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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. JR Magat

    JR Magat Senior member

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    +1 this has been my experience as well going from majority AE to now majority Alden. I still have love for AE, but I just prefer the aesthetics and fit of Alden makeups in general; plus I caught a case of the "rare" shell bug which is half the fun
     
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    Brooks x AE Aberdeens today
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    Walnut Wednesday McAllisters

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    When you guys get a new pair of shoes, do you put them in rotation or wear them more often so, they break in quicker?
     
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    depends on how many pairs of shoes you have!

    my rotation is about 5 now, so instead of wearing it once a week i may wear it twice a week to break in.
     
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    Need some advice. I have a chance to buy what appears to be shell cordovan monks. Can you tell by the pics if they are shell or calf? There seems to be the correct wrinkles and maybe even some "blooming?' Help me out here.

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    Everytime I put my Gobi's on it just reminds how comfortable dainite with no midsole is....
     
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    CRAZY TALK!!!
     
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    this is all arguably true, but (imo) C&J are both better finished, better constructed, and better looking than their Alden counterparts, and are similarly priced now. Alden is a bit weird b/c it's such a fashion brand at this point and that drives price. I own Alden Indy boots but otherwise my C&J boots are way nicer than Alden and for the price, my AE shell loafers I prefer to Alden. Alden occupies a weird middle ground imo, again driven by its status as a fashion brand
     
  10. Kahuna75

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    +1 this has been my experience as well going from majority AE to now majority Alden. I still have love for AE, but I just prefer the aesthetics and fit of Alden makeups in general; plus I caught a case of the "rare" shell bug which is half the fun

    Not going to disagree completely. I will say that I have had my fair share of QC issues with Alden however when I get a pair I expect them to be terrific and sadly with AE I expect there to be an issue. I will disagree on the finish of Alden's shell...to me they look plastic, patent leather or vynal......and of course I own several pairs of it with more on the way :) I dull them up. Won't rehash the wing debate as that is a preference. One thing WITHOUT a doubt is that Alden when it comes to boots eats AE's lunch...from styles, to fit to models offered and leather choices.

    One place AE stumbles is that they put out a boot then it is gone...nothing stays in the rotation. If it was not for MTO'd AE boots I think I would only own 3 or 4 - with Alden it really never ends...just when you have enough Indy's someone drops a new build with a new leather...etc ....NST/Captoe/Indy...three boot models you can own a bunch of and never be done. Alden's speedhooks are a joke.(sorry had to get that in :)

    And for AE to me when you get a perfect pair there is no better value around.
     
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    They look like shell to me. I'm guessing they are the Shell Norwich????
     
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    Spring 1995 catalog has them as "Black Cherry Shell Cordovan Standish" Got them for $49. Anyone know what black cherry is supposed to look like?

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    New arrivals

    Brown Northland seconds - stamped and have some poor leather on one shoe near the heel and waxy build up to be cleaned off (Keepers)
    Golden Brown Maritime seconds - not stamped and appear flawless, beautiful color on them (Keepers)
    Loden Suede Cavanaugh firsts - Flawless looking but having fit issues. Have a bit of pain on the left vamp from the strap. Heel is boarderline loose so I don't think sizing up or out a width will help. Will give them some carpet time at home and see if they are going to be staying (Undecided)

    The loden suede is a great color in person and the toe stitching is a really sharp looking contrasting dark tan/brown thread.


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  19. Kahuna75

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    Damn that loden is nice...wonder if that is the same that was used on the Dundees - that looks way greener ---I like yours better
     
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