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

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.

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  1. cincikid

    cincikid Senior member

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    I could point you at this thread comparing brown Alden 975 and #8 AE MacNeil:
    http://www.styleforum.net/t/141581/allen-edmonds-appreciation-thread/8160
    but I anticipate this is not exactly what you are looking for.
    If this helps, there's been quite a few pictures of brown AE MacNeil in this thread in the past few days.
     
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  2. kwhitelaw

    kwhitelaw Senior member

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    thanks for the thoughtful response and pics..

    I have a pair of 975 from alden, and am hoping to acquire the brown version from them. being their cigar shortage, was wondering how a cappuccino MTO might work.

    may call allison on monday.

    thanks again!
     
  3. calidist

    calidist Senior member

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    Here are the MacNeils at the start of the Mac method:

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    calidist Senior member

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    I doubt it, but I'm right there with you. I picked up Brown Dundees from Jeffersonville with the 20% off a couple weeks ago. I figure whether $299 or $360, they were great prices!
     
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    dddrees Senior member

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    If your willing to consider short wing, I'd recommend the C&J Marlow for RL.


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    These were available when I called, but I just didn't know how I felt about the concept of black shell. Does black shell actually patina well through time?

    Nevertheless, they look great!
     
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    tifosi Tire Kicker

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    ^^ I don't know how black shell ages, but I really didn't appreciate it till I bought a pair of black shell boots. Now I have a couple pair of black shell on my list. Very under rated.
     
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    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    I have been in the same boat as you, as I have never been interested in Black Shell... But I have satisfied most of my other colors desires and just got my first pair of Black on the Cambridges. Excited to get them going and thanks to all for informing us about the $299 sale!
     
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    Thanks, I agree. I was hunting for my first pair of shells, so when I saw the strands were available in my size, I jumped on that price. Maybe next time, I'm still very happy with the purchase. The manager also went above and beyond my expectations and sent me a picture of the negligible defect that made them seconds. That was worth the extra I paid since I had a recent string of really bad seconds I had to send back.

    Below are two that I had to return. As you can see, one pair had some really bad creasing on the medial side and significant bowing. The other pair was labeled the same size, but about an entire size smaller.

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    Hey Everyone!

    I'm new to this thread but I've already learned a lot looking through all of your great posts. Quick question, I recently purchased some tan cronmoks. I love them, however, I'd like to find a way to alter the color from tan to more of a reddish tone. I've attached pictures of my tan cronmoks along with a picture of the tone that I'd like to get them to.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to alter the color (e.g. oils, dyes, etc.)? Thanks so much.
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    spitshine123 Senior member

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    I've come across a few pairs of del rays with that wrinkling problem too (first and second quality). Sales Associates have told me it is due to the skin having a higher fatty content than usual.
     
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    Great to have you back, Sizzle.

    What is your profession...International man of mystery?
     
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    Yes, kinda. My Alden #8 PTB had a rough patch of around 2 inches long and 1/2 wide at the inside quarter near the topline of the left shoe. Being my first Alden, and not knowing how spotty the quality is, I didn't examine the shoe closely when I first received it. I only noticed the rough patch after around 2 months when I did my first thorough brushing. I called Sherman Bros and they said that it was a natural occurrence in shell and is called pitting. I was pretty insistent that it was defective, so after a few more pictures and emails they agreed to have the factory inspect it. I was hoping they would exchange the shoe. But Sherman wrote me back and said the factory did say it was pitting. They will not replace the shoe because it was a natural characteristic of the leather. They said that so long as the pitting is not on the vamp, they consider it good. I thought that was BS but what can I do. So they just refinished the shoe and sent it back. To their credit, Alden did a fantastic job in the refinishing. I actually can't see the pitting now but can feel it when I run my finger around the patch. Yours is visually not bad as mine. And if it is hidden by our pants, maybe it's not a big deal. Don't know if you can live with that.
     
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    You won't get anywhere close to the patina on color 8 or other shades, but you will get some variation and added depth over time. Personally, I like a shiny black shoe that is easy to maintain.
     
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    There is a designated sale section for this
     
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