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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. TM79

    TM79 Senior member

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    Just bought my first pair of AE's - Park Avenue in Merlot. Really enjoying them a lot.

    Couple of amateur questions - should I get them waterproofed, heeled, etc.? Basically, I have an excellent cobbler 5 minutes from where I live. Should I ask him to do anything?

    I wear sneakers for my commute because I have about a mile walk to the train and then a 10 minute walk to work from there. Then I change into my dress shoes at the office. They're in perfect shape right now but eventually I'll be wearing them outside and do not want to see anything bad happen because I should have gotten something done to them.
     
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    +1.

    Burgundy would be a mistake.
     
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    I think burgundy or merlot shoes can be worn for an interview, if the shoe is something like a Park Ave. Otherwise, I'd go black.

    With the choices above, I'd go with the black 5th Ave.s
     
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    For my wedding I am getting some AE's.

    I am wearing a navy fitzgerald by brooks brothers. What AE's do you recommend I buy? Yes I will be wearing black shoes with the navy suit, its basic dark navy, not light at all. I want to be able to use them for work afterwards. My office is business casual, not conservative at all. Thanks!
     
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    Dunno, it's a fiance internship. I'd still say black dress shoes. Unless you've been to their offices and know they have a relaxed dress code, say sport shirt and chinos as opposed to suits. If so, you could probably do a merlot/burgundy shoe.
     
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    I would be careful to which edits you make to the sole and heel on AEs. AE seems to be very specific that any changes to the sole or heel will void the re-crafting agreement. You might want to call them regarding any edits you are thinking of making, just to make sure you cover your bases.
     
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    I feel like you are afforded some leniency in regards to a less than formal wedding. Navy really does look great with brown shoes, and would seem fitting for the joyous event of your wedding, also moonlighting for business casual for work. The spectrum of styles is open to you really, as long as you stick to some form of lace-up.

    Regardless, enjoy your wedding, and congrats.
     
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    Finance Interview - black fifth avenues hands down. I think you could get away with brown/merlot but not with the two options you have (obviously depending on the firm, but I think safe is best for interviews).

    As for the wedding question -- I would suggest Burnished Brown Fifth Avenues. They are, thus far, my favorite shoe to wear with my navy suits.
     
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    Don't be a schmuck...interview = black dress shoes.
     
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    Dunno, if I was 20 something interviewing with a start up tech company, I might go in a vintage t-shirt, jeans, and work boots . . .
     
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    +1

    I once interviewed a guy who came in wearing wingtips and acted like he owned the place saying "I could do this job with one hand tied behind my back."

    I was thinking to myself, that we should get some rope.

    Bottom line, any shoes not understated will throw off an impression of pompousness for an interview.
     
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    I once interviewed a 20 something tech guy, surfer dude who came in wearing cargo shorts and a Hawaiian shirt and sandals.

    He said he could never be in before 1030AM because he surfs every morning.

    Did he get hired? Nope.
     
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    some of those guys are the best coders you can find, although most of them work better in startups
     
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    There is a growing trend of casualness. I saw snippets of the Apple iPad event. I saw executives wearing jeans and untucked shirts. Of course, Steve Jobs did his jeans and black turtleneck thing, but he was so consistent it looked like a uniform. Then of course, this guy (below). So I wonder sometimes if I really need black PAs to interview with some of these companies.

    [​IMG]
     
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    ^What if the other way around? What if the 20 something is interviewing you? Then what? I ask because I may have an interview w/ a gaming company. A suit would probably remind him of his grandfather. Do you still wear a suit with black shoes?

    I had no idea that burgundy shoes, say a burgundy or #8 captoe, would be inappropriate for an interview. I've never worked in finance or law though. Also, I'm in the Bay Area and even in downtown SF you're more apt to see square bicycle toed shoes than anything else.
     
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    ^^ Sartorial matters are probably not even on their radar, I would guess any dress shoe would ring old fashion to them. So might as well go standard black, if you are doing dress shoes for interviews. I might be wrong though, maybe Mark Zuckerburg enjoys a nice pair of walnut brogues...
     
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    Luckily you have the beautiful SF landscape to distract you from the horrific squared toe shoe infestation :D

    And here I thought San Fran was classy...
     
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    If I was interviewing at a gaming company, I would probably go with one of those "smart casual" outfits from JCrew. Slim chinos, gingham shirt, etc.

    There tends to be more of a feeling on SF for the ultra-conservative dress of finance/law. I could easily get by in my industry without a pair of black shoes. Also, nobody would delete my contact info if I wore bluchers with a suit.
     
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