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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. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Distinguished Member

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    Good point. Their business model and strategy of late doesn't exactly show any expectation of being sold to someone who is just going to reverse all of their progress from the last few years. It isn't as if they are being sold on a whim, or that they are under some sort of duress and are at the mercy of their buyer. It's a calculated decision.
     


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    Very true.
     


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    Yes they are sold year-round at AE outlet stores and through their Shoe Bank. Outlets generally don't have first quality shoes, the simply sell seconds.
     
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    totally agree, the trash I see church's spewing out is unbelievable. Really sad to see a great product turned into a fashion brand.
     


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    You're correct that those differences exist, but they have nothing to do with captoe placement. His original comment isn't an apples to oranges comparison, you made it into one. [​IMG]

    I remain neutral on the captoe placement argument, however.
     
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    Having only started buying and wearing fine men's clothes and shoes almost two years ago I can say Nordstrom is hardly a big box store. I can't stand the lack of customer service and personal attention at a store like Macys anymore. I would say my shoe shopping experiences at Nordstrom have been on par with my experience at Brooks Brothers. Granted I only deal with the same SA who has been with BB since the 80's and is one of the top sellers in the nation. I shop at Nordstrom in the Short Hills Mall in NJ and the one at The Palm Beach Gardens Mall in FL. Both were good experiences. I even exchanged a pair of used Park Ave's for a different size with no problems.
     


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    I currently have the following shoes and need to decide which ones to keep and which to return, or if I should get others.

    Fifth Avenue in Brown
    Strand in Walnut
    McCallister in Black

    I don't wear suits to work, just pants and a button down. I wear suits for other occasions, but rarely.

    I was leaning towards the Fifth Ave for everyday wear as simple brown shoes, but now I can't decide if I want to keep the others or not...

    Thoughts??

    (These are my first AE's!!)
     


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    The fit is pretty similar to the PA, although in my opinion the PA is slightly more snug. I notice the Rutledge is a bit longer than the PA. Very comfortable overall.
    The burnishing is great, and I think the walnut is lighter in person (at least when compared to the pic of the Rutledge from the AE website). This may be due to the fact that I purchased factory seconds instead of firsts. But I love the shoes...I was using Saphir wax (light brown) but I found that the wax and the walnut of the Rutledge didn't mesh well...so for now I just use the AE walnut polish with a little wax on the cap toe. I also love how the soles look on this shoe scuffed up..I wish more AEs would be full leather soles with a half rubber heel instead of full rubber heels. Just seems more elegant in my opinion.
     


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    Its a good thing you came to us for help. First, I would just get rid of the McAllister in black. Unless you are in London and trying to find some way to add variety to your all-black shoe collection, these aren't very useful.

    Since you are not wearing suits or even sport coats, I am tempted to tell you to return all of them. The are all the more formal balmoral (the US use of the word) style. Sure, you can get away with balmorals without a jacket, but since you have the option to return them, I would.

    I think the Fifth Ave is a bit formal for an everyday brown shoe for pants and a button-up shirt. It really is a suit shoe. You can probably get away with the Strand in walnut due to all the brogueing.

    Some suggestions:
    Delray/LaSalle in Chili or dark brown (I like the Delray better but the LaSalle is on sale right now)
    MacNeil in burgundy
    Neumok in some version of brown suede (yeah, its a balmoral, but a very dressed-down version)
    Patriot in burgundy or brown
    Clifton in walnut (I believe a Nordstrom exclusive)
    Williams in brown
    Maybe a tassel loafer if you are into that

    Get the Park Ave in black for when you need to wear a suit, go to a job interview or wedding, funeral, etc.. For the other 2, I would go with something casual, like on the list above.
     


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    Add me to that list.... For my black shell boots I have been thinking of a black NST boot so I hope they go into production and on a last that fits me well.
     


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