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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. Busa

    Busa Senior member

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    Does anyone make a habit of buying the Combination Tap soles, and if so how does it wear? Is it thin and when it wears you have to replace it, or does it just wear down then you're left with leather?

    I am working and living now in the Middle East/North Africa, and all floors here are essentially stone or marble, so leather is quite slick actually. So I am considering an alternative...

    Thanks for any input!
     
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    I have a couple and they seem to be holding up well. I make it a point to wear them when the weather is poor, i.e. rain, sleet, slick conditions. I have not needed to send any in for re crafting, but I assume it would be easily accomplished, simply removing and replacing the old rubber sole and heel.
     
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    relax dude... you missed the joke, no big deal. You thought I was being serious and I wasn't. No need to get all defensive about it sir. This conversation ended long ago.
     
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    Game Day

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    Unfortunately I have to work. Shoes aren't AE, but the laces are! Unfortunately, AE doesn't make a simple suede buck.
     
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  5. chinngiskhaan

    chinngiskhaan Senior member

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    thanks for backing me up on this... to that guy that keeps bringing this up WAAAAAAAAAY after it ceased being a topic of conversation on this thread: I'm sorry for offending you by insulting a pair of shoes even though what I was actually doing is paying them a complement in a tongue in cheek sort of way... you see, the idea behind the sarcasm was to get them to lower the price because in truth I really do like them a lot (even though I didn't really expect them to lower the price... Understand? So, I'm sorry for liking the look of a pair of shoes, and expressing my affinity for said shoes in a sarcastic, tongue in cheek manner.
     
  6. chinngiskhaan

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    From the looks of things, It just seems that the heel is thinner on the inside of the shoe than the outside. I would expect a simple replacement of the heel to suffice... but I'm no shoe expert.
     
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  7. chinngiskhaan

    chinngiskhaan Senior member

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    Those fifth streets are my next buy. Very balanced collection! [​IMG]
     
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    Wear them about 10-15 more times and you won't know the difference. Enjoy them, also.
     
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    I own 5 and 1 last shoes. How would I size for the 7 last (MacNeil)? Thanks!
     
  10. Cold Iron

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    Thank you New Shoes1, and as usual you are correct and spot on...
    I really like your reasoning and logic [​IMG] And agree!
    Thank you good sir! And I hope those Lexington's are perfect for you and think they will. I'm glad to help in any small way that I can. Each shell shoe or boot and even calf is a financial expenditure that could be spent someplace else and only if it works into my rotation and fits well is it worth it to me, so I understand totally. I can't wait to see pictures when you get them!
     
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    No that isn't bad at all. I just ordered 9 trees for less than $9 each delivered with tax. Although I wish that I would have seen the OTC merino wool socks like you did but I figure I will eventually be able to use the extra trees. Thank you!
     
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    I put my first pair of half soles on a pair of boots for the same reason you mention, marble hospital and clinic floors. The cobbler put the standard Vibram half soles on and they are very thin and very hard, they were just as slick on the marble as leather soles. The AE tap soles that are on the BB PA shoes seem a bit softer and have a little better grip. Vibram makes more than 60 types of half soles the last time I looked it up. So if you can find a decent cobbler that knows what your looking for he should be able to help you select the right ones. I was told that they can be replaced if they wear out but mine are so hard I don't think they will ever wear out. In the end I have just decided to keep the leather soles on most of my shoes. And have come to appreciate grab rails along walls at entrance ways that often get wet!
    Sorry to hear that you have to work today Doc. But very well done with your bucks! And agree AE needs a simple suede buck, or 3 [​IMG]
     
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    All this talk of 744's so I had to dig mine out at 4 AM today. With SmartWool midweight hiking socks and Reddington technical fishing pants. Went fishing for a couple of hours this morning with the girlfriend and let a lot of trout go but kept our limit for lunch and the freezer. Will repeat the next 2 mornings I hope.
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    For those who have the RL Saunders, are they TTS?

    Does the size list that an outlet emailed you contain just that store's inventory or the entire AE system?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    I don't have direct experience with the combination tap sole. But when I was inquiring about for my MTO, Allison said the combination tap sole is only available as a single leather sole. I wanted the tap sole mainly for water protection. I didn't choose it though because I wanted a double leather sole. So I will just have oversoles put on for water protection. One other option you may want to consider is that AE could install Dainite. However they only have it in black. So if this color works for you, it's another option.
     
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    Look for a good cobbler. I sounds like it's something a competent one could definitely fix.
     
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    I recently got the combo sole on my McAllisters and really like it compared to leather. Even on the office carpet the combo seems less slippery. I like the way it looks also (even if it's weird to look at the bottom of your shoes from time to time).

    I'm also interested in the Saunders question above. I posted the same a few pages back. Are all RL by AE shoes on the same last? I tried the Sanderson recently so want to know if others will fit the same.

    Thanks!
     
  18. Busa

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    Thanks for all the responses on the tap soles, very helpful. Let me ask on a different topic-

    Sent an email to one of the more well informed AE sales associates I have met, asked and answered below- any further information anyone can add about care and feeding for our beloved new leather color, Bourbon?

    Me- (obviously nonplussed)


    "Hey, I have a question for you before I invest in any more Bourbon shoes- how the HELL do I polish them?? I took my Saphir Renovateur to my Flatirons to condition them prior to polishing for the first time, and luckily I started on a test spot on the heel- it stripped it down to plain Walnut leather!

    Apparently Bourbon is just Walnut leather, burnished or polished with a darker color? WTF, I can't match the color on these- if I use Walnut overall it will lighten them, if I use Brown it will darken them- if I use Neutral it won't fill any scuffs.

    Suggestions?!?"

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    "That is an excellent question. Like you say, it is a walnut leather underneath a dark burnish. It's hard not to remove that burnish through polishing. They just came out with a bourbon polish which isn't as heavy as dark brown. Though I still noticed it takes a bit of the burnishing off. What I do now is use the bourbon to work out the scuff, and then I go over with a black to renew the burnished look. Most assuredly a finicky process, but that's all I can offer."
     
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    Thinking of a Strand MTO in burgundy calf. Can you guys give me some ideas on welt and dressing colors. I wanted to do something different than the black seen on other burgundy shoes.

    Thanks for the input.
     
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    LOL @ fishing in ~$750 boots. We live in strange times :D
     
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