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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. peppercorn78

    peppercorn78 Senior member

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    Just googled it. Don't think it looks particularly dressy, though maybe wouldn't work well with shorts. Would def be cool with jeans/chinos.

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  2. Kahuna75

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    check the Sebago handsewn line..about $350 - $400 - I have an older pair that are great and they seem to understand heel ratio better than AE -
     
  3. Kahuna75

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    Here is an example of my new Addison next to my older Sebago Handsewn in USA and you can easily see the difference in the taper to the heel of the foot. I think this is the part AE just does not get. For the record the Addison's fit me great - I am guessing my high arch which keeps the bals from lacing tight is filling out the loafer..win some and lose some. sorry for the shitty photo my DSL batter is dead.

    These shoes are both 13D

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    It terms of maintenance, if I used shoe trees and got them shoe shined at Nordstroms, would that be enough? Would they know how to shine a Walnut shoe?

    (i'm kinda scared to do the maintenance myself)
     
  5. BigRob

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    I would imagine that a professional shoe-shiner knows how to shine all tones of brown calfskin shoes.
     
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    No reason to be scared of doing the maintenance yourself. Pick up some neutral leather conditioner and polish, read/watch a few tips on the AE site and you'll be good.
     
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    They are a great looking shoe, congrats! With mild bowing it is usually lack of volume in AE shoes due to the unique construction. AE stores sell black superfeet 3/4 length inserts for ~$20 and I think one of the main reasons is to add more volume to the shoe for customers that experience minor bowing. They have replaced my $400 custom orthotics and work better for my foot. Might be worth a try.

    The Patriot is perfect for jeans and chinos IMO. I have narrow heels and the Patriot is the first loafer where I didn't experience heel slip. I also have a low volume foot with little to no arch and the Patriot works well for me there too. Since then I also picked up the Manchester which also fits well, but it is a much dressier loafer. I don't have the calf but have 2 pair in shell, brown and burgundy. I feel you are correct in your assumption, CG leather is stiffer than regular calf in my limited experience with it. The shell is going to have rolls instead of creases but overall look is going to be close. Rolls in shell loafers is a classic look to me and my preference. My burgundy are at B. Nelson right now getting new welts and soles, I took some pictures before I sent them off to do a before and after comparison if that helps.

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    Thank you for the suggestion. Do you think these inserts will suit me better or tongue pads? I just ordered a couple cheap ones on eBay. I wonder if it matters whether my foot is being pushed down from the top or up from the bottom...
     
  9. Kahuna75

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    order a pair of AE ortho inserts...there is very little in structure- I do not need ortho inserts and these are great and they make several of my shoes fit perfect or as close to it as can be due to my feet-
     
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    Was thinking about getting another pair of boots. Curious what the gents here think about the Wolverine 744 LTD in brown cordovan versus the Alden Jcrew captoe boot in #8 shell.

    I already have Daltons in both calf and cordovan, Fifth streets, and Alden Indy. Is the wolverine the answer just because it's different enough from the rest?
     
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    What do y'all recommend for the best interview shoes? I bought some walnut Strands and am thinking they may be too flashy?
     
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    Unless it is a crazy conservative firm you will be fine
     
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    Depends on the industry. You can't go wrong with a captoe though, either stitched captoe or punched captoe.
     
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    Its for residency interviews in the medical field, I guess that doesn't help you much though unless you are familiar with it. Moderately conservative. But I love the strands since I feel like they would go great in any other setting, especially for day to day shoes to wear in clinic.
     
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    I am applying as well in the fall. I own walnut Strands and would never wear them to a residency interview. They're significantly flashy and I wouldn't want PDs to remember me as "the guy with the shoes." I actually just ordered the black Carlyle for this very purpose. I would, however, wear the Strands to the pre-interview dinner if there was one, and I do wear them around the wards pretty often.
     
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    Dang :/ I love them, but can only afford one new pair of shoes at the moment.

    I don't want black shoes, maybe I'll go with the brown strands.
     
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    I would wear a black balmoral captoe to an interview. (AE's Park Avenue.)

    Short of that, a dark brown balmoral captoe. (AE's PA or Fifth Avenue.)
     
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    Or I also really like the "bourbon" color. What do you think about these?
     
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    Love the bourbon colour. I'm thinking of getting some myself. I think it could work.

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    Bourbon is only slightly less flashy than walnut.

    Safest bet is dark brown Park Ave, Fifth Ave, or even McAllister, as long as it's dark. Those are great shoes, and you'll get lots of use out of them.
     
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