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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. AIK1891

    AIK1891 Active Member

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    just kicking my feet up with a textbook half an hour before an evening class, and then I'm going right from there to a Women's Bar Association Valentine's silent auction event. seemed like a good excuse to break these out (with a white/tan striped linen banded collar shirt and light blue silk/wool sports jacket) ... seeing the weather up north this week sure makes law school in Fla. look like the right choice
     
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  2. WICaniac

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    You're welcome! I was going to recommend light grey cords, as well--but I avoid dark shoes with shorts at all costs. It's not flattering to my Wisconsin legs!


    My Jermyns are slightly narrower than my PAs. I had the Jermyns stretched and now they fit the same.

    I fell in love with the walnut Jermyn's when I saw a SA in Philly wearing them; later bought mine at clearance price in the DC store. The manager said she thought it was the best looking shoe in the store and couldn't imagine why AE was killing it so soon. I was very happy to have not missed the boat!
     
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  3. Evolve

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    Just received a pair of Park Avenue seconds. I immediately noticed the left toe cap is slightly askew. Thoughts? Should I consider returning, or am I being too anal?

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  4. Scottyb06

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    If this is the only "flaw" for these shoes I would actually consider them firsts and would not return them.
     
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    Cool, good to hear. No other flaws that I can see, but I'm far from an expert.
     
  6. namgungh

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    Unfortunately, AE customer service emailed me saying this is "with-in" their acceptable range of defect for "factory - seconds".
    To those of you got almost perfect or small defects, consider yourself really lucky :(

    If you are in states, they do issue you a prepaid label return, but not for canada. so I'm stuck with this ugly shoe in which I think a lot of people told me the mark may fade away long run... fingers crossed..

    My first purchase with AE for brand new pair was also defect, they honored it given that it was brand new,
    I don't think I will ever buy anything from AE online ... :\
     
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    Summit Aves? I picked up a pair of seconds on the cheap last year and want to find more opportunities to wear them. I wore them out to an old theater during Christmastime to see a show and it felt right.
     
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    If you are stuck with them, then I suggest burnishing the toe-box with some dark brown or black cream polish and then using some black wax to give the toe-box a mirror shine. You could end up with a really nice effect. If you don't like the burnishing you are doing, you can always remove it using some Renomat or nail polish remover, and start again.
     
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  9. mogili222

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    Thank you for the response.

    Here is a picture of me wearing the leeds. The shoe fits fine, just a little snug like I mentioned earlier. Does the crease that forms when I bend my foot seem to be in the right place?

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    I like.. may I know about this insane deal? [​IMG]

    edit -- disregard on deal question, I see your post above -- thanks.
     
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    Nice.. love them both -- I have American 16'ers and Okayama Standard on the way very soon... then have to wait patiently for my Grey Silks.
     
  12. mavrik13

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    Certainly looks fine for a pair of second quality shoes. I have a similar pair of Walnut Sanfords with some of the same streaking over the toe. I have gotten used to it, it adds a little bit of character, and you can't really notice from eye level.

    It is tough buying seconds from AE here in Canada. Not only are you charged a ridiculous shipping fee, but you also have to pay a good amount of money to return the shoes. What I do is save up a couple pairs to return, and either drive them to an outlet if I'm passing through (I drive from Nova Scotia to Ontario once/twice a year, so can make a detour to the outlet in Maine - it is like going to heaven) or ship back a couple pairs at a time to lessen the shipping costs. Still tough to swallow though.
     
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    I can certainly see this falling within the acceptable range for 2nds. I would do my best to polish the striations out of he shoe. I'm sorry that your experience purchasing online has been so unfavorable. For what it's worth, I've ordered seven pairs online (5 of them seconds) and never had an issue other than fit. I'd give them another shot. Not that I'm persuasive in such matters. My mother in law has foresworn Ford automobiles and all Kentucky restaurants on the basis of a single bad car in the early 70s and one bad meal in the 90s, and I haven't been able to shake her from her antipathies.
     
  14. WICaniac

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    Yes
     
  15. mogili222

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    Wonderful.. Thank you.. I got the leeds in both black and burgundy.. should work great to wear to work..
     
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    I would get some high quality cream polish and try to work on that toe a bit. Get something with a lot of pigment in it like Saphir or Meltonian. I would try it with a walnut or cognac color first but if you have to I may would move to a little darker shade like medium brown. I really think you could cover that up. I'd keep those.
     
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    Do you guys get nicks like this on the welt often? I just got these first quality Suede Strands and I have this nick on one shoe. I also have a similar nick on a pair of 2nds but those were 2nds so I didn't question it. Is this normal?

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  18. Dr. D

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    Is there a restocking fee if you return seconds to an outlet store? I haven't ordered seconds in at least 3-4 years and in reading through the thread I understand that return shipping is no longer free but I am not sure if there is any other fee for returns. I am considering ordering 2-3 different pairs and keeping the one that fits and looks the best while returning the others to the outlet about an hour away from me. Thanks
     
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    $10 restocking fee for each pair. Someone mentioned earlier today that if you ship them back yourself, they'll waive the restocking fee
     
  20. MoneyWellSpent

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    That's not a nick. It is where the welt starts and stops on a 360 degree welted shoe. The joint can be cleaner, but it often isn't. I think it's within the realm of normal for a 360 degree welted shoe (especially at this price point).
     
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