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

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

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  1. Scottyb06

    Scottyb06 Senior member

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    This is exactly what I did with great success: I tried a pair of 11.5D shoes on the #5 last (like the Strand). Tried on the Strand in an 11.5D and found it too tight in the toe area but fine everywhere else. So, I ordered a pair of 11.5E Strands. I started wearing them right away because I really liked them. Low and behold they were too big on me and actually caused back pain. Ended up selling them on eBay for a loss. Later purchased a number of AE's on the #5 last (most recently the Strand) but now in a size 11E - not 11.5D. No pain at all and they fit wonderfully. Very, very small amount of heel slippage but overall they are working out very well. If you haven't worn your Strands yet outside I would encourage you to at least try on a 10.5E.
     
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    CEE88 Senior member

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    Sorry for the extremely tardy response, but I just noticed this question:


    The Jodox was an AE staple for many years. I have a pair in black calfskin from the 1980s that are unfortunately a bit snug on me. It has a vintagy, old school dress shoe look in person (never thought of it as a hybrid chukka, but I can see why you would describe it as such): 360 degree reverse welts, double oak soles. A very substantial shoe.

    I was actually looking forward to picking up a pair of the re-release. When it didn't appear on the AE site in December I emailed them and received this response: "The Jodox model did not make the final line. We will not be manufacturing this shoe at this time." :brick:
     
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    CEE88 Senior member

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    Outstanding MTOs. Enjoy. How long did it take from order to receipt?
     
  4. rpearlberg

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    Oh ok...so maybe I'll give that a try.
     
  5. mavrik13

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    Great shoe - I have a pair and find they fit large (similar to all of AE's rough collection shoes), so I'm not surprised you were able to size 1/2 a size down. They are very versatile, I will wear them in hospital clinics (business casual) as well as on the weekend/downtown.

    I find them comfortable, albeit still a little stiff, they took a while to break in. If I'm wearing them for more than 12-14 hours, or for consecutive days in a row, I'll start to get a little heel/baby toe discomfort - but I also spend the majority of my day on my feet, so that isn't too surprising. A steal for $70 - not sure of the technical differences, but they are a 'rough out' leather instead of suede. Enjoy!
     
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    Maiden voyage of my new bourbon McAllisters.

    I'm a bit worried they may eventually be too loose (size 8E), as there is very little lacing gap currently (unlike my 8E Strands even after a year's wear). However, I purchased the Spiaggia (pics to come), which is basically a suede McAllister in 8D and they are much too tight with socks (but fit perfect sans socks, which is how I plan to wear them). So...we'll see.

    Have to say though, the combo with the bourbon Manistee belt (thanks kentyman!) looks impeccable.
     
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    tampatravel Senior member

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    All I can think of with those shoes up there is the...

    Is this better...or this...how about this...or this...is this better :)

    If you throw a superfeet insole in those your gap should be fine. I like those socks by the way and the shoes look great as always.
     
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    Thanks, tampa.

    Most people don't realize it, but saying "they look the same" is a viable option. [​IMG]
     
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    I dont see any issue
     
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    They look fine to me!

    I love that shoe. It's a real showpiece!

    The same? Now you tell me!

    I've been just skypeing with a guy at Zenni Optical...he's getting closer and closer with each pair he sends me [​IMG]
     
  12. frogwash

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    Last night I received the first of my two MTO's from Paul's gracious offer and I couldn't be happier. I initially wanted the Kenilworths, but on ordering a pair of seconds in black, found that due to my flat feet that they bowed out at the ankles quite a bit. Next Allison sent some Black Hills to try those out, but they just didn't fit my feet well. I had noticed under the clearance section on AE's site that they had a PTB built on the 8-last with 4 eyelets instead of 3 like on the Kenilworths. Allison had said that with just 3 eyelets on the Kenilworths, sometimes it's just not enough to get it snug enough to eliminate the bowing. Also I have some Vernons which are also in the 8-last and they fit me perfectly and I said I'd take a chance on the Rawlins and we put in my order. The Rawlins on the clearance page showed them only available in size 8 and 14, yet somehow the next day Allison found a pair in my 12E size and she sent them out to test the fit before committing to them. Anyhow the test pair fit great and we submitted the order about June 20 and I received them last night.

    They're absolutely beautiful and the color depth is stunning. :slayer:

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    Please excuse my picture taking skills as they are lacking and don't come close to showing how pretty they are, my background's not so hot either but I was looking for well lit areas.
     
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    Can anyone else vouch for Nelson? I'm in the same boat and finally need a recraft, Nelson is same price as AE, but free shipping, trees and bags.
     
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    I have used them to do my Alden 660's and they did a great job. I didn't go with the expensive JR soles but I was thinking about it. Living down in FL and getting so much rain, I think my next resoles by him will be with Danite soles.

    Nick was great to deal with. My order took longer than expected and was probably 4-5 weeks from me sending the shoes in.
     
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    Better late than never! Thanks for the feedback.
     
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