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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. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    FifthAve welcome to Styleforum. Would you post photos of said shoes please?
     
  2. norite

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    If you have a Nordstrom near you, just go in store and they can order your size for you and have it shipped to your home free of charge! Even if the size is out of stock online, they will order it and the shoes will be shipped DIRECTLY from Allen Edmonds.
     
  3. norite

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    I actually had the same problem as you. I purchased the Strands and Park Avenues that are currently on sale. Didn't like what I saw so I ordered a second set to compare. Oddly enough, although they were the same size, my second set was longer/wider/looser than my first set. It makes me question AE's consistency. There were blemishes on both and questionable leather quality. However, I decided to go with the pairs that fit me well despite having more blemishes. I was considering going to Nordstrom to return a set and order another, but I swear they are going to ban me from their store if they ever see all this buying and returning from the same customer/account.
     
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    Same situation here! 1st pair of McTavish had issues. 2nd pair was received today and the wingtip is kind of cocked to the right & fits loose. I called to order a 3rd pair today but was unable to because the 9E is not available to order.
     
  5. norite

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    I bought two pairs of Park Avenues from Nordstrom, both the same size and color. The first pair fit perfectly. However, it had what look like to be some kind of hole as if the shoemaker didn't glue down this area completely. Not sure if you guys can really see it or not. But my concern is, if water hits that area and it actually is a hole, it may mess up the interior of the shoe. Do you guys recommend returning this pair?

    The second pair I received was much too long/wide/loose even though it is the same size as the first pair.
     
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    Did you try going into a store and ordering it? I'm a big advocate of doing so because the SA gets commission, so they will do all they can in their power to get that sale. Although the strands in my size (7.5E) were out of stock, they placed an order for me. However, I have to wait a little while because it's backordered.

    The more defects I see, the less hyped I am about my first pairs of AE.
     
  7. seer

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    You know the Cascade is really a nice looking boot in person. As far as the McTavish - this was the first pair of AE I purchased and kept. And like I wrote earlier I got more compliments on that shoe in 3 days than with all my Aldens over the years. I did use two coats of Neatsfoot the next day I did a light coat of Saphir - they have stayed that color since.
     
  8. New Shoes1

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    Call Nordstrom. They will order you a pair and have it shipped to your home. AE will price match as well.
     
  9. fiestaplatypus

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    Does anyone have any sizing advice for the Lubbock rough monkstrap shoe? My normal size on the majority of lasts is a 13D, but I have been known to go shorter and wider on a few models (12.5E on the 5, for example).

    I have purchased and returned a 13D and a 12.5E now and cannot seem to get the fit just right. On the 13D, I had a great all-around fit for my foot and the toebox felt very slightly roomy, but very comfortable. The biggest problem was that I had some heel slippage, even when tiightened to the last hole.

    On the 12.5E, the overall fit was pretty terrible. The toebox was tight and the footbed just felt very off for the shape of my foot. The fit as far as overall width and length was pretty good, but like I said, it just felt very off. My pinky toe was pretty snug.

    Anyone have any ideas? Should I try a narrower 13? I'm aware that a lot of the rough collection shoes fit wider due to the leather not stretching as tightly around the last, as I'm having similar issues with the McTavish (I've only tried a 13D in the Tan Standard AE and Black Brooks Brothers version, so far). The Elgin fit well in a 13D.

    If I had an AE store closer than 200 miles away from me, I would pay them a visit, but it's not really an option right now. I don't want to send back a third pair of the same shoe if I can avoid it.
     
  10. jjr4884

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    Order a couple pairs and see which one fits best, then send the others back. Ya, it will cost you a little more in shipping, and you'll have an additional $300-$600 held up for a week until it gets refunded, but its better than driving 200 miles, and its better than doing trial and error and dealing with the shipping back and forth until you find the right shoe. At least you can enjoy the shoes the day you get the first shipment.

    Also, ordering 2 or 3 at the same time and being able to try them all on will give you a better idea of what fits right, rather than a week later getting a new size and trying to remember if the fit is better or worse than the last. If i wasn't an hour away from Boston, this is what I would do. Worth the $20 or whatever it will cost to ship the shoes that don't fit back to AE.

    Edit: Call the store 200 miles away and talk to them about the sizing. After my last experience with the Boston store, I will order everything through them and support them rather than going directly through AE headquarters. Call them, explain, and ask them their advice, and I am sure they will send you a couple pairs.
     
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    I had an issue with the finish on my McAllisters and customer service said to send them in to be looked at. They offered to refinish the uppers and they look great now. They also included a $35 discount card towards the purchase of a pair of new AEs. I´m not in the market at the moment and the card expires in 75 days.

    I'll send it free of cost to whomever can PM me on the condition you use it yourself and will not sell it, as I really have no use for it. I'd feel guilty selling it since they went way above and beyond for my issue.

    EDIT: Card is gone!
     
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  12. JubeiSpiegel

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    Hold on to it, you might change your mind within the 75 day period...
     
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    I would, but we're on a somewhat tight budget and have decided to cut out extra expenses (I really don't need another pair of shoes, or so says my wife...)
     
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    Thats very thoughtful of you... even though I will be getting the Neumora's in the next 75 days, i say keep it and if you still aren't in the market by day 60, then someone can snatch it up lol....
     
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    If we start to throw in logic and frugality, the fragile infrastructure of SF brakes down. Do we really need any of this stuff, no... Do we end up getting it anyway, yes...
     
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    They always say that. Don't believe her, she's just trying to preserve space for women's shoes. :D
     
  17. seer

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    Amen!
     
  18. MZWilson

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    I have more shoes than she does, she works in a hospital so it's almost always white tennis shoes.
     
  19. OmniscientCause

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    Just do what I do and cut cost on food...I spend maybe 40 a week on food total most weeks less. I make sure I get in my daily Macro amounts too. Sure I could and propbably should eat more. I also don't spend money on things like soda/coffee/snacks. That stuff adds up. Two months of a strict diet and you have yourself enough money for another pair of shoes...just bought strands, looks like I know what I have to do to make up for it over the next two months.
     
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    I'm getting some good money saving ideas :)
     
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