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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. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    When AE does not have what I want, I look to Carmina, C&J and Meermin. Meermin may or may not be a step up from AE, but Carmina and C&J most definitely are.
     
  2. JezeC

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    Independence Line is a step up from Meermin's CM line but I can't speak on the LM line.

    Carmina is definitely higher quality than AE, but I usually pay $200ish for first-quality ($300 for independence line) whereas I pay $450 and up for Carmina.

    I will still support AE but not likely though the MTO program.

    I'm sure Paul has something down the pipeline to keep his fans happy.
     
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  3. New Shoes1

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    You raise a good point to differentiate Meermin. I believe the general consensus is that the Meermin classic line is below AE in quality while the Linea Maestro line is a step up (if you ignore quality control issues that continue to plague Meermin)

    Are you in the U.S? If so, my Carmina purchases have usually ranged between $375 and $425 shipped.
     
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    Took the day off for moving and had some time to kill so gave some attention to the Walnut Shell Dalton's. By far the favorite of the few shells I have.

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  5. ReppTiePrepster

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    Afternoon gents. I don't usually contribute her much as Alden is my shoe/boot of choice. I wore my Walnut shell Daltons today and thought I would post. csmitty, yours look great!
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    wow, shell walnut looks waaaaay different than calf.
     
  7. polojock615

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    I have been getting my dress shoes solely form Allen Edmonds for the past three years or so. I have never once had a reason to look back, and this still doesn't give me a reason to look to change. Obviously, since I have close to 60 pairs now I can choose to be very picky about what I buy from them. That coupled with a new baby ($$$) means I will not be making a lot of shoe purchases in the near future.

    I can say that I was very pleased with the MTO program while it was up and running. It was a good way to reward loyal customers. However, all good things must come to an end. Many of us have business degrees and know that the cost for doing one-offs is much higher than going runs of the same shoe. That, coupled with rising leather prices and our general pickiness means that on some of these, I'm sure they were actually losing money. It is not uncommon for businesses to adjust processes or programs to better fit their needs. I suspect that they were actually losing some decent money over this program. It was good while it lasted, but it's gone.

    While it would have been nice for Paul to make an announcement, let's keep something in mind - he's the CEO of a multi-million dollar organization. I'm sure if he thought it would have caused this much of a hubbub, he would have done it differently.

    I, for one, will continue with Allen Edmonds.

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    You are going to love them


    Always looking good, my friend.
     
  9. ReppTiePrepster

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    Thanks BK!
     
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    I think lighter color shell is not soon to return to AE choices. Those walnut shell Daltons are beautiful, just a fortunate few have them.

    Brown Fifth Street seconds arrived today from recent sale...very happy with these. They fit snug, everywhere. Similar fit as a pair of To Boot New York that I have loved.

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    I trust AE that there's a defect worthy of this sale, but I don't see one. :)
     
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  11. BolognaFingers

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    Look great! Mine are seconds too. The leather is a bit wrinkled. Any way to fix that?
     
  12. Cold Iron

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    Those 5th Street look great! I have the brown calf also.
     
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    You guys are making me want to get the Walnut shell Daltons at Pelle Line that have been sitting out there. They are a half size too big for me but I think boots are supposed to be worn with thicker socks anyway...right?
     
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    Nice looking medallion cap toe bal boots. Enjoy them in great health!
     
  15. ReppTiePrepster

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    They can, but these are somewhat dressy/casual. I went with an E width instead of D because I like a smidge more room for boots. Seeing as how light colored shell may not be in the cards for a long while, it might be worth pulling the trigger and sending them back if the size doesn't work out.
     
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    What do you guys think of single versus double keeper belts? Is one more dressy than the other?
     
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    Do it. Those things have been orphaned for a VERY long time and desperately need a good home. And, you can always try insoles, tongue pads, etc. if the thick socks aren't enough . . .

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    I'll drive over and try them on tomorrow. I guess the marlow wingtips will have to wait another year...
     
  19. ReppTiePrepster

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    ^^^If you're talking Marlows and they are on sale, I would go with Marlows hands down. Sorry to this thread, but I've gotten much more use out of the Marlows rather than the shell Daltons. I suppose it depends on whether or not you prefer boots to shoes.
     
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    You may be right. The Marlows would actually be cheaper for me at the moment (although they don't have my size right now) and I basically haven't touched my burgundy shell daltons since April, so you're right I would wear the Marlows more often. I guess it's the unobtainable factor of the walnut shell. It does feel like more of an impulse purchase versus the Marlows which I've wanted for about a year now. Decisions, decisions.....[​IMG]
     
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