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

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  1. Pastor

    Pastor Senior member

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    I've noticed that I now have more shoes then my wife. It use to be that she had a lot more shoes than me and every time I bought something new i'd say "i'm just trying to keep up with you". Now, I NEVER USE THAT ARGUMENT. In fact, I still keep off-season shoes in the back of the closet so that she doesn't ever see all my shoes in one place.
     
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    I at least warned her last night that I was in contact with AE about 2 shell MTOs. I felt like a little kid trying to justify my purchase by explaining the "shell shortage". I could tell by the look on her face that she didn't care.
     
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    Just thought I would share a positive experience with the shoebank.

    I ordered the Norwich in black in a 9D, which is the size I wear the Park Aves in. It was a little tight, but I figured they would stretch out. I wore them once and it destroyed my feet and was very painful to walk in. I ended up getting them stretched and due to squeaking afterwards, they offered to exchange them.

    They recommended I try a size up since it had to be stretched. Apparently the 2-222 Last is shorter than the 5-65 (which I knew, but it mentions elongated toe on the site for the 2-222, so I figured it would be okay). I went to a local AE store and tried on a Norwich in 9.5D in brown since they didn't have it in black, which fit great.

    I asked if I could exchange for a brown pair instead of black, and they agreed. I received my new brown Norwich yesterday and to my surprise they sent me a pair of FIRSTS instead of seconds. It came with the shoe bags and the sole didn't have any stamping on them. I have been quite impressed with their service for my two pairs I've ordered from there.

    Here are photos of the Norwich, which I think are an underrated shoe. Not a lot of love in the reviews, but the pair I have so far are just as comfortable as the other four pairs of AEs I have and the burnished brown of the shoes is very rich and beautiful. The online site does not do it any justice.

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    Great looking shoe! Sounds like it all worked out in the end! I just looked at these at the AE store on Sunday.
     
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    Dove tail heel? Didn't know AE did that for their standard calf shoes.
     
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    Wow..I'll have to give the Norwich another look - they look great.

    Nice to hear the SHOEBANK took care of you! I just got my postcard in the mail from them featuring the $179 Clifton. That's going to be hard to pass up.
     
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    the color spyder seems like it may be very useful. Have you found it worth your while?
     
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    Just looked at them in brown shell on Sunday. I was smitten. Maybe after my MTO(s)
     
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    while you are correct in that they would need numerous pictures in order to replicate the real thing, I'm not asking for that. I just don't see the need for the computer generated picture of the shoe. Why not just use a real picture? It still may not be perfect, but it would be much much closer.
     
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    Not ColdIron, but I feel this is going to be the case with both my Strands (shell) and Cambridges.
     
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    Cold Iron and others do the renomat stripping, but I never have. I tend to stick to a damp cloth, serious brushing (especially early in a shoe's life, when the shell will "spew" in the rolls), and occasionally renovateur. I find that a lot of the wax / cream that AE applies will come off with a damp cloth + brushing. I use the damp cloth, brush for 5 minutes, damp cloth again....etc. I stop when no more finish color is coming off on the cloth.

    I believe the answer to your question about whether adhering to the "Mac" method will accomplish the eventual removal of factory applied cream is yes. It may take a while, but yes.

    Nice looking boot. The #3 last works well here. It seems they need to add an eyelet though.
     
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    does anyone know anything about the process of turning horse hide into cordovan leather? does it have to be a certain type of horse?

    ... and yes I realize this question has little to do with this thread.
     
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    http://horween.com/leathers/shell-cordovan/

    It isn't from just any part of the hide. It is from one particular area.
     
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    http://horween.com/leathers/shell-cordovan/
     
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    Burgundy Cambridge today. Maybe the lacing gap doesn't look quite as bad as I thought it did the other day.
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