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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. tucker897

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    i work at financial firm
    can i possible wear these shoes with a suit?
    MCTAVISH BROWN DISTRESSED LEATHER WINGTIP OXFORDS
    if so what is a good color of suit to pair with

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    I would say those would not work with a suit. The AE Rough Collection was not really designed for suits. Just my .02. Chris
     
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    I think they are a bit too casual. Could be nice for after work or casual weekends in the office though
     
  4. drbhrb

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    They would work with a tweed/herringbone suit but I don't know if that would be appropriate
     
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    Agree with above, definitely too casual for a suit. I'd wear them with a sport coat, navy, herringbone, tweed, with and without a tie.
     
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    Ha, just got the new catalog. Whole thing was shot in Chicago. It was fun recognizing the locations in something like that for a change.
     
  7. Cold Iron

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    I hope you had a chance this weekend to take at least some time for a break Doc. And the beer is still on me when we get together [​IMG]
     
  8. MSchapiro

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    If you work at a firm like Reuters or Bloomberg I see that kind of thing all the time. What I don't see is many suits there. So I'm guessing the answer is no.
     
  9. Cold Iron

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    Aye, in a way. Most people I see fly fishing now have ~$3k or more worth of gear between waders, rods and reels, and enough gear that they look like they are an add for Orvis. LOL I still use a pair of Red Ball waders I purchased in 92, they don't leak so... The 744's being a Wolverine work boots fit a unique place for me. Originally in the early 1900's when horses were much more common in the US Wolverine was the #1 manufacture of shell work boots. They sold millions of them. Not quite dressy enough for where I work but above average compared to most hikers, I really do like them for when light duty field use is required and then head out to farmers market, county fairs or local eating places during the day. I have worn the 744's hiking in the Az. desert and even shooting sporting clays in the mud and rain. If the weather or my time outdoors is more rugged than that I use "real" boots. There are 2 other AE footwear that I use in the same method.


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  10. Cold Iron

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    I'm very curious how they worked for you? Especially on marble, tile or stone floors that are wet. I am looking at a pair of lightly used MacNeils on ebay that have the identical half soles.
    Very nicely done! I too would like your report after some wear. You encouraged me to do the same although I have not put much time into the presentation.

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    To the left, top. C&J for RL shell Marlows with metal toe tap installed by B. Nelson in NYC. They are slippery on marble, tile and stone even when not wet. The tip is worn down and the metal scratched pretty well so they can be considered broken in and do not see them ever getting any better in that regards. However I have worn some shoes down on the tips to almost a knife edge and to prevent that they have worked outstanding. Below them are my Walnut shell Daltons with 2 winters of use. The Vibram half soles have ridges on them, however they do not really "grip" or provide any more traction than standard leather soles. My cobbler knows my wear pattern very well and installed plastic toe taps over the half soles. They also work well for protecting the leather soles as they are designed to do. The ones to the right are the BB PA with the OEM half soles. Have yet to wear them in the winter as I prefer my black shell PA.

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    Top is Alden #8 captoe boots on Grant last. You can certainly tell they have a lug sole especially from the heels. Bottom is AE cappuccino Bayfield with lug soles. The lugs are not as deep as the Alden ones however despite the fact they go all the way to the edge they are dressier, at least IMO.
     
  11. facet

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    Dang, still kicking myself for not picking those up while they were on clearance.
     
  12. AdamAdam

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    Include me on the curious list.
     
  13. Cold Iron

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    I already have the Jeffersons in dark brown calf and the McAllister in cappuccino shell, I wear them both with suits and they work very well IMO and under a lot of different conditions. If I did not have those already I would jump on the brown shell Jefferson webgem in a heart beat. I do not think you will regret it at all if you do purchase them Pastor.
     
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    I love my walnut Jeffersons. I also have the Cappuccino McCallisters, which are or the lighter side. I do not have a dark brown wingtip, so somewhere in the next 4 weeks, I will weaken enough to order the webgem Jeffersons. I will have a wife issue.
     
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    Just got up from a 3 hour nap and food coma and realized I'm going to snatch me a pair of White/Walnut Broadstreets very soon. Kickin myself for not getting them when they were Webgems some months back.

    How do they fit compared to the McAllister? The toe looks a little more full.
     
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    Thank ya sir. Re: Alden sizing, sorry but unfortunately I do not. I will say that most of AE's 5-65 lasts fit me like a glove in 9D. These Graysons are 9D also and are super comfortable. They feel a bit longer and are DEFINITELY roomier than my shell patriots and Waldens in 9D. Definitely more comfortable, also. I have only tried Alden's Aberdeen once with a shell LHS in 9D and it did not fit me too well, good in the front but too loose in the heel. I love Alden's loafer offerings but unfortunately they just do not fit me right. I have a pretty low instep, FYI. Hope this helps a bit.
     
  17. SBear

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    Nothing special, guys.

    E-mail to Jville

    Me: "Any Bayfield boots available in 10D or 10E?"

    Response: "We can make a 10 d for $167 but it will take 8 weeks to get"

    That's it. Now, any chance I'll get feedback on my question?
     
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    I think the reason no one is offering an opinion is because no one wants to tell you to cancel your original order because it seems impractical that they would specially make a discontinued $300+ boot for $167. I called the same outlet last week looking for a Bayfield in my size and was told that "they are discontinued and almost all gone". The only way I know how to get one "made" would be through MTO and it'd almost certainly be more than $167. If you find that not to be the case please do respond because I'd like in on that.
     
  19. cuse

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    I would love to appreciate AE shoes, but apparently can't wear them. I bought a pair of Kenilworths and PAs in May, but had to return the Kenilworths because they had unsightly bowing at the ankles. The PAs didn't have the bowing, but didn't fit properly (10.5 EEE were too wide).

    During the Nordstroms event, I bought a pair of PAs in 10.5E which had the obnoxious bowing, then exchanged them for a 10EEE, which had the bowing, then bought two 10.5Es from Amazon, both had the bowing, one not as bad as the original pair, one worse. I gave up on the PAs and then ordered a pair of Strands and McAllisters, both in 10.5E. The Strands fit perfectly and the McAllisters have the bowing.

    I finally made it to an AE store, where the manager had me try on a bunch of sizes and widths in the McAllisters to no avail. He said I had fallen arches, which pulls my foot in, therefore creating the bowing on the outer edge of the shoe at the ankle. He gave me some inserts, which lessened the bowing, but didn't eliminate it and made the shoes fairly uncomfortable and squeak.

    Sadly it appears that the Strands, which fit great, are apparently defective because they fit great on my apparently freakish feet.

    I asked if there were any other lasts that would be good for my feet but he had no suggestions and felt that all the AE shoes would act like the 5 last shoes. Very disappointing.

    You guys have any suggestions for other brands that I can shove my freak, fallen arched, hooves in?
     
  20. drbhrb

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    The five last is weird. You tried a string of shoes that all fit the same. Check out some shoes made on the 1 last or other options.
     
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