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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. walkthewalk

    walkthewalk Member

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    Is it normal for a new pair of balmoral shoes to squeak when you first try them on? I went to an AE retail store to be sized and the SA put me in a pair of Strands that were 11E and they felt like a glove on my foot, no squeaking at all. I subsequently ordered a pair of Park Ave seconds from the SB (same size) and they squeak audibly when I walk (like leather rubbing on foot). They also bow out slightly when I stand up, which the other ones did not do.

    My question is, did the shoes that they used to size me at the store feel perfect because they had been tried on multiple times before and were well broken in? Should I send them back because of the squeaking? The shoes are perfectly comfortable other than that. I need these shoes for a job interview and the last thing I want is to walk in with my shoes squeaking. [​IMG]
     
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  2. bkotsko

    bkotsko Senior member

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    HAHAHAHA
    I know I spend WAY too much time... and $$$
    Its not only shoes for me though. It is watches too... [​IMG]
     
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  3. chinngiskhaan

    chinngiskhaan Senior member

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    When you average out the cost of the shoe over the number of years you'll have it, it really isn't that bad... YOU NEED THOSE DALTONS!

    WALNUT SHELL! THIS IS LIKELY YOUR LAST CHANCE TO HAVE THIS SHOE!

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  4. YoungSweet

    YoungSweet Senior member

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    These shoes are not 100% machine made so there will be variations. I've tried on 2 pairs s brand new out of the box Strands before and one fitted better than the other. Sometimes things just happen and it's another aspect of buying seconds that you have to account for. You can try to walk on carpet for a few hours to see if they get better, I think they most def will.
     
  5. chinngiskhaan

    chinngiskhaan Senior member

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    I'll pretend I didn't just read this post... otherwise I'd be tempted to check the watch forum
     
  6. walkthewalk

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    Thanks for the reply. I always hear people say that shoes should fit perfect at the store when you try them on. It scares me a little bit to take such expensive shoes that have such an obvious problem right out of the box. Is this common? Will the slight bowing correct itself too or is that just normal?
     
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  7. Burzan

    Burzan Senior member

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    Oh my, I NEED a pair of shell Strands. Hopefully I can snag something during the next shell seconds sale or on the used market to help reel me from blowing my shoe budget on a single pair.

    Hahaha
     
  8. YoungSweet

    YoungSweet Senior member

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    everyone's feet are different. Shoes fit my feet may not fit yours. If you try something on in the store and they are perfect, the by all means take them home. The issue is that most of us don't have the luxury to try on or pick and choose from many pairs of the same size. We go by best guess and adjust accordingly, it's part of the game, especially with seconds.

    You may want to post some pictures so we can see how much bowing it is. It's hard to say without any visual
     
  9. fiestaplatypus

    fiestaplatypus Senior member

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    Nudge Nudge

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    (only posting this here because I'd prefer to sell to a frequent visitor of this thread, since I only knew of their availability due to said thread)
     
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  10. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    HaHa, I have a pair of BNIB Wanut Shell Dalton's also... 10D... ;-) Not certain if I am going to keep or sell...
     
  11. NWTeal

    NWTeal Senior member

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    Any of you guys have an AE independence line shoe that can give me some comparison to Carmina and/or Meermin LM line?

    I'm specifically looking at the feel of the inner lining and leather of the upper. I love how soft the AE indy line is and I'm wondering if shoes in a similar price range (Carmina) feel the same or use calfskin more similar to AE's regular line.

    I understand Meermin LM is priced closer to AE's regular line, but from what I've read they are supposed to be a better value.

    Thanks guys.
     
  12. jonessed

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    So I returned to an office after working from home for seven years and had to completely redo my business attire. Thanks to these forums (and more specifically this thread) I have purchased three pairs of AE shoes in the last month. Two of them actually from sellers here.

    Black 5th Avenue
    Merlot McAllister
    BB Light Brown Elgin

    Oddly enough the only shoes I had my eyes on when I started this process were the Walnut Strands.

    I can see why members here sometimes get special treatment/deals from the Allen Edmonds contacts. I expect you bring them quite a lot of business they might not otherwise receive.

    Unfortunately those Walnut Shell Daltons are out of my budget. We all have to start somewhere.

    Edit: At least I think they are. 10D right? :)
     
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  13. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    I have a pair in 10D, someone else has a 12D pair. I am not really looking to sell mine per say though...
     
  14. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    I really like the color of yours! They look really light in that side shot... Almost like a natural shell cordovan. I think of Walnut Shell Cordovan being a mid-point between Whiskey Shell and Alden's exclusive Ravello Shell...

    -M
     
  15. BARNFARM

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    Yeah, it's definitely on the upper side if I were to cross my legs. Right now it's not just the blemish, it's also the smear from whatever polish they used to cover it up. I'm wondering if a layer of my own polish all over the shoe would do a little better job of covering it up. But I also don't know if I should hang on to them long enough to find out. I think I may call back and see if there's still anything in that size. Thanks.
     
  16. LEgoiste

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    Question about 5 last fit:

    I currently own:

    Strand's (brand new) in snuff suede, size 9.5 EEE
    Park Ave's (seconds) in black calf, size 9.5 EEE

    Both fit my feet very well. I recently ordered a pair of Strand's (brand new) in walnut calf 9.5 EEE, but this one is significantly tighter all around -- is this normal and just needs to be broken in? Or should I go with 10 EEE?

    Thanks
     
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  17. SimplyLime

    SimplyLime Well-Known Member

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    Alright, placed an order on AE shoebank Mora 2.0 in bourbon for $169.

    Wish me luck!
     
  18. Kahuna75

    Kahuna75 Senior member

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    Wore mine out in the wild for the first time today...tons of sqeeking...but I did not give them a leather lotion rub down first.
     
  19. peppercorn78

    peppercorn78 Senior member

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    Have decided that I can't keep my lovely new snuff suede Amoks. They're size 10.5 3E. Although the give of the unlined suede masked it at first, they're really just too narrow for me after all. They would fit a 10.5 E foot perfectly.

    Before I sent them back, I thought I'd see if anyone here wanted them first. Never worn outside. Just asking what I paid: $128 plus shipping.

    Please feel free to delete if this isn't cool...
     
  20. iamsilvermember

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    I grabbed this pair of Leeds in Burgundy shell seconds earlier but found that the left shoe is darker / less right than the right. It might be the reason why they are seconds but is there a way to change. I believe, from the condition they were in when I received them, the right (more red) shoe has been tried on or was displayed. Will wearing more turn the left shoe to more of a reddish brown? Thanks all.

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