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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. bkotsko

    bkotsko Well-Known Member

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    IMO, you have to put them on and lace them up to see how egregious the problem is.
    There is a possibility it will pull straight quite a bit when you have them on.
    I know there is only 3 eyelets, but it still may look totally different tightened up.
     
  2. sqroot3

    sqroot3 Well-Known Member

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    how does it look when the laces are tied and the quarter is snugged down?
     
  3. chris45

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    Thanks all for the replies so far on the factory seconds above ..

    @sqroot3 -- I wil be able to lace them up and put them on for better pics/etc in a few.. will repost when on the feet
     
  4. OptoDoc

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    This is exactly how they worked out for me as well, sizing down a half in the Kenilworth.

    As far as the flaw goes, I feel like you'll constantly be looking at your feet, worrying over it. Try sending them back for another pair (which will cost you $10) and see how the new pair works out. Unless it doesn't bother you. Then, wear them well, my friend.
     
  5. MacktasticGDogg

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    If the leather creases are the only issue on your Kenilworth, and it fits well, I'd probably keep them. Those creases will probably blend in somewhat with the creases sure to develop on the rest of the shoe as you wear them. But as others have said, if it bothers you, you should return them.
     
  6. chris45

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    So here is a shot with them laced (not sure the best way to lace the 3 eyelets) and on my feet..

    It does appear since lacing and putting them on, the creases are not as bad and not as noticeable; however, I'm curious on the ability to blend the colors a bit there (I'm new to quality shoe care/maintenance).

    And they do fit great......

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    Thanks for everyone's thoughts!
     
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  7. mmmtttt

    mmmtttt Well-Known Member

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    Personnally, I am very rarely annoyed by things that some people on this forum find problematic. The very large majority of seconds I have seen had issues I could easily deal with. This one though, I would have trouble with, since it is so obvious when I look down at my feet. In the end though, they're your shoes and they fit you well, so the only question is can YOU deal with that kind of thing or not.
     
  8. OptoDoc

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    Chris, what you should take from these responses is that everyone is a bit different in their acceptance of flaws. What you can feel assured about is that this flaw does not lessen the quality of the shoe in any appreciable way. Therefore, if you like them, keep them. I can assure you that no one around the Red Stick will have a single ill remark regarding these beauties and you will most likely get the occasional, "Nice shoes...what kind are they?"

    btw...I'm at the Whole Foods in Towne Center enjoying a cup of coffee and I have already received two compliments on my walnut Strands.
     
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  9. evilWagon

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    I have the same 'flaw' on my Kenilworths but they're pretty even on both shoes. I don't consider it a flaw per se but a condition that you'll only see on 'real' aniline leather I like the pattern and because it's on the outside of the shoe it's not in my line of sight normally. I've had the most compliments on that pair of shoes, more than all the rest put together. That being said they're 15D's so the scales a little different.
     
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  10. chris45

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    Nice on the compliments of the walnut Strands at Whole Foods!

    When I was at the mall last week, I spotted two people wearing AE (middle-aged gentlemen, and a teen with his father) as they walked passed me.. Also noticed my sister-in-law's boyfriend rocking a pair of Strands in NOLA.

    All of them had opted for black though [​IMG]
     
  11. Sprint76

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    Last pair from the order showed up today.

    Bourbon Kenilworths

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    The whole collection

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  12. dapperdoctor

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    ^Those Kenilworths are nice....great color
     
  13. Sprint76

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    Mine have the exact same issue. Seems to be better when laced and tightened, so I'm not too worried about it. Obviously if they were firsts, I would ship back, but for seconds it doesn't bother me. It helps that these are the most comfortable of the 3 AE pairs I have (Strand and Park Ave).
     
  14. NWTeal

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    Picked up these Delrays at Century 21 in NJ over the holidays for basically 66% off. I feel like these aren't posted here at all so I figured I'd share.

    I didn't have a split-toe in the rotation I figured I needed at least a second black shoe to wear in the evenings other than my PAs. These are my first pair on the 8-last and the last is easily one of the more attractive ones AE has. Unfortunately I get pretty good bowing around the ankles so I haven't decided if I want to keep these. Is there a consensus on what causes bowing? Is it just a foot vs last issue? The shoe is pretty comfortable otherwise.

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  15. SidewinderX

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    Do it! The lack of a toe cap, wingtip, or other heavy broguing makes the Vernon look much sleeker than most other AE shoes, IMO.
     
  16. jonesle7

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    I purchased several pairs on sale for approximately $125 per pair and after they were delivered and I tried them on I thought they were horrible compared to Park Ave and other styles. Perhaps, it was just the fit of the last but I did not like these at all and when compared to other options I decided not to keep them. I personally liked the Park Ave, Strand, Elgin, Bruce, McAllister more than the Delray.
     
  17. NWTeal

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    Yeah, like I said, they don't get too much love on here. Even I personally only sort of like the split-toe style. At $115 for firsts I couldn't pass it up since I was lacking on a second pair of black shoes, which I may or may not need.
     
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    Almost bought bourbon Kenilworths this week but I still prefer cap toe shoes so I went with bourbon Park Aves. I'd been wearing a medium brown Alden for years and I think they're on the final stretch.

    I also own merlot Park Aves and walnut Strands so I'm probably all set for a while now.
     
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  19. jonesle7

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    Sounds like me trying to convince myself I need the McTavish in black when I have never even actually worn the black Park Ave's that I already own.

    I actually really like the look of the Delray and that is why I purchased it. That shoe reminded me a lot of some Johnson & Murphy shoes that I have....but then like I said that last just didn't fit that well and I also realized that many of the other options were better than the Delray.
     
  20. kentyman

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    Well, if you need any external convincing:

    They're very different shoes, and honestly have pretty disjoint uses. If you can get away with wearing one, you likely would have a hard time pulling off the other. So, yeah, get the McTavish, too. ;)
     
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