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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. Nakedsnake

    Nakedsnake Senior Member

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    I am thinking about putting my 12D walnut dalton firsts up for sale; recently got the shell version and the walnut never gets worn... Maybe about 5-7 short wears, and they have had a topy applied. Thought I would ask here first, if anyone might be interested? If so, shoot me a PM.
     


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    Have you tried flip flopping the shoes? Toe in on the left shoe & toe out on the right? I'll bet you can squeeze in that other 1/2 pair
     


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    AdamAdam,

    Those look great. I love the contrast (might I say "antique?") edge dressing on them. I haven't noticed AE offering that before. Is that standard for that color or was this an MTO?
     


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    Wow, they look fantastic! Well done!
     


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    I hear those JCrew boots can be difficult to size. I hear they runn quite a bit smaller to other Barrie lasted boots. I am surprised that you are 9.5D on brannock and still wear a 9.5 in the 5 last. That makes me think that you might be closer to 10 TTS also considering your 7 last size. Since they are boots I would say stick with the 9.5. My Barrie lasted boots fit loose with dress socks and quite nicely with thicker boot socks (which I typically wear with them).
     


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    Don't concentrate on the length of the shoe, or the number on the Brannock device. Concentrate on the size that gets the joint of your foot in the proper place, and then adjust width at that point. On some lasts, that will mean that there is a lot of room in front of your toes. On other lasts it will mean you don't have enough room. It could also mean that you aren't able to get the shoe/boots you want in your size or width.

    J Crew, unfortunately, kind of sucks for Aldens because they only buy D widths. So if the proper length doesn't fit your foot shape, you're out of luck. Check out other sellers who carry better selections of widths, like the Shoe Mart. Allen Edmonds beats Alden on this one, crucial point, because they have so many widths available.

    That said, if you are a 9.5E on the 5 last, 9.5D or possibly even 9.5C would likely do you well on the Barrie.
     


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    They are simply walnut calf to begin with. So, if you never add product to darken them, they will gradually return to walnut.
     


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    I just noticed, however, that Allen Edmonds is offering only D widths for their new chukka, the Mojave. I've noticed it only for this shoe, but I hope it's not a trend, I love AE's and wear an E.
     


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    Quite right. I just meant they're walnut calf plus dark burnishing, which seems kind of variable in its results. So, what color, exactly, you will be getting can be difficult to predict.

    Is it true that if you don't deliberately darken them they will revert to walnut? Or is that assuming you will be cleaning them pretty thoroughly and using a walnut polish? I would think using a polish close to the bourbon color would not cause them to get more walnut-y. (Though, maybe that could be considered darkening them.)
     


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    Ah, then I misunderstood you.

    Yes, using a colored polish that is darker than walnut would fall into the darkening category that I was referring to. I wouldn't recommend using walnut polish on them if you like their color from the factory. Since the dark color is simply obtained by using a black burnishing wheel, the black will absolutely strip off over time (especially if you use a cleaner/conditioner or something like Renovateur. Whether they will ever become completely walnut, is hard to say. However, I'd wager that they would get pretty close for all intents and purposes.
     
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    Just checked, the Mojave appears to be offered in B, D and EEE sizes, though with some on-hand stock limitations. Also, it's on an infrequently used last (the 809) though I suppose they've been using it more, assuming its what they made the Amok on.
     
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    So with regard to keeping the bourbon color, and taking into account I don't own any of it so I can't test it myself... can one just use a more neutral cleaner/conditioner like Venetian Shoe Cream and polish it up with neutral wax over that, or would the VSC "clean" the black burnishing in the same way that Reno would?
     


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    Larchmonts today:
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    Indoor flash shot.
     


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    I don't think there is a guaranteed "right" answer to that without actually trying it and seeing for yourself. If I had to make an educated guess, it would be that the VSC would still lighten the shoes over time. VSC has petroleum distillates in it, and it will dissolve shoe polish to some extent. Thus, the black will be removed to some degree with each application.
     


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    I think the Amok was made on the 4 last.
     


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