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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. aero25

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    Love my pair, too. I live in a desert region of the country, so the leather sole is fine for me. The distressing on mine is very mild as well. So comfortable!
     
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    Thanks! I wear them a lot actually. They aren't overly flashy but just enough so that they get noticed and still work in a business environment. I get lots of compliments.
     
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    [​IMG]. Friday MacNeils. 45 on EBay.
     
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    My order, from casual to dressy: 2, 1, 3, 4 For me, it's really a toss-up in the middle between 1 and 3.
     
  5. middlepP

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    I like the idea of a personal ranking and then a ranking of what you think the general public would say.
     
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    I agree with this, except my reasoning for the First Ave being less formal than the Bleecker is the choice of leather rather than choice of sole. As far as I'm concerned, dainite is acceptable office attire for all but the most formal occasions. And doesn't the Bleecker come with a tap-toe?
     
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    The options were not chosen completely at random. There are some certain elements of all 4 that can go either direction, so I thought it would be a fun question to pose.
     
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    Wearing my MTO chili/bitter chocolate Fifth Streets today and got caught in a brief (and not forecasted) shower. So glad I went with JR soles, as they seem to just shrug off moisture that standard leather shoes would crumble from. Anyone know the price differential (wholesale or retail) between the two? I'd happily pay an upcharge for them on all my leather-soled shoes.
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  9. Flytrout

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    That cracks me up. My wife recently questioned me why I have three pairs of the same shoe (Merlot McAllisters, Chili McGregors, Walnut Strands). After a lengthy discussion she started to see the differences.
     
  10. middlepP

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    Ha! Had a very similar conversation about other brogued shoes.
     
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    Hah- I have this conversation weekly with my wife. She claims all my shoes "look the same". I proceed to explain to her the difference between blucher vs. balmoral; plain toe vs. cap toe. vs. brogue; shortwing vs. longwing; shell vs calf, etc. Her eyes just glaze over in defeat...works every time.
     
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    Navy Maritimes.

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  13. aejc

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    Interesting selection. Ignoring tuxedo pumps, I usually rank (in terms of formality [most >. . .> least]):
    lacing: oxford > derby > monk > loafer
    style: whole cut > cap toe > stitch cap > semi-brogue > brogue
    color: black > dark shades > light shades
    sole: leather > Dainite / discreet composite > double leather > commando / rugged
    material: full-grain leather > pebble leather
    (I'm not going to get into tanning processes).

    I'm a fan of oxfords, and love my tan McTavish, even though the oxford brogue makes a few cringe (I have numerous AE shoes in this style, including the tan McTavish, cognac Ridgeway, white Spiaggia, plus burgundy and bourbon McAllisters).

    Despite being an oxford, the tan leather, finish, full brogue and Budapester style make the tan McTavish an informal shoe. I'd rank it the most casual.

    The next two are the most difficult: grain dark leather with a Dainite sole vs. a slightly-lighter semi-brogue Monk --
    I'll say brown-grain, Dainite-sole First Ave, followed by Merlot Franciscan.

    That leaves the Bleeker St as the most formal.

    To me, the Franciscan is the wild card -- I could slot that anywhere other than the most casual of the four.
     
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    They are nice. I want a pair, but havent been lucky enough to find them :(
     
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    How much space should there be in the toe of an AE shoe? ...any experience with the 201 last?

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    Swapped out my pebble grain first avenues for brown burnished.
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    I tried the Bartlett today. They felt really good with tie width, but I ad slight heal slip using my 65 last size.
     
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    Enjoyed reading your reply. I agree that the Franciscan is the wild card.

    For me, the McTavish is the most casual. The light welt, double sole, and rough leather easily outweigh the bal lacing.
    Of the remaining three, I use the Bleecker as the most formal.

    The other two are a bit of a toss up. The color and shape of the Franciscan say formal, though I always think of a strap as casual (which is maybe why I have always shied away from Moras). A cap toe definitely leans formal, though the grain leather and dainite are more casual. I actually wear the Franciscans more casual, but that is because I think they look great with jeans. I use the First Aves as bad weather formal wear. These are the two that I was most interested in hearing about.
     
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    Good call IMO.
     
  20. M635Guy

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    I'm with you on almost all of that, especially the boxes/bags thing. I also hope they revive the MTO program with a nominal (I'm thinking $60 for a few changes, $100 for several).

    I'm glad they're trying new stuff, but while Alden isn't doing a lot of direct experimentation, guys like AoC, LeatherSoul and others are doing some terrific make-ups.

    I wasn't sure which ones you were talking about and had to look it up - I'm with you on the cracked. McT. I LOVE my waxed tan and cognac McT's though...

    (I'm also a member of the TMW club. Don't care either ;))
     
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