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

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  1. Count de Monet

    Count de Monet Senior member

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    A little closer up. Still, not very large at all.[​IMG]
     


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    From my understanding, the W means the shoes have been worn. They may have been worn and sold by somebody. Or they may have been worn for other reasons. I bought a pair stamped with W and they had been used in a modeling event. The soles barely showed any signs of wear and they uppers were only slightly creased. But they had been worn so couldn't be sold as new.

    So the W could mean a wide range of things. You just have to look at them and see what you think.

    Chris
     


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    Greetings! I too purchased AE shoes from the Nordstrom sale and I have a question about how they should fit. Please understand that I have used google, read tons of this thread and really done more research than I think would be considered reasonable in most peoples eyes. Bordering on obsessive actually but I still can't get the final answer that satisfies me so I'll ask you people. I picked up a pair of Walnut strands and a pair of Park Avenue's. Actually I bought several pairs and will return those that don't fit. I've narrowed them down to either the 11 E or 11 D on each. The 11 D's feel pretty good to me in the heel but a little tight in the toes width wise. I can't say anything feels like crushing but definitely more snug than I'm used too. The 11 E's are looser in the toes but the heels are a bit looser too. Neither seem to be a perfect fit to me. The 11 E's in the PA are particularly looser compared to the Strands so I think I've settled on keeping the 11 D's in the PA. I think I prefer the 11 D's in the Strand as the 11 E's I received don't seem quite as perfect in finish. Anyway....The question is what should I be looking for when determining the correct fit for these shoes? Should I be able to completely "make a fist" with my toes? Should my heel sit in the bed with nearly no movement or should it be able to move around a little bit? Will the snugger 11D's loosen up over time? Should I go tight and have them stretched or go with the looser fit now?
     


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    so I got neumoks in 8.5E and they fit great but for some reason strands flare open at the ankle. Is this just because the neumok is unlined and soft?
     


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    what should i do with these shoes?
    they feel great
    however when i take steps, my left shoe bends horizontally slightly


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    Judging by the fact you are able to completely close the laces, I would guess they are probably too big.
     


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    width wise or length wise?

    i am asking because i feel the shoes size fits good
    i have same size of players wingtip and there no problem
     


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    +1 that they look too big; there seems to be a lot space between the collar of the shoe and your foot.

    Side note...what are those burgundy ones? They look great (other than being too big)
     


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    Working on a mirror shine today....made me realize I need edge dressing [​IMG]

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    chocolate
    i am in tough situation because it looks like right foot has good fit but left foot does not
    i have to ponder on keeping them or returning them
     


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    Sorry I don't know. I just imagine if you can fully lace them up there is little to no pressure against the foot/ankle.


    I was thinking it is the chocolate larchmont from the 2 for $250 sale?
     


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    All the shoes I have are 8.5D. The AEs are Weymouth and Dryden, and now Katmai. The Amoks in 8.5D felt funny on my left foot. Daltons I tried in 8.5D also fit me well. I have a few pairs of C&J that are all 8.5D as well

    Thge Drydens might be better if they were 1/2 size smaller, but not a big deal
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    I don't have enough knowledge about the lasts so I just ordered several styles in the same size, knowing I'd return some of them.


    It started pouring like crazy as I was about to leave so I didn't wear the Katmais in the end. Didn't want to risk it. I read they are supposed to be able to stand up to crappy weather but I need to apply the AE Waterproofer spray first
     


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    yep
    from 2 for 250 sale
     


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    Ha! That's the blob I was referring to earlier. It's what I have on the seconds I just received. It really looks like a blob, though, so I didn't realize it was supposed to be a shoe till you posted this.

    So... does anyone know what signifies an Alden seconds? (not that I would ever consider buying Alden or anything apart from AE of course :) )
     


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    I'll tell you my sizing story in hopes that it will be of benefit to you. Since I was a teenager I have worn size 10.5 sneakers and size 10 dress shoes. I always considered this to be my size and didn't think twice about it until I ventured into the world of Allen Edmonds. Using the AE Sizing Tool I printed from the website, I measured a 9D. My first pair of 9D's were painful. After months of frustration, trying on multiple sizes and returning countless numbers of shoes, I have settled in that I am what can be called a 'true-to-size" (TTS) 8.5D with variations on this depending on the last.

    For the 5 last, I had to go down one half size in length and up one size in width, which is pretty common among the members of this thread.

    In your situation I would try a 10.5E in the Strand/Park Avenue and see if this doesn't work better for you. If this is not an option, I would stick with the 11D for both as the tightness across the toes will most certainly lessen as the shoes start to break in.
     


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