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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. JSO1

    JSO1 Senior member

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    Same thing happens to me too. It should subside, in time. A bit annoying.

    It should be fine if it's $199+tax, but if you're concerned just buy a $2 polishing cloth.
     
  2. tharkun

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    @HealthActuary: ah sorry. Megathreads ... :)

    While I agree that 2nds are 2nds for a reason, I think it should be completely fine to ask whether something is a problem structurally maybe, that AE missed. I do agree though that not all posts are necessarily warranted as I would expect 2nds to have problem spots. It probably depends on the exact wording of the post(s). That said, as a long time lurker that registered yesterday to ask my first question too: @CGKIII: Amen! ;)

    Even with google finding the right page in 2000+ long threads can be tricky. I'm definitely in the first stage CGKIII mentioned. I appreciate AE very much and it was a big step from C$60 shoes to $299 US (clearance) + shipping + tax on arrival. Even given what I wrote about stretching, I appreciate them so much that I want to know how to best buy more of them :D
     
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  3. bdavro23

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    You are absolutely right, black shoes, in the right setting can be amazing. Its just that generally you see a lot more black bicycle toe monstrosities worn with baggy pleated khakis and a polo in your office. Black shoes are meant, to my mind, to be elegant and formal. They are often misused...
     
  4. 22busy

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    I admit, I'm not the most qualified to comment on this. Before coming to this thread I thought a shoe rotation was a pair black shoes and a pair of brown shoes, not twelve different shades of brown. :embar: I don't understand the disdain for black, or why brown is almost always a better choice. It's not better for everyone, and certainly not for every situation. I have a better appreciation for the variety that exists, thanks to this thread. But, due to my complexion and hair color, my wardrobe has always leaned toward a winter pallette with little brown in it. It doesn't work for me. Lots of black, gray, navy, etc.... Black and burgundy shoes have always seemed more versatile to me in my wardrobe. Now, thanks to this thread I have several other colors in my rotation, but at least a couple of pair of black shoes will always be needed in my rotation.
     
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  5. Moose22

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    Quote:

    I asked about a pair before I sent them for exchange. I got some help, and some nice advice about other things, too. That's value that I gleaned. And I am most definitely someone.

    I'd never owned AEs before, and I really didn't know where the baseline is. And, after sending back what I deemed inappropriate craftsmanship for $300 shoes, I got a pair that are just F_ing PERFECT for what they are. Having one person say "to be fair, those don't look great" puts my mind at ease. I want what I pay for, but I honestly don't want to be "that" guy, the one for whom nothing is good enough because he expects too much.

    I also got a sub $200 pair of seconds shoes that was damned near perfect and people put my mind at ease regarding lasts and sizing and I would have accepted a hell of a lot worse for shoes I paid half-price for. My whiny "is this ..." questions helped in BOTH cases, about bad stitching and about sizing. And, frankly, I've tried searching for answers to similar questions and it is hard to get the specific info you want out of 62,000 posts. If I have another annoying question I can't glean from a search I'll ask again, and one of the really nice people on this forum will almost certainly answer me even if you think it's valueless shite.

    Man I love joining a forum and a week later seeing a bunch of posts about how the community has just gone to hell in a handbasket.
     
  6. 22busy

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    Rofl
     
  7. Moose22

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    Hey.. that kind of thing can give a man a complex. Like walking into a crowded room with everyone laughing and they suddenly look at you and go silent!
     
  8. bdavro23

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  9. DGY1atTMW

    DGY1atTMW Well-Known Member

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    So if u walked up to a pair of $99 shoes with misaligned eyelets, bad stitching and an uneven welt, would u buy them? Prolly not - for sure I wouldn't on sight, unless I really liked them enough to overlook it...

    ...but on a pair of $300 shoes, u need stranger's advice to decide if it's ok to keep them ????

    Well geez, I guess there is a need for that shite then...Glad u got something of value...

    In the words of one longtime member's PM:

    "..the day that I need the advice of a bunch of anonymous E-Consultants on what to spend my money on is the day I stop buying shoes..."

    You know what I listen to every day? "Well, first I have to get my wife's approval if it looks ok"...

    Really?...when ur wife goes shopping for a new dress, does she insist you come along? It's about that time I remind them when they see their wife next they need to ask her to give them back their balls from inside her purse...

    But a bunch of "anonymous E-Consultants"? well hey, THAT'S different.
     
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    It's a good thing you didn't ask how a particular last fits compared to another. That would have sent everyone into hibernation mode.
     
  11. Moose22

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    Not need. Want.

    Deal with it.
     
  12. Moose22

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    Hah, that's PRECISELY what I asked the second time.

    Turns out, I have a weird shaped foot. So, in addition to having brought a 62,000 post community to its knees by joining and asking two bad questions, I'm also all self conscious because I have a high instep.

    I also asked if bourbon went well with some different colors of pants. Yawn! But I dig the color, and I might want a pair in that color one day, so I'm gonna' talk about it.
     
  13. Kahuna75

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    I once stepped in poop the first time wearing an mto boot with vtread.......that took some work to clean....
     
  14. DGY1atTMW

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    LOL..OMFG, for shoes? the vehemence is staggering....

    I understand now, sir, that you need help alrighty...

    ...a lot more than this forum can offer...
     
  15. Moose22

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    Maybe you just need to learn when someone's poking silly, sarcastic fun at you. I guess some people don't see irony, nor the charm a little self deprecating humor, but that's OK. You can point something out to a cat and the cat won't look at what you're pointing to, they'll look at your finger. So, I'll be blunt.

    I'm being serious, now. It's an online community. They ALL go this way. It's the story as old as the internets. People who've been around for a while have seen all the questions already. MANY times. Especially when they're of such a limited focus and have so many posts as one brand of shoes. The old hands get a bit jaded. New joiners are the ones with a little energy and excitement who still want to talk about the topic.

    You join any community by interacting, and the best way of interacting is often asking people questions. Let someone help you and they'll be more apt to like you. There's really no other way to partake of one that's just an open message board than to just jump in. So, why do you have to discourage the people who are soon to be the ones answering all the questions you don't want to bother with? Why do you have to post derogatory, ad hominem attacks? Just don't read the forum, or skip the annoying questions and let someone else answer them.

    The other alternative is for someone so esteemed to make a nice FAQ so it's easy to find these commonly asked questions.
     
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  16. tharkun

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    Here are the Fort Collins in Bourbon I was talking about. They can take some water now (as I use them as regular office shoes), after being treated with Mink Oil Liquid and some wax based polish (moist, not the dry one). Let the Mink Oil wars begin again ;)

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    I really like the long and not too rounded toe area. I've never had such nice shoes mind you. You should (not) see my black leather beaters I (used to) wear every day. I actually own two pair of the exact same ones and I used to just switch between those two. Those saw their first mink oil after 2+ years and drank like half the bottle. Luckily they started coming apart and the soles are through as well and I've been lurking on this thread and working up the courage to buy C$500 shoes :D

    Anyway, welcome AE to the rotation. I think I finally know what to answer my parents when they ask me what I want for my birthday and christmas again!

    For whoever was wondering what I meant with "stretching", here are the shoes with their trees. I just glued 4 stripes of left over leather to the side with Hirschkleber and skived it a bit after it dried, so as to keep the form of the tree/shoe "as is". I'll add some more to the front to get a smoother, less abrupt transition from leather to wood. I think the medium shoe trees that AE recommends for this size shoe are just not wide enough for 3E shoes.

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  17. RichieP

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    If the shoes don't fit, you must acquit. Or something like that. Definitely no point in buying shoes that don't fit you well. Nothing wrong with that.

    Heres some AE appreciation for you: last Friday, an intern in the lab walked by and said "nice shoes!" I was wearing my stone suede McGregors with light blue laces bein' all casual. :nodding:
     
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  18. YoungSweet

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    PSA, there's a black shell fifth street boots in 10E.
     
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    Those are nice! And I'm a 10E.
     
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