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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. halfnhalfnhalf

    halfnhalfnhalf Senior member

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    Is there anybody from Europe who ordered AE ? The cheapest AE I found costs 400$+ after shipping and taxes... As a university student it is way too expensive for me. It would be nice to buy shoes that last more than 2 seasons.
     
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    What are the typical MTO make ups that people are doing with the Eagle County's?
     
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    Anybody checked out the new WebGems yet? The burnished brown Franciscan looks pretty sweet:

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    Here are my LaSalle. [​IMG]
     
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    Finally had some sunlight to take pictures today! Here's a reference for AE's "brown" shell shade, compared to natural CXL (left) and Alden color #8 shell (right).

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    I love the Brown Shell Strands. I have long considered picking them up to join their Walnut Shell brother.
     
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    Cats, I've often wondered why the Strand gets so much more love on here than any other AE shoe.

    Don't get me wrong, I own a pair, but why are they so much more beloved, than say McAllisters?
     
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    I don't know what others think, but to me the Strand is the perfect blend of the McAllister and the PA - it's formal and classy enough to serve as a worthy substitute for the PA, but the perfs and medallion also let me wear it casually, up to and including with denim.
     
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    It's not just here. I believe the Strand is their number one or two most sold. I have three and the brown and merlot get more wear than the black wingtips. I couldn't say why, maybe because they're just a good compromise between a full brogue and plain cap toe dress shoe. They work well with suits and dress casual.
     
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    beautiful.

    does the ae brown shell get any shinier than in the photo? the finish on alden shell is just so incredible compared to AE's!
     
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    You can get them shinier with a lot of brushing and maybe some Saphir products. Alden does put a very nice finish on their Shells that provide a deeper color out of the box.
     
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    Yes and no, I suppose. The Strands are new, while those Aldens have gotten a couple months of wear and have been "mac'ed." I also just hit the toe boxes with some VSC.

    The AE shell isn't as glossy, but they were very cold and dry when I unboxed them. I think some oils will come out once I wear and brush them a few times.
     
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    I think your AE Strands look great now, but will get better once you have worn and brushed them a few times. That is what happened with my shell PA's.
     
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    My latest MTO came in on Friday, too. This time for my wife! A pair of Walnut Bayfields with V tap soles. These are size 6D and look so adorable, haha. Check them out.

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    and a couple pics next to my new size 8D Alden Tankers for scale...

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    Does anyone have any experience returning things to the shoe bank? How long does it usually take for them to credit your money back?
     
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    These aren't even listed on AE's web site. Did you order by calling them?
     
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    No, they special ordered custom makeups thru Allison Meyer. Scroll back 4 or 5 pages for the contact info.
     
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    Guys, I need some opinions here. I gave my new Strands a more detailed lookover today and noticed this stitching issue on the upper.

    What are my options here? Would AE be able to correct this issue? It looks like it could just keep coming undone at this point.
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    I think the McAllister is dble soled and the Strand is not. Dble soles lend themselves to more casual wear.
     
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