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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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    +1 on the Delray and Kenilworth suggestions. Both are very good choices for a versatile shoe that runs from casual to slacks and a sport coat.
     
  2. wigglr

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    What about using Obenauf's HDLP on Strands or the like?
     
  3. Cold Iron

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    I'd highly recommend against it. For one it turns everything a reddish brown. Like Montana Pitch Blend it is made for rougher leather. But works well on my AE waxy leather Black Hills and brown CXL Bayfields. I use it on my hiking and hunting boots, that is what it is made for. My Grand Slam Sheep Hunters are not gore tex lined yet have never leaked with HDLP treatment even wearing them through muskegs and bogs. And moose and wolf chit. Dress shoe leather however I would not attempt it. I pretty much live to bird hunt and spend all my vacation time ruff grouse hunting between the North Shore of Lake Superior and Boundary Water Canoe Area and phez hunting in SD in the fall with the dog. And mulie and elk hunting in Co. depending on the year, it takes a few preference points to get a chance at a Royal Bull. Good footwear and staying dry can make the difference between life and death in those areas.

    Here is a great article on treating leather from Russell Moccasin and HDLP. I use a heat gun to melt it in but do so at your own risk. Back in the 70's we used to put boots in the oven with mink oil. Same principal.
    http://russellmoccasin.com/leather_care.html
     
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  4. kmdsimpson

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    I noticed you don't have any bluchers, which might fit in nicely as less-than-formal-but-still-work-and-date-appropriate. Here are my suggested favorites:

    - Clifton in brown (I think only Nordstrom carries these now): http://shop.nordstrom.com/SR?keyword=allen+edmonds&searchorigin=keywordsearch (scroll down - site wonky today)
    - Leeds in black shell (if you want to spend this much): http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF9501_1_40000000001_-1
    - MacNeil or Bradley in burgundy shell: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF9097_1_40000000001_-1 http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF2291_1_40000000001_-1

    The shell ones might be more than you want to spend. But you can get the idea of the styles available from these examples.
     
  5. Cold Iron

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    Outstanding and pretty much my sentiment exactly although the Clifton did not work for me on that last and my foot. I have the Leeds in burgundy shell and can't stress enough that I never feel under dressed in them or overdressed. I purchased the black calf Leeds and wish they were black shell instead, and will likely order them. My vote would be for the burgundy Leeds in shell. It is not as "burgundy" as the calf Merlot but a mix of brownish red instead. I am still waiting for a pair of shell Bradley in burgundy that don't bow at the topline to be delivered. But I feel that the burgundy shell Leeds are the most universal of all the AE shoes that I own and always look good no matter what you are wearing. They can be worn with your best suit or jeans. And gain character with age and as the rolls develop in them. If you can spend the extra money for burgundy shell Leeds I highly recommend them, and doubt that you will regret it.
     
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    I'm dead set on a pair of burgundy shell shoes and would prefer a pair of Cambridge or MacNeils but unfortunately the only seconds in stock of such criteria in my size are the Bradley and the Leeds. Of the two I prefer the Leeds and as such I will likely request a pair of Burgundy Shell Leeds when AE processes my exchange. They received my Burgundy Shell MacNeils in the mail on Monday (returned due to the left and right shoes being patinated differently, probably due to being display seconds that were left out in the sun for too long).

    My question is this:
    Will I be able to wear the Leeds to job interviews (at law firms; if this helps clarify anything) with a solid navy suit?
    I'm a little wary that the fact that they are PTBs may render them improper for such use.
    But I have heard otherwise. I want to play it safe and if they won't work, I'll just stick to a pair of black calf PAs.

    Can anyone enlighten me?

    Edit: FYI after getting speaking with various customer service reps over the past week or so, AE cordovan seconds will be much harder to come by in the future as any new cordovan shoes will be made to order. [​IMG]
     
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  7. lostron

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    i agree, i am also considering getting the delray or lasalle - both very versatile
     
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    There is also the Brooks Brothers rebranded Elgin on sale now for $223.50. Up to you if the small difference in price is worth it for the rubber covered sole and the cushioning added the footbed.
     
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    Do you already have the black PAs? If so, wear those on the interview. You could probably get away with the Leeds, but some feel that bluchers do not go with suits. I don't know how conservative this law firm is, so I would stick with the PAs.
     
  10. New Shoes1

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    Stick with the black Park Avenues for law firm interviews.
     
  11. Quadcammer

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    I wouldn't wear leeds formally. In fact its one of my least favorite shoes made by AE
     
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    Also, it's just a good rule of thumb to never wear open laced shoes (bluchers) with a suit. Closed lace only (bals), and preferably black if you're going to be interviewing.

    Good luck!!
     
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    I wish my feet would agree with such [​IMG]
     
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    I don't understand. What's the issue?
     
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    Due to the restrictive nature of the balmoral lacing, it can be tough for someone with high arches to fit in these types of shoes. Bluchers offer more flexibility in terms of the tightness of the lacing. I assume that is what the poster is referring to.
     
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    I've never heard of this, seen a documented case of this, nor have ever known anyone to have this problem. With such a variety of lasts and manufacturers in the world, I would like to think that there must be a specific bal out there that can fit each specific foot comfortably.

    Is tightness what that poster was referring to, or will it simply not go on his foot?
     
  17. New Shoes1

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    Nowadays, I think this is more an issue of personal preference and not a rule. I prefer closed lacing with suits, but there are many bluchers out there that look nice with suits as well. And msulinski is correct, some people with high arches find balmorals too uncomfortable.
     
  18. Winston S.

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    I've read about this same issue on here before also. I think they can get their foot in but there is too much pressure over the top of the shoe where the lacing is. I remember seeing a picture from someone just this week where the lacing on an oxford shoe was very wide even though the rest of the shoe fit. It may have even been in this thread.
     
  19. deveandepot1

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    The Clifton is on sale. How does it fit?
     
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    I've been told that if you contact AE that they can accommodate the rubber sole on the Dalton's. Also, I don't need them to be fully waterproof, I just need them to not be totally shot to hell if they get some moisture on them. I like the Bayfield, but I've heard of various quality issues with them (grommets coming off, CXL leather being sub-par, etc.). I really like the North Platte, but it's not offered currently.
     
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