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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. mreams99

    mreams99 Senior member

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    I wore 'em right out of the box:
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    He didn't tell me more info other than 'painfully tight'. I think his other shoes in that size were not Allen Edmonds.

    I will look at those other lasts!
     
  3. revivaler

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    New to me 1977 AE Madrid Patent Gator & Glazed Kid Leather. Very lightly worn on original soles and heels. Testament to longevity if cared for...[​IMG]
     
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    Contacted AE and they sent me a shipping label to send them back *ugh* to take a look at them in person. I kind of don't want to do it, since they're finally comfortable and I put a topy on them already :(

    Does anyone have experience with this kind of thing and knows how long they're likely to keep them?
     
  5. Robertson

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    Some have mentioned fit & finish issues. Just got a pair for Neumok firsts today, and there sole is attached like this. Could it be an issue (snagging, coming apart, etc.) or should I ignore it?

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    @girlwitstyle I guess if you want to stick with wider/fuller lasts, id avoid the 222, 108, 97 511G and 114 altogether. The 333 is definitely not narrow but its comparable to the 65. The 555 and 800 have "enough" room but I wouldn't consider them wide. 2592 is all over the map. The 606 & 2042 are roomy but the super tight heel fit drives most people away. The 444 was actually pretty wide but everything on it is pretty crappy. The 79 is in the middle for width, its not narrow but isn't super wide either. Never tried the 201 or 1943.
     
  7. RichieP

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    Obviously this is no longer a surprise gift, so drag his @ss to the AE store and get him fitted properly. You've got to buy fit, not size.
     
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    I would send that back, even though its in a place that doesn't have direct contact with the ground. One of my Leeds' stitching sticks out of the channel in that place too but the thread isnot pulling apart like yours is.
     
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    I kind of agree, unless they're willing to have a cobbler fix/glue/whatever. Probably easier just to swap for a different pair.
     
  10. shoenoobie

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    I buy a lot of AEs and seriously the craftsmanship has been out the window massively. MY cobbler spoke with AE reps apparently and he told me today that they claim a lot of bad burnishing, color mismatch, not centered stitching, etc, to be normal..

    I guess we are paying for the thick leather, but certainly not craftsmanship. Really.
     
  11. mreams99

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    I haven't had any issues with my AE shoes.
    I've been very impressed by the design, fit, and finish.
    My only disappointment is the loss of the MTO program. It was something that I was looking forward to trying one of these days.
     
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    I'd choose the one that fits best. On me, for instance, the McGregors don't fit well whereas the MacNeils are perfect. If both fit well, then get a McGregor if you want a leather insole or a MacNeil if you want a Poron insole. Also, the McGregors come in a couple of colors -- burnished brown and oxblood -- which are not offered for the MacNeils. The MacNeils are available in a brown grain leather for a more casual look, which is not offered for the McGregors.
     
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    AE should be embarrassed trying to pass that off as First quality.
     
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    Finally cooled off so I wore the new Dundee 2.0's for the first time today. Very comfortable - I think I'm going to like these.
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    Chris
     
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    Peppercorn shot of brown shell strands today. I dont do coffee ;)

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    What's the worst experience anybody here has had with Allen Edmonds Factory Seconds? Are they actually worth buying? I live an hour and a half way from the shoe bank in Port Washington, WI and I want to go check it out. If I like a pair, then I might think of buying it. Only if it's worth it though. I have 4 pairs of 1st quality AE shoes, but this would be my first pair of factory seconds. Thanks!
     
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    12 EEE here. I find the 333 is slightly narrower in the toe box than the 65. In particular right where the end of my little toe is (I think due to the shape of the shoe). I have a pair of Fort Collins than are plain toes and wouldn't get anything with a cap on that last because I doubt the shoe would give enough to be comfortable. I don't have any problem with cap toe shoes on the 65 but the toe shape is more rounded and spacious. Relatively speaking.
     
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    I have purchased about 5 pairs of AE's from the Shoe Bank. I have not had any real issues - a little wrinkle here and there, some stitching not quite perfect, etc. On a couple of the shoes purchased from the Shoe Bank I have not been able to spot any flaws. Probably the biggest issue I had was with my Long Branch boots - one of the boots has the eyelets not quite lining up perfect. Much less noticeable when laced up and can't see it under my jeans when I'm wearing them so no big deal to me. I have never returned anything I bought from the Shoe Bank.

    I don't know if my experience is representative of all Shoe Bank purchases or if I am just lucky. But that has been my experience.

    Chris
     
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    Thanks for the quick response. I think I might go check it out. Also, do Allen Edmonds seconds come with their original box like the 1st quality shoe boxes or is it a different box jst because they're from the shoe bank?
     
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    I've picked up probably four pair of factory second shoes, all had minor defects or blemishes that would be absolutely unnoticeable to anybody but me. I suppose the "worst experience" was a strand messenger bag I picked up for $149 - it arrived without the brass "loop" and hammer pin on one side that connects the strap, making the bag completely unusable. Rather than send it back, the missing brass pin was a $5 part at home depot and I spent an hour fixing it. For the trouble, AE refunded fifty dollars and I was completely satisfied.
     
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