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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. bucksfan

    bucksfan Well-Known Member

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    I don't try to get a high shine usually, except on my black park aves. When I do go for a high shine, I use kiwi black polish and spit shine the toe.
     
  2. rydenfan

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    Cappucino Dundees today

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  3. jch1

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    These are incredible.
     
  4. New Shoes1

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    Don't use conditioner/cleaner as that is intended for calfskin. All you need to do is invest the time applying a couple coats of Renovateur to get most of the factory polish off and then regularly wiping them down with a damp rag and brushing them. Once you get down to the bare shell, you can enjoy the modest glow you will get as is, apply Saphir neutral cordovan creme or apply a little paste wax.
    Amazon sells first quality shoes, but what you get is a mixed bag. It's not unusual to get shoes with defects and/or creases suggesting someone has them worn around their house for a few days. Amazon is great with free returns, but the problem is that, by the time you have decided you need to order another pair, the sale price is frequently over or your size is sold out. I think someone previously commented that he orders two pairs when he orders from Amazon to deal with this issue.
     
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    Quick question, are these the Dark brown grain or the Brown waxy Long Branches?
     
  7. ReppTiePrepster

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    I'm glad you didn't take that personally. You certainly have an awesome collection of shell cordovan shoes (and non-shell)! I shouldn't have taken your post as one solely directed at me. Good day my friend...
     
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    You wear your chukkas quite well my friend... enjoy often and in great health!
     
  9. ScottyBoy920

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    Yes that is correct. I told Allison to make the same shoe, just added the tap sole.
     
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    There is no difference in structural integrity between different types of welts used in Goodyear-welted shoes. They are all attached at the inseam in the same manner. Split-reverse welts are sometimes touted as being a bit more weather resistant. However, all they really add is a few millimeters of additional height that may help prevent some water entry when walking on wet surfaces (which can be valuable). A true storm welt does butt up more tightly against the leather upper, creating a better seal than a split-reverse welt, but even it is only providing a marginal amount of additional weather resistance.

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    To really increase weather resistance (supposedly), you have to move beyond Goodyear-welted shoes into Norwegian-welted (also called Goiser), Veldtschoen, or Bentivegna constructed shoes. These are still welted shoes, and are every bit as durable as Goodyear-welted shoes, but they use some different methods for how the uppers are wrapped, where the stitching is placed (additional rows of waxed stitching), etc. Sorry the image below is in Japanese, but it's one of the better diagrams. The names are in English, if you care to research them further, and you can click on them for a larger view. There are a couple of other methods diagrammed in the below pictures that don't fit into the "more weather resistant" discussion (stitch-down, Norvegese, and regular Norwegian (non-Norwegian-welted)).

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  11. New Shoes1

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    I need to purchase some supplies to care for a new pair of suede shoes. Any recommendations on AE products for suede care? Positive and negative experiences welcome.
     
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    Those are the Brown Waxy ones.
     
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    I have their brush, which is ok (I better like Collonil Crepe Brush, if you can find it). Fwiw, I believe most if not all AE shoecare stuff is made by Collonil. I also scored a Tarrago Suede Protector on ebay for 9.99 shipped (the same Leffot sells for $17). It's a pretty cool stuff; check out the video of youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnOw_sNVG0A
    Other than that, I don't think you will need anything else.
     
  14. watchidiot

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    Has anyone already received their brown shell webgems (available before RDA)? Anyone thinking of stripping them down to bare shells?
     
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    Sandersons arrived this morning and look spectacular. I am a bit surprised at their narrowness, however. Another thread indicated that these are made on a 222 (which seems right, as they appear identical to the Williams apart from the Independence frills). Sorry if this has been addressed elsewhere, but has anyone sized up on this last (vis-à-vis the 65 in particular)?
     
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    What would we do without you MoneyWellSpent! Your knowledge, and willingness to freely take time out of your day to share that knowledge is amazing... and much appreciated!
     
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    I've often wondered if certain people on this thread are payed to be on here... Am I crazy? It seems like certain people on here are making a ton of money for AE.
     
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    With the Independence lining and heal pad, does it change the fit of the shoe? I wanted to get it but got scared in the end because I didn't know how it would affect the fit/feel?
     
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    Bumping this post as I'm interested in the answer as well. If it was answered I apologize as I overlooked it.

    TL;DR - How much does the width change by going down a half size in length?
     
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    The video was pretty awesome. How often do you have to reapply the Tarrago?
     
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