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

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  1. BootSpell

    BootSpell Senior member

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    FedEx just delivered the Chukkamoks I got on the clearance sale. I realized I needed some boots that weren't so heavy and hot for the summer. These seemed to fit the bill (cheaper than the Alden flex-welt chukkas, which I am sure are better quality, but for more than twice the price...). The name has put me off them ever since AE released them but being on clearance got me over that.

    These are only 13oz, compared to my CXL Indys which are almost a pound heavier. These chukkas are like wearing slippers. Good value for the money.
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    I think I'll darken them a bit, as they almost look like pale human skin, especially the vamp.
     


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    Nice buy.
    I was back and forth between those and the Banchory. I love the leather on those styles. I had the same the concern as to whether or not they would darken. I ended up buying the Banchory in navy, but would be very interested to see how the tan ages. Please post additional pics after some wear....
     


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    Picked up my first shell last year, some NOS 14AA black Leeds on eBay. I'd been wanting gunboats for years and upon receiving those Leeds knew I wanted shell gunboats. I purchased burgundy shell Daltons in November, but kept scouring eBay for longwings in my size to no avail. Finally I took advantage of Mr. Grangaard's offer a few months ago. FedEx just delivered 'em. I own half a dozen Allen Edmonds shoes; given that my office is biz casual and I only wear a jacket once or twice a month, I'm now absolutely content with my rotation.

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    (the nice thing about such a long narrow foot is that even chunky double-soled longwings look sleek!)
     


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    Cold Iron: I have the burgundy and brown shell Patriots in 10D which is my normal size on the 5 last and also 1 last. The patriot is the first loafer to ever fit me without my heel coming out of the shoe. My foot is much like yours and in addition a very low volume foot. I wear my superfeet inserts in them and the fit is just about perfect for me. If you have a low to mid volume foot I think they are certainly worth a try.

    The Patriot is one of the best fitting loafers I have ever tried on. There was literally no heel slip right out of the box.

    I go down in width for all loafers, regardless of maker.
     


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    Those look great! Nice choice.
     


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    Great shoes RandomAdam; can't believe how sleek they look. Maybe I should start buying size 14AA and stuffing them with newspaper to fill out the empty space.
     


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    Very nice. Makes me wish I had AA feet.
     


  9. PhiPsi32

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    Try the 10s again. But you just might want to try the "E" width if available. Otherwise, I might abandon the #2 last. It's difficult to get a good fit. I'm one of many that have walked away from the 2 last.


     


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    I wear a 12E Patriot and it seems a little short. Been looking for a 13D to see if it might fit a little better. The best fits I've found in AE have been 12D in Byron and Ritz (4-last). On the 5-last I wear 11.5E and 12D, with the 11.5 E being normally more comfortable (I need a wider toebox to keep from pinching my little toe). I also have a 12E McAllister which, while noticeably roomier than the Patriot, is not at all loose. I've also got various 8-last and 2-last shoes, all in 12E; 12D would be too tight.

    ETA: The Patriot is not at all tight. And I don't have heel slip like I do with my 13D Weejuns. So maybe 12E is the right size for me after all.
     
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    I don't see much and wouldn't worry about it. However, I can tell you that Saphir Renomat could lighten the spots most likely. However, I once tried to remove a bad spot on a pair of vintage chestnut (light) colored AE's, and I damaged the leather and did more harm than good. So, if you go the Renomat route, seek guidance and be patient. AE conditioner/cleaner, which you should get anyway (or Saphir Renovateur) might also lighten the spots with a less harsh cleaning agent and zero potential for damaging the shoe by stripping.

    Regardless, a few spots can just add to the vintage patina (vatina?) and character, though.
     


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    ^^
    agreed, you can also polish them regularly and that should help as well
     


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    I was hoping to get a bit of feedback on the fit of these Cliftons. I live in Oregon and we don't have an AE here, so Nordstrom it is. However the stores said they only carry D widths. I measured on the AE fit guide to a 11.5C. In store they fit me to a 10.5D in the park avenue. They seemed wide in the heel, so I ordered these 11B cliftons online. There is a little room in the heel, but overall they feel good. Thanks for the help. Once I get a better idea on fit, its on to a pair of black park avenues.

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    I second this, I have one of their double ring belts in chestnut, (the closest to AE's walnut). Very nice quality and looks like it'll last forever. Alan also did special make-up for me in 1 3/8". I'm aware hippie-belts probably shouldn't ought be worn with dress slacks, but it looks so nice, especially paired with a knit tie, that I do anyways:

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    Este's in the Pearl stocks Allen Edmonds if you're looking for somewhere local.
     
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