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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. CalTex

    CalTex Well-Known Member

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    lol

    so what do you prefer?
     
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    Drove BMWs for 10 years. I just switched to Audi.
     
  3. CalTex

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    wait...shit....I thought you were in undergrad.

    I like the bm's, I like how they handle but I prefer the look of Mercedes. I have been in Audi's but never driven one, what Audi are you driving right now?
     
  4. PhiPsi32

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    Picked up an A4 off the lot when my 540i crapped out. Nice, but a little underpowered with the I4. I'm thinking about upgrading to the S4 (I6) when the warranty runs out. Overall I'm very pleased. My main gripe is the lack of a full sized spare. I would gone with the A5 but the two door coupe is impractical (i.e. getting the kids in the car).
     
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    If you find time to take a picture of the results and post it I would greatly appreciate it!! This is something I would considering doing to mine seeing how I have the Elgin in basically the same color.
     
  6. PhiPsi32

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    Yes, photos would be most welcome.
     
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    Maybe. But the Walnut Strand is a nicer shoe to have than the "casual offerings". It is a shoe you will be more proud of. And It can be worn with jeans, so why not buy the Strands when that clearly is a great, high quality choice?
     
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    Here's a nice casual shoe

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    I heard you might want to go down a shade (aka go lighter) than the Walnut polish from AE (unless you want a darker polish). Somebody told me the Walnut was a little bit darker than the Walnut Strand..? i'm going to the AE store tomorrow (i hope). If I do, I will chime in again.

    Personally, I've been very impressed with Saphir Renovateur.
     
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    I agree. I have the blue Neumoks, but I must say the Strand is a very impressive shoe that is absolutely worth having.
     
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    Thanks for your thoughts. I ended up ordering the walnut strands. The idea of jeans/chinos with strands has been so mixed that I figure it's probably ok to do if half the strand owners wear it.


    Maybe I'll reconsider the elgin and mctavish down the road. For now, I await the strands.
     
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    ^^^ Nice, but it sucks that they are only in "D" widths . . .
     
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    There is no disagreement that the walnut strand is a nice shoe. After all, I have it. I also have the strand in dark brown shell. And I personally don't care for either casual shoe the gentleman mentioned in his original post (elgin and mctavish), but I fully realize many on here like those models.

    But if what the gentleman is after is a casual shoe (which was my understanding), the walnut strand, IMO, does not fit the bill. While some may wear it more casually than others (some wear it with jeans; I never would), I don't think that equates into categorizing the walnut strand as a "casual" shoe. Categorizing this shoe as a casual shoe would require a significant departure from traditional rules of fashion (we musn't forget that the shoe in question is a single leather soled captoe balmoral with no storm welt or split-reverse welt; in other words, it has the classic characteristics of a dress shoe, save for the lighter color that makes it somewhat less formal than some darker colors).

    But if the gentleman wants a dress shoe that can be worn casually (apparently some wear it casually), then I suppose the walnut strand is a suitable option.

    In the end, perhaps we may have to agree to disagree? That is okay .....
     
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    As long as it's okay with you, there is nothing to worry about. Enjoy!!
     
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    I'm jealous you have the shell strands. I really want those, but I'm just building a collection and didn't want 2 strands (although maybe not such a bad idea on second thought)! I thought I'd go with the MacNeil or something similar.

    I think we're in agreement here. I don't think the Strand solely categorizes as a casual, and I'm like you and think that it has the parts of a dress shoe and the color of a less formal shoe. I guess which is why I like it so much. It's a beautiful shoe :)
     
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    Do any of you have any suggestions for shoe stretchers? My feet have seemingly widened recently (maybe they are expanding with the summer heat?) And a little more space would be nice... I would feel bad bringing all my AEs to the store to get stretched
     
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    Are you gaining weight? I lost weight and went down in shoe size
     
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    Manistee has brogueing which can make it seem a little too match with the Strands, but I wear it with khakis and navy blazer and it works quite well for me.
     
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