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

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  1. byan107

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    Several Allen Edmonds shoes are on sale at Amazon (20 to 50+ percent off ) plus additional 20% off at check out.
     
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    Funny, I've been going three rounds with the PAs myself. The AE fit guide (download the PDF from their website) puts me at an 11C. The best fit so far is in a 10.5D. My first four toes have some wiggle room. The little toe is captured and gets compressed when walking. This is my first pair of AEs, and I don't know how the fit will change after break in. I expect the leather to stretch and soften slightly. I also expect the cork midsole to adjust to the contour of my foot. I'm in wait and see mode.

    Print the AE fit guide as a starting point. If the shoes are returnable, order two or three sizes. Keep the best fit and return the others. That or get cozy at your local retailer and spend some more time in the shoes. Walk around a little, but also try standing still (straight up without leaning on anything). Shift your weight to one foot for a minute or two and then the other. See how it feels then.
     
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    Here's a question for you folks. I need wide width shoes. A lot of wide width shoes look awfully chunky and often ugly.

    I have a pair of Allen Edmonds Fairfax (see avatar) that are regular width that I squeezed into and stretched out just a tiny bit, which I can now wear pretty comfortably for a full day, believe it or not.

    That being said, I want a pair of Park Avenues in black, and I figure I should probably just buy a pair that fits from the start.

    In your experience, do wide width Allen Edmonds shoes look too fat and ugly, or do they look just as good as the regular width shoes?
     
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    Which ones?
     
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    Well, taste is pretty subjective, a lot of people don't like the way AE's look. That being said, if you like the AE styling, going wide will have a minimal effect on the shoe. I personally wear 10.5 EEE and the shoes look fine in comparison to D width.
     
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    Thank you, sir. I love many of the Allen Edmonds styles, and coincidentally, I am dealing with 10.5 D vs. 10.5 EEE, so you basically answered every question I could possibly have.

    Thanks again!
     
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    Look for my review of the Katmai on AE's site soon. It's pretty bad.
     
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    Is it worse than the reviews of the Amok? Those were pretty bad...
     
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    Yes, worse.

    Pics included
     
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    Agreed. I don't see the wider shoes being chunky or ugly. My associate wears a 12 EEE, and it looks fine. However, increasing the width also increases the girth. I tried a 10EEE, and even with the laces pulled in I had lots of extra room. They didn't have a 10.5E in stock. For comparison, the AE rep stated that going from a 10.5D to a 10.5E would result in about 1/4" increase in girth including extra space in the heel.
     
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    Agreed. I don't see the wider shoes being chunky or ugly. My associate wears a 12 EEE, and it looks fine. However, increasing the width also increases the girth. I tried a 10EEE, and even with the laces pulled in I had lots of extra room. They didn't have a 10.5E in stock. For comparison, the AE rep stated that going from a 10.5D to a 10.5E would result in about 1/4" increase in girth including extra space in the heel.
     
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    Good to know. Thank you.
     
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    Can the heel space be reduced with a heel cup or heel cushion?
     
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    Now I see it. I agree, I'd be considering a return as well. However, it took you pointing it out for me to notice it so there is virtually no chance that anyone else would notice the imperfection. But if it bothers you, you might as well return to avoid the irritation every time you wear them. Unless...as stated earlier they fit impeccably well. In that case, I'd likely still keep 'em. That's too bad as they were a fantastic price, are somewhat unique and not a shoe that AE normally has significant stock on hand. I'm waiting for the next nordstrom sale to give them a shot. I like the walnut so much.
     
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    ya i m debating myself because it kinda irritates me when I see them. but the price is great. the fit is pretty awesome on the snuggy side but it fits good.

    the players with walnut is just great. but again, if this will be $200 again during the Nordy sale, then I guess I am welling to pay another $50 to get it as 1st quality.
     
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