shoes\boots in a day they change color so much. They are fantastic but don't let anyone else know!
    Very tasty, I like them better than pheasants, quail or any other wild bird. Last year marked my 40th year since I started hunting them and I finally realized that it isn't about bag limits but more about an excuse to walk in the woods and watch the dog work. And do what he loves to do.
    Nothing is wrong with California LOL I lived there for almost 6 years when I was stationed in San Diego back in the 70's! I have to admit spending a lot of time in the Anza Borrego desert. And I did see my first Mule deer in Southern Cali. But the beaches....
    David I have to admit that I was a bit harsh in my reply the other day, I am sorry for that.

    Nick Horween has a great article on CXL here: http://horween.com/101/chromexcel-2/#more-522
    They look pretty darn good to me! As do your socks, I wish I was better at doing the color combos that you guys come up with. Nice laces too!
     


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    I just talked with Jerry at the AE Shoe Bank. I picked up some RL Sandersons at $159. A killer deal and I don't own a LWB.

    Thanks for the complement cold iron
     


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    Burgundy Shell Leeds are at home...
    This is my first pair of shell cordovan shoes and I have to say that they "feel" like nothing I have owned before.
    At first I was a little reluctant in spending 380 dollars (memorial discounted price) on a pair of second quality shoes, but I admit that the moment I took them out of the box I knew I was holding in my hands something really unique.
    They have no sign of defect (and I am glad they don't, as I would have been disappointed of the opposite) and no sign of store wear (soles and inside are immaculate).
    One question that I keep asking myself is: how does a pair of shoes get relegated to the "seconds" line?
    Do shoes on display get that qualification?
    Anyway, I can't wait to take these babies out for a walk!
     


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    Shoes are designated seconds when there is a flaw on them. This flaw could be something superficial like a scratch which can be polished and brushed easily. A flaw could also be a tear in the leather or any number of imperfections.
     


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    I've bought several pairs of seconds and one thing you have to look at closely with wingtips especially is that the two shoes are symmetrical--or close to it. Sometimes they can be pretty far out of whack.
     


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