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

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

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  1. tifosi

    tifosi Tire Kicker

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    Hmmmm. I'm thinking cappuccino Leeds with a natural or bown welt. I had wanted a split toe, but I'm not a huge fan of AE's split toe.
     


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    does anyone have the MTO procedure handy that they can copy onto this page? I know it was posted quite some time ago, but would rather not dig through dozens of pages..

    thanks in advance [​IMG]
     


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    IN for that info as well...
     


  4. chinngiskhaan

    chinngiskhaan Senior member

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    I love AE, but there is absolutely no reason for them to not have REAL pictures of REAL people wearing REAL shoes on their website. When It comes to getting legit pictures of their shoes STYLEFORUM is far more reliable than the allen edmonds website.

    I find myself loving a pair of shoes in a certain color, but in the back of my mind i'm always thinking, "well, I know this shoe looks different than this in reality, I wonder what it looks like for real? I guess I'll go check on styleforum.net to see if anyone has any pics of this shoe in this color."

    Allen edmonds customer service is outstanding, but there is one glaring hole. You would think they would spend the time and money to put up a quality website that accurately represents their shoes. As it stands their website is a tremendous disservice to their many loyal customers.
     


  5. jaywhyy

    jaywhyy Senior member

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    ^You could just go to the store and see them in person (as you should--leather qualities and last shapes are difficult to discern from photos)...not like AEs are hard to find

    All shoemakers' direct estores have shopped photos: Alden, AS, C&J, Carmina, G&G, John Lobb, etc. etc. Mountain out of a molehill, here.
     
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    Is it ok to use mink oil (water proofing) on your shoes and still use polish to shine them? One won't affect the other?

    Anyone here use mink oil on all their shoes?
     


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    One thing AE could do is let us post photos of our shoes on the respective pages. I know they let you do that on the review pages but those are kind of hidden and harder to find and let's be honest those pics on there are of people complaining about their shoes. Maybe some "in the wild" pics would really give a better idea of the true color and texture of the shoes. This wouldn't cost a lot to do. Maybe a "see theses in the wild" button would work.
     


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    When I was first introduced to Allen Edmonds shoes, it was at a full size department store where I was able to feel and try on a host of different styles and colors. AE shoes and boots are typically a satin shine and not the spit-shine. The satin shine lends itself to a natural "new look" rather than a look that someone went beyond what AE originally produced.

    As for web site pictures, I use Google Images a lot - and many times you can find real people wearing AE.

    But one leading retailer did have a real person (model) wearing an AE selection. And it was from that particular photo that sold me.

    Here it is:

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    ALLEN EDMONDS LONG BRANCH BOOT
    (as originally posted at www.nordstoms.com)
     


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    I have that exact Leeds on order if the can ever pass inspection
     


  10. tifosi

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    Well I just sent an email with that request so I'll see what they say. I think it will make a great shoe. Great minds think alike!
     


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    100% agree. Could be simple enough to tie your personal pics to your user profile and then make those pics available in a specific customer section.
     


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    #firstworldproblems
    I wish my wife would "bug" me to purchase more shoes hah. Better listen to her this time before its too late.
     


  13. chinngiskhaan

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    by my estimation the websites belonging to other shoemakers have pictures that are far more accurate representations of their shoes. Whereas the Allenedmonds.com pictures are clearly not photos at all. They are more like a digital re-creation of the shoe than an actual photo.

    clearly going to a store is the best way, but going to a store where I live means devoting an entire day to looking at some shoes that I may or may not buy. Also, when I spend $350+ on shoes I like to take my time, and think about my prospective purchase, a process that for me takes weeks if not months. I spend an hour or two every day weighing my shoe options, and it's hard to come to a conclusion when I know in the back of my mind that the pictures I'm looking at are not pictures at all.

    I feel very uncomfortable going to a store and meticulously comparing all of the shoes. Couple that with the fact that most of the shoes and colors that I want to try on/inspect/compare are not even available at the store that makes going to the store an impractical option for a full time worker, student, husband, and father of a newborn child.

    Real pictures of real shoes, and possibly with real people wearing them. Is that too much to ask???

    I want to know what the shoes really look like, not what the fine men and women at Allen Edmonds want me to think this looks like. Either stock the stores with all models and colors, or put real pictures on the website. I don't feel like this is too much to ask. Other websites have real photos of the shoes, why can't allen edmonds have real photos too?

    I'm not upset about this, but I think it's a reasonable request, and something that wouldn't be a difficult, or cost intensive option.
     


  14. chinngiskhaan

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    what if they offered a 10$ (or some other reasonable amount) off coupon for anyone who posted a pic of their shoes on the website upon receiving them?
     


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    And why would they want to do it?
     


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