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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 Senior member

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    I have the Long Branch, and I have handled a pair of the Frye's. I think you will be fine with either one. The Frye is distinctively stiffer based on trying to flex the sole by hand. The Frye is made in Mexico, if that matters to you. I've owned one pair of Frye Penny Loafers in my past, and I was fine with their quality (assuming you are looking at Goodyear-welted or hand-sewn moccasin constructions), but I think they are over priced at retail. They are masters of pre-distressed looking footwear, and I think they get away with charging a hefty premium for that. If you can get them on discount, you will get a much better value. You have to be careful with Frye because they make their products all over the world using all types of construction, and the product's quality reflects it's origin. They do use fiberboard insoles in their Goodyear-welted models, which isn't great. However, AE does in some select models (including the Long Branch) as well. If we were comparing the Frye to one of AE's more refined boots, such as the Dalton, I'd give the nod to the Dalton since it uses a traditional leather insole. I agree that the Frye is a bit less clunky than the Long Branch in this case, so depending on your application that may be a benefit. Strictly comparing these two boots, I think either is fine, but overall I consider AE to be a much higher quality product.
     
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    Some shell PA seconds have shown up on the Bay, with the following defect:

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    Can that be fixed or ameliorated?
     
  3. MoneyWellSpent

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    Run... far, far away...
     
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    Shell Daltons today:

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    Does anyone own Swims galoshes that they use in the winter and rainy weather?

    My walnut McAllisters got water damage (its darkened permanently in a spot and there's a slight crack in the leather near the welt) and I don't want any other one to get damaged.

    I wear 8D, so if anyone who owns Swims already could tell me if I'm an M or an L it would be great.
     
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    If MWS says run... you better run like you never ran before.
     
  8. LeviMay

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    @althanis:

    I just got a pair of Swims from Brooks Brothers. I live in Canada and use them from September through April. I used the sizing chart on the Swims website before ordering, and it worked out well for me.

    (Sorry, mobile site wouldn't let me quote)
     
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    Following up on this:

    I bought some Park Avenues in 8.5 EEE and they have about 1" of gap between the quarter pieces at the top of the lacing. I decided to buy some Hales, hoping that the different last would accommodate my high instep a little better. I got the Hales in 9 EEE. They arrived today, but I don't see much of an improvement versus the Park Avenue:

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    Thought I'd provide a fit pic for LEgoiste and any others who may have a similar issue. I think I'm going to keep the PAs and send back the Hales.
     
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    that gap doesn't look too bad at all. I mean, when I see it I don't automatically think that something is not right. That gap is acceptable in my opinion.
     
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    I'd tend to agree. I wore thicker-than-usual socks attending a funeral service on Saturday and my relatively new Park Avenues looked just like that. Another few wears on those above and I suspect they'll settle right to where they need to be.

    Also, because nobody's said it yet with regards to that photo: try you some bar lacing! Balmorals love it.
     
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    I agree. I see nothing problematic about either shoe in the photo.
     
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    I have them and wear them whenever there is a chance of salt on the streets or when it is wet. I picked them up from the AE outlet for $30/pair. I am a US 9D and bought the Swims in Large.
     
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    That's the plan. I was just doing it quick-and-dirty to check fit.
     
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    Thanks. The Swims site suggests a large for sizes 8 to 9.5 In your opinion Churchill, would the large be too big for the size 8?

    I'll also pick them up from Brooks Brothers, which is unfortunately a lot more than $30, but I'll have the corporate card, and it'll be worth the investment I think.
     
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    I returned from a Caribbean cruise yesterday evening. Your package was at my office when I returned to work this morning, so...I'll let you know tonight!

    Thanks again, my friend.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. The Cognac color that I was eyeing in the Frye's sold out, so I ended up going ahead and grabbing the pair of Long Branch's from 6PM.com for $188 with today's 15% off sale. Good price, awesome shoe, excited to try them out!
     
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    Making me think about them, too. I'm a 9D in that last but I find that with thick socks they are pretty tight.
     
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    Hmm not sure if they would be too big for a US 8 honestly. The fit is pretty spot on for my US 9Ds.

    If you are going to pay full price for the SWIMS you may also want to consider these from A Fine Pair of Shoes.

    Only issue is that returns may be a bit tougher.

    http://www.afinepairofshoes.co.uk/collections/covys
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion. They charge about 19 pounds for shipping, so with that it's already close the the BB price, plus I might get dinged with customs, so it'd probably be a wash. I'll try the large BB, can always exchange if it's too big.
     
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