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

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  1. evilWagon

    evilWagon Senior member

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    That's the factory store, but there's other 'outlet' stores that have equally good service such as the Brookfield one.
     


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    A few folks have asked me how I obtained my Amok firsts for $99.00. I was at a Shoe Bank during the recent Memorial Day sale when seconds were on sale for $99.00. Because they didn't have my size in stock the salesperson offered to have them ordered from the factory (firsts) for the same price. I believe he did this out of an act of kindness in addition to my ordering five pairs of shoes in the past few months and knowing I'll likely be buying more during the upcoming tent sale. So, the $99.00 for firsts wasn't any sort of special deal - it was due to the fantastic customer service this company offers which helped earn them a customer for life! Up next: a better fitting pair of Walnut Strands and possibly a pair of boots. I love the Haight and Ashbury and am thinking about picking up a pair of those...
     


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    The Receptionist just called me that a box had been delivered for me (the result of my seconds orders plus trees, polish, daubers, clothes), she said I was grinning like a kid on Christmas... Unfortunately I had to step into a meeting so it's sitting there unopened..... taunting me.
     
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    I always wore a D width, until I was professionally fitted for a length size down, and a eee width. Depends on the shoe style and shoe last.


    Yes, my wife helped me measure my feet - standing with heel firmly against the wall (as the instructions suggest). Then when I spoke to the sales manager, he said an in-store sizing will be more accurate because we tend to stand flat-footed on the paper scale - when we most normally stand with an arch. And the arch can determine another size altogether.
     


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    The correct link is here:

    http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/top-men_s-shoe-designers

    Anyone here, in this AE Appreciation Thread, can vote instantly for AE shoes - which currently lags less than 20 votes from becoming NUMBER ONE.

    But be careful not to mention the voting to the other forum members who are in the Alden Appreciation Thread. It may become a Battle of the Mem - Branes. [ grin ]
     


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    This is a somewhat unique request, but has anyone in Canada purchased a belt to match their merlot shoes? I was hoping to find something cheaper than the AE belts, but can only find black/brown belts in the stores so far.
     


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    Yes, the style and color look great - but what about the fit?? It looks like the tongue of the boot is wider than the recommended width when laced. (I have seen many other examples and posted pictures today showing similar gaps in the tongue suggesting the width is too small.)

    As for the Dalton, here is the factory photo of a good tongue fit:

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    See the following:

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/141581/allen-edmonds-appreciation-thread/20415#post_6326025
     


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    Outward cuff or inward cuff . . . I have seen both.

    And when sitting, the cuff rides up a bit to show off the boot:

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  9. New Shoes1

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    Full-grain, calfskin and 100% calf leather denote just that, nothing more. They guarantee that you are not purchasing split grain or top grain, but do not guarantee that there is not a corrected grain finish where the surface was sanded off and a chemical finish applied. Ron Rider recently discussed this issue in the shoe care thread in pointing out that most black calfskin shoes are corrected grain. Since that discussion, I have come to suspect that a 10 month old pair of non-AE full grain leather shoes are corrected grain. The suspect pair is very uniform in its color with a somewhat unnatural shine and it simply lacks the same depth or patina as my similarly aged AE's.
     


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    My suede neumoks (AE branded) definitely fit differently than my Fifth Aves. I thought since they were the same last I would know for sure what size to buy, but I ended up taking a half size smaller in the neumoks due to length. Even then they don't fit as snugly in the heel as the FAs. The neumoks do feel narrower in the toe box. I haven't broken the neumoks in enough yet to know if they stretch much.
     


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    Ah, Brooks Brothers, how are their shoes? I knew they made shoes have never tried them.
     


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    I too want to rave about AE's customer service. I ordered a bunch of shoe care stuff - laces, polish, cream, trees, etc early this week. I live in Canada, but right at the border. So I have packages delivered to a mail service place in the US...a half hour drive from my house. I have another package waiting for me at the mail place. So I got on a chat with AE, wondering if they could 'push' my order out the door ASAP - same day I ordered, on Tuesday. Girl comes right back on the chat, saying she had changed my order shipping manner to overnight Fedex, at NO EXTRA COST! Amazing customer service! So I will grab both packages on Saturday morning...just makes you want to work for AE! Seems like a great company to work for, as well as buy from.
     


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    So I just got my Amoks from close out and there is something weird about them. The pictures don't do it justice but there is a visible raised line along each shoe

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    Brooks Brothers doesn't make their own shoes, they rebrand shoes made by other manufacterers. Their quality is generally comparable to the reputation of the maker, though in some cases they make them from alternative materials that are not considered equal. For instance, the shoes that Allen Edmonds makes for them utilize a Poron insole, which isn't as good in my opinion (though it may offer more immediate comfort) as the natural leather insole used by most AE's. Other common manufacterers of BB's shoes are Crockett and Jones and Alfred Sargent (rebranded with the Peal logo), Alden, and apparently Loake now makes some. There are some cheap shoes that are made in El Salvador that I've seen in stores, and I'm not sure who makes them. BB sells shoes that aren't rebranded as well, and should be every bit the quality of the manufacterer that made them (Rancourt, Red Wing, Edward Green, etc.).
     


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