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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. hohneokc

    hohneokc Senior member

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    Congratulations on your new shoes.

    I always put some AE cleaner / conditioner on the shoes before wearing them. Then I use the AE carnauba polish as needed. I also use the AE cleaner / conditioner every so often to keep the leather soft.

    Alway use shoe trees - if your foot is not in your shoes, cedar shoe trees should be. Also, wipe off or brush your shoes after each wearing to keep them looking nice.

    Chris
     
  2. jjr4884

    jjr4884 Senior member

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    Over the last several months, I have accumulated the following...

    Split toe cedar trees for every pair I have (4)
    One (dirty) horsehair brush for my calf shoes
    One (clean) horsehair brush for each color of my calf shoes, I have one for Walnut and one for Merlot... I use these to brush throughout the polishing process.
    One dirty and clean brush each for my cordovan.
    One dauber for cordovan
    One dauber for calf (a good rinse with warm water after each use is good, however I'll probably end up getting a few more per color)
    A crapload of their clothes, for $2.00 a piece you can't beat them
    Various polishes for each color, conditioner, natural heel and sole dressing, and then chili and dark brown sole dressing.

    Need to get some more brushes (for my black shoes) and also will probably get some saddle soap for my Neumoks at some point down the road.

    Will evenually get Saphir for my cordovans... I am going to spend a couple hours on mine one day with the dark brown polish that I have and see what kind of luster I can get out of applying multiple thin layers and giving them a proper spit shine. I am still not 100% happy with AE's finish on cordovan, so I am sure with enough elbow grease and patience, I can really get some depth out of my strands.


    Random question... AE website shoes "brown" for the cordovan cream, however mine is "dark brown." Does anyone have just brown? If anything, I would actually like to lighten up my cordovans a tiny bit if there is such thing as just regular brown.
     
  3. nicedream

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    I've been following this thread for months, and I don't think anyone has posted this. It looks like AE has introduced the ability to choose a different sole when purchasing on the website, for an extra $50. Right now it seems to be only available for the Park Ave.

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  4. OmniscientCause

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    Hmm wish I saw this before I bought them...I actually just dropped my strands and PAs off to the cobler today to have sole guards put on them...78 bucks.
     
  5. jcrewsmcknight

    jcrewsmcknight Senior member

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    Could someone kindly help me identify this shoe:

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    Thanks!
     
  6. kmdsimpson

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    Nice idea, but $50 extra? These guys are really pushing the pricing.
     
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    Unfortunately the Nordstrom Rack in Dallas is the closest one to me...and I'm in Baton Rouge, 8 hours away.
     
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    What is the natural edge dressing good for? I purchased it before I knew that Chili is the edge dressing color of choice for walnut Strands. I tried using it and all it did was make it a bit shinier. Didn't cover up any scuffs in the least.
     
  9. jjr4884

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    It works perfectly fine on any heel, however not as good as the designated colored ones such as the chili. I still like it. My Neumoks have much more of a natural finish rather than the brown color on my cordovan strands, so the natural edge dressing will work completely fine with that.
     
  10. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    Natural edge dressing is what AE recommends for the walnut Strands. I had never heard of using the Chili dressing on Strands before the last few weeks. That said, I may give it a try to see how it works out since I'm not a huge fan of the natural edge dressing.
     
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    A few years ago I was told by the then-manager of the AE Shoebank to use chili edge dressing with my walnut calf AEs. It was his judgment that the natural edge dressing was basically pointless.
     
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    Well, if you have chips or nicks on the edge, they are going to look very light (like the leather on the bottom of the sole) compared to the rest of the edge. If you want to cover these up, Natural edge dressing won't do the job. If you don't have any nicks, then I suppose you can use natural, but I'm not sure what the point would be.
     
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    Everyone I've talked with at AE tells me to use chili dressing on my walnut strands.....
     
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    Per the AE website:

    Based on color and individual preference, Allen Edmonds Shoe Cream, Shoe Polish or Carnauba Wax can be used to polish your calfskin leather shoes. Shoe Polish is best used for regular polishing and achieving a lustrous glow; Carnauba Wax is known for imparting a richer glow to fine leathers; our Allen Edmonds Shoe Cream, which is used for darker colors like Brown rather than Walnut, is formulated to renew the color of your calfskin shoes.

    To help achieve your desired shine, remove any excess polish and wax by brushing shoes with a horsehair shine brush and then buffing to finish.
     
  16. TRIALnERROR

    TRIALnERROR Well-Known Member

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    Actually, this is directly from AE: "For the Strand in Walnut Calf, we recommend Allen Edmonds Chili Heel and Sole Edge Dressing. Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions.
    Allen Edmonds Customer Service"

    FYI, the edge dressing is being discontinued so you may want to stock up now.
     
  17. evolved

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    Aaaannnd, I just bought 3 bottles, lol.
     
  18. jjr4884

    jjr4884 Senior member

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    any particular reason why they are being discontinued??? that seems a little silly, unless they really aren't selling many at all

    Edit... seems like its the normal sizes... from the manager of the Newbury St. store, the travel size works better and will still last you a very long time, so as long as those are sticking around, we seem to be alright. Besides, the travel size ones are much easier to use IMO
     
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  19. iloveshoes

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    What is the inside code? I want to say it is the Chester
     
  20. jjr4884

    jjr4884 Senior member

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    the chester had a medallion toe box
     
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