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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. bdavro23

    bdavro23 Senior member

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    STOP!!!!!

    No two pair of shell shoes will age and patinate the same way and will take on very different character. Please do not ruin them by putting a bunch of junk or *gasp* dye on them!
     
  2. BagleyBrown

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    Thanks for this comment.

    It is an odd situation- I won't end up with 2 pairs of natural shell Leeds unless I can intentionally significantly alter one of them. With only 6-8 months experience with shell I need feedback before I *gasp* ruin a pair of seconds.
     
  3. CGKIII

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    It's certainly possible. See here for some examples of what could be done, especially with lighter color like natural shell (link may not be suitable for work) - http://www.dandyshoecare.it/ENG/patina.html
     
  4. NE Shoe Guy

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    I just received mine Chili Universities and they are lovely. The shoe fits as well or better than my Strands in the same size.
     
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  5. Indyoshi68

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    Decided to grab the suede MacNeil I saw a couple days ago at Burlington... The toes of each shoe are a little worse for wear, but not a complete deal breaker at the updated price of $119. Really had to clean them up but they're looking pretty nice now:
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    The difference in color is enough to warrant keeping both it and the snuff suede Ralph Lauren kopped at the same price last week:
    [​IMG] Thanks to those who encouraged the acquisition! Why am I now obsessed with edging being stripped and recolored/lightened?!?
     
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  6. Curbed Enthusiasm

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    Just got these merlot McAllisters delivered. Looks like there's a few imperfections - note the "winking" on the upper, as well as the place where the line/edge from the bottom piece is visible through the upper (maybe was sewn too tight?). Would you accept these as firsts or exchange them? I've had seconds that have looked better than these.

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  7. JSO1

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    Exchange them if you're not happy with them.
     
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    I would keep, especially at $279. But it's your call. You can try for a better pair of it's going to keep you from enjoying.

    The creases in first picture would happen for me within the first 5 times I took the shoes on and off.
     
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    Leave them out in the sun - they will darken with sun exposure
     
  10. peppercorn78

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    Can't stop wearing these. So comfortable, necoming my go-to shoes for darker jeans.

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    I just received some McGregors in Bob's Chili from the Shoebank and they do have some striping on one side that many people have mentioned with seconds. Has anyone had any luck with using polish to minimize the appearance of the striping?
     
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    Just call/email one of the outlets and ask them to send you the 2nds list in your size. The JAB or BB models won't come out in the shoebank site. For some reason they only come out in the spreadsheet they send you.
     
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    see that link i just quoted. you can edit the shoebank links with the style code of JAB/BB/RL seconds and check availability that way. pics included. pretty neat.

    see here as well. enter size and width and links are generated for you. not a comprehensive list but a time saver nonetheless.
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1M08CDI15VxoyZSHmXJtBDgnNhACwRqa8Z9_dkup4YpY/edit?pli=1#gid=0
     
  15. BagleyBrown

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    Those are amazing! The after pics all look like shell but the page refers to leather. Also not sure how great a bargain seconds would be after sending them to Dandy. :)

    The patina on all shoes shared on that link is incredible.

    Googled some examples, and the 2 pairs would still be too similar for my closet. Looking forward to my pair gaining some patina with age and sunlight...but it looks like an intentional color change via dye is not a likely option.

    Thanks for the feedback! Not what I hoped to hear, but, useful...
     
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    Glad to be to able to give back to the thread that has taken so much closet space from me!
     
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    I don't understand why (because it doesn't make sense), but I feel mildly famous for having something I posted on reddit getting linked to on SF, haha.
     
  18. AMProf

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    Question: can I predict that the fit for the McAllister will be the same as for the Strand? I realize they're both on the 5 last. I wear a 9.5D in the strand and the fit is pretty good, perhaps just a touch tight. Yet, I purchased the Park Avenue without trying it on and find the fit crosses over into legitimately too tight. I was surprised by this, as again, both are on the same last. Both my Strand and my Park Avenue are Brooks Brothers models, btw. So will I be taking another risk if I order the McAllister without trying it on first?
     
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  19. Rubik1014

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    To add to this, my Park Avenues have never been as comfortable as my Strands, and I had assumed they were essentially the same shoe.

    If others could share their experience I would like to know what I will think of the Fifth Avenue, which is on my todo list next time it's discounted, if I can hold out that long.
     
  20. JR Magat

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    My next AE purchase will likely be the Dundee in brown shell, but @Burzan 's rework on his Leeds has me thinking... I really like the look of Alden's antique edging, and love their cigar chukka boot with it. I was just curious if anyone reworked the AE edging to mimic the look for antique edging? Or does AE have a similar look that could be requested when recrafted? I think this would look great on the Dundee

    Stock AE Dundee photo:
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    Alden cigar chukka with antique edging:
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