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

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.

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  1. d4nimal

    d4nimal Senior member

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    I think this is gonna be awesome. My nature was telling me to do something very close but the only way I could justify this to the GF was that my Daltons are not good enough to take the winter. Can't wait to see these done.
     
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    So you are going to have merlot, brown, and black on the shoe? I like the idea of a merlot shoe with black dainite sole and black speed hook accents, but I am already on a waiting list for a cordovan dalton in the oxblood/burgundy color, so once I get that boot ill be settled. I dont have any dark brown boots so I feel like I should go that route for the MTO.

    Do you guys think I should do dark chocolate or dark brown CXL?
     
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    850csi Senior member

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    I went with Dainite with a chili upper. You can take a look at the Bayfield or Long Branch for what a black sole looks like on brown shoes.


    Dark chococlate vs Dark Brown CXL probably depends on how dressy you want the boot to be.
     
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    Yeah, crazy, eh? This is what Allison recommended, and I'm gonna roll with it. The black welt isn't very noticeable, right? Just a small strip. Shouldn't be a big deal. I figured if I'm gonna MTO, may as well make it a bit unique...
     
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    Should have done it. Nothing is justifiable to my GF at this point, so I just do it. Damage can't get any worse (except to my wallet).
     
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    I feel like dark chocolate might be more versatile, since cxl will be casual only...
     
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    Is it possible to MTO a discontinued style?
     
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    I am in a similar position with wearing overshoes but for a different reason. And have tried many alternatives.

    I had my cobbler put a half sole put on my Walnut Shell Daltons. Those pair are very hard and slick, it is as bad as bare leather when you hit wet tiled floors. The combination tap soles as issued by AE seem softer than other half soles. The tap sole on the calf PA that I have is softer and appears to offer better traction but I have no idea about longevity. I don't care for the feel of them and seldom wear them so can't tell you how they hold up.

    Agree with Adam on the Othello sole on the Wilbert's, I have them in both brown and black and they are worn almost smooth. I have not tried Dainite because of the many reports of it being slick when wet inside on smooth hard surfaces and I spend a lot of time on marble and tile floors in hospitals and clinics. I believe the AE version is different than the English one and may be better for wet traction, but I haven't been able to determine that yet. Any feedback from someone that owns the AE version would be appreciated!

    I have mini lug on Black Hills and Bayfields and really like them a lot. They are thinner than the Alden commando sole but I have yet to have a problem with them. Alden commando top and MTO AE mini lug bottom minus the lug heel. I feel the AE is dressier and for something like dress shoes believe they would work well. Both of these work well in snow in Mn. on these boots.

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    But lug thickness isn't always a determining factor in looks. My Cascades have huge lugs and to me seem very aggressive. They are a very casual boot in comparison to most of mine but they are the only shoes or boots that my secretary has ever commented on saying they were very stylish SHOES, which is in a way the goal of wearing dress boots to me. That people think you are wearing shoes instead of boots when your pant leg covers the top of them.

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    A surprise to me is how well butyl leather soles work in the snow and wet. Even though they are still smooth leather once broken in they have a decent amount of traction.
     
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    Yes if the last is still available.
     
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    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    Maiden voyage of Black Shell Harrison's.

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    They are super shiny and comfy. :)

    -Mike
     
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    I asked about an MTO of an older style, and was told that it wasn't possible on the pair I was trying to get remade. However, Allison said that it doesn't apply to all older styles. You will have to contact her.
    Best of luck.
     
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    The Eagle County is removed from ae.com, interesting that they have done this. I guess the clearance price is still being honored with everyone's MTOs.

    Right?
     
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    From my understanding, the last is the issue regarding makeups of discontinued styles. If a discontinued style was made on an existing last you should be okay, if not I believe you are out of luck.
     
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    Not sure. I am tempted to go in on the mto and design my own boot for 197. I am thinking dark chocolate calf, brass eyelets, wheeled chili flat welt, light brown edge.
     
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