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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. The Hunter

    The Hunter Well-Known Member

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    I have never had a problem doing this at the store I go to
     
  2. csmitty

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    Quote:Yeap, those are Kenwoods. I've seen some on the 2nds lists with the blue and green colors. They're the handsewn lasts.
     
  3. Roycru

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    Wearing my Ridgeways and standing exactly here........

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  4. Nolaman

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    Have been considering a pair of Daltons recently that I hope to be able to wear with a suit at work and with jeans casually. While looking at the Club Monaco sight I ran across these Grenson Sharp boots.
    http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=41825956&prodFindSrc=cart

    With the discount, they are under $200. Any thoughts? I was really hoping for a bourbon or darker brown. Could I do anything to these to darken them up?
     
  5. Jackboot

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    Hi all,

    Slightly OT, but username "ScottyBoy920" linked to THIS belt a few days ago as an alternative to the AE Manistee belt.

    In short, I'm very impressed with the JAB "Signature" line belts. The "Perforato" model linked to above is a better match to AE's walnut calf than AE's own walnut belt IMO! I've read that the leather that AE uses for their belts is actually not the same as the calf leather used for their shoes, so maybe this makes sense.

    Here is a photo to compare:

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    Not only do I prefer the color of the JAB belt, the quality of the leather is noticeably better IMO.

    I also purchased two in black leather and one in burgundy. Is it just me, or is the burgundy belt a surprisingly good match to "Bob's Chili"?

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    The "Signature" belts are all made in Italy. The leather is full grain Italian, and the buckles are also stamped Italy. The belts are also slightly narrower than AE's which I prefer since I am thin and wear slim-cut suits.

    The price was $38 each during one of JAB's ridiculous sales. A great deal IMO!
     
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    If they fit, they fit. I wouldn't size down to allow for stretch, but that's me.
     
  7. RitchieBro

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    Brooks Brothers "Strand" @ Marshalls $107
    V tread sole, cushioned insoles. 12D
    My Walnut Strands are 11 1/2D, but these feel pretty good! Should I pull the trigger??
     
  8. jubu

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    Damn...for $107 there should be no question!
     
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    No idea if there are any shoes in "chili burnished" (although someone on here did an MTO in chili and asked for extra burnishing if I recall correctly), but what I meant was that the new chili is always referred to as Dark Chili Burnished or Bob's Chili.


    Went with my 65 last blucher size (8.5D). A touch tight in the toes at first but they broke in nicely. I wear 9D in all the 65 bals, except the shell strands for some reason which fit perfectly at 8.5D.
     
  10. htjouster

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    All, looking for some thoughts on burgundy shell open-laced shoes. Trying to decide between MacNeil and Bradley to fill the burgundy/open-laced spot in my collection. By way of background, my current open-laced shoes are: Leeds (black shell), Townley (brown shell), and RL Sanderson (tan calf, similar to a walnut Mcgregor). Current closed-laced shoes are: Park Ave (black calf & burgundy shell), Fifth Ave (brown), Strand (bourbon), and McAllister (merlot calf & cappuccino shell). The new purchase would primarily be worn with dress slacks & the occasional khakis, as I wear my closed-laced shoes with suits. If anyone has both the Bradley and MacNeil, would be interested to know the difference in the fits & which one gets worn more.
     
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    It has come to my attention that there is some skepticism regarding the validity of my inquiries about the variations of Chili. Namely Chili Burnished as compared to Bobs Chili, and Dark Chili. So just to clear the air on this issue

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    My apologies in advance for the atrocious picture quality
     
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  13. ReppTiePrepster

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    Cleaned up my Walnut Shell Daltons earlier today...
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    Considering letting them go as I get so little use out of them. I've owned them for more than a year and I can count on one hand how many times I've used them.
     
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    I'm pretty sure there will be more than one person interested in these. Size?
     
  15. middlepP

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    No kidding!
     
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    Two pairs of Sheltons have made their way across the Atlantic for me to try on.

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    I, too, loved the look and price of the chili Shaker Heights!! Has me debating the dark brown pair up on the shoebank.

    As far as fit, I sized up 0.5 in length and that seems like perfect move, esp when wearing medium weight book socks. After initial break-in and 3-4 wears, I'm noticing some inconsistencies in the footbed. On the left shoe, the "lump" coming off the instep is much more pronounced and directionally heads towards the toe, as it goes across towards the outer side of the shoe - rather than moving towards the heel (like the right shoe and the shape of one's foot).

    The discrepancy isn't too noticeable when walking, but very obvious when standing still. It's like I have to readjust my instep over and over by wiggling my foot around. To make sure I wasn't crazy, I asked my wife to feel inside each and tell me if she felt any differences. She definitely picked up on it.

    Thoughts??? Do you guys think this will go away with more wears? Or is this a manufacturing flaw? After disappearing for about a week, 1 pair of chili's re-popped up in my size. Has me wondering if this was the reason.

    This is my second straight 2nds purchase that has had footbed issues. My suede Fullertons just went back after the heel area developed an issue of the leather rolling and creating a series of small ridges.
     
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    I own both and they are two of my favorite shoes. The MacNeil is a bit dressier than the Bradley and overall finds more uses in my wardrobe. The Bradley is an awesome shoe, but is something I end up wearing mostly with jeans and occasionally khakis. I find the fit to be roomier on the Bradley, the MacNeil is a bit snug in the toe box, but for most not enough to size up.
     
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  20. peppercorn78

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    At the risk of turning this into an Alden vs AE discussion (and with the disclaimer that I own more AE shoes (18) than I do Alden (0), I find the overall shape of the Bradley to be boring and unattractive. If I were to drop 650 on a split toe blucher, I would definitely choose the Alden NST over the Bradley any day. I find the Alden's shape and toe stitching to be more attractive.

    I feel the opposite about the LWB. Prefer the MacNeil.
     
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