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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. redmusic1

    redmusic1 Senior member

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    Does anyone have any photos of bourbon with brown trousers they could share?
     
  2. Saturninus

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    Wow - what's the deal? Are they retiring the entire color?
     
  3. redmusic1

    redmusic1 Senior member

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    yeah. They did it last year with walnut cloud.
     
  4. ManImCool

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    On my walnut strands, which are maybe a year old or so, one of the rubber heel caps or whatever they are called randomly fell off yesterday. It looks like it was glued and the glue simply failed. Is this an unusual defect? Common? Do i take it to a local cobbler, or send it in to AE? Can this get repaired for free by AE or is this going to cost me? I don't remember where I purchased these. Could be 2nds, could be 1sts. But I got them new. Might have even been purchased off a member here.
     
  5. Neo1

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    Sale prices on 1sts are up, shoe bank site hasn't caught up yet. Almost exactly as I expected with a few notables, mainly the freiburg at 147[​IMG]. I literally just got them about 2 weeks ago - maybe I'll get lucky and get a store credit. Hey the grand Cayman is back at least, lol. I wear them in the rain sometimes when I want to give the Aberdeen a day off for good behavior.

    @Moose22 Hope you get those to work out. At the closeout prices, I definitely recommend checking out the Larchmont and Freiburg. The Larchmont fit me great right out of the box - I think I walked for like 3 hours and was on my feet all day right after I got them on the first time. The freiburg breakin was sort of rough - the 201 feels super roomy, but luckily there were so many eyelets I could basically tie them as tight as humanly possible and then they weren't bad. Rubbed my heels off the first few wears but they're good now. Main things im happy about are the tough durable sole (with black edge, I got the red/brown) and the fact that I can wear dress socks with these and they're still ok (although medium weight works way better).
     
  6. ace13x

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    Oh no. There goes the Valentines day funds.
     
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    @Neo1 if you're rubbing heels off, try a tongue pad. That's the only way we figured out how to get me into a 65 last, as one that will flex up for my instep will be too wide in the heel. The tongue pad shoved me right back into the heel so I wasn't swimming around.

    I hadn't considered the larchmont. I didn't realize that one was in Bourbon, too. So, now I'm torn. Considering the Rutledge fits just a touch too tight in the instep and perfect everywhere else, I'd assumed a 333 bal would be exactly the ticket. And I like the sort of European look of the last. It hints of Italian or English -- really sort of sitting between the square but pointier Italian styles and narrower but rounder toed English.

    As for the Larchmont, I'm of two minds about it. I prefer short wings to long wings, and I don't care for the back of the shoe with that double seam. But I like the toe and vamp on that one. I actually don't own a pair of wingtips at the moment, but figured I'd be getting a short wing in the next year or so. Maybe I go long wing instead?

    The question is, is the Flatiron TOO spartan? I love the toe medallion on the derby shoe. It's a nice contrast to the Rogues, which are all full of big ol' holes. But almost wish it had a touch of brogueing along the seams, like the Cornwallis. And bourbon is really in the walnut range -- I already have Rutledge in burnished walnut, which are a pretty plain captoe with really reserved brogue. I'd like something slightly contrasting as I think this will be my last "light" colored shoe for a while.

    I can't believe I've become so damned vain about shoes!
     
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    Neo1 and @parkman24 thank you for your inputs. Yes, Kirsti was the one who attended to me. I could barely wiggle my toes with the 9D and it was tight around the ball of my foot too, yet there was "crazy" heel slip. If it helps, one of my best fitting shoes is the Alden Indys in 8.5.

    Darn I didn't know there was an AE in Newbury, I was just there yesterday as a visiting tourist. Will try to give them a call today and see how it goes. I do hope they have the Oak Street in natural and the Strandmoks in my size. Just wanted to have AE to be "repped" in my closet and I want to have my first red Dainite too. If ever I am successful I will post it here.

    Enjoy the mild winter and happy holidays!
     
  9. rpearlberg

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    Those Freibergs at $147 is hard to pass up....how is the sizing? I have Long Branch/Strand/McTavish in 11D.
     
  10. middlepP

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    I have a pair of friebergs in my cart... Though I'm not 100% sure of the fit.

    Same as 65? (Or should I size up 1/2?) Same as others on the 201?

    Thanks, and happy holidays everyone!
     
  11. hohneokc

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    I bought the Freiburgs in the same size as 95% of my other AE's - 9.5D. The only AE's I went down 1/2 size were Rough Collection and Odenwald boots.

    The 9.5D Freiburgs fit me like a glove.

    Chris
     
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    I tried to purchase the Freiberg on AE site and they were out of my size at $147. The shoe bank still has the Freiberg seconds listed at $234, but not in the color I wanted. I called AE and they confirmed they no longer had firsts in my size, but found the Freiberg seconds in the correct size and color. She had to ask for permission to adjust the price to at least match the $147 clearance. She came back and said the shoe bank site had not updated the price and the Freiberg second was $117! So, continue to watch for the price changes on the shoe bank as they will update soon or you may want to call now.
     
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    Ok, so my interest is up. Anyone have in the wild pics of the Freiburg in russet? I searched SF but only one pic came up in light brown. TIA
     
  14. sentry

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    With the Bourbon sale, I'm looking to add another pair to my rotation.

    Currently I have:

    Black Park Ave
    Walnut Strand
    Walnut Jefferson
    Brown Cavanaugh

    Suggestions on what I should pick up next? I was looking at the Carlyle or the Park Ave in Bourbon, possibly the Mora as well.

    I work in a business casual office environment (i typically go with a button-up and wool trousers) but occasionally will have to wear suits for events.
     
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    I'm also curious about this. I got overly excited when I saw the new wave of clearance-- bought a pair of natural Clark Street and the light brown Freiburg (my first boot). Didn't really think either of them through that much. I'm wondering if maybe the russet brown wasn't the way to go.
     
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  16. redmusic1

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    Go for the Mora. It won't be a suit shoe, but I'm not fond of the bourbon with suits anyway. I would get them if they still had my size in firsts.
    If you do need something to pull double duty, then go with the FA or PA, because I'm not sure what to think about a plain toe bal in bourbon. Seems very limited to me, but I've been wrong before.
     
  17. Takster

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    I'd also consider the Flatiron. This should give you additional variety in shoe styles.
     
  18. sentry

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    Thanks for the advice, leaning towards the Mora now. What color do you recommend for suits? I wear charcoal and navy - I like wearing walnut with navy but it might be too flashy. Should I be looking to pick up a pair of dark brown PA?

    Also, some of the AE reviews mention the Mora has some issues with creasing and discoloration. can anyone weigh in on that?
     
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    This is a pair of seconds I ordered during the Black Friday event. I ended up sending them back based on fit (I thought they ran a little large) and finish (didn't like how the wrinkling looked on a PTB). I thought the tan color worked better on the Freiburg while the Sauk Drive made the most of the russet brown. YMMV.

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    There you go. FYI, these are firsts with some pretty noticeable issues. The quarters, the vamp and heels were all from different hides, so there is a significant color, quality and thickness variation in the leather. Additionally, the quarters are heavily burnished.

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