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

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.

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  1. swiego

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    Yeah, supposedly, bluchers are not appropriate for suits as they're considered to be too informal. But I've seen guys, on here as well as in other pictures from the past and present on the web, wearing them together and they've looked perfectly fine, or even very stylish, and acceptable to me. It's all in how you put it together, IMO, settings being considered of course.
     
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    You could get a shell belt from Brooks Brothers during one of their frequent sales. That's the most affordable option if you're looking for shell. I imagine the quality is lesser than the AE belts, and I know by experience the BB belts are far less nice than those from Alden.
     
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    I was looking to stay at or under $100 for what I believe should be a top notch belt to match this shoe and others of similar color down the road. Does not have to be shell. I just couldn't tell, at the store, how good the AE belts were; with the exception of one with perforations (brogueing) around its length, which seemed finished quite nicely, they all looked more or less like a $10 belt from TJ Maxx. The sales guy working at the store that night was not at the top of his game and seemed to know little about the belts; he kept flipping through the AE fall catalog looking for information to tell me about them.

    The cordovan belts are quite expensive and at least the local store does not appear to have them in stock to even look at.
     
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    I think that's one of those 'rules', like black shoes are the only appropriate shoe for business attire. These days, there are other acceptable choices, including a blucher...especially one that shines up as well as the Kenilworth. I chose the kenilworth specifically because AE has a high quality calf that I knew I could shine well and that they would work well with business and casual attire alike. The Kenilworth allows me to bring one less pair of shoes during frequent business travel.
     
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    that's good to know. Coming from the fashion mecca of Des Moines, IA, where olive green murano suits from dillards and light brown, rubber bottomed cole haans are of the norm, I'm hoping I can "rock" the Kenilworths with a suit. Especially if i can get half the shine that patrick did!

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    Next time I find myself in Des Moines, we'll grab a beer, some renovateur, Kiwi, etc. and have at 'em! :)

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    I have high arches so it makes it difficult to find RTW balmorals that fit comfortably. I wore shoes with open lacing regularly when I worked in the financial district in San Francisco. It was never an issue.
     
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    do you get to Des Moines from time to time?
     
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    Likely true. The metal taps are screwed in, which may damage the welt to some extent. That said, you could always just have B.Nelson do the resole.
     
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    Agreed, and that's a good point on the need for versatility as possibly being a considering factor, especially for people who fly frequently.


    That's the thing, there are so many people in the real world that are going to be breaking so many more guidelines of fit, style and appropriateness that nobody is going to notice or know. If you put even just a little thought and effort, as you are already doing, then you're going to be miles ahead of the game already so that I wouldn't think that you have anything to worry about. Best of luck!
     
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    Forgive my AE ignorance, but which shoes are these?
     
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    hey GHo here's a few photos of my Strand in Burnished Brown:

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    Sorry for the poor lighting in some of the pictures :[
     
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    Strands in Brown Burnished Calf, good sir :nodding:
     
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