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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. forbritisheyes

    forbritisheyes Senior member

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    Hey y'all,
    I apologize if I'm posting this in the wrong thread, but can you tell me when the best time of the year is to buy Park Ave's & McAllister's? and from who? I'd like to get another pair of Park Ave's in black & Chili and a McAllister in Merlot. I JUST noticed they recently kicked up the price. I don't mind getting second quality shoes if you fellas know where to get them.
     
  2. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    You are in the right place. The Re-Discover America sale should be coming up. Also the Nordstrom twice a year sale is a great way to get those two models (not in Chili though).

    Seconds are available at the ShoeBank or AE outlet stores. Just Google Allen Edmonds Shoe Bank.
     
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    You're in the right place. Check out the shoe bank for seconds, and it's best to call direct if you see something you like to snag it before somebody else does. AE's Rediscover America sale (15%-30% off) should be taking place in a couple of weeks; to know exactly when it hits, it's easiest to follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

    edit: beaten by FIVE SECONDS. Thanks, mdubs. :box:
     
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  4. rostov

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    Call the Port Washington store for seconds. Inventory is visible at shoebank.com, although it's only updated once daily, so it may not be up to date.

    Right now, there is a sale on Shell Cordovan for $325, which I'd recommend snagging if they still have the color and size of your choosing available.
     
  5. forbritisheyes

    forbritisheyes Senior member

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    @mdubs Thanks, man.
    @rostov Thanks!
    @random-adam Thanks as well

    Is there a discernable difference between seconds & firsts? I have a few seconds and don't notice anything myself.

    I have actually called the Shoe bank before - it's where I got my Quinton's[​IMG]

    If I'm just looking for serviceable AE shoes, do you think I should go the Shoebank route for all of them? I don't know if I have enough to buy all those either.
     
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    I'd look real hard at the current shell sale, and, the additional of black Park Aves for $325 would be difficult to overlook. (shoebank.com)

    There is a big (RDA) sale coming at the end of this month, 15% or more off.

    The shell sale can upgrade your look fast,
    although it may be a tad addictive, be warned.

    $325 sounds high for a pair of seconds, but you would double that for a pair of firsts.

    Edit: slow to the draw!
     
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  7. rostov

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    It really depends. I seem to have worse luck than others. I've gotten:

    • Shoes with no discernible flaws
    • Shoes with defective grain or burnishing
    • Shoes with misplaced hole punches for stitching (in this case, the holes caused no structural risk and was well-concealed)
    • Shoes with rips and tears!!
    • Shoes with the wrong heel stiffener, aka heel-counter!! (Actually, AE didn't detect this flaw... the flaw that made it a second was burnishing, AE accepted this particular return despite the shoe being worn)
    • Shoes with the toe-cap basically destroyed and the shoe unwearable (I was told this shouldn't have even been sent to me, although @peppercorn78 had previously been sent the very same pair and told it wouldn't go back into stock)

    EDIT: for further information and clarity, I figure I might as well list some issues I've had with firsts:

    • Shoes with heels separating and/or falling off within a month of wear.
    • Shoes with rips and tears
    • Odd leather rippling around ankle
    • Shoes with defective grain or burnishing

    In my experience, the main difference is that problems are *expected* on seconds and when they happen on firsts, AE is much more willing to work with you to repair or replace the item.
     
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    Bourbon Strands yesterday on the plane, burgundy Cambridge for tonight's wedding, have a great weekend guys!

    [​IMG]
     
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    halfnhalfnhalf Senior member

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  10. watchidiot

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    Great looking shoe! But even better watch. Nice PAM112 on a Gunny 74 serie strap!
     
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    Thanks! Always in with the keen eye my man, but that's the (overpriced) Wotancraft Legend 74. The Gunny would have been a far smarter purchase, but the Legend was a holiday present from my wife who had previously seen me researching the "74" options.

    Reverso tonight. :slayer:
     
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    Just pulled the trigger on burgundy dundees through the sale. Over the 9 months I've gone from no AE shoes to black park aves, brown rutledge, bourbon strands, tan addisons, and now these. My gf commented that her anniversary present better be good.
     
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    watchidiot Senior member

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    Haha my bad, I hope I didn't offend [​IMG]

    Love the watches CMT1, are you a member of TWAT? I keep lurking there but havent posted.
     
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    Absolutely zero offense my man, the day anybody gets offended by a misidentified watch strap vendor should be that person's last day on the Internet. :D

    I am always in that thread as well, but mostly lurk unless I have something to contribute.
     
  15. LeviMay

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    Ha.

    Sorry. Carry on.
     
  16. FatTuesday

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    Are you an 11E by any chance???
     
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    Yes, or I'll pretend to be. This is the 11E that has been on riposo in Italy. I've been ordering 10.5EEE, but I can pull off 11E on the 511 last.


    Also, I thank @New Shoes1 for bringing this shoe to my attention!
     
  18. FatTuesday

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    I tried to nab it a few days ago with no luck. @NewShoes1's post alerted me to it as well. Jeffersonville tried, but with no success.

    Just tried again and it was gone! Figured it must have been same as your conquest.

    Congrats! Be sure to let me know if it doesn't fit!
     
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    Quote:You should have imported all of them. Theres a Walnut Strand 10E and Truffle McAlister 11.5E. The McAlister is the only one I could pull off but I think it'd be a bit redundant with my Brown shell Jefferson. Good score and price though. I think all those are 2nds. Not sure where I heard that though.
     
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