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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. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    AE has always sent the shoes with the shoe trees in them. I would call.
     
  2. elbastardocalvo

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    I've never gotten a pair of shoes with the trees actually inserted into the shoes. The pairs that I've purchased directly from AE came in their own respective packaging, both in one large box.
     
  3. kmdsimpson

    kmdsimpson Senior member

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    I've had orders split and sent separately. It's possible they didn't have your size trees at the same location as the shoes, so they sent from a different store. I wouldn't worry; but it couldn't hurt to check.
     
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    My AE shoes from the Tent Sale didn't come with shoe trees. I had to purchase them :(
     
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    They never come with the shoe trees. You always have to pay for them. However, in order to save space for shipping, they will often place the shoe trees in the shoes instead of in their own box (assuming you paid the extra to purchase the trees).
     
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  6. Winston S.

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    I ordered exactly the same when the shell went on sale last time around and the shoe trees did indeed ship separately from the shoes.
     
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    Ah, okay. I thought I was missing out on trees.

    And yup, they explained how things are shipped separately. I got 3 separate packages (2 pairs of shoes, 1 box with 2 shoe tree pairs)
     
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    The color can vary a few shades.

    My shoes trees from the factory came separately from the shoes, as in two different boxes. When shipped from the store, the trees are in the shoes.
     
  9. Winston S.

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    I think they ordered my trees from the factory as well as the shoes, but they came from two different places.
     
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    Hey all,

    I need some help deciding on 2 new pair of shoes.

    Here's what I own:

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    I've sorted them from most formal to least formal. I'm looking for 2 main solutions:

    (1) I want a new brown pair of shoes to wear to work. I currently rotate in the J&M Aldrich's, but they don't fit me well, and they are also a burgundy color that feels too formal. I like the quarter brogue style (similar to the fifth avenue). The weird thing is, if I replace with with a fifth avenue in brown, then I end up having a very similar shoe to my strand. What would be a good light to medium brown colored shoe that would be a good workhorse shoe? ( business casual work environment - buttondown and slacks, no tie or suits ). The strand and mcallisters I own feel too flashy for my work environment. I'm thinking some kind of moc/apron toe here? Or another quarter brogue in a light to medium brown?

    (2) For casual wear / dates, I have 2 nice options for dressier occasions (the strand and mcallister), but only the desert boots for more casual situations ( button down and jeans, etc ). What would be a good option for something dressier than the desert boot but more casual than the mcallister/strand? Maybe some type of boot?

    I'm finding it annoying that I spent the most amount of money on the two shoes that I wear the least.
     
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  12. PhiPsi32

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    Shoe trees probably came from the Woodlore plant.
     
  13. Winston S.

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    It's too bad AE doesn't have an austerity wingtip like the C&J Drummond.

    AE Delray, Kenliworth, Leeds?


    They probably did. I don't see the version I ordered on the AE website. They are like the Woodlore Epic.
     
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  14. reydogg23

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    I dont think you should be so against wearing the Strands and McAllisters to work.
     
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    I don't have an answer for you unfortunately, but I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for bringing that sale to my attention. I've been seriously considering getting the Elgin for a while now, and at that price I might just have to pull the trigger.
     
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    1. I second the Delray suggestion, or even the Lasalle. I have the Delrays in chili and the Lasalle in brown, and wear both in the same capacity you mention (workhorse shoe for less formal work environment). Kenilworth is probably good if you like a plain toe shoe (not a huge fan personally).

    2. Have you considered the McTavish or Elgin? Both are more "casual/rugged" versions of the Mcallister and Strand, respectively.
     
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    1) Don't forget the tassel loafer. The Jermyn and Naples are available in brown. Not everyone is comfortable with the tassel loafer; I get that. But it is the quintessential American business casual shoe.

    2) You will find that the waxy leather Neumok is a great way to add a splash of color and dress down the more formal look of the McAllister wingtip. The suede Neumoks are also a good choice. Though also suede, the longer, sleeker lines of the #5 last gives it a dressier look without going overboard. The Ashbury pull on boot is also a favorite of mine and goes well with denim.
     
  18. in stitches

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    i enjoy AE cedar shoe trees. just sayin.
     
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    Longwing blucher (MacNeil, etc), plain toe blucher (Kenilworth, Leeds, etc), loafers (Randolph, Grayson, etc), suede chukka (Amok, etc) all work for 1 & 2 IMO
     
  20. Cold Iron

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    I have the shell Dalton with leather soles, not sure you can get the calf with rubber soles as it is not under custom shoes. AE calf is not waterproof and it would take a lot of wax to make it so. As far as rubber soled AE boots I have the Bayfield in brown and black. The brown CXL leather I waterproofed with Obenhauf's HDLP and it works well. The black ones I spit shined with wax and they are water resistant. Both are great boots. The Yuma is bison leather and not dressy enough IMO. The Yuma was a big disappointment to me in general and the only AE shoe\boot that I feel that way about. The Katmai surprised me, it would work for your needs if waterproofed with suede protector. I am wearing them more and more this summer. But my first choice would be the Cascade in brown treated with HDLP. I purchased them to wear to and from work in the winter then change into dress shoes. First time I wore them my secretary said how stylish they were and she has never said anything about all the shoes I own. I have worn them with a jacket and tie since then and now don't give them a second thought. They would not work with a suit however. But are very comfortable, as they broke in they creased correctly despite me thinking they were too long at first. They have nice wheeling on the welt too. Worth checking out and they don't scream American. Although that never bothered me much overseas except in high risk terrorist attack locations.
     
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