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

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  1. Subutai

    Subutai Senior member

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    I think we can use the $35 gift card for full priced firsts only....but please let us know if I'm mistaken. That card is burning a hole in my wallet
     
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    tifosi Tire Kicker

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    ^^ Hmmm. I'm sure it says it on the card...take a look, Tampa!
     
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    guys i have a pair of watson with the size completely worn off the sides. is there any possible way to ID the size of these things?
     
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    I have used one on clearance shoes and sale shoes before.
     
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    I tried using them on a pair of Fifth Streets when they were on clearance and the manager did not let me. I think it's YMMV. I think the card actually has exclusions printed on it.
    My shell models fit looser than my calf ones.
    I disagree with wanting the quarters completely closed on oxford shoes. If they close completely when new they are eventually going to be too loose when the leather stretches and/or when the cork compresses, assuming that the shoes have cork. I have read that some handmade shoes do not. If you don't expect the leather to stretch and there is no cork then by all means go ahead and buy them if they fit well with the quarters completely closed.
     
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    With my McAllisters and Strands being my first AE shoes, I'm not entirely educated about the recrafting. Additionally they are my first "real" shoes- I've never had leather soles or anything else AE does for that matter. I know about rotating them, but how do I know when they are due for recrafting? I've tried searching google but can't find a good answer. Do I tell by the thickness of the sole or is it just a time based thing?
    Thanks again. All of you have been more than helpful with my naïvité.
     
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    Can you please post a pic of those when you receive them. I'm thinking of getting a pair of those, but the reviews on the AE site say they look black as opposed to navy.

    Thanks
     
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    Per a prior request, attached are pictures of the suede strands I'm probably returning and a pair of Carminas on one of their more elongated lasts.



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    Its time to recraft when you wear through the soles and can see the cork!
     
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    Just bought a pair of grey Banchory from the Shoebank. Can't wait for its arrival. :slayer:
     
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    Pretty much... give or take. The more conservative types will send them in when they are very soft and spongy feeling in the center, indicating that they are about to wear through. The more liberal types will wait until they have a visible hole, sometimes dime sized or larger. The high-end manufacturers tend to recommend sending them in using the sponginess indicator. AE and the more economical brands will typically show visible holes with cork showing in their photos.

    Personally, I monitor my shoes very carefully as they begin to turn spongy, and I immediately quit wearing them the day that I spot a hole (which usually means it's pin sized). The longer you wear them after they reach that point, the greater your risk of insole/inseam damage, which is irreversible on any Goodyear-welted shoe manufactured by a company that won't replace the insole (which AE won't). Inseam damage results from the canvas gemming being damaged by dirt/water that gets under the sole. AE probably does some light or spot repair to the canvas if needed, but I sort of doubt that they will replace it entirely in the event of major failure like some companies will. Once your shoes reach the spongy stage, I would try to be much more careful about wearing them in wet weather.
     
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    Thank you very much! Just what I was looking for in terms of advice!
     
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    Hmm.....I think I'm getting closer to pulling the trigger on some shell Park Aves. Sadly, I doubt that anyone stocks multiple models to try!

    Conensus seems to be to go down in length, and in most times up in width. However, the shell models may fit looser than calf. I doubt it's a size width's bigger though, so I think I'll go 8.5E (TTS 9D)
     
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    I would not wait until there is a hole in the sole.
    I think the rule of thumb is when there is a soft spot on the sole, and before it has broken through to the midsole or cork.
    If you wait too long, you can cause more harm than good.
    just my $0.02

    Apparently I didn't see MWS's post.
     
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