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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. bkotsko

    bkotsko Senior member

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    They should.
    They replace the cork if needed.
     
  2. gsgleason

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    Of course. Just look at their re-crafting pictures!

    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/RecraftingView
     
  3. Czilla9000

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    Out of curiosity, where do you guys rank your AE shoes relative to other garment (trousers, shirts) as part of sartorial importance?
     
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  4. rostov

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    I over-value the importance of my shoes. Recently, I discovered that I only owned free t-shirts from conferences, a few old, over-sized button-downs, and several thousand dollars worth of shoes. I was down to two pairs of jeans in a daily rotation.

    I keep trying to improve my overall wardrobe, but ultimately spend the money on shoes. A few weeks ago, I did buy myself some new clothes for summer, so there is that... putting my 2014 wardrobe totals at $150 for clothes and $800 in shoes.

    The past few years, I have spent some money on several MTM suits, which I had made in Asia. That was mostly an exercise in wasting money. All but one resulted in disappointment, and the one I'm not disappointed with is a tuxedo -- and you can guess how often I get around to wearing that.

    Also I just spoke myself out of buying some more shoes, because I was just browsing the AE website looking at the further-discounted clearance items. I mean, my shoes might look better if I were wearing pants.

    *grumble*
     
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  5. htjouster

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    I'm a 9D Brannock and 9D on the 5 last, 2 last, and Patriots (all my AEs, actually). Have a pair of Mojaves also in 9D, which works for me. That said, they are roomier in the toebox than my AE dress shoes, but not enough that I would want to size down.
     
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    Good to know, thanks. Do you find them to be at all narrow?
     
  7. DerangedGoose

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    Good to know that AE will recraft, but I am a little disappointed that they wore through so fast after about 16 months or so. They were my only dress shoes for a while and saw daily wear, with some exceptions for a couple months when I was working a more casual job, so I would say it has been about 4x a week for the past (almost) year and a half. Is this a normal time frame for needing to resole? If so, that means these shoes are costing me almost 100 dollars a year to wear with recrafting. Not exactly the value proposition I was expecting.
     
  8. Scottyb06

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    My McTavishes aren't quite as worn as yours but I wear them two or three times per week. They are getting close to needing a recrafting. I think two things are an issue: First, leather soles tend to wear more quickly than those with V-tread soles (at least in my experience). Second, most guys (myself included) have more than one pair of dress shoes to let the leather/shoe rest overnight in-between wearings. If you're wearing your AEs everyday for well over a year I would call that abnormally high.
     
  9. peppercorn78

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    Were you doing a lot of walking on pavement, gravel, and asphalt? Those will obviously wear your soles down more than if you're simply driving to a carpeted office everyday.

    Having said that, I have found that the independence and JR leather soles hold up better than the standard oak and butyl AE soles. If you want the most durable option, spend the extra bucks to get a dainite resole from B Nelson in NYC.

    Finally, there is no need to get a full recrafting just for a new sole, if the upper is still in great shape. Just find a reputable local cobbler. Then have him pit a robber topy or toe taps on top of the new sole to increase its longevity.

    But if you've been wearing your Kennies every day, they may well need the full recraft. I would seriously consider investing in a second pair of shoes. If you really love that style (like me), they're on clearance right now, and seconds can be had for around $180. Wearing fine leather shoes everyday seriously shortens their lifespan.
     
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    The majority of it is carpeted office, but there is occasionally outside walking involved as well (parking lots, lunch breaks, nights out, etc).

    I heard that rubber topy dont last any longer? Is it possible to topy over the hole? Will it affect AE recrafting eligibility down the line? I dont want to do a full resole outside of AE because AE resoles the shoe on the right last, which a local cobbler will not have access to.

    I just recently purchased a brown pair, I will consider getting a third pair of either black or another color down the line.

    Does anyone know if I can ask them to resole with a harder/denser sole?
     
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    More importantly, did you wear them in wet conditions often?
    This will cause more wear than all other methods combined.
    This is the primary reason for the Topy/Vtread for me.
     
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    I do not believe any reputable cobbler would advise putting a topy over as that is like putting a bandaid over a cut that needs 10 stitches. I would think that 4x a week is a whole lot of wear on one pair.
     
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    I meant get a cobbler to put a NEW sole on the shoes, and then a topy on top of the new sole.

    Topys won't stick on top of used soles in most cases.
     
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    what size trees are those with a 10D using. i've seen charts that say M and others L.

    thanks!
     
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    I'd go with Medium. Large fits pretty snug in my 11.5 to 12 size shoes.
     
  16. peppercorn78

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    Really? I use large in my 10.5 3e's and they aren't snug at all. In fact I think I could get away with XLs.

    Best bet is to ask a store.
     
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    I went TTS on my pair and they are a bit roomy. I think I could've sized down, but I also have a pretty low instep. If you have a normal/high instep you might be alright. I'm size D and I found them to be quite wide as well.
     
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    fyi - discount code NEWWAREHOUSE at Hangar project until midnight 15% off
     
  19. Kahuna75

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    New loafer webgems up- all Dominican's
     
  20. watchidiot

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    Maiden voyage of my MTO Lake Shore Drives. I love that this pair didn't feel like it needed to be broken. The upper is soft and the Dainite is quite pliable.

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    Specs and more photos at the MTO Thread


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