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

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

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  1. WICaniac

    WICaniac Senior member

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    OK, so the black cordovan Leeds haven't actually entered the rotation (and won't until Christmas). While admiring them, however, I at last discovered the reason they are seconds:
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    This is clearly more than a scuff--laceration is the best word to describe it. It doesn't go all the way through, but it is deep. $299 for cordovan is great, but this bothers me a bit. Should I keep them, and if so how should I go about healing this wound?
     


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    ^^Wouldn't the cuff of your pants cover that blemish up? If so, I wouldn't worry about it much, personally.
     


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    Yes. But the fibrous interior of the shell is exposed, albeit in just this tiny spot. A little cream would, I suspect, render it almost undetectable, but I wonder whether this compromises the integrity of the shell in any way (i.e. will the leather dry out and will the tear expand, etc.).
     
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    I think Horween's process impregnates so much oil into the leather that as long as you're aware of it, and touch it up a couple times a year or as needed with VSC or Renovateur or something, it will never dry out to the point that it'd be a problem.
     


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    That's a nice look. Thanks for the replies everyone. I think that would look good with burgundy too.
     


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    If this were in the vamp, it would definitely impact the longevity of your shoe. The vamp experiences a lot of flexing so a crack in the leather would be bad. Since this at the heel, I don't think the leather experiences as much stress as the vamp. You may want to post this in thread: http://www.styleforum.net/t/354137/leather-quality-and-properties. There are a lot of people who are very knowledgeable in shoe construction and leather properties that may offer you a better answer.
     


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    I have been looking at a shortwing blucher myself and have found it quite surprising that AE doesn't have more of these designs. The closest thing I have seen to the Marlow is the AE Auburn. I think it would be close because it is build on the 1 last and has the full toe. Anyone looked into this?
     


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    Still going back and forth with this.

    If your left and right shoe were different sizes, would you return second cappuccino shell mcallisters? Left side seems to be the correct size and width but the right side is a half size longer and one size narrower. I didn't notice it until I put the shoes up against each other and indeed, the right side is longer and slimmer.

    They feel alright and I don't experience pressure or heel slipping. I see more bowing on one side than the other, but I have flat feet and all my shoes all bow a little anyway.

    Would you keep these seconds? No cosmetic blemishes whatsoever. The funny thing is that the salesman told me that there would be cosmetic flaws but no structural flaws. I think a pair that are two different sizes qualifies as a structural flaw. I know that cappuccino shell is rare, so if you were me, would you keep them?
     
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    haha...This made me think of the Family Guy segment where the guys were singing about the vasectomy procedure.

    "...Then, you snip the fibrous tissue. (deep voice guy) Then-you-snip-the-fi-brous-tissue."
     


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    Others can chime in but here are some models that are shortwing bluchers that AE no longer offers. In particular, I wish they would offer any of these shoes in brown. Also, I prefer singled soled versions with sleek lasts rather than blobby old mannish ones.

    Players: never was a fan of the walnut color. It never came in burgundy or bwn
    Hinsdale: I actually own this shoe and think it looks great but the last doesn't work for me
    Bel air: discontinued
    Concord: discontinued
    Lombard: discontinued and it only came with comfort vibram soles, I think.

    Thanks for the mention of the Auburn. I had not heard of this model, but a quick google image search shows only black colored models.

    Yes, AE could stand to introduce, or reintroduce, a sleek shortwing blucher. Paul?
     


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    Careful...many of the ones they are clearing out have sub par leather...finally got a good pair and they have developed a squeaky heel after ~8 wears...trying to decide on returning them
     


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    So your vote is to return them?
     
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