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

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

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  1. AmericanGent

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    Consider my statement retracted. I will think twice about shit-talking in the future....well, at least until the Steelers start playing.
     
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    Why, yes I did:

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    my apologies for the sub-par phone pics.
     
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    I suspect that 99.5% of posters and readers of this forum use their Allen Edmonds shoes in an urban or suburban environment. When I was about 13 my father purchased me a pair of veldtshoen type shoes, just at a time when I was getting into exploring nearby wetlands and forests - and ever since I have liked the idea of traditional leather shoes for use in street/off-street scenarios. For decades I went with good leather hiking boots for my 13 B size, but in the past few years have been looking for shoes that might do okay in my use. I now am in part an "outdoor educator" and partly salmon issues researcher - in a day regularly both in the office and out along natural stream-trails. I have about a half-dozen pairs of Allen Edmonds presently - from regular Park Avenues & Fifth Avenues to Walnut Strands (rubber sole) and Lexington (double sole).

    QUESTION: Wanting shoes, and not boots, anyone suggest an option among the Allen Edmonds universe of shoes that might work? I should add that I prefer open lacing for control, and have given up trying to find English alternatives in narrow widths like C&J Grasmeres. Do like the pebbled look - had considered getting an allen edmonds custom pair with vibram soles or the one simillar to dainite soles.

    Looking for real advice here - not criticism of the choice vs. hiking boots!
     
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    You sir, are an American Gentleman. I look forward to some Patriots / Steelers trash talking in a few months.
     
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    Tom Brady- the other Irish-American who owns the Steelers.
     
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    Has any experienced pain or discomfort in the front lower ankle? It almost feels like the tongue is digging into my ankle.

    Any thoughts, any ideas to eliminate the issue?
     
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    I have never experienced anything like that. Maybe tongue pads?
     
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    I am going to suggest the Wilbert. I have a pair and usually wear them on the weekends. Very comfortable, rubber sole, blucher lacing.

    Chris
     
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    I was able to limit the amount of visible creasing on my oxfords by using the 3-step Saphir process - which included Saphir Renevateur, Saphir Cream Polish, Saphir Wax Polish - following the tutorial at Hangerproject.

    On the other hand, I have seen it recommended to use "driving shoes" when driving (which can be easily slipped out of into your Oxfords on drives long enough to cause creases.

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    Allen Edmonds Driving Shoes Collections:

    http://www.allenedmonds.com/webapp/...STOM+SHOES&searchTerm=driving&searchTermHide=
     
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    And years learning how to get past the posturing of cemented opinions, which can get one's expressions of personal opinions deleted by the old guard. [ wink ]
     
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    I agree. My Wilberts get all kinds of use; concrete wore down their heels within two or three years, so I had B. Nelson put on a new Vibram sole for sixty bucks which has held up wonderfully. The original sole has reasonable traction for woodsy use... and when the time comes to resole, I bet the Wilberts would work nicely with commando soles (reminiscent of your Veldtschoen shoes). As a bonus it seems to me that the waxy leather shrugs off the elements much better than calfskin or shell.

    It doesn't look very good in comparison with all the more refined offerings on this thread, but I'll bet it beats what anybody else will be wearing for class and versatility.
     
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    Look at the picture my wife just sent me... new shell park avenues. I know there were a few posts about hiding footwear purchases. I feel lucky I don't need to do that.


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    With all the models they make, does AE really not make a shortwing blucher right now? That seems like a major hole in their lineup. I know they used to make the Players but it's been discontinued. All their shortwings (Macallister, etc) are balmorals and all their wingtip bluchers (MacNeil, etc) are longwings. Maybe it's just me, but a shortwing blucher seems like a pretty essential shoe. (RL Marlow, etc.) Does anyone know if they have one in the works and are planning to release one anytime soon?
     
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    I've never seen anyone else request it. It's only a "major hole" if you're one of the few who want it, lol.
     
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    Not in this age and time . . . but back in the late 1800's if someone were to have shown a photo of their shoe collection with just left shoes - perhaps the question would have been more in tune with the times. Again, I had just watched the film WE WERE SOLDIERS the night before and it struck me to offer up the thought, especially how grateful most of us are to still have two feet to slip into our shoes.
     
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