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

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  1. GOP Shoe Guy

    GOP Shoe Guy Senior member

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    Thanks. I am loving them. I had many compliments on them the one and only time I have worn them. One lady said "Wow, I love those, very metropolitan."

    I ordered them after AE CEO Paul Grangaard chimed in here and offered to waive the MTO fee. I ordered these at first with the brown reverse welt. I waited about 9 weeks and got a call saying that my shoes did not pass the inspection. I had happened to just that day see pics of someone else's Walnut Shell Macneil, and I loved it. So when I spoke with the rep at AE, I asked if when the made it again if they could do it with the natural welt. They hooked me up. The cost was $595. Normally there is I think a $150 MTO fee, but as I said that was waived.

    I am not sue if you can still get this deal for Style Forum readers. If you want, private message me and I will send you Allison's email. Oh, and so you know, I have heard from a number of people on here that they are out of Walnut Shell Cordovan.
     
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    Subutai Senior member

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    The Clifton is an AE shoe made for and sold through Nordstroms; they're available in black, burgundy, and walnut.
     
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    Looking for a simple pair of AEs to wear with a couple dark suits I have (midnight navy and a dark charcoal); have my eyes set on the Park Avenues in black. Anything else you would recommend that's better?

    Thanks
     
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    It doesn't get more simple than the Park Ave. It's AE's best selling shoe!

    You might be able to find some 2nds of the Brooks Brothers version from the Shoe Bank. I got mine for $129 about 6 months ago. The BB version offers a poron insole and a rubber sole/topy covering the leather sole.
     
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    Thank you for the advice.

    Also, what would you guys say is AEs "best" monk strap? I like the Neumora but the square toe box has me put off a bit. Is it less square in person than in online photos?
     
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    I think the colors change for this shoe right?

    It used to be a brown but now it says burgundy...I really liked the brown after seeing it in person and am hoping it comes back at the next nordstrom sale.
     
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    Wholecuts are considered more stylish, particularly because they usually come on a thinner last that them gives more of a European feel.

    Let me make clear that I love wholecuts and plan to buy a pair in the near future. You have enough shoes that you'll be able to rotate your shoes without a problem (I had a buddy who got through three years at Cravath on two pairs of captoes). But my point is to recognize that they are a "sometimes" shoe in law.
     
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    Check with the Shoebank, I got mine as seconds through them several months back, dark brown, for $129 I think. J
     
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    I'm interested in knowing how everyone care for their Wanut Strands. What are the products do you use? (Allen Edmonds polish vs. others). How glossy would you shine the Strands?
     
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    For my walnut strands I usually just brush them once over to clean off the dirt and then I use Saphir Neutral polish to give them a good shine. They are not glossy but you can tell they have been polished. This is my routine with most of my non-shell shoes.
     
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    I've used the AE Walnut shoe polish for a couple of years, but am toying with a switch to Saphir cognac to combat some of the orangeness that Strands tend to have. I also regularly use the conditioner cleaner, which has them in good shape two years later.

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    Pastor, I've always heard to stay away from extensive use of neutral polish for calfskin because it can cause the shoes to take on a grayish tone after a few years. Have you not noticed anything like this?

    P.S. By neutral, I mean neutral polish, not Renovateur (which is what I generally use if I do not want to alter the color).
     
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    Just received one of my custom orders. I reached back to the McClain in the bourbon and bone spectator make-up. Just something a little different. What do you guys think of these?

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    That looks great. I think the bourbon has a better contrast with the bone than the walnut does. Brown would have been a bit too stark, but the bourbon works very well.

    Chris
     
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    I've not noticed anything like that at all. My shoes probably only get polished 2-3 times a year max and even then it's with as little polish as possible. Mostly I only brush my shoes and if need be i'll use renovateur but again, only in small quantities.
     
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