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

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

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  1. rydenfan

    rydenfan Senior member

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    Are you positive? Most Leeds I have seen have the split reverse welt, dark edge trim and a thicker sole than his picture appeared to have

    To me it looked more like an Alden PTB in Cigar. But I might be wrong...
     
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    Not positive at all. But they don't fit any other AE model I know of. They could be Aldens I suppose, but I don't know. They are almost the same shoe, the Alden and AE PTB. I've seen the Alden in shell but not the AE. Mine should be at the office on Tuesday so I'll be smarter starting on Tuesday!
     
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    The new burnished chili timeless classics webgem offerings are piquing my interest a little..
     
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    So relatively new to AE but have built up my collection to 8 pairs in last 2 months. I've been constantly on this thread and so many comments about MTO Cordovan shoes. So what exactly is the big fuss about? The terms I read of often are Horween, shell, and cordovan. What am I missing out on?
     
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    fair warning - once you find out, you're going to start your collection all over again. I'll leave the pros here to answer.
     
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    You're using three terms to talk about the same thing. Shell Cordovan, Shell or Cordovan are all the same thing. Horween is (one of?)the branded shell used by AE.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_cordovan
    http://horween.com/leathers/shell-cordovan/

    Some of AE's shoes already come in shell. The MTO shell are for folks that want special order shoes made in shell in the color and design that they like. If you ever get the chance to go to an AE store, ask them if they have any shell on display. You'll be able to see, feel and smell the difference.
     
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    Shell is much rarer than most calf offerings. Additionally it is a very tough and resilient material that maintains a wonderful shine with little maintenance. The patina that develops with shell is a beautiful thing to see. Just my .02
     
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    I was hoping this wouldnt be the case, but sadly I can confirm this as truth...I just received and wore my first pair of cordovan shoes about a week ago...I was truly hoping this was a myth, but alas, I see exactly what people are speaking of regarding this phenomenon. It truly sucks, but even my very uninspiring brown cordovan Dundees, have got me SERIOUSLY contemplating only ordering cordovan going forward...Im actually not blown away by the color at all...Its a rather mundane brown that, so far, has little personality..but that gloss is just beautiful, and I cant even say Im entirely satisfied with my purchase. And I cant pinpoint what it is that makes it seem more appealing than calf (maybe its just the pricetag alone) but damn that gloss more than makes up for any disappointment Ive harbored.
     
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    This happened to me. I'm selling most of my calf shoes and buying cordovan instead. I've fallen to the trap.
     
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    Some shell shoes:

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    Black, new Burgundy, old Burgundy, Brown, Brown, Cappuccino, Walnut

    I've actually got two more on the way, a cappuccino/walnut Shelton and a walnut MacNeil. They're addicting!
     
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    I can attest to that as well.
     
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    Some serious shell addicts here! I think the longer I go without fully understanding the shell lure the better off my pocketbook will be...and the longer it'll be before my wife catches on!
     
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    +1

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    I have about two weeks on my walnut daltons and two more aldens as well. I also acquired the matching belt. AE MTO will be the death of my checking account.
     
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    I just wanted to chime in on my Neumok experience. Like some but not all of you, I found Neumoks to be more narrow and long than standard 5-65 lasted shoes. See these posts for more discussion: one two three. I also had the problem with the funny bump on the toe where the lined and unlined portions met.
     
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