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

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

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  1. jungleroller

    jungleroller Senior member

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    That may be the case with the original park avenues and maybe even the second park avenues now that I've worn them twice, but the fifth avenues have not been worn. I just opened the box as you can see.
     
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    My PAs don't do that. Try sitting at a desk all day and drinking gin when you get home. You'll develop circulation problems in your lower legs, your ankles will swell, and the gap will disappear. Or you could get new shoes.
     
  3. ridethecliche

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    So fly!

    I used to have a pair of canvas captoes I used to wear to work sometimes. These might be a worthy replacement!
     
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    jungleroller Senior member

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    I'm wondering if it has anything to do with the inner AE embroidery on the right shoes now that I inspect it more...
     
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    My shell park aves developed that slightly on the right foot only, but it wasn't like that out of the box. I have very skinny ankles, so that's what I attributed it to. However, i just utilized cross lacing (not sure if that's the right terminology), and made sure my vamps were tied tight, and it minimized the topline bowing.

    I don't have this problem with my calf strands, which are the same size.
     
  6. jungleroller

    jungleroller Senior member

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    Yeah I don't have the problem at all with my calf strands either. Idk, I think I'll just suck it up. I hate to go through the whole return/wait process. I just put the fifth aves on and its not that bad when I have them on.

    It is interesting how the bow is right where the inner embroidery is though...
     
  7. VinnyMac

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    I'm not a fan of longwings, so I probably won't buy the Larchmont but I think that the bourbon Flatiron is great. I think that the 333 last is really nice last. It seems like some of the best shoes are on that last.
     
  8. MoneyWellSpent

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    That's called European or Bar lacing.
     
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    It isn't something that develops over time. It's immediately present, and results from your instep not having enough height to fill in the shoe directly underneath the laces. As V1KTA222 said, lacing them differently can help for some people, but it's not a guarantee. Search through this thread, and you'll see extensive conversations about this. It's definitely not new. I'm not saying there isn't ever a defective shoe, but generally, it seems to be the person's foot. For some reason, some people can get away with some models on the 5-last but not others. The Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue seem to show it the worst on average, but some report it on their Strands (and other 5-last shoes) as well.
     
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  10. V1KTA222

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    ah, yes, bar lacing! thanks for that info. I think balmorals look better with bar lacing as well.
     
  11. bucksfan

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    Without any knowledge of your dress environment or what you would be wearing with them, I will note that you have a black and a light brown brogued balmoral dress shoe, a grey casual shoe and a pair of light brown boots. If you are looking to fill holes in your wardrobe, I'd start with a burgundy loafer (the Randolphs are the most dressy, followed by the McGraw, followed by the Patriot), followed by a burgundy blucher wingtip (MacNeil), followed by either the black Park Ave or the black Leeds. However, the lack of availability of "truffle" in the future would make me go for the Dundee first.

    +1
     
  12. bucksfan

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    I have been considering a black / burgundy shell saddle, or a brown shell (or burgundy shell) with walnut grain (calfskin on the "saddle" section) saddle shoe... good luck with your decision.

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    Yes, $299 is as good as it will get for the foreseeable future. It may be $299 again, but not likely any better.

    Very nice! They look like they fit you well - I know I love mine.
     
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  13. chinngiskhaan

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    ummmmm... black goes with black... and thats pretty much it.... NO SHADE OF BROWN WITH BLACK PANTS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!! Unless you want to be one of those square toed shoe wearing, black shoes/ brown belt combining, fashion don't doers that it...
     
  14. bucksfan

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    +1 with one clarification: if we're talking BLACK pants, then only black shoes. (Someone must sell them, but he only time I'm ever in truly black pants is when I'm in a tuxedo!)

    If we're talking charcoal pants, I would feel comfortable wearing a pair of (very) dark burgundy shoes.
     
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    What sale is this?? $299 for shell? Is this ongoing? Where did you get them?
     
  16. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    They are Seconds. Call the shoe bank or one of the outlets...

    -Mike
     
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    You better hope those aren't 10.5 E's or I'm gonna find out where you live. [​IMG]
     
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    I received my cappuccino strands MTO. Was so excited I went home instead of going to lunch to open the box. However was very underwhelmed when I tried them on. While they look great, the fit on the left shoe is off. Even after lacing there is a gap wide enough on both sides , to stick a finger in. Here is a pic of the left shoe. It looks like bowing.not acceptable for firsts. I'm quite disappointed.
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    Here is the right foot.
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  19. aldenfan

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    Where did you find out about shell for $299?
     
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    Walnut shell/Cappuccino shell


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    brown shark/chili shark
     
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