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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. cincikid

    cincikid Senior member

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    My preference depends on the situation. I do like both (though I think I like Bluchers/Derbys better and I also think they are more versatile), but as a rule of thumb, I prefer Bals when I am dressing up, and Bluchers when I am dressing down.
     


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    BOOM! Some RenoMat and a very very light dusting of some Alden Paste Wax. These really pop now when they used to just look pedestrian.

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    I have a pair of tan/navy Finch and I get more compliments from women on that pair than any other pair of shoes that I own. What I think it is, is that women around my age and older--women over 45 years old--associate saddle shoes with cheerleaders. Something about saddle shoes just resonates with women. I'd get them if I were you.
     


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    Just bought the AE Bayfield in Burnished Brown from Lands' End.

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    http://www.landsend.com/products/mens-allen-edmonds-bayfield-captoe-boots/id_228873

    How should I protect these boots? I plan to wear them to work when it rains/snows. The upper is made out of chromexcel leather (at least, I think it is - the site does not specify and I'm assuming all Bayfields are the same). AE Aqua-Care Cream, which AE recommends for the boot, seems to have been discontinued; it's not sold on the website. I found some third party sites selling it, though.

    Also, is it worth it to buy a pair of boot trees or will AE shoe trees do the trick?
     
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    No, you're not the only one.
     


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    Thank you. Maybe I'll just go with some kind of overshoe and then not have to really worry about it too much. That way if I go for the Dalton, I don't need to get a custom sole. I do still want something like the Bayfields for the days when I'm going meeting to meeting or to dinner/drinks and just don't want to mess with overshoes. Since Lands End seems to be the only place that sells them still, I went to their website and searched for retail locations near me and all I got was Sears. I popped into one of them today quickly and didn't see them selling any Lands End shoes - just some linens and other clothes.

    Any way to try these things on? Maybe I'll just order and return if they don't fit. I wear 8E in the 1-last and recently tried on a pair of Dalton at Nordstrom in 8.5D and they were big. However, I understand that the Bayfield has the poron insole that makes them fit more snug. I wonder if 8.5D would fit me in this case?
     


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    I wear an 8E in the Dalton and an 8.5 in the Bayfield. I prefer the fit of the 8E slightly but the 8.5D with the poron insole is a good fit and should work well for you
     


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    Nope... 25 pairs of AE & I don't own 1 derby
     


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    You guys must not have high insteps. Balmorals are much sleeker, I do agree, but they are much harder to dress down IMO.
     


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    I am a huge Oxford fan and only get Derbies when necessary (I.e. LWBs...)
     


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    Cool, lots in common then. Maybe I'll try the 8.5 and if it doesn't work I can always return them. If you don't mind me asking, what size are you on the 5 last? I'm 7.5EE and even think I could go that size on the 1 but 8E works.
     


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    Yea...crappy i-phone pic. Still though, I need to work them out and lighten them up a bit.
     


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    Only the brown Bayfield is made of CXL. CXL is a very resilient form of leather that will stand up to nearly everything you throw at it. Check out Cold Iron's pictures of his pair to see what I mean.
    All you really need to take care of the uppers are polish (AE's polish or brown Kiwi wax will be fine) and a horsehair brush (if you do not already have one). At the end of the day or when you get to work, wipe off any snow/salt/mud etc. off the uppers of the boot.

    I use shoe trees in my boots and they do the trick; but it does leave the shaft of the boot wrinkly from normal wear. If that bothers you, feel free to get a boot tree.
     


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    $99! I don't think I've ever been more delighted with a new pair of shoes.

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    Recently there was some discussion regarding black shell, and why anyone would want black shell. They have an amazing luster to them. I work my black shell park aves yesterday and shot a iphone pic. I meant to post yesterday but forgot till just now. I love my black shells.
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