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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. tifosi

    tifosi Senior member

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    Hecks yea! :slayer:
     
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    Not only have you stripped 'em down to the most gorgeous color I've ever seen, you've also inspired me to break out my wallet when AE runs another sale on shell seconds (there's one pair of burgundy shell Leeds in my super-rare size waiting for me). Rock them. :slayer: Also: I have a pair of burgundy shell Graysons that I'll be wearing with seersucker to a wedding next month and would love it if they looked like that. Teach us your ways...!
     
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    If you can wear Walnut in business casual (which I do every week), then you can certainly wear those.
     
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    Wow ... that shell looks flawless.
     
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    Never say "no" to shell.
     
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    Burgundy shell daltons w/med. grey suit today:

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  7. LeviMay

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    Those look great! I'm wearing a very similar suit, but Walnut Wednesday McAllisters:

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    (Edit: Better pic, though still not as nice as yours)
     
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    Rocking mine at work today! Crappy phone pic today with a better picture below. Mine are on the lighter side, too.

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    My Leeds are quite light like the ones recently posted, I am further trying to lighten them as I love the look for casual use. I have been leaving them out in the sun whenever possible, hoping to post some pics when I start to see them turning.


    My MacNeils on the other hand are quite dark and I am going to try and keep it that way by getting some Saphir cordovan cream to use on them.


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    Walnut strands for me today with light blue charcoal suit and yes I felt really weird taking a pic at this angle in my cubicle haha

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    Looks awesome, walnut Strand is a classic for sure. Where are those socks from?
     
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    Haha not sure if you'd wear then because they're purposely mismatched socks from a brand called the athletic. They're used more as cycling socks but I have a hard time finding dress socks that fit my foot size and these fit well and are thin. This is the other sock. I guess I could've bought two pairs to match them!

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    Edit: Hmm I might just do that and buy another pair to match them haha
     
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    Yea, but then you'd have two left or right socks on..........
     
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    Love the Macneils. One of AE's best models.

    I believe that AE was using a ligher colored cherryish burgundy for the Macneils a few years ago. Recently, they've gone with a darker burgundy. Mine look like yours and I bought them less than a year ago. I learned this from one of Bucksfan's videos, I think.
     
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    Just ordered a pair of bourbon McAllister's, and I want to do the shining thing right this time. Some questions:

    Is this guide generally regarded as good advice?
    What color Saphir product is recommended for bourbon shoes?
    Any recommended vendors for Saphir products, brushes, and the like (aside from Hanger Project)?

    Thanks!
     
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    Remember - guides like that are written by companies that are promoting the sale of products. You don't need to use 3 different, expensive products. You need the proper shoe cream, simple horse hair brush, chamois and cotton applicator. the steps are simple:
    1. Clean off dirt (skip if new)
    2. Apply cream in light circular motion
    3. Buff off with brush
    4. Repeat 2-3
    5. Buff with chamois

    About 2 coats and you are good to go. I do a light buffing every few wears. No need to go crazy polishing them every few wears.
    And, most importantly, don't forget edge dressing - it's the leather sole that gets scuffed the most - AE actually makes a nice product - they reduced the size so you no longer have an applicator 4 times the size of the sole you're rubbing it along :)

    But you don't need a conditioner, cream and wax polish. Simple still works as well today as it did 30 years ago. As long as the leather quality is good that's the important part.
     
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    Picked up a pair of Mora 2.0s during the Anniversary sale, and after swapping them in store for a different size (from 9D to 8D) I am having second thoughts. The fit is good, has anyone had to size down an entire size for these? The only other decent shoes I have are from Meermin but I wear a 8D UK size in those. I am concerned from hearing that the toe box creases fairly badly from not a lot of wear and although I picked these up for $260 am considering returning these. Does anyone have thoughts on swapping these for the Meermin double monks (Hiro last fits me great)? I feel like I am taking a step down but am worried the Mora 2.0 are one of AEs worst models. Also make McAllisters on the way which I have no concerns with.
     
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    Somehow this step has been lacking in my current rotation of shoes. How often do apply edge dressing?
     
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    Let me reason through this.

    You paid $260 for a pair of high quality, American made, Goodyear welted calfskin shoes, but are considering returning them because you're afraid of creasing.

    Perhaps you should consider wearing canvas shoes instead.

    Far from being AE's "worst" shoe, the Mora is among its most popular. It's their signature monkstrap.
     
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    When I start to notice the scuffs. Again, no need to be anal about it. I look down at my shoes and if the edge (usually at the toe) is scuffed I put the edge dressing on. In actuality scuffs there are much more noticeable than scuffs on the upper - it draws the eye. You're almost always going to have some feathering at the bottom. That's not what I'm talking about and not all that noticeable but when you get a nice scuff half way up the front of the sole people can see it. It's quick, inexpensive and only needed when you see scuffs have gone through the coloring at normal viewing distances.
     
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