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

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

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  1. nosrep123

    nosrep123 Well-Known Member

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    Is this normal for factory seconds? http://imgur.com/a/EQ8sm I'm worried this will impact the durability and make the shoe not last as long.
     
  2. jonesle7

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    Total newbie that has been lurking on this thread for the past 3 months. AE's have become an addiction the past few months and I feel like I scored some really good deals but am also hoping that these shoes will last decades with proper care and rotation.

    I took a xanax about 20 minutes ago and I've spent the day reading through various shoe care thread and I basically feel like I am having a panic attack because of the information over load. Hopefully, some of the more experienced members can help set me straight on what my basic shoe care needs are and provide some practical advice based on their experience.

    I've acquired the following shoes during the past 3 months:

    AE WILBERT COMFORT SHOES - Brown ($225 - Amazon - 1sts)

    AE BRUCE CHESTNUT WAXY LEATHER BICYCLE-TOE SHOES - Chestnut/Walnut ($125 - AE 2 for $250 - 2nds closeout)
    AE PARK AVENUE CAP-TOE OXFORDS - Black ($199 - AE Tent Sale -2nds)
    AE PARK AVENUE CAP-TOE OXFORDS - Brown ($199 - AE Tent Sale - 2nds)
    AE PARK AVENUE CAP-TOE OXFORDS - Walnut Grain/Pebble Finish ($125 - AE 2 for $250 - 2nds closeout)
    AE STRAND CAP TOE - Walnut ($129 - Amazon - 1sts)
    AE MCALLISTER WINGTIP OXFORDS - Merlot ($187 - Amazon - 1sts)
    AE CENTER FIELDER BOAT SHOES - Brown ($67 - AE Tent Sale - 2nds)
    AE LONG BRANCH WINGTIP BOOTS - Brown ($125 - AE 2 for $250 - 2nds closeout)

    My previous method was to use saddle soap to clean shoes and then use some type of gunky German leather conditioner that some equestrian people use to treat their tack and leather to condition and water proof the leather, and then use Kiwi waxes to wax and polish the shoes. Now I am reading that saddle soap damages the leather and that you shouldn't use it. I own a shoe valet and three different brushes.

    Now I have shoe trees for all of my shoes but I am a little lost on how to properly care for them and my head is spinning at looking at the shoe care thread all day.

    It seems that Saphir rejuvenator is the most highly recommended conditioner. Do I also need to use a separate product as a cleaner? If so, what cleaner do you recommend?

    What brand and specific color shoe polish would you recommend for each of the above shoes? Where are you buying the Saphir brand products from?

    Do I also need a wax in addition to the shoe cream for the final coat/shine? Does that brand really matter? Any recommendations?

    How are people purchasing the brown Long Branches from the 2 for $250 sale planning on treating their boots? Would Obenauf's Leather Preservative be appropriate here or should I treat the Long Branches just like a high end shoe?

    For the Bruce Chestnut Waxy Leather should I just use a neutral cream and wax?

    Lost and about to have a breakdown that I am over my head on figuring this out and help is appreciated.
     
  3. rpearlberg

    rpearlberg Senior member

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    has anyone seen the Elgin's in stock anywhere? 11D or 11E...
     
  4. reminimjer

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    Got my second pair of AE today, black park ave's and I'm concerned about the condition of the sole. Looks like theres some cracking at the stitching - see pics below. Is this enough that i should be concerned and send back? They're firsts but ordered from Amazon.
    Thanks for the advice
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  5. jonesle7

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    I recently ordered Park Ave.'s from Amazon and the shoes were damaged. Amazon sent a replacement and those were also damaged.
     
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    Could anyone recommend a 3rd pair of AE shoes to get? I own black Park Ave's in 9EEE and walnut McAllister's in 9.5EEE. I haven't tried any that aren't the 5 last. I measured a 10.5D on the Brannock. My only other pair of nice shoes are black tassel loafers (thrifted Johnson & Murphys).
     
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    Quote:I'm a big fan of Merlot/Burgundy if you already have Black and Walnut(or Chili). Having these three different colors gives you a wide variety of wardrobe options.
     
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    Gauss17 Senior member

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    This. The AE merlot is a particularly nice dark burgundy color.
     
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    Thank you both. I had almost bought the Parks in merlot as my first pair. I think they may be my best bet? I'm not crazy about another pair of McAllisters, and feel I need something different than any of the loafers. I work in a business casual office.
     
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  10. Upward

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    What has happened to Allen Edmonds quality control? Last year it was Nordstrom that sold creased and cracked AE shoes. Now it's Amazon. I even got one directly from Allen Edmonds.

    At least they have good customer service and will swap shoes for new ones. But why not make it right the first time? What is it costing AE to replace shoes versus making it right the first time?

    The only other possibility is AE is buying cheaper leather and that's the problem.
     
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    I am pretty sure they won't affect the integrity of the sole, as GW still uses adhesives in critical areas, but it's poor finish.
     
  12. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    I hope so for his sake... otherwise he's out a grand or more on shoes depending on what he paid for them. I'm not sure he's trolling however, because he's not a new thread participant.
     
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    I agree. It's not a problem with the integrity of the shoe. They'll be fine. The shoe doesn't flex in that area.
     
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    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    I am extremely impressed! Looks like a quality cobbler!
     
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    Thanks for the advice. If I do keep them and the cracks worsen and the sole starts falling apart there, I'd assume AE would help me out seeing as that part of the sole really sees absolutely no wear.
     
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