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

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  1. kmdsimpson

    kmdsimpson Senior member

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    Great pickup. I likely would have done the same if I didn't already have the RL version.

    Now I'm really tempted to see if there are some Strand shells available in my size...
     


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    Need some suggestion from some of you please?

    I have quite a few pairs of brown shoes (70% of my shoes). I want to purchase a pair of cordovans. The only cordovans that I own are the McNeil’s in burgundy cordovan. My choice would be either the Strand or the Cambridge.

    I have a pair of Calf McAllister’s in Merlot therefore I don't think I want another burgundy pair. So for the Cambridge that only leaves black. Now for the Strands I have them in Walnut Calf. Therefore that only leaves brown (which I thing look very good). Darn - if I didn't have so many brown shoes it would be a "no brainer".

    Questions are - How does the black cordovan look as compared to black calf in you opinion? I've seen burgundy cordovan after 20 wears and they look great. I've also have seen brown and also great. I would thing that black is just ok?

    Apologies for rambling...
     


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    Can someone comment on what the new "333" last looks like? Compared to, say C&J last 348, or other similar-lasted shoes.

    More pic would be great.
     
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    There you go again...show off [​IMG] .

    I may have to try the strand on. I always assumed that because they are a balmoral, they wouldn't work well for me. I could never get the Park Ave to fit right for instance. But I am really smitten with the dark brown shell version. Even the dark brown calf looks nice on that shoe.
     
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    lol. I have the same issue/fear with the Strand. I might go try a pair at Nordstrom and see how they fit. I'm worried they'll be too narrow.

    I suppose burgundy shell MacNeil would be a good backup!
     


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    Black shell cordovan is a cool material - it obviously creases differently than calf, and should last longer. The shine is very different than black calf - it is more of a transparent luster, almost like a black jelly bean.

    I have black shell leeds, and find them fairly versatile, but I really only wear them with black and sometimes charcoal pants / suits. I prefer burgundy or brown.

    You already have the Macneils in burgundy - what about the Leeds or Bradley? What about a loafer in burgundy, like the Randolph, Westchester or Grayson?
     


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    Do we have definite confirmation on the sale on shells? Through all the factories? I'm overseas, so i can't really put a phone call in right now. But I'd love to snag something while I can.
     


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    Going up to an E width seemed to address the instep issues I have with bals. YMMV.
     


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    Great idea, that would make a nice backup. I'm very pleased with my new burgundy Macneils. They fit well and appear to wear like iron, from the Rendenbach oak tanned soles to the bombproof shell uppers. I'm excited to add the Leeds in the same color to my rotation.

    I wish AE offered the Leeds in a brown shell like the Strand or maybe even the new Cappuccino color. That would be a real nice makeup. Now that I think of it, I never even checked to see if the Leeds were available in the new Cappuccino cordovan color. I suppose even if it did, it wouldn't be anywhere the $299 price of the factory 2nd burgundy Leeds.

    I've got a couple week trip to Barcelona in May and I figured I'd bring the Macneil as my 'dress' shoe but now I'll have the Leeds to consider. Both are very versatile so I suppose I can't got wrong either way.
     


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    Just to confirm: Nordstrom non shell strands are the same as shell strands (fit wise)? Last time i was at Nordies, they only had the calf version of the strands. Same last, same fit, right?

    Sounds like the sale shell strands will only be available via phone.
     
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    Patrick, thanks! I just emailed and got a response back from Edward in I'd say less than 5 minutes! Good service.

    EDIT: You just cost me $300. Have a pair of burgundy shell MacNeils coming my way!

    No Strands [in my size] available, so those - and their potential fit issues - will have to wait for another day.
     
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    For those with brown chromexcel Bayfields: what do you use to clean/polish your boots?
     


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    Is the cordovan sale going on now? I was told he hadn't started yet from an SA?
     


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    Thank goodness, I don't need another pair, but a sale on strand cordovans would have been too hard to resist
     
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