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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. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    I see your point, but not much compares to the C&J 348 last. I think part of the problem, though, is that AE puts the captoe line too close to the toe, which accentuates the appearance of a short, stubby toe. I've been looking at a C&J Brooks Brothers model and the AE 5th Avenue lately and this seems to be the major difference between the two. I think if the captoe line on this shoe were moved closer to the laces it would look even better. Still, I am really liking this new 3 last from AE; it's a breath of fresh air from them.
     
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    happy to oblige [​IMG]

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    Good with business casual, not so much with a suit.
     


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    Those are pretty cool, if a bit limited in their versatility. The Dark Brown could be a nice winter shoe.
     


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    I have no idea how or where I would wear it, but the patent leather Ridgeway is strangely cool.
     


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    If you weigh 130lbs and play in a band, then yes.
     


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    ^^^Yes, I thought the same thing. Might be good for the night club. Dunno. My office is casual, not business casual, more like weekend casual.
     
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    Hm.. Not gonna work for me then... :D
     


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    I have the AE soho in saddle, which was a captoe with the captoe line closer to the laces. It's one of my favorite shoes.

    Not my picture, but you get the idea:

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    I like those. The Strand is another good example of a sleeker profile caused by placing the cap toe line closer to the laces.
     


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    I definitely agree with the cap toe distance which is why I never liked the Fifth Avenue. Another factor I think is the actual length of the toe box from the ball area. Although most AE owners would say the 5 last is one of the sleekest and longest, the distance from the ball (widest part of the shoe) to the tip of the toe is really not that long. Besides the shape of the toe box, the length is a big factor. The distance from the ball to the tip on my C&J dress shoes (348 & 337) is definitely longer than that of my AE Fifth Street. I used to own an AE shoe on the 0 last (same as the SoHo) and it had a longer ball to toe which made it look elongated.
     


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    The Strand has great proportions. I wish the PA and Fifth Ave had the same proportions.
     


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    Me too. It's why I'm considering a Brooks Brothers Peale shoe instead of the Fifth Avenue.
     


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    Honestly, J&M does the styling on the cap toe so much better. Their quality is just not in the same league these days.

    But also include the Clifton. Great looking captoe, thought in a blucher style. Nordstrom still has them, I think.

    EDIT: And the Peals are terrific!
     
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    I bought and returned two pair of the Peal captoes. The last was very unforgiving to my high arches. The quality was clearly superior to AE or Alden though.
     


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