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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. GOP Shoe Guy

    GOP Shoe Guy Senior member

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    I am looking forward to getting those as well. :)
     
  2. coolarrow

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    Thanks. That's good to know. I'll have to try it. The advice I've seen with water spots (not raised) is just leave them be and they will go away after a few wears.
     
  3. GOP Shoe Guy

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    Wipe down with a damp rag, brush, VSC treatment, brush and brush some more... Then brush again. :)
     
  4. FatTuesday

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    +1 on Bayfield anticipation.

    I'm waiting for cool weather to break out my new shell Daltons. Any day now...
     
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    Are you on the ballot this fall? I'd vote for anyone who can bring out that kind of shine, even my own awful congressman! Nah, maybe not him...

    Have you had that kind of finishing success on all your other AE shells? I feel like mine are a bit inconsistent. But maybe I just need to wear them more. My shell park aves are about as dull as can be.
     
  6. Hiper

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    Hi Gentlemen,

    I Need assistance!

    I currently own 1 pair of Walnut Strands that I purchased during the Nordstrom anniversary sale in 2013. This past weekend I purchased brooks brothers black strands from the shoebank. Also purchased bourbon and dark brown burnished strands from Nordstrom (received a great price for firsts--different than advertised). That makes it a total of 4 strands.

    I think I overdid it, I really want a Merlot/burgundy McAllister but can't seem to find a decent deal. I am considering returning 1 of the strands and purchasing a McAllister from Brooks Brothers on the 16th (30% corp discount) which would come out to $258--same price as 2nds from the shoebank for the AE McAllister. I don't mind the rubber topy-esque sole but have concerns of the poron insole in the Brooks. Will it age well? Will it be comfy after 5-10 years like a proper broken in AE will feel? Can insoles on shoes be recrafted?

    I would not return the black strands as they were a great deal and I will find time to wear them when I wear dark or black pants to work. I am wondering if bourbon looks very close to walnut or if the dark brown is too dark it may as well be black. Pictures on the AE website do not help so I went to google images.

    The shoes should come in this week but just planning ahead as the Brooks sale is on the 16th.

    My other shoes are Cole Haan bluchers with the Nike air in them, they're okay with the patent leather. Have black cap toe, burgundy cap toe, and black wingtip. I haven't opened the cap toe yet as I don't plan to wear them in the near future (excited to wear the incoming AE).

    Oh and I purchased black Brooks fifth aves for my dad too. He's a black shoe guy but I suspect I will get him into brown soon. :)

    Thanks guys :slayer:
     
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    They were seconds. They weren't like this when new, but still I doubt AE would do anything to help here. Regardless, the main issue is when it comes to recrafting and when it comes time for it, some sorts of "repair" cobblers will do such as cementing and/or nailing half-soles can damage the upper. A good cobbler won't screw up your shoes, however.

    Currently, I have one of my Banchorys with said cobbler for repair of a deep cut that came with the shoes from AE. My only option with AE would've been to return the shoes and wait for another pair to shoe up on the shoebank. I decided to keep them and pay $10 to the cobbler.
     
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    I was really happy about today's cold, dreary weather in Philly. I broke out the cords, a sweater, and suede strands!

    Also, I've been wearing my shell Daltons for weeks... by December, the ground will be too wet to wear leather soles [​IMG]
     
  9. Shoes4play

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    Question: Which is the better cordovan loafer in burgundy, the AE Westchester or AE Grayson? I have both, but will give up one to my brother. I want to make sure I keep the right one.

    Thanks.
     
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    Need a new brother? I prefer the Greyson. So go ahead and give that to me and keep the other.

    It's really a matter of preference, both are very nice and classy.

    -Mike
     
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    That's a matter of opinion for sure. Mine is keep the Westchester. Since it's a penny loafer, you can dress it up or dress it down. The Grayson is for DC lawyers and lobbyists. It's outta place with anything but a suit or blazer and trousers.
     
  12. RichieP

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    Thanks! Glad to hear the Bleecker Street is picking up fans. I thought I had seen someone call it "repulsive." I tried them on the carpet around the house tonight and finally understood why they feel so good: the tongue is about a good inch lower than the height of the shaft, meaning I have no stiffness pressing against my shin. I'd liken it to having a shirt collar with the top button unbuttoned.

    Will do. However, is all shell destined to eventually turn brown? Even a burgundy? I bought the burgundy cream polish to keep it that way, but if I wanted brown, that's what I would have bought. I guess time will tell...
     
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    I believe that it is a full-strap loafer as opposed to the classic half-strap penny. It has some nice foxing on the back as well. :)

    -Mike
     
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    I wear dress pants and a dress shirt or a button down. In the colder months I layer with either a shawl cardigan, crew neck sweater or V neck. I can pretty much get away with wearing chino's from Monday to Thursday but quite honestly I enjoy dress well. I suppose it's the look good feel good adage.

    Since I don't wear suits to work, I get to play around with different shoes and odd pants combo's etc. I'm pretty sure I could get away with just a plain black like the fifth avenue's and the kenilworth but what fun would that be right?

    My list is

    Brown Kenilworth
    Black Fifth Avenue
    Chili Lasalle
    Walnut Strand

    I get the most compliments on my strand. The fifth avenue gets worn the least, I find that it's clunky looking and not sleek but maybe I'm in the minority?

    Edit, even though I don't wear a suit to work I always find excuses to wear one. Like going to a nice restaurant, wedding, baptism etc.
     
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    You are correct about the full strap - I just went to my closet to check. So a full strap is not a penny loafer?

    Regardless, my opinion stands. I'd wear full strap loafers with khakis. I couldn't image wearing tasseled loafers like Graysons with anything other than dressy business wear. I actually have a pair of those too (my brother isn't as fortunate). I find the Westchester style loafer more versatile.
     
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    Wow, those are gorgeous! I can definitely see the appeal of shell from them. Good thing I saw this after the Gmto!
     
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    Heh heh, you guys sound like people in the photography forums who buy all sorts of different lenses. The general consensus there is to unload the ones that don't get used much. Same goes for shoes, I suppose. :D
     
  18. tb43

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    Hi Guys,

    Hope Im in the right thread but just wanted some quick advice.
    23 years old Business Casual

    Strongly prefer 5 last (don't mind more formal looking shoes)

    Current 2 Pairs

    1) Black Calf Fifth Ave
    2) Brown Burnished Calf Strand


    Looking to add a walnut pair, what do you guys think about having a second strand?Possibly the mcgregor? Are these too loud/ am I too young for wingtips or walnut strands to be appropriate? What would you guys go with?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    There's an idea! I should unload my unused camera lenses to buy more shoes! Also, if not for shoes, I might have already upgraded my camera body...
     
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    I'd say these might have been "too old" when I was your age, but these days, they're not just stylish, but in fashion. The Walnut Strand is, I believe, AE's second-best seller. That said, if you're uncomfortable or wish to have more flexibility with the shoe, Bourbon is a great color. Personally, I've been wearing my Walnut Strands less and less, and when wearing walnut, instead wear the now-discontinued Shreveport -- but I wear mine casually.

    I've also gained a new appreciation for shortwings and longwings. The McGregor is a fine shoe, especially in Bob's Chilli. The Mcallister is fine, too, and I see no reason you can't pull it off. Going plain, you could do a Kenilworth in Bourbon.

    Some don't like dress boots and I don't blame them. However, you could consider some of the dressier boots, too, if you're so inclined...
     
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