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

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  1. Cold Iron

    Cold Iron Senior member

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    No that isn't bad at all. I just ordered 9 trees for less than $9 each delivered with tax. Although I wish that I would have seen the OTC merino wool socks like you did but I figure I will eventually be able to use the extra trees. Thank you!
     


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    I put my first pair of half soles on a pair of boots for the same reason you mention, marble hospital and clinic floors. The cobbler put the standard Vibram half soles on and they are very thin and very hard, they were just as slick on the marble as leather soles. The AE tap soles that are on the BB PA shoes seem a bit softer and have a little better grip. Vibram makes more than 60 types of half soles the last time I looked it up. So if you can find a decent cobbler that knows what your looking for he should be able to help you select the right ones. I was told that they can be replaced if they wear out but mine are so hard I don't think they will ever wear out. In the end I have just decided to keep the leather soles on most of my shoes. And have come to appreciate grab rails along walls at entrance ways that often get wet!
    Sorry to hear that you have to work today Doc. But very well done with your bucks! And agree AE needs a simple suede buck, or 3 [​IMG]
     


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    All this talk of 744's so I had to dig mine out at 4 AM today. With SmartWool midweight hiking socks and Reddington technical fishing pants. Went fishing for a couple of hours this morning with the girlfriend and let a lot of trout go but kept our limit for lunch and the freezer. Will repeat the next 2 mornings I hope.
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    For those who have the RL Saunders, are they TTS?

    Does the size list that an outlet emailed you contain just that store's inventory or the entire AE system?

    Thanks in advance.
     


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    I don't have direct experience with the combination tap sole. But when I was inquiring about for my MTO, Allison said the combination tap sole is only available as a single leather sole. I wanted the tap sole mainly for water protection. I didn't choose it though because I wanted a double leather sole. So I will just have oversoles put on for water protection. One other option you may want to consider is that AE could install Dainite. However they only have it in black. So if this color works for you, it's another option.
     


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    Look for a good cobbler. I sounds like it's something a competent one could definitely fix.
     


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    I recently got the combo sole on my McAllisters and really like it compared to leather. Even on the office carpet the combo seems less slippery. I like the way it looks also (even if it's weird to look at the bottom of your shoes from time to time).

    I'm also interested in the Saunders question above. I posted the same a few pages back. Are all RL by AE shoes on the same last? I tried the Sanderson recently so want to know if others will fit the same.

    Thanks!
     


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    Thanks for all the responses on the tap soles, very helpful. Let me ask on a different topic-

    Sent an email to one of the more well informed AE sales associates I have met, asked and answered below- any further information anyone can add about care and feeding for our beloved new leather color, Bourbon?

    Me- (obviously nonplussed)


    "Hey, I have a question for you before I invest in any more Bourbon shoes- how the HELL do I polish them?? I took my Saphir Renovateur to my Flatirons to condition them prior to polishing for the first time, and luckily I started on a test spot on the heel- it stripped it down to plain Walnut leather!

    Apparently Bourbon is just Walnut leather, burnished or polished with a darker color? WTF, I can't match the color on these- if I use Walnut overall it will lighten them, if I use Brown it will darken them- if I use Neutral it won't fill any scuffs.

    Suggestions?!?"

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    "That is an excellent question. Like you say, it is a walnut leather underneath a dark burnish. It's hard not to remove that burnish through polishing. They just came out with a bourbon polish which isn't as heavy as dark brown. Though I still noticed it takes a bit of the burnishing off. What I do now is use the bourbon to work out the scuff, and then I go over with a black to renew the burnished look. Most assuredly a finicky process, but that's all I can offer."
     


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    Thinking of a Strand MTO in burgundy calf. Can you guys give me some ideas on welt and dressing colors. I wanted to do something different than the black seen on other burgundy shoes.

    Thanks for the input.
     




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    I was thinking the same, but I abandoned that idea for an even better (IMO) strand makeup. I would say a standard brown sole would work. Chili may be too much red.
     


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    What's the better makeup?
     


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    Thanks for the kind words, CI. I wouldn't even have these bucks if it weren't for you.

    Those are some nice looking specks. Certainly wish I were fishing and sharing a beer with you rather than treating what seems to be an epidemic of conjunctivitis today.
     


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    Had to Google that. Gross.

    I hope you have a cold gin waiting for you when you're done.
     


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    Apparently Bourbon is just Walnut leather, burnished or polished with a darker color? WTF, I can't match the color on these- if I use Walnut overall it will lighten them, if I use Brown it will darken them- if I use Neutral it won't fill any scuffs.

    Suggestions?!?"

    I use AE Cleaner-Conditioner, Neutral Polish, and Neutral Carnuba Wax on my Bourbon Park Avenues. When there are scuffs, I use my black shoe brush, which burnishes the scuff as well as making the shoes "more Bourbon".
     


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