Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc...

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  1. Count de Monet

    Count de Monet Senior member

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    While riding out the ice storm - and watching some football - I thought it was a good time to spruce up my trio of #8's (l-r: 2013 AE Cambridge, early 80's Hanover PTB's, and 70's Florsheim Imperial LWB's).

    Anyway, after brushing it was time to apply edging and it occurred to me that two of the three had black edging but one pair had dark brown. (The Cambridge has black). I was wondering if this is simply a matter of personal preference or if black is considered "preferred" for burgundy shell shoes.

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  2. 850csi

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    My burgundy Sanfords have black edge dressing. I think either is fine, but I'd guess the default is black.
     


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    Whoops, didn't mean to leave out that part. Went with burnished walnut calf. Someone posted a pic of their illford next to a walnut strand, and it was very close in color.
     


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    Matter of preference. If you take a look at the Alden thread you'll see a lot of #8 with an antique edge and welt. I think it's equiv to AE's chili or "natural toasted." It all looks good! A black edge and welt give #8 a more formal feel.
     
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    I posted last week about ordering Long Branches. It's a shame with the snow in the NE this weekend that I don't have them yet to kick around in . Unfortunately, an urge kicked in this week and I ordered my first pair of Aldens: 404 workboots (Indy's) in Kudu with a lug sole. I wanted a boot I would be more comfortable wearing outside of work, and with the Long Branch being a wingtip I'm not sure it was going to be versatile enough for what I wanted. The Long Branch should excel as a bad weather shoe to wear to the office.

    Even though they seem rather duplicative I'm contemplating keeping them both unless one or the other disappoints or appears capable enough to serve multiple roles. I will be picking up the Aldens in person at the local dealer this week, meanwhile the AE's will be drop shipped to me from Wisconsin upon completion of manufacture since there was no stock in my size available.

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    I promise my next pair of shoes will be something a bit more elegant!.
     
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    ^It's a great day (in the US at least) to show your boots. brrrrrr
     


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    Thank you for sharing this. Just picked up Walnut/Brown/Black to keep my Bourbon/Merlot company.

    By the way, if you contact the Market Street store they may price match these for you even in different colors. I bought my Bourbon and Merlot from them when they price matched the Nordstroms Anniversary Sale prices, even though neither of those colors were offered by Nordstroms.
     


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    My burgundy shell Daltons and Patriots have black edge dressing and I think it offers a nice contrast "framing". That said, I really like the brownish edging on my burgundy shell Kenilworths. Basically, you can't go wrong. :)
     


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    has anyone tried changing the edge color from black to chili? Would it look good with black welt.
     
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    Hi,
    First time poster here.

    After reading posts on here, i reached out to the shoe bank and bought a pair of the Eagle County and Long Branch (grey), both at $99.

    The Eagle. County's are tighter than normal, but are ok in length and do not hurt. Much tighter fit than the long branches. I was wondering if anyone had experience with whether the eagles would loosen up with wear. My Dalton's loosened up considerably. If the Eagles wear in any way the same, i expect they will eventually fit like a glove.

    Thought i'd ask here before venturing out of the house with these. Thanks!
     


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    I haven't personally done this but from what I understand it shouldn't be too difficult. Another option is to send it to B Nelsons and have them take care of it. I definitely agree re the black welt and chili edge
     


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    Jumping on the Eagle County MTO bandwagon. Chili or burgundy/merlot upper?
     


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    ^ burgundy for sure!
     


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    What's the over/under for number of posts in January/February asking about Eagle County MTO boots that are too tight and/or have excessive creasing beyond the cap toe line?
     


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