Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc...

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  1. patrick_b

    patrick_b Senior member

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    [Sadly] it looks familiar to me [​IMG]. I bought a pair of Burgundy Shell Leeds a month ago and ended up returning/exchanging them for another pair.

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    I actually picked them up in person at the factory store/outlet. I was blinded by the perfect fit and the low, low price of $299 for shell that I missed the pretty significant defect. However, there happened to be one pair left in the country in my size (11D) and they ended up being great! You are in an entirely different situation being outside the country. Sorry to hear about your troubles.

    Good luck. If you can get a pair that fits and is in working condition, they are a great shoe that will last many, many years.
     
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    I actually tried the 7D and 6.5E Fifth Street. Although I am 7D, the 5 last is narrow so the gap was just slightly bigger. The 6.5E provided just enough (as seen in the picture) to have a nice closure. For shoes I go 7D but for the Fifth Street I went the -.5 L /+1 W which worked out perfectly.
     
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    **Edit**

    I got this on the wrong thread somehow.
     
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    I actualy have the 5th street and a few other pairs on the 5 last. I personally don't like it when both sides of the vamp touch, I have a slight V on all my 5 last shoes when I tie them up, I personally think this looks better
     
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    I agree, I don't like my shoes look like they're super tight and tied up.

    V looks good.
     
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    I like a "V" as well. Sadly my feet don't cooperate; so I've grown accustomed to the quarters closing. On a brighter note, the closed upper gives you some leeway on lacing patterns. I've taken a liking to the European bar lace. It's easier to tighten and loosen, and the slant in the lacing stays hidden.
     
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    We probably bought them at the same store at similar times - it looks like they were selling a few with this major defect.

    Is it worth me escalating - or should I just forget about it. I want to keep the shoes - not only because they look great, but also I'm from Leeds...:D. However,it's not worth me shipping back and shipping a new pair out here again - that would be $150 on shipping alone! I guess that's part and parcel of buying seconds...but I would have expected the store to perform a rough check of the merchandise before shipping. Maybe my expectations are too high.

    Update: I was just thinking, superglue does a great job at sticking skin...if I flex the heel and bring the sides of the split together, they do so nicely. This gives me hope a cobbler can stitch, but I will have to wait until I go to the UK later this year - there are no cobblers where I live. I wonder if I could apply a minute amount of superglue to the split, bring together...and see if it holds. At worst it would prevent worsening until the cobbler got his hands on them...thoughts?
     
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    They could very well have originated from the same place. I placed my order through my local outlet in Freeport, ME. He sourced them from either the shoebank or from a different store. That repaired pair on ebay looks awful. With that said, this is the first pair of 2nds with which I've had such an issue.

    Like you, I was surprised that these were sold as factory 2nds even at discount. It seems like 90% of the factory 2nds have just cosmetic blemishes but every so often you get an issue like we faced. Perhaps they can be repaired and live a long and happy life. I understand your unwillingness to incur another $150 in additional shipping charges. Perhaps you can pose the question to someone at SF like Nick at B. Nelson to get his thoughts. If the professionals feel that it can be repaired and remain intact, it may be the way to go. If they say it's an issue that's not correctable, maybe check with AE to see if they'll work with you on return shipping. It can't hurt to ask [nicely].

    Either way good luck.
     
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    I bought my pair from the Freeport store too. I've sent photos to a reputable cobbler in a location I will be visiting soon. If he has good news, I'll pack 'em up and bring them with me.
     
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    Good luck, I hope you get a satisfying result. They do look nice when cared for and shell is a nice, bomb-proof leather.

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    I've been debating on which pair of boots to get since the winter and I still can't decide so I'm hoping some of you can give me some insight. I'm look at getting either the Dalton in dark brown, or the fifth street boot also in dark brown. Can anyone give me the pros and cons of each boot? I'd be wearing them for business casual purposes (since I'm a student but always dress business casual). I live in Washington, DC so we get a fair amount of rain and some snow/slush in the winter so I need a boot that could withstand a little wet weather if I get stuck outside for an hour or two in rain.

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    [​IMG] What PhiPsi32 said!

    I have both boots, the Dalton in Walnut Shell and the 5th St. in dark brown. I feel the 5th St. is a bit dressier but I like the looks of the Walnut Shell Dalton better overall. The shell leather has a lot to do with that. Not sure either one is the best choice for spending an hour or two in the rain. I wear either one when the weather is foul and I have to travel out to the Regional sites in Mn. and Wi., but that is still limited exposure to the elements. I had a Vibram toppy put on the Dalton, the only half sole I have ever had put on a shoe or boot. It is the standard hard ribbed Vibram half sole and I feel it doesn't add any advantage such as traction. And don't really care so much for the change in feel of the sole. This summer I will have it removed and try the Vibram Raptor half sole which seems to work well on snow and ice. Here is a picture of the Raptor on Crane's Wolverine 1K boot, but I will keep the standard heel:

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    I think a rubber sole is better for extended exposure to water, snow, ice and salt. I have the brown Bayfields but they are not a good fit for work dress IMO. Just picked up the black Bayfield and they take a polish perfectly, they look much like the black 5th Ave when covered by the pant leg. But still have an aggressive tread which dresses them down. On the other hand the first time I wore the brown Cascade boots into work planning to change once I got there the secretary said Wow those are very stylish shoes?! Go figure, she has never said anything about any of my other boots.
     
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    You may still can get the North Platte in your size (on closeout). Basically a Dalton with a lug sole (better for foul weather).

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