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

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.

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  1. MDeKelver

    MDeKelver Senior member

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    Greeting AE friends,

    I have McAllister 11E Bourbon Tap Sole which I am looking to trade, or will shortly post for sale. I purchased these this spring during the anniversary sale. They have been worn 5-6 times. I've fiddled with the 5 last this year and will go to an 11.5D. If anyone is in the opposite place as me, please PM and we can discuss.

    I would trade for other 5-last non-black classics in 11.5D. I have walnut strands already, but would consider more wings or plain caps like Park or 5th Avenue. Not fussy about the soles.

    Regards,

    Michael
     
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    Okay- thank you for that information! I will get back to the store right away to get those before I leave town!

    Too bad the Renovateur was stripping the color off them- I thought it was a cleaning product only... really glad I tested on the heel and didn't just tear into the toebox with it!!
     
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    In another thread I authored on the subject of the top 250 films - Member(s) have awarded the prestigious title of being the most pretentious member on the forum. Hmmm . . . so much for my actual professional career. [grin]

    Nevertheless, I am pleased to receive your compliment. You, kind sir, demonstrate the ability to disagree with the utmost civility and respect for another's view.

    My best,

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    Excellent reminder!

    And also - many times a $350 AE shoe is available in near-new condition as a "second" for 50% to 75% off.
     
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    Wow, these look great. Not sure I would have even thought of wanting "green Strands", so thanks for posting the pictures. Now I understand why you have been so determined to get this shoe. The leather looks less distressed than the Neumok, and maybe not as soft. Is that true, or do you find them similar to your red Neumoks?
     
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    Still hoping to hear any opinions...
     
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    You mention they fit you well, and that appears to be the case in the photo. You could go up a size to get a longer shoe, but then they might not fit as well. I'm not sure if it's "normal" and I know some don't like the look as much, but I wouldn't be concerned. I would rather have a pair that fit great than choose a different size just for the creasing. I have a few pair, including the Stand, that do the same thing. This shoe has a longer toe box than others (like the Park Avenue) which makes it more likely to have creases on or in front of the cap line.
     
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    Thank you. And, yes, I've harassed the AE thread a few times this past year on my quest.

    Thank you. Initially, I was intrigued by the AE makeups (casual leathers, webgems, etc.) but quickly lost interest with all the wingtips. Doing a medallion cap toe seemed like a natural alternative.

    The olive leather is just as soft as the red. It looks less distressed, but based on my recollection of in store models it's typical of the green rough leather. The distressed look is partly an effect of the burnishing. It's there but less obvious which I attribute to the darker base color. The red Neumoks have better contrast.
     
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    You called it Wired- guess what Soleil (delightful associate in the Atlanta AE store- wears several AE shoes and boots on her tiny size 5 feet!) showed me this morning when I mentioned your shoes? This, came out about a month ago... [​IMG]
    hope you can read the "Strandmok" nameplate- in suede not your smooth leather though...


    [​IMG]

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    I have the same pair of strands but mine havent creased like that. Sometimes it helps to set the crease before you break them in. The first few times I wore my eg chelseas they creased and I was semi worried. I had to learn that in end they are shoes and like most goods will wear down and age. Hit them with a little reno, brush like mad, and hope for the best. I wouldn't return them but opinions will vary.
     
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    Since this is an appreciation thread, I hope Mr. Grangaard reads this because I would like to give a shoutout to the Atlanta store on Dunwoody, and Andrew and Soleil in particular. A company is only as good as its people, and these two were exceptional- knowledgeable (Andrew at least reads this thread and quoted from it to me! lol), absolutely professional, and helpful in the extreme. When I asked about a shoe that wasn't in stock, Andrew called around other cities (and is on a first name basis with associates across the country having been sent to several locations for training) and located two pair to Fedex in so I could look at them before I left town.

    This is the first AE store I have visited, and I couldn't have been more impressed. I was traveling with my company Chairman who lives and shops in Dubai, he had to buy a pair while we were there as well- claims he tears up shoes very quickly, I dared him to destroy AE's the same as the designer shoes he favors (was wearing a pair of Louis Vittons when we went in, for instance).

    My compliments- now I just have to decide whether to go back tonight and buy those damn Navy Neumoks before I leave again for the Dark Continent!! Aargghhh... hey, what's an overweight penalty here and there right??


    EDIT: Soleil, if Andrew shows you this, you should post up some of your footwear pictures with the pants you're wearing showing- several have asked about shoes for women on this thread and I think quite a few wives/girlfriends might be happy to see what you can do with these!! [​IMG]

    For instance, today she was rocking the Fifth Avenue boots in black with a dark skinny jean turned up to show them off... very nice! Give her some encouragement guys!!
     
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    Yes, I heard a rumor last August that AE was sampling a Strand variant slated for Spring 2013. The samples included this makeup here

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    Try to imagine my surprise and delight (keeping in mind that you can change the sole on almost any model). Of course come January 2013, I discovered that this design didn't make the cut. Talk about crushing a man's optimism for the future!

     
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    First, the shoes look great. I am a big fan of the olive leather.

    Second, this seems to be one of the only non-shell MTO shoes that I have seen. Was there a significant up charge for this MTO shoe?
     
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    I would probably keep those depending on how much of a discount you'll get. If you return, it may take a while for another to show up in your size. It looks like that leather will patina well so the stain might be hard to notice in the future. It's also good that the stain was near the brogueing where it's less noticeable. If it was on the vamp where the creasing would be it would be more noticeable IMO.
     
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    Yes, I was wondering when someone would notice that I requested a non-shell MTO. Let's just say that I was prepared to pay a significant premium for a custom spec MTO, but AE gave me a very good price.
     
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