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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. Pastor

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    Those are keepers!
     
  2. chen04

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    Thanks! I remember I placed the order last week from a shoe bank, didn't receive confirmation for several days. Called back and they sold out of 9D!!! Luckily, they searched around and found a pair. I appreciate all the support from everyone on these forums as we really enjoy shoes.
     
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    I have been trying to do a simple MTO since January 14th. That is insane to me. It should not be this difficult. I am pretty frustrated at this point. I literally email 5 or 6 times for every 1 response I get. I have emailed 3 times saying the specs are a go and cannot get a response. I know people are busy, but 30 days for a simple CXL makeup...I am over it and moving on. AE has lost me on this one
     
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    I actually own the Manchester because of the Jermyn fit! I tried a 14D in the Jermyn at first not quite a year ago, it was too tight and many wears didn't break in, and thankfully after talking to Allison enough, she agreed to take them back.
    I eventually got a 14E that fit beautifully. I've gotten the Adams, the Manchester and the Jermyn all on the 7 last and fit nicely. Each has a slightly different feel. I also have a couple pairs of shoes on the 5 last also in 14E that seem to fit nicely (Cambridges and Jeffersons). I've found for me that 14E hits the spot in all the last thus far. The 511 (1 last) Wilberts and Bradleys are fine as well in 14E. I don't have the half sizing option due to my large size, so I can't speak to going up or down 1/2 size.
    Hope that helps!
     
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    So has Allison matched the Clearance prices typically? I'm thinking of a Jermyn makeup due to clearance, I love the look of that shoe, just want some tweaks.
    I'd be very interested in hearing how MTO with clearances go.
     
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    Oh on the black Jermyn, check the website, they must have found another batch or something. The walnut made a comeback for a bit too it appears.
     
  7. ayoungs

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    Do you guys think they'll be another good shell 2nd sale this year? I have like 3 pair of shell seconds I could grab. I have over a dozen pairs of AE in general, many gotten in just the last year!
    Now to convince my better half that one can not have too many shoes.... haha.
     
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    Makes sense.

    Thanks!
     
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    I think this was covered a page ago or so. Up until now, clearance prices were used for MTO; not so going forward.
     
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    I was also curious about that question so thanks for asking.
     
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    Agreed. It's really great that they do MTO and waive the fee for us... but the process is absurd. It's as absurd as the antiquated system they use for Shoebank 2nds. Send an email, pray for a response in a week or two. It's amateur hour. Here's a thought... if they're having trouble keeping up with demand to buy their freakin shoes, hire more people. Radical, I know. And on cue, no doubt here come the AE apologists in 3...2.... 1

    But trying since Jan 14th is nothing! It took me 6 months to get my first MTO's. It's an exercise in patience and mine (and it sounds like yours) is wearing thin. In conclusion, AE, take my money!
     
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    6months to receive or just order?
     
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    From order date to shipment. Emails usually go unanswered for about a week or two.
     
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    My new navy Strandmoks arrived today from the clearance sale. Not sure I'll be keeping them. These are my first unstructured AEs and while they fit great and are comfortable, they almost appear cheap. I might be off base on this though.

    Also, I think I tried on damn near every color pants I have in my closet. Stone, light blue, gray, burgandy, khaki, and I'm not wowed by any of the combinations. My wife thinks the light blue look the best, I think the stone chino does. I did these try-ons in the evening, I'm going to do it again in the day light and see if there is any difference.

    I've been wanting some blue suede shoes for a while, unfortunately I'm not sure these are them. I could send them back and put the $200 towards some Rush Streets.

    Any thoughts or comments appreciated, especially on color combos.
     
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    3….2….1….touchdown.

    I'm not much of an apologist when it comes to AE but I've had the opposite experience. I've purchased 6 pair of shell seconds from the the OH outlet. When I email them I usually get a response within a few hours. Now I'm at the point that they email me if they have shell shoes in my size. For my MTO, Allison always responded to my request but I didn't pester her everyday with details. I waited until I knew what I wanted and then I called her to set up the MTO. I had no issues at all and received my shell MTO's earlier than promised and that included an remake. If you want to experience bad customer service try calling someone at Alden. I've sent shoes back to AE and I've had them remake shoes many times but they have always had good customer service.

    Just a suggestion, pick up the phone and call Allison.
     
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    I can understand the frustration above, but we ought to keep this in perspective. If you encountered a hastle while purchasing shoes at full or sale price in an AE store or over the internet, I would say that your indignation was justified. What we're dealing with here, however, is a series of ad hoc arrangements in which (a) the CEO has assigned some woman responsibility for handling our outrageous MTO requests at unbelievable prices and (b) sales reps at the shoebanks send us inventory lists and ship shoes (with no shipping fee) when they're not dealing with flesh-and-blood customers. Amateur hour? Charity hour is more like it. AE's profit margins on customers like me (who take full advantages of 2nds, military discounts, and clearance prices) are already slim; I don't have the sand to ask that they hire more staff to reward my frugality and make my bargain hunting more convenient. PG, Allison, Vincenzo, et al are doing us a great favor on the margins. The only way to improve the customer experience would be have us buy our shoes the way everyone else does--which is of course an option available to any off us.
     
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    I too think the "amateur hour" remark was a little much.
     
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    Charity hour? Not for me. I'm talking about my orders which are $650 dollar shell shoes. I'm not talking 2nds, military, or clearance. I'm not trying to pull a fast one on them with boots that are clearance priced (which AE just caught onto). There's nothing charity about me buying MTO $650 shoes and expecting an email response within a week. Is it nice that they waive the MTO fee? Yes, but it's not charity because they're still making money. In fact, AE has made a good deal of money on me as a customer. AE exists because of its customers... it's time to stop the apologies (at least from those of us who pay full price). And Pastor, I stand by the "amateur hour" remark... a week to answer an email is just that.
     
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    I seriously would just call. I'm not apologizing for Allison but I had a completely different experience when I did my shell MTO with her. There was nothing "amateur" about the process when I went through it.
     
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    Navy Spiaggias are back in the clearance section. I have a pair and love it. The navy is lighter than the Strandmoks, and so a little more palatable. It works with light jeans, khakis, whites or creams, also maroon pants, light linens, etc.

    Of course, you could always MTO a blue regular Strand in a lighter navy if you likd the structure of the lining...
     
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