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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. BillyMcGee

    BillyMcGee Well-Known Member

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    Like these?
     
  2. rc121

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    these were the boots in the link that was posted...
     
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    Are the combination soles on AE Brooks Bros. shoes any thicker than the standard leather soles?
     
  4. LeviMay

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    My current lineup, after some conditioning and polishing:

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    New and smooth. My cobbler specifically pointed out that if you accidentally stepped in oil or grease it could make the topy not stick as well. That said, it's not the end of the world if you wore them some before deciding.
     
  6. Roycru

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    This is almost the same as my MTO that should be here sometime next month (or the month after). I will post pictures when they arrive. I wanted something that looked like English country shoes.

    McAllister

    Walnut Grain Calf

    Brown Stitching

    Brown Split Reverse Welt

    Wheeled Edge

    Brass Grommets On Eyelets

    Flat Laces

    Poiron Insole

    Black Dainite Sole
     
  7. Nakedsnake

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    I've got a pair of black calf Strands, with a combination v-tap sole, that I bought before I knew my real size, so they've only been worn a handful of time. Wondering if anyone here would be interested, size 13D. Might put them on the bay, but thought i'd check here first.
     
  8. Churchill W

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    I think most cobblers sand the sole a little before applying the adhesive for the Topy, so I would say new and smooth is not ideal, and agree that a little wear is fine.
    Totally agree, the boot is so much better on a regular sole rather than a wedge/Christy.
    These are awesome, well done.
    I thought scotch grain leather was just stamped leather, so I don't see why they couldn't be high quality leather.
    Assuming there are no defects on them, it's a toss up between these and seconds in the upcoming sale. These would be better if there were no defects with them. From the pictures I can't see any.
    I actually prefer the look over these over the Bayfields as I feel that the Bayfields have a stubbier cap toe.
    It's not the end of the world, but for conservative environments you are better off with a non-perforated captoe like the Park Avenue.
    Not sure what you mean by the shine as you can achieve a great shine with shell too. I personally don't love plain toes, so I would lean towards the Fifth avenue solely on the cap toe.
    This is a great price on shell anything.
    Seems like quality control and customer service are better with AE though.
    I think consensus is that you size down 0.5 sizes in the Kenliworths from your 5 last size.
    Shell is a little looser, but I don't think enough to size down.
    Great makeup here too.
    The 8 last is my favorite last so far. Nice and sleek, but not chiseled.
    If the calf is loose on you already, I would definitely try sizing down.
     
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    AWESOME - congrats and well thought out. Before I ordered mine I was turning over the idea of whether or not to make it bourbon instead of walnut like I did. Glad to see if I had it would have still turned out like this - very similar, sort of a darker more mysterious cousin.

    I can only hope AE puts out more otherwise beautiful boots with some random ugly choices and then puts them on clearance so we can fix them at a ludicrous price. Congrats again and thanks for the pics.
     
  10. evolved

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    I feel like this is a dumb question, but oh well.


    I purchased a new 100% horsehair brush for my shell Macneils. I had an AE brush that was pretty new, but defective (hair EVERYWHERE during brushing). I started using the new brush and it's almost as if it dulls/scratches the leather. What's the deal?
     
  11. New Shoes1

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    OptoDoc: are you thinking of using a scotch or pebble grain on the tweed portion?
     
  12. New Shoes1

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    WiCaniac: Scotch grain can still be high quality calfskin. It is technically corrected grain based on the process that creates the pebble effect. This process also makes the calfskin more water resistant, which is why it is so popular for winter wear. C&J does a great job with boots and shoes that combine a Danite sole, storm welt and scotch grain.

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    Based on Patrick B's pictures, the C&J Islay is at the top of my want list right now as my go-to boot:
     
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    Hey guys,

    How do I get on the email for up coming sales on seconds? I only knew about it early because of SF and Dappered.

    Thanks,
     
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    We all heard by Shoe Bank directly, via retail/outlet stores, online here, etc. -- If you are registered on their email list (you have purchased shoes from them and gave them an email address), you should be getting all the other random sale email blasts they do..

    Unless others have got a specific email referring to the Factory seconds sale... I've got all the other email blasts but have just heard directly about the big sale..
     
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    You might be brushing too vigorously, or you may have some dry shell. I've recently found that I could get a very good "glaze" or shine on my AE shells by applying some Saphir Cordovan Cream and letting it sit 5-10 minutes before brushing. I don't even buff with a cloth since it seems to ruin the shine. I think Renovateur and Ventian Shoe Cream work the same for shell, but I have the best results with the Saphir cordovan cream.
     
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    Is it possible to have too much burgundy shell? I have in shell:
    1)Burgundy Macneils
    2)Burgundy PA
    3)Burgundy Dalton

    I'm looking to get a PTB since that's a "gap" in my lineup and thinking of pulling the trigger during this sale for the shell Leeds. I deally, I'd want a brown shell PTB, but maybe the burgundy worls in the same situations? The alternative is a brown shell Norwich. In some ways I think of a single monk as a PTB with a buckle instead of laces.

    I'd be wearing them in business casual (wool dress pants, chinos) and casually with jeans.

    Thanks!
     
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    Well I'm on the regular mailing list and I do receive emails about sales but nothing about seconds sales.

    Thanks.
     
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    It's not possible to have too much shell. ;-) I have the Norwiches and like them. And, both burgundy and black Leeds should be on their way to me in the next few days, courtesy of the sale.

    Have you thought about Dundees? I have burgundy, brown, and truffle/cappuccino and love them all. The latter two colors in particular are pretty spectacular, but the truffle/cappuccino is basically extinct so you'd be left with the brown. I consider the Dundee to be basically a PTB on steroids and I wouldn't hesitate to wear them in any situation where a PTB would be appropriate, including the situations you're describing.

    Of course, if you go the Allison route and don't mind paying full freight, you could have a brown Leeds made up. That would be a pretty sweet shoe too.
     
  19. halfnhalfnhalf

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    Commercial announcement here . . . I'm thinking of unloading my walnut calf Daltons. Now that I have the shells, there's just no room for them on the rack any longer. 9.5 E, seconds but you really can't tell, purchased new last summer and worn fewer than 10 times since then. PM me if you think you might be interested - I should be able to cut you a good deal. Thanks for your consideration and sorry for the interruption!
     
  20. NWTeal

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    Thanks for your response. I am looking at the Dundees, I'm trying to see if they are available still. I convinced myself out of them, but now they are back inthe running. I might go with a CXL Leeds MTO since I want something pretty casual for the PTB. I'm convincing myself that I have to get something during this shell sale since the price jumped up another $55 for firsts this year.
     
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