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

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  1. PlaceboFX

    PlaceboFX Active Member

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    Burgundy Mcallister is an older model in polished cobbler while Merlot Mcallister is premium calfskin. I tried for a pair of old Burgundy Mcallister in the last seconds sale, but somebody already had them on hold :(


    A little concerning, but I'm in no rush. I'll keep exchanging them until I get real firsts if I have to! I saw a few of the negative reviews online; I'm not sure I'd do this deal if I lived outside the US and shipping back was an added hassle.
     
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  2. MacktasticGDogg

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    Brooks Brothers does sell some AE belts, but I think they are AE branded (not positive about this). I have 3 BB belts that are similar in price to AE belts and are made in Italy. I'm pretty sure those are not made by AE.
     


  3. New Shoes1

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    I have the made in Italy belts from BB as well. Great belt. I agree they're not made by AE.
     


  4. New Shoes1

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    I was this close to resolving to pick up the suede strands this Fall, and then I saw these pictures:

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    Decisions, decisions.
     


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    Got my new Black Daltons on today for their inaugural wearing. Sorry for the poor picture quality. I will post pics of my entire Dalton family when I get some good pics taken tonight. (Walnut, black, grey & burgundy cordovan)[​IMG]
     


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    ^That is a tough one, newshoes1. They are pretty similar. I'd probably go with the AE as I could go try them on and dial in the fit. I have nowhere to try on Carmina. Although that doesn't stop me from wanting a pair.
     
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    I was in the same dilemma, however, took the chance after talking with Mike from Epaulet and had a perfect fit. There are a lot of people knowledgeable about the Carmina lasts floating around. That said the strand looks awesome. How is AE's suede quality?
     


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    I am an 8C in the Barrie and 8.5C in the Leeds. I have tried the 8D for the Leeds and it is snug. I was in a store fitting the 8D and the associate said that the leather will relax and they should be fine. My instinct was to listen to my feet. I took a chance and ordered the 8.5C online and they fit perfect right out of the box. I am also 8.5C in the Brannock.

    I have pictures at home comparing the 8C Barrie and 8.5C Leeds. If you are interested, I can upload later.
     


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    What do you mean by they were not what you expected?

    Very nice shoes by the way. I can't wait for my Lexington to arrive.
     


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    I think the Carminas look more refined. Looks like this is a 270 welt and the heel is closed. Even in the front part, you can't see the welt from above. I have a walnut strands and i can definitely see the welt stitching. But as people have already pointed out, unless you're in a city where there is a retailer, it's quite hard to get your right fit. Also, I think Carminas don't offer widths. To me this is crucial since I have a narrow foot. The Strands do came in widths. Decisions, decisions indeed.
     


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    how narrow is your foot? While carmina might not offer different widths, their different lasts offer very different fits/widths. The simpson last is supposed to run pretty narrow. Now if your in the same boat (or maybe the exact opposite one depending on how you look at it) as me where even the widest lasts aren't wide enough, then I understand where u r coming from.
     
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    A lot of great looking MTO's and new shoes on here lately! Never even knew that AE offered double butyl soles and wish I would have those put on my MTO Leeds last year now.

    Shooting Sporting Clays after work today so it is a good time for the maiden voyage of the cappuccino Bayfields today. Which will see duty until late this evening, it is a very comfortable boot.
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    The one pictured is a 10D. By the luck of who knows, Nordstroms had a 10C in store. They never carry C. I talked to the guy working there and I brought home the 10C. It felt pretty snug, but, judging from how much the D stretched, I'm assuming these C's will stretch as well. I've worn them for about 12-14 hours so far (a couple days ago), and will wear them tomorrow. I'm really hoping these stretch out in the toe box a little bit more. I notice that around my ankle is a lot more snug which I like. A small small small amount of bowing which will probably get a little worse, but not as bad as the D's.
     


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    I have to wonder how many of us emailed Mr. Grangaard after viewing this post. I certainly did!

    I also visited the Freeport, ME outlet this week while in the area for business. I ended up trying on the Patriot for size and the new store manager found a pair in brown shell to have shipped to me. They were still on sale so they turned out to be a great deal.

    On a sad note, Edward Whickham who helped me a lot over the years is no longer working there. I wish him the best. The new manager, Alison was a fantastic resource and provided me with exceptional service.
     
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    Yes, it's not that hard to get the right size and fit, and Carmina is one tier above AE in terms of finishing, and the toe shape is oval instead of Strand being round. So they are on rather different lasts, just the same style.
     


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