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

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  1. Flokk

    Flokk Active Member

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    Thoughts on these seconds quality? Just got three pairs in from the shoe bank sale today. Kenilworth (not pictured, basically in perfect condition minus a tiny stain on the toe box), Black Hills, and Rapid City. These are my first shoe bank orders so I was curious if the quality issues pictured below are more the exception than the norm. Generally speaking I'm not picky. I am in fact super excited to be starting an Allen Edmonds collection (this makes 4 with 3 more on order), much to the amusement of the g/f. [​IMG] So small defects are no biggie considering the price cuts, but are these defects larger than most you see from the bank?

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  2. gsgleason

    gsgleason Senior member

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    Jeans and oxfords?
     


  3. jd13jd13

    jd13jd13 Senior member

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    How does the handsewn 114 and 800 lasts compare to the welted 5?
     


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    wojt Senior member

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    these are pretty casual for a pair of oxfords i think they'd look good, anyways I surfed their site and seems mctavish would be better for a jeans/chino look, ofc still can't pick a color
     
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  5. DerangedGoose

    DerangedGoose Senior member

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    Need some input on a fashion idea:

    I know that most members in Classic tuck their shirts in as a rule, but I was out buying slacks and found a couple pairs that had very nice cuts, fabric, and fits. As I was trying them on, I couldnt help but notice that they looked good with the polo I was wearing and looked good with some fitted T shirts and button ups.

    Has anyone here explored the option of wearing slacks as pants, and not a strictly tucked-shirt option? I thought the look was pretty clean myself, a welcome difference from jeans
     


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    Anyone have a pick of some Black Shell Leeds with a bit of age in them?
     


  7. New Shoes1

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    There is no way Nordstrom is resoling used shoes to sell them at Nordstrom Rack. The half-price "refurbished" shoes you occasionally find are returns that, for whatever reason, cannot be resold at Nordstrom as new. I've always imagined they are the shoes that are worn for less than an hour or so outside the home before returning to try a different size. I have never seen on any of these shoes the type of creasing or other indicators of wear that would indicate even one full day's wear.
     


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    Hmm, I just ordered two pairs of seconds and you have me concerned. The creases and occasional small blemish to the leather wouldn't bother me at all provided they didn't affect comfort, but the cuts in the welts and the unfinished or ratty edges would as I'd be concerned about the longevity of the shoe.

    This is a great thread... and all the regular posters in it should get a commission. I ended up ordering delrays in black calf with the V-tread and Lasalle's in Chili (for $129 how could I say no).

    I noticed that the only Chili belt AE has is the wide dress belt which had mixed reviews, what/where did the other Chili shoe owners find a matching belt?
     


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    ok i do have pretty wide feet, my feet usually end up stretching my d width barrie shoes from regular wearing hopefully i'll be ok if not it'll be a exchange for available e width hopefully. i've bought a pair of barrie in e width and it was a tad too big because my foot slid around so i had to flip the shoes. thanks for reply

    well i might be a e width according to other replies but its free exchanges/returns :). there is no allen edmonds store near where i live closest one is a 5hr drive one way so 10hrs round trip so i would have had to get my sizing eventually somehow. i had to go through a lot of of returning/exchanging to get my barrie size just right :)

    thanks guys
     
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  10. Flokk

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    You honestly can't tell about any of those issues pictured from more than a foot away (as you said it's a question of longevity). The Kenilworths were nearly perfect so this seems to be just a roll of the dice. But, the shoe bank will pay for return shipping so it's not much of a gamble with anything but a few minutes of your time. :)
     


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    Day 1 for these Sheltons (20% off at Amazon). I love the traditional look of the saddle shoe. I think I had some like these when I was a toddler. Yesterday I ordered a pair in walnut/brown from the shoe bank.


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    would locking them in the containers be bad since it is locking in the air with no airflow? i put the bags on, but i don't put it bag in the box or container. I want my puppies to breath.
    dark brown would be better, but you will look slightly flashy and stylish with the bourbon. they will gravitate to your feet first.
    I do when they have a sale, i bought the mccallister when it went on sale a few months ago at the retail stores. then i went crazy for the past 2 weeks and bought 4 pairs of shoes that i really didn't need, but the deal was to good to pass up. I need a self help group [​IMG]
    It reminds me of my foot joys with steel spikes back before soft spikes.
     


  13. New Shoes1

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    The problem with this forum is that anyone on a year-long shoe buying binge feels pretty normal and in control compared to some of the posters here. If they compared their shoe buying with the average non-SF individual, they might reach a different opinion. Hence, all the "my wife is going to kill me" and "gotta sneak these shoes in past my wife" comments.
     


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    Lucky for most of us...we'll get that "all your shoes look alike"! That makes it easier to slip one past the goalie [​IMG]
     


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    You are right on Tampa compared to some of the posters here I feel realy quite normal, I own a pair of Rockport Evanders, Johnson and Murphy Cardells and a Allen Edmonds Fiesol. Thats nothing compared to some of the posters here.
     


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