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

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.

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  1. maxmaxmaxmax

    maxmaxmaxmax Active Member

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    Not sure if this has been suggested already, as I'm catching up on the thread, but won't allen edmonds sell you two different sized shoes in a custom order? It may cost more for the custom order, but I would think the comfort would be worth it.

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    I enjoy cars enough to be tempted towards drawing analogies with shoes, and have tried to do so in the past. However, it generally fails to be a completely accurate analogy. I have to disagree that a Lexus is a "no-frills" car. Even a basic model Lexus is going to be loaded with options and luxuries that you don't find in a cheap Nissan. More accurately, a "no-frills" car would be to take that Nissan you are referencing, and paint it with Lexus quality paint, and use Lexus quality materials. Of course then you could argue that you would no longer have a Nissan, you'd have a Lexus! [​IMG] In the end, cars are way too complex of a machine to compare them to a shoe that is actually quite simple. There are a handful of different construction techniques that shoes are made from, and they are ranked according to quality and durability, materials aside. Within those different construction types, there are brands that are no-frills, and brands that add bells and whistles to make them "nicer." This doesn't exist in cars. All cars are based on the same mechanical concepts (internal combustion engine, chassis, transmission, 4-wheels, etc. etc.) More accurately, one may compare different quality shoe construction types to different modes of transportation. A bicycle is lesser than a motorcycle, which is lesser than a car. You don't compare bicycle prices to car prices, because they aren't in the same realm, even though they are both modes of transportation, regardless of the fact that there is actually overlap between the most expensive bike money can buy and the cheapest car money can buy. Similarly, you can't fairly compare cemented shoes to Goodyear-welted shoes even though they are both types of footwear.
     
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    I drive a Toyota. [​IMG]
     
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    I don't think they would coexist unless you wanted to have one shoe with a double leather sole and one with a single leather sole.

    Agreed.


    Some clothing companies require a dress policy where you have to wear all black or don't allow you to wear colors in corporate offices. Bloomingdale's is a good example of this.
     
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    The most expensive bike money can buy is way more expensive than the cheapest car and is equivalent to a average new harley. No debate just saying

    I've watched someone buy a $19K bike. [​IMG]
     
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    I think there's just a fundamental difference in thought between us.

    From my perspective, in the same way that all cars are based on the same mechanical concepts, all shoes are based on the same mechanical concepts. The bells and whistles you speak of are no different than the options you can spec on a car that you mention. You can add all the bells and whistles you want, but they don't make a dress shoe an ice skate, just as adding carbon ceramic brakes and carbon fiber body panels to your 599 won't turn it into a Panigale. Comparing cemented shoes to goodyear welted shoes, is like comparing body-on-frame to unibody construction. One is inferior, but it doesn't make it not a car.

    Perhaps a simpler analogy would've been furniture. You can compare an Ikea coffee table to one from a local woodworker. One is hand-built using dove-tail splines and real wood, the other is manufactured using glue and nails and MDF. Still, both are tables, and I expect both construction and fit and finish to be better with the woodworker made table than the Ikea table for the premium I'm paying, not just the former.

    But I digress, I've gone too far off topic for this thread.
     
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    All this talk about merlot Mcallisters have got me thinking. I've been itching to add merlot to my collection, especially after my burgundy Westchesters didn't work out. I love the fit of my bourbon strands so logical to think I'd love the Mcallister's too? Is the merlot a deep dull color or does it pop in the sunlight?


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    I'm curious about this too. I was looking at a pair of Burgundy Cole Haans that I really like the color of...but they're Cole Haans. The merlot AE pictures I've seen look like they have more purple than maroon to them?
     
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    pulled this from a sales ad on SF. pic is obviously taken inside but it still gives better depiction of what the shoe looks like, compared to the AE site


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    Can someone tell me then name of the Park Avenues under the Brooks Brothers brand, please?
     
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    I see the merit of your points, but as you said, there is a fundamental difference in thought apparently. In the end, I struggle to draw any analogy that completely fits the bill. Where your true interests are will also effect your perspective on the respective industry.
     
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    Those look sensational Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk 2
     
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    Those are some good looking shoes! I guess merlot is just a hard color to take photos of.

    http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Allen...es/MH00218_____BLCK_07___D___,default,pd.html

    Fair enough. :)
     
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