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

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  1. g.michael

    g.michael Senior member

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    I have tried the Parkway, Larchmont and Harrison in my normal size 11B. The fit was a little roomy in all three both lengthwise and volume wise so I tried sizing down to 10.5B and the fit is spot on with the Parkway (the only style I kept of the three, for now). Sizing down was a little tight at first but after settling into the corkbed the fit is awesome--probably the best fit of the AE's I have had.

    I've never had to size down like that in AE before, but I did try a pair of Patriots in 11B that seemed oversized as well and I did not keep them. If I try the Patriot again it will be a half size down.
     


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    Thanks alot for the reply! I'm looking into the Parkway and Larchmont myself. Was the larchmont fit pretty spot on as well or just the Parkway?
     


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    I'm new to focusing on dressing well, so bear with me.

    In the past I have often worn grey/charcoal chinos with black shoes/belt to work. I'd pair this up with a shirt or polo for business casual wear. I figured it was a safe path to go down.

    Should I get completely away from this? I guess I've already noticed there aren't a ton of grey chinos out there anymore.
     


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    Don't see anything wrong with grey chinos. I'd say black shoes for your work environment seem more appropriate. I'd stay away from Polos or at the very least make sure they are knits and not the golf dri-fit ones.

    Also I have a pair of black McTavish and McAllister's. I think they are completely different shoes. Whie I prefer brown shoes for my casual (dark denim and button up) outfits, I think the McTavish in black is a good black alternative. They have a chili sole and brown stitching with the flat wax infused leather keeps it from being formal. I think it works in a business casual setting, but leans more casual. Just because its a balmoral doesn't make it absolutely formal.

    That being said, my McTavish are the least worn in my rotation (not much of a spring/summer shoe) and if you need one black shoe, those are likely not going to be a go to shoe. I think the MacNeils might be what you're looking for.
     


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    Bump plz
     


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    Spend the extra money and buy what fits. What doesn't fit won't be worn. A 13C can be ordered at a first quality price. You'll be much happier with the shoe and your decision in the long term.


    If you go by the "gut feeling" book, it's a casual shoe in any combination, even black on black on black. In style, it's safer to err on the side of conservatism and it's better to be overdressed than under.
     
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    You already got your answer, there is nothing wrong with these shoes. I have Lasalles and Fifth Avenues with the Chili welt and they look exactly like that.
     


  8. Winston S.

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    I agree with everyone else. You're making a mountain out of a mole hill. That is hardly a defect in my eyes. They are not my shoes though and if they bother you, you should return them. If you exchange the shoes you may get a pair that have more of a problem. I think shoe edge dressing would easily fix that.
     
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    just got my first pair park aves from the nordstrom sale, took a while to find someone to bring it over to China for me. but they feel great. upgrading from some Aldos and they definitely feel better. wish the prices in china were the same as the US, they are about $800 here!!!
     


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    My Daltons made their maiden voyage today as well. When I got them, they felt great - slightly snug around the vamp and toebox, but not tight at all. I wore them around the house for a couple of weeks, and while they weren't completely comfortable, they didn't hurt. After being on my feet all day, walking to and from public transportation, and around a hotel for a conference, my feet hurt! Mostly on the lateral side of each shoe, where the vamp hits the quarter. I hope this isn't because they are too narrow, but the next few times I wear them, I'll only wear them out for a couple of hours at at time, or when I'm not walking all day long, in order to see if they'll break in and stretch a little.

    In other people's experiences, how long of a break in is common?
     


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    Ugh you're probably right on this but it's just not a viable option for me. I'm on a very tight budget to begin with, and I'd pay $100 more for firsts in the 'right' size than I'm paying for two shoes tomorrow, one in the 'right' size (walnut Fifth Aves in 13C - my absolute dream shoe) and the other one width size too big (black parks in 13d) that's the most important shoe in my wardrobe (and is badly needed). Really the alternative for me isn't firsts, it's buying cheap dress shoes, all of which come in 13D/M anyways.


    Does anyone know what happens if you get two shoes for $250 and then decide you want to return one?
     
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    how much Yuan?
     


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    Apologies if this has already been asked before, I would just like to ask MacNeil and Strand owners their experience regarding the differences between the 7 last and the 5 last. I currently own an 8.5D Strand (5 last) and 8.5D Chukkamok (4 last). Both are very comfortable but I do find that the width of the Strand fits better.

    I'm wondering whether I should get an 8.5C or 8.5D Macneil. I have read some reviews saying that the Macneil is wider than the Strands and some people suggest sizing down the width if you prefer the width of the Strands.

    I know best thing for me is to try them on, but unfortunately this is just geographically impossible at the mean time.
     


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