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

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

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  1. tampatravel

    tampatravel Senior member

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    You've been drinking the Kool-Aid. I love my Strands, but they are not sleek. Nor is the 5 last particularly sleek, which is why its detractors often call it blobby. I find my Strands work really well in that dress casual niche of slacks and a sport coat or slacks and a dress shirt. I have sleeker balmorals, which look great with a suit and out of place in a more casual ensemble. Part of the beauty of the Strand is its versatility due to its brogueing and last that is not too sleek or too blobby.

    Jeans and a casual shirt, I could see any of the following:

    Calfskin or suede Malverns
    Shell Dundee's
    Shell or calf loafer
    Dalton or a similar AE boot.
    Shell longwing blucher
    Shell shortwing blucher (Ralph Lauren Marlow or something similar)
     


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    ++1 for daltons and dundees. Particularly the daltons in shell.
     


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    I should also add...

    I wear my AE Finch & AE Elgin with jeans as well. They look great and are from the ROUGH collection I believe.
     


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    Funny you mention that, I managed to snag a pair of dark brown sandersons on sale. I have not worn them out yet because I am waiting to exchange my chukkamoks for dark brown BB strands. I will then compare the shoes side by side, but I anticipate I will go with the strands


    I only said it was relatively sleek because it was on the same last as my kenilworths. The cap toe probably cuts down on the sleekness, though.
     


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    Thanks for the input. I have been to many more stores in Toronto since my post and have not had any luck.

    I think I'm going to go the same route and order from AE. However, I won't do so until it is on sale, so I'll have to use another colour with my shoes until then. Also, due to the shipping charges I will be compelled to buy another pair of shoes to make it worth it. I just can't win!
     


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    I agree with New Shoes and bespoken on the shell.
     


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    The $128 calfskin Brooks Brother belt is outstanding and comes in merlot. If you pick it up on one of the 30% off sales, it's pretty reasonable for the quality.
     


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    My new Shell Leeds arrived today!

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    Also, on the same day I received an outrageously generous care package from retired Naval officer and AE thread guru.....


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    Cold Iron!

    Thank you for the awesome shoe care products! I'll post the finished Leeds once they are ready for use with my uniform.
     


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    ColdIron, I commend you for being all kinds of awesome.
     


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    Great question. I would guide you to the ridgeway collection. They are built bulletproof with a thick double oak sole+ 1/4" of rubber, and the leather upper is made of distressed leather that cleans up nicely after roaming the brush.
     


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    This is just the tip of the iceberg. After I posted a question regarding Saphir colors for adding a little more brown to my Walnut Strands, Cold Iron generously offered to send me some Saphir cognac and medium brown polish that he was not using, so that I could experiment without having to buy the entire jars and pay for shipping. Cold Iron is beyond generous.
     


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    Ordered a pair of 1st chili Ashtons this weekend and just now ordered a pair of 2nd black Ashtons and 2nd burgundy Scottsdales. I feel that the colors will give me a good selection for casual/business/formal.
     


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    Perhaps a Styleforum sainthood is in order? Let talk with the forum gods about how to get the canonization process rolling.
     


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    Patron Saint of Shell?
     


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