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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. rydenfan

    rydenfan Senior member

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    Damn...now I need a pair of shell strands after seeing Mike's pic
     
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    In the past month I acquired two shoes that seem to be fitting similar bills for me: AE Strand in brown cordovan and Alden Alt Wien for Epaulet in color 8. I love the Alt Wien so I am now trying to decide whether I do really need the Strands, which I have not yet had a chance to wear. I really don't find myself wearing balmorals that often (I am a LWB and PTB kind of guy), I don't wear suits and any other formal stuff, so I anticipate that the Strand will not be in my regular rotation very often. However, I know that the Alt Wien could work with both the jeans and a suit, should there be a need.

    Hence the question: apart from one being balmoral and another being a blucher and having different shell colors, do you see any degree of redundancy between these two shoes? Are they different enough to keep both? Is Strand in cordovan a must have staple (which it likely is) that I will necessarily regret not keeping down the road?

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  3. rydenfan

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    Probably. But if it bothers you then that is all that really matters. Should be easy enough to exchange for another pair
     
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    Scottyb06 Senior member

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    That's pretty bad and worse than anything I've seen. The sole would likely be fixable (sanding the black marks off and then coating with edge dressing). I'd return those for certain - miles worse than any defect I've gotten.
     
  5. rydenfan

    rydenfan Senior member

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    That EP Alt Wein is so sick. I still kick myself for passing on those
     
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    I think my big thing is, if the majority are going to look like that, I don't want to be that person that swaps out like 4 different shoes because of super OCD nit-picky reasons. It's better to just work to get over those kinds of things, lol.

    I will just get over it. They look good from a distance at least. I think the biggest issue is that, I have small feet and am wearing a 7.5, and I don't think the shoes were necessarily designed for this smaller size. :(
     
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    I had almost the exact same issue Widgets. I posted about 5 days ago with pictures of my merlot mcallisters. It looked really sloppy. I brought them back to the store and am still waiting on a replacement pair. I don't think yours look quite as bad, but I think it still looks worse than what I have seen on other pairs of firsts. I have a hunch that the anniversary sale put AE on their heels and they are having a hard time meeting the demand. I'm still hopeful, but worried my replacement pair might be similar.
     
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    ^cincikid

    The Strands are stunning and are inherently different than the alt wien model.

    Should be an easy sell if you want to depart from it though.
     
  9. Widgets

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    Here. Here is a nice picture of my Strands.

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  10. JezeC

    JezeC Senior member

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    ^Widgets

    Your strands are fine, nothing wrong with it.
     
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    I was more worried about the Mcallisters that I just bought, but it sounds like the verdict is that they look fine.
     
  12. cincikid

    cincikid Senior member

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    Agreed. Probably the best Alden make-up I own.
     
  13. cincikid

    cincikid Senior member

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    I think with this picture Mike had answered my question whether I should keep my own cordovan Strands before I even posted it [​IMG]
     
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    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Shell Strands are awesome, I have two: Walnut Shell (2011 Webgem) and the Brown "Independence" Shell with Antique Edging (MTO). My Walnut Shell Strands are my favorite of all my shoes and I might have a few pairs of Shell...

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  15. cincikid

    cincikid Senior member

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    Your walnut shell Strands are awesome, Mike. You wear them well!
    When do you find yourself reaching out for the Strands as opposed to LWBs or PTBs?
     
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    I think they are very different shoes. One is inherently more formal. If I had to choose I would keep the alt wein because my wardrobe tends to be on the casual side. I can't see myself wearing the strands with jeans. But for the few occasions I need to wear a tie, it would be nice to have the option of picking the stands. Keep them both! :nodding:
     
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  17. wonsmithr8

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    Both so good haha
     
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    Just took delivery of these brown Jefferson's from the sale. $350 was a great price for them.

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    Blaster, you've got quite an enviable collection. You don't happen to have any (shoe) family photos, do you?
     
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    Just got my second pair of AEs, Finch in size 10.5 EEE. Fits like a glove on my weird feet (Morton's neuroma + molded ortho soles).
    You can say a lot about the very casual style, but that just reflects how I'll use them. I just won't put on a pair of Crockett & Jones oxfords for taking the kids to the park.

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    The AE line up where I live is very poor, mainly due to the price point (Park Avenue retails at $ 630), so I'm stuck with trial and error when it comes to lasts and sizes. Dead on so far...
     
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