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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. mw313

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    I love the shade with the CXL. It has a robust character with an elegant shade.
     
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    It is a shame, but very true. It is tough to educate people on proper shoes. They don't understand style vs fashion and have no idea on quality. They go by the name of a brand that they know makes other fashion items and figure that everyone will wear things like them with curving square toes and the like. When they see the price tag, they don't know about the refurbishing that can keep them going for such a long time, the comfort factor, etc. There aren't enough stores that carry welted shoes, so unless they go to a Nordstrom or other upper level stores, they won't even have sales people that can explain that some shoes aren't glued and thrown out every year.
    Unfortunately most people don't read style blogs or are members of forums like us. They buy all clothing and accessories based on names that they know from stores or hear about on TV through advertisements.
    Most don't even know what a cobbler is, or that people actually polish shoes.
     
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    They actually do make some in your width that they have at the shoe bank. I have checked and even ordered some, since we are around the same size. If I remember correctly you are a 14AA right?
    They make a couple of pairs a year in 14A, 14AA, 14AAA, 15A, 15AA, and even 15AAA (what i wear in the 7 last). There are only a few, but it is worth checking. I tried a pair of Bellevues (1 last) that they had in stock in that size range, and it looked great too. Sometimes you can be lucky.
     
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    Agreed! Great customer service for AE. I call them when ever i need something, because they are knowledgable and will do whatever they can to help. If they can't they get you someone who can.

    I deal with quite a few of the other brands (Crockett and Jones, Alden, etc) too and they are superior in overall quality, but each brand has its own style and price point. C&J is typical English with a more fitting and speak style. Alden is bulkier but works for people who enjoy those styles. They are even sturdier than AE, but heavier too. AE is the best bargain of the group if you can find a last and size that works for you. In the end when comparing them all, you need a good fit and some people can only wear certain brands for those reasons.

    I like each brand for different types of styles and they all have special orders available. Alden is the most difficult to deal with and you must order through a retailer that will carry the type of style that you want. C& J has a MTO where you can basically decide on everything, but the price jumps to about $1000. AE is the most reasonably priced with a $50 upgrade fee for MTO and extra fees depending on how much you modify. I would suggest doing this in a store or over the phone. Not online because there are not many options. Even Nordstrom can do the custom orders.
     
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    Not sure if we're still doing this, but here are all my AE shoes. I bought my first pair used on ebay my 4th year of medical school in 2011 when searching for shoes to wear for residency interviews and interview dinners. They were my black Bradleys. In hindsight, they were (still are) in pretty beat up shape, but they were a steal and they still looked 10x better and nicer than any shoe I had owned before. I don't wear them anymore and should probably donate them to goodwill. You'll notice in my collection that I seem to gravitate towards specific styles/shoes and then expand the color choices within that.

    1. Bradley - Black
    2. Delray - Chili
    3. Delray - Dark Brown
    4. Lasalle - Dark Brown (bought these used early on as well, in great condition. Planned to ditch them after buying the Delrays, but kept them around as bad weather bluchers)
    5. RL Sanderson - Walnut
    6. RL Sanderson - Brown
    7. RL Singleton - Walnut
    8. RL Singleton - Brown
    9. Fairfax - Chili
    10. Dalton - Chocolate
    11. Dalton - Walnut
    12. Long Branch - Dark Brown Grain
    13. Eagle County - Tan
    14. BB Shaker Heights - Brown with Tartan panels

    15. To Boot NY Caine - Black (beautiful plain toe balmoral for formalwear).

    16. J&M Melton - Black
    17. J&M Melton - Burgundy

    I have little need for balmorals except for the occasional formal-ish occasion, which is why I own so few. My typical office wardrobe consists of a button down shirt (+/- a sweater on top in the winter), chinos, and the shoes du jour.
     
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    Also, I'd be curious to hear from you guys which pair of shoes that you own tend to get the most comments/compliments.

    Up until a few months ago, it was surprisingly my Eagle County boots (regular factor specs in tan). I mostly wear them when it's raining or when there's been a lot of snow and slush on the ground. People seem to really like them.

    People still comment heavily on them, but I'd say my Walnut Daltons now receive the most compliments.
     
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    Thanks Mike. It took a while, and definitely longer than I would have expected. I was surprised in the store when I pulled them out of the box. They were really dark, and seemed much darker than the burgundy Cambridge that I was wearing. There was so much product coating the shoes that - at least to my eye - it had clouded the finish.

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    I've had my Cambridge for about 7 months, they have seen relentless brushing and Mac Method damp wiping, etc., to the point where I am really satisfied with the condition of the leather. I figured a half hour of elbow grease would remove the majority of the goop from the Dundees but, two hours later, I was still pulling polish off the shoes. While this is only my fourth pair of shell AEs, I have never seen this much polish come off a shoe - or quite so stubbornly.

    Now that they are showing their true, robust burgundy color a lot better, I am considering trying Reno'Mat on them to remove the rest of the polish from the sides where it is still visible, but the reported strength of that product gives me pause. I think I am going to stick with the damp wiping/brushing for at least a few weeks before making that decision.



    My experience as well. My oxblood Daltons get a lot of positive attention, far more than any other shoe or boot I own.
     
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    What specialty did you choose? Are you still in residency or have you finished and gone into practice? I'm a third year now and love when I am in rotations where I don't have to wear sneakers and scrubs. I know it is better for the dirty situations and comfortable, but I prefer to just change into them as needed and wear my nicer clothing and proper shoes when seeing patients.
     
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    Dermatology, have one (and a half) more year of residency.

    I agree, it's nice to "get to" wear your nicer clothing/shoes. as long as you're smart about things, you shouldn't have to worry too much about getting this in the hospital. Just don't wear them anytime you plan on going to the OR, are on labor and delivery, or might be doing potentially messy bedside procedures on the wards.
     
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    Congrats. I considered Derm and enjoy it but I want to do foot/ankle surgery. I have had my own problems that got me so interested in it.
    I think it would be very interesting to get some extra work in both Derm and Vasc so I can do wound care as well, because I seem to see the most involved wounds on the lower extremity in diabetics anyway, so I think it could be a cool niche. What is your thought?

    I want to be in a practice later on, so that should work out fine. Those are the exact times that I figured wearing scrubs would be best. I actually asked my school if I would be able to spend a month at the Philly VA and spend time with the podiatry service, because they are doing a lot of ortho work plus wound care with so many diabetic vets that don't take care of themselves. I learned so much there and was really impressed by how thorough their work was, but that was a rotation where I needed scrubs everyday. It could become a total mess from some of those wounds, even in the clinic situations before taking them to the OR.
     
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    My Walnut Strands gets the most compliments, but all my AE shoes get complimens
     
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    My Oxblood First Avenues got more compliments in the first three or four wears than all my other AE shoes combined (and I have a lot, now...). Interestingly enough, my Dark Chili McGregors also get a ton of compliments. Guess people dig the reddish tones these days.
     
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    Woohooo lacing fun arrrived....

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    mw313 posted his, so why not...
    AE
    1. Park Ave Black Calf
    2. Jermyn Black Calf
    3. Dalton Black Calf
    4. Lucca Black Leather
    5. Lucca Black Suede
    6. McTavish Black
    7. Neumok Red
    8. Grand Cayman Black Croc Print

    Others
    Red Wing Beckman, Cigar
    Nocona Black Deertan
    TBNY Adam Derrick Brown Suede
    Coach Driving Mocs

    and too many Cole Haans to list, don't worry, done with these now.
     
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    That was BackInTheJox, not me.
     
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    @BackInTheJox

    My Daltons, walnut shell and burgundy shell, seem to get the most compliments.
     
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    Just got my Bourbon Bleecker Streets today from the $50 off promo. I do need some opinions, though. Some minor things have me questioning the structural integrity of the boots in the long run. Big deal, or no big deal? Worth calling customer service?

    Here's the heel of the right one with some torn leather from the stitching. It's as if it's peeling.
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    And here's the inside of the heel of the other boot with a tear in the lining.

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    The outside seam isn't thatbog of a deal, but the tear inside might be, depending on how hard you ride your heel while walking. I would personally return, because my heel wears through lining quickly, and I would tear that up quite easily.
     
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    I would contact them and show the pictures. They may be willing to take them back and try to fix them while giving you an extra discount. If not and you are concerned, just have them send you another pair as an exchange.
    I wouldn't take a chance when they are coming like this.
     
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