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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. OptoDoc

    OptoDoc Senior Member

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    This is one of the most humorous posts in this thread's history. Well played, sir.
     


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    Can I get some advice?

    I got a good deal on a pair of new Navy/Tan Finches on closeout (not factory seconds). I absolutely love the style and fit, but after wearing them for just a couple of hours I notice they are breaking in very asymetrically from an aesthetic standpoint. The right shoe has barely any crease to it, even when bent, while the left shoe already has several enormous creases that span across the entire toebox and down to the outsole.

    Creasing per se isn't something that bothers me, but I have two concerns I was hoping some of you guys could weigh in on:

    1) If the leather quality varies greatly between the two shoes, is the left shoe likely to get more and more beat up while the right one continues looking new, or is it more likely that with time it will even out?

    2) Because these shoes are part of the "rough" collection, AE advises that no polish or cream is used on them. It would be nice though if there were some way to restore the original color in the creased area so that there isn't so much contrast on the creasemarks. Is there a solution for this or am I asking the shoe to be something that it isn't?

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    I just got the AE trees the same time I ordered the shoes. They are even a couple of bucks cheaper at the shoe bank. If you're worried about the right size trees for your shoes, AE trees have a size chart so you can order the correct size. I know there are probably "better" trees than AE's (and on the flip side, worse trees), but I figure you can't go wrong with buying trees made by the manufacturer of your shoe. Only thing annoying about AE trees is the fact that they can be tricky to get out of the shoe sometimes.
     


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    I think they should even out over time, unless your feet bend in diffrent parts of the shoe on each foot. As far as the color, some tan polish wont hurt if you want to try it out, but it may lead to the two shoes being different colors.
     


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    Don't regret i

    They are awesome, leather is definitely a step up from other Allen Edmonds. I will post some pics later with a proper saphir wax.
     


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    Robby - Any issues with any other shoes? Sometimes it's a person's gait that causes issues and not what the person is wearing.

    Especially during a break-in period there's a good chance a person isn't using their "normal" walk.
     


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    Certainly blobbier, but I still appreciate that it has a rounder toe instead of those harsher angles.
     


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    I don't recall having this problem before, but I'll double-check my barely broken in Strands when I get home to see if there's anything similar going on there.

    Either way, I do think there's something different about the leather on this particular left shoe. I could see the creases beginning from my first walk down the hallway. I'm fine with it as long as I can expect it to even out in time.
     


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    this shoes has a leather sole. I just got a pair from Nordstrom rack they are tan suede.

    Does allen Edmonds have a belt that will match thes?. most of their shoes have belts that will match the shoes. I need a belt for these.
     


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    are any of you guys right on the fence between two widths? I am just on the cusp between D and E. I cant decide if it is better to stay D and wear a thin sock and have a snug fit or go E and have a bit more room but the ankle fit be loose. I typically have gone with the D route in the past but am starting to re-think this. I am curious if anyone else has this dilemma?
     


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    Robby,

    I have these exact shoes. I have used AE Leather Clean on them & AE Saddle Soap and that evened mine up. It seems the leather on the left is a little more rough than the right. Not to worry though...they'll even out. I love my Finches and they're starting to be my go to pair. I think they look great with jeans and even better with khakis. Enjoy them!
     


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    I just put on a pair of Sheltons for the first time. Pretty much it's the same shoe as yours but without the "rough" leather. I point that out because for me, my left foot is about 1/2 larger than my right. I can already see that they are starting to crease very differently. I'm not sure there's anything I can do about it at the end of the day but ideally I would like them to look symmetrical.
     


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    The answer is to focus on shoes on lasts that are a little wider than a normal D width, even if it means you have to branch out beyond AE. The D width for some lasts is just too narrow for me, even with a very thin sock (looking at you C&J and AE 8 last). An E width does not work in these same lasts because my heel swims in the shoe. For example, my best fitting shoes all seem to be a little wider and include: Carmina's forest last; Andrew Lock's benchgrade shoes and my Strands. I know the 5 last is generally considered narrow, but my Strands fit tremendously - even better than my Park Avenues. An even wider option (almost too big for me) is Meermin' s Rui last, which leaves me wondering if Meermin's Hiro last would fit similar to my Strands.

    Good luck finding what works best for you.
     


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    I did just that.

    My wife and I are taking a trip down the trail in a week or so - and after I had purchased an enormous amount of Saphir polish products for "each" of my various AE shoes - she joined me on a "shine date" where we both started in on the polishing of our shoes and boots. The boots she brought back to a new condition look great - but I asked her if I could pick up some near matching boots so that we could be a couple - on our next venture. In the end, she got the LONG BRANCH boots - after finding out that many women wear men's boots because the style is not normally available in a women's boot.

    Then again, my wife has permitted me to purchase outfits for her over the last several decades of our marriage - and I like the cashmere, leather, and especially Chanel #5.

    Marriage can be like a true team - especially when both join in on the leather maintenance.

    David

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