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

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  1. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Senior member

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    Nice find.

    What is the style number? It appears they might be well-aged burgundy shell, which gets incorrectly described on ebay all the time as brown shell. Either way, congrats.
     
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    My vote is for a Blucher as well based on what you're looking for, esp the MacNeils if you like wingtips. That said, if you like the McAllisters, as much as i like the Walnut, I'd recommend getting them in Bourbon as they're a little more versatile. I'd also strongly suggest them in Merlot.
     
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    AMEN! And on the 1 or 5 last, ideally. I would buy that in walnut shell in a second.
     
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    Polished up the ol' walnut Jeffersons this weekend. Keep in mind I'm no polishing expert, yet I used AE's a generous portion of walnut premium polish after letting AE conditioner/cleaner soak in. Then buffed with the amazon microfiber recommended by Cold Iron, I think.

    Also, chili edge application from AE, for all of you who have been asking questions about edge treatments.

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    Incidentally, this is the first time I have polished these shoes with the walnut polish, as opposed to chestnut, which preserves the original color a bit better. The walnut polish definitely turns it a more orange and darker shade, as evidenced by the next pic showing the shoes when I first received them last year. Obviously, the lighting is a bit different, which exagerates the effect.

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    From several months ago under different lighting.

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    Like another poster above I suggest you look at the Merlot color too, it goes quite well with dark jeans or navy dress pants.
     
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    How do the Hamptons fit compared to other shoes in your collection? Do they run TTS?
     
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    Beautiful!
     
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    Hi Jeff, I wear the Chili Regent Street shoes with both those outfit scenarios, and think it looks fantastic. Longwing blucher. It has been discontinued, but you may be able to find your size in clearance on the AE website for under 2 bills. Great shoe, IMO. Runs a little wider and longer than the McAllister.

    Good luck!
     
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    The McAllister is a good shoe, and a medium brown like bourbon would be a good color to have (though you should look to acquire dark brown and burgundy as well in the future). Like others have said, for your stated uses, I would instead recommend a blucher. For example, have you considered the AE Delray in chili?
     
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    Gentlemen, in your opinion, does a heavily pinked/brogued balmoral still have more formality on account of its tight lacing when compared to a less heavily decorated blucher? The reason I ask is because I currently have black kenilworths, and at first glance, they would seem more formal to me than the dark brown BB strands I plan on acquiring. I was planning on wearing the BB strands out with dark denim, and seemed to be a good idea in my head. Everyone here seems to be recommending bluchers over balmorals every time, however.
     
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    For what it's worth, I think a casually colored short-wing balmoral like the McAllister would look every bit as good with jeans as the Delray. In fact, I think it would look better. I find the whole 'no closed lacing with casual wear' to be quite limiting and too strict for my taste. I wear my walnut Strands with jeans all the time and think they look great.
     
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    Please do not take offense to this, jbcohen, but I feel you should refrain from offering advice like this unless you are confident it is correct. Having someone send their shoes back to AE over a non-issue is a headache no one needs.
     
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    Don't get caught up in trying to establish a hierarchy of formality. Dark brown Strands are alright with jeans, as are black Kenilworths. Would a long wing blucher be better with jeans? Probably, but it does not change the fact that you are building your collection and Strands will be just fine for now. For what it's worth, I do not wear my Strands with jeans anymore because I now have better choices (chukkha boot, shell loafer or shell long wing blucher).
     
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    My personal opinion is yes.
     
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