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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. bucksfan

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    The van ness is part of the executive collection, which uses a rubber sole and poron insole. It also is on a narrower and shorter last, and uses a slightly less nice leather in the upper (at least for the black calfskin this is true). They also have extra brogueing around the throat of the shoe.

    I actually liked my Van Ness, but the last was just too small.

    I'd try both on and see which fit you better.
     
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    The 5 last is rather narrow on me, so I doubt I could go any narrower. Sad to hear that the leather's not that nice.

    I'm trying to limit my dress + casual dressy shoes to just 4 or 5 pairs with a variety of colors, but am having a hard time deciding.

    I'm thinking:
    Black Park Avenue - for formal
    Brown Strand (have) - Dor casual/dressy with jeans. Probably could wear these with business casual also.

    Would like to add a walnut and burgundy. How should I mix this up?

    I like the fifth avenue, but getting a pair in brown seems odd since I already have the strand which is pretty similar. Also, no burgundy available in the fifth avenue. (why I was looking at the van ness).

    What should my next 2 be?
    Walnut Fifth Avenue + Burgundy Mcallister?
    Walnut Fifth Avenue + Burgundy Park Avenue?

    Sort of wish I went with the strand in walnut, fifth avenue in brown, and then whatever in burgundy.
     
  3. RingTail

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    ^ If you are limiting to those two, I'd say 5th Ave in walnut as the punch cap will go better with that.
    I thought you didn't like walnut and found it too flashy. I used brown polish to mute mine a little.
     
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    Good memory. I do find walnut a bit flashy, but it's starting to grown on me now that I've gotten more adventurous wearing my brown strands.

    Also, I think a simpler shoe like the fifth avenue might not be as flashy as something like the strand with tons of broguing.
     
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    Pics of this?
     
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    You can try the pen trick. Place a pen or similar object over the vamp where you want the crease. Then bend the shoe.
     
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    Thanks. Tried that no luck, will let it be as it dosen't go past the punch cap.
     
  9. reidrothchild

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    Both the Rutledge and the Parkland are looking great to me. I'd keep both if it were up to me.
     
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    Overall the shoe looks decent, I'm just not liking the toe, it's thicker than Jefferson or Rutledge. Especially for a casual loafer I'd like something sleeker.
    Rutledge gave me an alternative to C&J Westbourne, I was hoping the ParkLand would give me an alternate to C&J Sydney. Unless AE comes up with a loafer in the 3 last, I'll have to get on the wait list for C&J Merton.
     
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    AE is not going to compete with C&J on sleekness. The Patkland is a nice looking shoe for an AE loafer. We don't fool ourselves on this thread, we know It's an acquired taste on StyleForvm.

    Personally, they both look great. I was hoping to see the burnishing on the Rutledge, bit I see you went with the black instead. Do you make a habit of breaking in shoes with leather conditioner cream? It is a god sent for minimizing creases and making them form were you want them to. I have not seem AE's crease at the cap toe, especially that fast, but it might be a product of the supple leather.

    Lastly,in the Parkland, does the toe box fell snug, so if you were to size down for the heel, then the toe box would be too tight?
     
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    Personally, I like my walnut shoes with some brouging flair. But these are beautiful shoes. It should work for you, since It's a compromise on the possible dandy potential here :D
     
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    I got my Cap Cordovan Dundees the other day but was devastated that they were the wrong size. I called CS and they said that I could not get them remade. I made a few more calls and I now think that they may indeed make me a new pair. I have several shoes on the 1 last in size 9.5E and they all fit really well. As soon as I opened the box on these I could tell that they were not right. They are labeled a 9.5E but are probably more like a 10.5. Here is a pic of the shoes themselves and then another pic of one of the Dundees beside a Bradley that is suppose to be the same last and the same size.

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    I got the Rutledge in place of the Park Avenue so it's my black shoe, need to break in with conditioner cream. Toe box in parkland was not snug, so I think I can size down for the heel. It felt as though the slippage was due to not being able to tighten the vamp since there are no laces.
     
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    Seriously different sizes there... wonder if someone stamped the wrong size on the shoe. The 1 boot last is a little longer than the 1 shoe last, based on my experience, but those seem a size different. Did you try them on?

    Man, those are cappuccino shells are real beauties. [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah I put my foot in them just for kicks. Even with them tied I could literally walk out of them. The picture doesn't even do it justice. I could put the Bradley inside the Dundee with out much trouble at all. I really do hope that AE can come up with enough cap shell to make me another pair.
     
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    you ask me, that is an awful looking shoe. the cap just looks all wrong
     
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    You know what, that is a good idea, i too am looking for a sleeker black dress shoe, this might work.

    I feel your pain with loafers, i have a hard time finding AE loafers that fit me right. At this stage in the game, i do not feel like there is room to compromisex when a proper fit is concerned.
     
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    Its weird -- I liked the 3 last on the larchmont and the flatiron last time I was in the store, but something about the Rutledge didnt blow me away. That said, I looked at the Walnut Burnished, and while the burnishing is interesting, I wasnt as smitten as I thought I was going to be. Maybe it was because the Rutledge is a captoe while the others arent...kinda makes me wonder how I'll like the Neumora then.
     
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    Can you elaborate?

    My only visual complaint would on the ripple edging on cap toe and upper, as it contradicts a bit from the formal look of this shoe in black. Maybe it would be more aesthetically pleasing in brown? :confused:
     
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