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

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

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  1. njruss

    njruss Senior member

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    Seriously?
     


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    Seriously?
     


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    Yes?
     


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    njruss Senior member

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    How does the fact that someone is new HERE preclude them from offering their (reasonable) opinion?
     


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    I would usually stay the hell out of this, but I agree wholeheartedly with njruss... J
     


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    Oh, boy. I see myself spending a lot of money in the coming months on more shoes. The Mora is back... and Shaker Heights in chilli looks fantastic. I also want to get my hands on a pair of Veronas... Boy, oh, boy.

    Although I'm not a big fan on the Mora in Bourbon. I might as well wait for a suede version. Meermin has been tempting in that field...
     


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    Well last night (on the eve of Mora), I called JeffVille and plunged on two Neumora's for 250. brown and black. thinking now that perhaps I should have gone ahead and plunged with the red Finches instead, but let my wavering confidence get the better of me.

    well, perhaps one of my double monk double score will have to go back, thereby opening up a spot in the rotation for mora 2.0...
     


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    Any advice on what action to take on my new fifth streets? First time outing with them, I noticed a split on the heel. Sorry for the bad pictures, I'm at work, and only have a phone camera at the moment.
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    Another picture for first time outing
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    Hi all - I've been poking my head around this forum for quite some time before I got the courage to actually pick up a couple pairs last week. I stopped by the AE store and picked up the black Park Avenue and walnut Strand - two excellent looking shoes. All of my shoes prior to these have been in the $50 range that look clunky and ugly. I am starting to agree with everyone who says this is like getting hooked on crack because I'm already looking to pick up a third pair and I need some advice. I really love the chili color and was looking at grabbing a chili Delray. I'm a 12C on the five last and from what I can see in this thread I will probably be a similar size on the 8-last. I can get the delray for a very good deal. My question then is the Chili too close in color to the walnut that I should pass on the chili as my third shoe? I'm thinking that if I don't get the Delray I'm going to get a brown strand.

    After the third shoe in less than a week, my wallet is going to need to take a rest for a while before I can feed my addiction further.
     


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    Quote:The Chili Delray is a great next shoe for you. The Chili color is quite a bit different than walnut. Also, the Delray is quite a different shoe than the Strand, so you are adding some nice variety here.
     


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    Chili and Walnut are nowhere near the same color in my opinion, and your rotation would handle both colors perfectly. I think a Brown Strand would be far more redundant, even though the color is quite different. A Chili Delray would be a decidedly different color and style.
     


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    sorry, but I did not take that statement as an opinion and am "wholeheartedly" okay with people giving their opinions. The blanket statement about what shoes I "should" own does not qualify in my eyes. Reading that statement as someone who owns no black shoes and doesn't much care for them at all rubs me the wrong way, especially from someone that is new HERE.
     


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    I agree with msulinski, and welcome to SF. And the addiction...

    Here is a picture I took a while back comparing walnut calf to chili, I think you will be fine going with chili.
     


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    A question on cordovan. I always hear that cordovan lasts forever-is this really the case? My dad has some Alden tassel loafers and he said that he replaces them about once every 10 years after 2-3 recraftings because they are quite beat up. I was always under the impression that cordovan is leather's "steel." Does anyone have any pics of their *own* shoes that are ten years or older. And I'm not talking about old stock. Thanks.
     


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    If you wear them multiple times a week, they will start looking dreary after some time as the rolls get deeper and deeper. Most of the people who tout that cordovan (and calf) will look great over a lifetime own several pairs of shoes and have a large rotation i.e. wear the shoe once a week at most. If Alden is like C&J, I believe they will not recraft a shoe after two or three times since re-lasting puts too much strain on the leather.

    Be that as it may, cordovan seems to be a bit more durable in my opinion. I rarely polished mine and even the deepest scuffs came out with simply buffing.
     


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