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

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  1. JermynStreet

    JermynStreet Senior member

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    Haven't read all the way through so not sure if this has been replied-to to death, but it looks these shoes may have worn outside, gotten wet, and dried with a hair dryer or furnace. I think that it would be valuable to contact AE to see if they can resolve the problem, but to start, you might want to consider applying some mink oil to the leather to relax it. The right side toe's crinkling does not suggest poor fit-it suggests a defect in the leather or over-dryness.
     
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    As I recall, instead of just listing what the specials were going to be at the upcoming Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale, you posted about some secret sale with stock AE pictures and special prices whereupon if anyone wanted to know any details about it they had to PM you for someone else's contact info. Instead of just providing news and/or information to the forum, you specifically made it about YOU and your manager friend in particular. Have you given any thought that maybe the posts were deleted because YOU violated the rules? As far as I know, Nordstrom isn't one of the official sponsors here and even if they were, they would not be allowed to "advertise" their upcoming sale in a post in this thread. Most folks here don't mind hearing about specials or sales on AE shoes, but I doubt anyone wants this to become David's Special AE Advertisement Thread to specifically benefit your friend. Stop blaming others for what you did.
     
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    Hi Tie, here's my current collection (not incl black PA's about to arrive):
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    I'm sales so am seeing clients every day, and wear either a suit, or sportcoat/dress pants. Took me this long to get the black PA's, as I had some many others I wanted to get first, LOL I do own the Delray in Chili, love it. It's the top/middle pair in the photo. Don't have any in Bourbon, am and torn about Bourbon: have seen it in person and didn't care for it (not as 'rich' looking as I'd hoped), yet all the IRL pics I've seen in this thread make it look great. Might have to bite the bullet one day and get a pair in that shade. Anyhow, hope this helps!
    J
     
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    So I picked up a pair of dark brown Park Aves seconds in 10D during their current tent sale. I'm fine with the shoes as the blemish is on the inner side on the sole. However, when I tried on the shoes the right one felt perfect, but the left shoe felt as if there was a small mound in the middle of the ball of my left foot. Normally, I'd say this is due to the shoe, but I had a pair of New Balance sneakers do this to me too to the left foot.

    My question is would it be better to just return the shoes and try again or will the soles eventually mold to me feet? I bought a pair of black strands during Nordy's winter sale and although there was the initial break in discomfort I don't remember being such a distinct mound in my left shoe.

    I have not worn the shoes outside yet.
     
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    I have some MTO unlined shell Amoks on order, but it will still be a few a few weeks until I can post pictures. The suede Amoks are super-comfortable and I imagine these will be just as nice in shell and look great, too.
     
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    Absolutely agree with MWS (tough to disagree with MWS, though... ;-)). With all due respect to BB, the sales associates in DC are sub-par. I don't know if the regional manager is a bean-counter (and therefore overly anal about numbers, numbers, NUMBERS), but on multiple occasions, I have had to deal with either pushy, inattentive, or unknowledgeable SAs desperate to make a sale. Just last week, I went to BB on Connecticut and M, I had one SA give me a lecture on why it was important to buy "local" rather than online (the SA did not mention, however, that he earns a substantial commission on every "local" purchase--from him!). Alas, I digress from the topic of Allen Edmonds shoes, but I do think that it is worth mentioning that the DC AE store provides a far superior purchasing experience than any of the DC BB Stores (Brian at the Connecticut Ave. AE store is a total relationship type of manager. He is always calm, helpful, and earnestly believes in the product. Mike Maduka and Alex are also excellent sales associates, and their service is commendable, too.). In my experience, I have learned to stick with AE for all purchases. For me, the service, relationship building, and experience are worth more than the money saved by going to a BB sale.

    Just my 2 ¢.
     
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    They've never gotten wet and I regularly condition them and polish when needed. I emailed AE but haven't heard back.
     
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    Ah I see. Well if the AE Customer Service route yields you nothing (and they are very, very helpful), I would suggest contacting DWFII or Ron Rider - they are both very knowledgeable about all things leather and can certainly help with a diagnosis and potential cure for this ailment. And, of course, I was joking about the furnace or hairdryer-nice to see that you took it in stride. Good luck!
     
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    I had the same feeling on the right foot with my shoes a few weeks back. As there is cork inside that will mold to your foot I would suggest you wear them on carpet indoors for a while and see if the bump goes away. I wore mine inside and walked in them for about 15 minutes and didn't feel the bump anymore. Yesterday I took them out into the wild and they felt great.

    I'm a newbie, but that's what worked for me. Let's see what others say.
     
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    Ah, yes I had a passable wardrobe already. Because of the size of my feet I always had a hard time finding decent shoes, it turned into a case of, what do you have in my size vs do you have this particular model in my size.

    So far I have:
    -Dalton (black)
    -Lasalle (chili, it is a great colour)

    Enroute
    -Kenilworth (Bourbon)
    -Fifth Avenue equivalent (Black) - For more formal occasions, I won't get a huge amount of use out of them but they're classic and at this price I can't resist.

    Next
    -Shell Leeds
    -Walnut Strands
    -Macneil colour undecided.
     
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    Yesterday, I went to a Nordstrom Rack store for the first time, to buy some Woodlore shoe trees. The Woodlore shoe trees were $12.90 a pair, which I thought was a very good price.

    I also looked at the AE shoes. There was one pair in my size, size 9, but it wasn't the right width, nor was it a style that I wanted. There didn't seem to be many AE shoes in any sizes.
     
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    This is definitely the first thing that should be done when a bump is felt under the insole. There is very little that can cause bumps under there, since there isn't anything present except the plyrib gemming, some stitching, and cork. It is possible that the bump can come from the placement of the plyrib (if it isn't properly placed towards the perimeter of the insole). However, wearing the shoes indoors for a while to see if the cork is the culprit is easy to do, and generally solves the problem.
     
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    I check in after seventeen hours and there are over a hundred new posts. This thread is nuts. :slayer:

    Haven't heard anything from AE yet about the burgundy shell Macneils I ordered on April 23. My checking account is just fine with that, but I'm itching to get them in the rotation.
     
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    I think it is beneficial to wipe the shoes with a damp cloth, and then apply some Conditioner/Cleaner between steps 1 and 2 above. Without this step, you are "grinding" grime into your leather when you apply your polish. At a microscopic level, this has some abrasive effect on the leather fibers. Also, shoes accumulate stuff during normal wear that is good to remove, and Conditioner/Cleaner is gentle enough to use before each polishing (assuming you don't polish too frequently). It only costs $4.00 for a bottle that will last a LONG time, and it only adds a few minutes to your process.
     
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    I would have thought the shoe on the far right would be the bourbon one as well. I think he may have meant that, but just didn't word it well. I don't know for sure though. That said, I think the shoe on the far right is a pretty accurate representation of what bourbon looks like in person.
     
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