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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. sartorialnoob

    sartorialnoob Well-Known Member

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    First post, but I thought this would be a better place to ask this question than starting a new thread.

    I'm an office guy and am business casual most days with a suit only two or three times per month. I got started with AEs out of school and now have the three pairs shown in the picture.

    The Seneca, the black split toe blucher, was my first real dress shoe purchase at least eight years ago. They were recrafted about three years ago. I picked up the merlot Park Aves. about five years ago and then added the Strands last year. You might guess that I'm a fan of the no. 5 last. Having three pairs of decent shoes means I can now rotate them without resorting to some seriously ugly alternatives in my closet.

    I'm going to add another pair and want to make sure I am covering the basics. What would the folks around here suggest? A burnished brown Kenilworth or a wingtip? Should I just get the ubiquitous black captoe like a Fifth Ave?
     
  2. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Senior member

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    A brown wingtip would round out your current collection. McAllister or McNeil
     
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  3. Winston S.

    Winston S. Senior member

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    I hardly wear black so I would go with something dark brown if I were you. The only problem there is that if you had to really get dressed up you are missing a black cap toe.
     
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  5. sartorialnoob

    sartorialnoob Well-Known Member

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    What about something a little different like the Dalton wingtip boot in brown? Is there a big difference between the no. 1 and no. 5 lasts?
     
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    sartorialnoob Well-Known Member

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    I'm in the midwest and I think a lot of people around here are missing a blck cap toe. I've worn the Senecas when black shoes were called for (like funerals) and have never felt out of place.
     
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    #1 last is more rounded in the toe, I think. But, sure, a wingtip boot would work too.
     
  8. Al in Philly

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    I have both the Strands (#5) and the Malverns (#1) and the #5's are narrower throughout, but have a much wider toe box than the #1's. The #1's have a more pointed toe than the #5's. I wear 9.5E in Strands and 10D in the Malverns, for reference.
     
  9. PhiPsi32

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    I was browsing on Amazon. They have a 15% discount on select shoes. Allen Edmonds are included.
     
  10. JubeiSpiegel

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    Some real life pics of the Larchmont, it's a good looking longwing :slayer:

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    I have yet to try on the 333 last, they had little inventory of any of the shoes in this last. Hopefully the AE stores start to get more stock in soon :plain:
     
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    Larchmont is definitely the most intriguing of the 333 shoes, IMHO. Gorgeous, especially in the dark brown.
     
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    Even more intriguing than the return of the mora in 333 last?
     
  13. elbastardocalvo

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    Yes. I don't care for monks.
     
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    Thank you for posting the photos. Can you imagine the Larchmont in scotchgrain with a double sole?
     
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    I wear a 11.5D in last #5 (Strand, McAllister, etc). Just had to size up to a 12D in the MacNeil's. The toebox was just too narrow. Anyone else or am I nuts?
     
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    No, you're not nuts. I had to size up 1/2 in the MacNeil, and someone else here (maybe patrickb) also had to. I found it too short in my true size. I thought I was the only one; good to know it's not just me.
     
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  17. Al in Philly

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    You're not nuts at all. I wear a 9.5E in the #5, and wear a 10D in Malvern (#1). The MacNeils have an even more narrow toe box than the Malvern.
     
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    Am I the only one that wishes the Larchmont had closed lacing?
     
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    Can you submit a Photoshoped version of that?
     
  20. elbastardocalvo

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    = a skinny MacNeil?
     
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