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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. bespoken pa

    bespoken pa Senior member

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    Incorporating 50 shoes into a rotation has to be difficult. I keep meaning to downsize but cannot decide on what to sell and what to keep. Additionally I believe I would have instantaneous sellers remorse.
     
  2. Burzan

    Burzan Senior member

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    No doubt, I am up to about 15 pairs and feel guilty when something gets neglected. I think my walnut McAllisters have gone almost a month without being worn which is not ok with me haha.
     
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  3. Pastor

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    I just counted and I have 32 pair of shoes across AE, Alden, & Carmina. Of course this number does not include sneakers, sandles, ect… It's really too many but I have trouble when deciding to sell a pair. I like them all. I've sold shoes in the past and I almost always regret it (i.e. the Alden Ravello LWB). On top of that there are still several styles that I want. I'm not sure it will ever end.
     
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    I live about 2 hours from that outlet and I've visited there many times. I really love Charleston, You should visit if you are ever in the area.
     
  5. mrrosenthal

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    Can someone give me a rundown on the top 5-7 pairs of must haves? I have 2 and they are my best shoe. I'll buy more, but too many choices and colors. Can someone give me a standard 5-7 pairs of must haves and hopefully where to buy them? (ebay, online, sales etc)
     
  6. bespoken pa

    bespoken pa Senior member

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    What are your 2?
     
  7. freakersea

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    Hey all am looking buying the shaker heights tonight, in aus so can't go into a store so seeing what experience people have had with the sizing given the last it's on . Am a 10 1/2 D in park avenues as a comparison
     
  8. FreedBird

    FreedBird Senior member

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    Here are a few of the top AE styles:

    Park Avenue
    Strand
    McAllister
    Dalton
    MacNeil
    Leeds
    Grayson

    Those styles are all in the top sellers for AE and you really can't go wrong. The downside is they don't go on sale very often.

    There are a lot if great places to buy them, just depends on what you are looking for. If you can hold out for outlet sales those are usually a good time to stock up. I also carry a small stock of AEs for sale here and on eBay. I may have something in your size so just shoot me a message if you are interested.
     
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  9. Count de Monet

    Count de Monet Senior member

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    No need to reinvent the wheel. Check this excellent thread:

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/338954/streamlined-shoe-wardrobe

    In Post #1 Manton provides his own top 6:

    The list:

    1) Black stitch caps. For funerals, job interviews, Important Meetings, and whenever you must be the ne plus ultra of CBD

    2) Brown punch caps. The ultimate suit shoe, gorgeous and goes with virtually everything; could sub this one for a brown half or full brogue

    3) A thick-soled blucher or longwing in brown textured calf or burg shell. Think the foo shoe, ed's Dinelackers, JL Russell, or one of those Vass $hitkickers. Perfect for any fall/winter odd jacket and good with most fall/winter suits

    4) Tan monks. Good for summer suits or odd jackets, wearable the rest of the year

    5) #8 shell or mink suede loafers. Dark enough for a blazer, grays and a white shirt but also colorful enough for day; better than lace-ups for most no-tie outfits

    6) Tobacco suede oxford: goes with all suits from Labor Day to Memorial Day; wear it with odd jackets as long as I don't see you.

    He immediately amended it to include a pair of cheap dirty bucks since the original list was tilted a bit toward fall/winter.

    Of course, it is also skewed toward a "coat & tie every day" work dress code. In any event, it seems a great starting point for anyone, including folks with more casual needs.
     
  10. hohneokc

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    Wearing the AE Parliament in saddle brown today. Very limited production, not seen very often. On the 678 last which is perfect for my high instep and rubber executive sole for the rain today. And I'm wearing my OKC Thunder socks for tonight's home game.
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    Chris
     
  11. JezeC

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    Quote:This totally depends on your preference and the purpose of your collection. I, for instance, don't wear boots but one of the most popular shoes AE offers is the Dalton (especially in walnut). The above choices are great and I would recommened one more: The 5th Aves (dark brown punched captoe).
     
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    Thanks! I actually saw this pair earlier in the thread. They look amazing. I was just curious what they look like stock because I was looking at a pair of factory seconds.
     
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    With all the recent conversation regarding traditional rules, etc., when I saw a pair of navy Banchory in the shoebank in my size (a LWB in a "distressed" style), I started wondering why most of AE's distressed collection (Neumok, Strandmok, Mctavish) are balmorals.If we're going casual with the shoe, isn't it somewhat contradictory to use the more formal balmoral lacing style, or does it not matter because the rules have already been thrown out the window with the colors and/or leathers used? Anyone care to shed some light on this?
     
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  14. luv2breformed

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    Precisely my question. A shoe like the player's shoe in white nubuck is much more consistent than the spiaggia for example. I don't know why the neumok or McTavish or the many shoes after them are all oxford. Making them bluchers would be much more consistent.

    All this said, many have pointed out that the shoes are obviously casual and should be worn as such. I don't disagree really, red leather can hardly be anything else. However, the shoes themselves present more inherent contradictions than I would typically like in my collection. I feel like they end up drawing too much attention and I have to dress pretty dull everywhere else to offset them. I have a few pairs of abominations, but not many. :)
     
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    "Rules out the window" is the thing for the non-suede Neumoks and a lot of the "rough" shoes.

    But if you ask me, if you want to throw the rules out the window, and you want to wear balmorals with jeans, then that's where a nicely-shined tan shoe comes into play. Possibly I think that because I like compliments from women. That's just me.

    But if you don't want attention-getting shoes, then the distressed balmorals aren't really the move.

    Note that I draw a big distinction on this issue between casual shoes and business suit shoes (which should never shout).

    Also, to play devil's advocate, a wingtip bal buck has more precedent than a wingtip derby buck (like the player's shoe), especially if the bal has a brick red sole. I mean, the bal buck is kind of the preserve of Apparel Arts, but still.
     
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    Another sizing experience question...

    I wear a 10.5B or 10.5C in Park Avenues, 5th Avenues etc (5-65).

    I'm looking at buying some AE loafers. I like the look of the Randolph (9-79) or Patriot (606). I probably prefer the Patriot. Would wear them with loafer socks, so a little thinner than my dress socks, which are wool and reasonably thick.

    Not having the opportunity to try these on, I am not sure which last would suit me better (I understand that the 606 has a narrow heel and wide forefoot).

    Does anyone have any experiences to share of the sizing they take in these compared to their 5-65 last size?

    Cheers
     
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  17. mrrosenthal

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    Does anyone else have an opinion on what the top allen edmonds shoe styles are? How about top colors?

    Looking for a list or a post/blog thanks
     
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  18. BolognaFingers

    BolognaFingers Senior member

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    black park ave and then right after that are walnut strands.
     
  19. JezeC

    JezeC Senior member

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    Quote:In terms of sales, PA and Strands, respectively. Paul Grangaard did an AMA not too ago on reddit. It's a very good read if you want to learn more about the Company and his views in the industry, among other things. I wished more shoemakers contribute to this type of conversation, especially Alden.
     
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  20. peppercorn78

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    I would go up one half size in length from the 5 last for the patriot. It definitely runs shorter.
     
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