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

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  1. itsmejson

    itsmejson Senior member

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    They seem legit to me. I saw many other SF users recommend purchasing belts from him and havent' read any negative feedback.
    - Misspelling on the buckles what do you mean?
    - The belts he has are the AE wide basic belts: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF39501_1_40000000001_-1
    - The wide basic belts have allen edmonds engraved on the buckle:
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  2. elbastardocalvo

    elbastardocalvo Senior member

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    I've worn them with jeans, chinos, and (on less formal days) with a suit. They're very versatile, IMHO.
     
  3. kmdsimpson

    kmdsimpson Senior member

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    Here's an example. See how "Allen-Edmonds" is hyphenated?



    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALLEN-EDMON...A_MWA_Belts&hash=item3a75a53b5a#ht_500wt_1413
     
  4. itsmejson

    itsmejson Senior member

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    great thanks for your input

    I see how it is hyphenated but that the way it was designed right?
    look at amazons enlarge picture - also hyphenated: http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Edmonds-Mens-Basic-Dress/dp/B000MXVBOO
     
  5. kmdsimpson

    kmdsimpson Senior member

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    Ah, could be. I wasn't sure. They don't do that anywhere on their own site, so it seems odd.
     
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  6. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    At this point EBay. I've toyed with the idea of picking up a used Evanston or Soho and recrafting it, but just cannot bring myself to buy used shoes, even if it is a discontinued model that is no longer available.
     
  7. BackInTheJox

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    I had been deliberating for a while between getting the Elgin for the McTavish for my first truly "casual" AE shoe, and was leaning towards the Elgin, but found a great deal on a McTavish on ebay ($130 including shipping, very lightly used). Not sure if they were seconds or what, but either way it was a great deal (I actually won the auction for $80, and shipping was $50 because the seller is in Asia . . . but still a great deal for me). I still really like the Elgin (I had decided on getting the Elgin until I came across the inexpensive McTavishes and pulled the trigger . . . I still may get the Elgins anyway . . . )

    The color is a light brown as many other people have said, and in the right light almost has the tiniest hint of orange hue. It makes for a really beautiful color shoe, in my opinion. I have read a lot about people having to size down a half size, and these shoes were in my usual AE size range (they're 9.5E, I need 9.5E or 9.5EEE depending on the shoe), so I figured I'd buy them and if they didn't fit, could resell them. I actually put a custom-made orthotic in my shoes (my true size without them is 9E or so), and with the orthotics in place I do notice a tad bit more heel slippage than usual (the orthotic elevates your heel a bit in the back of the shoe). Not sure yet if that will cause a problem. The orthotic also elevates the forefoot some, which is usually why I need a EEE width to accomodate the extra volume from the orthotic. I feel like a 9EEE would probably be my ideal size in these, but so far I'm liking the 9.5E fit pretty well. The seller had a Vibram topy added, which is great since I probably would've wanted to do that anyway with these (I don't do that with my more formal shoes, but for a more casual style I prefer it).

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    Just for comparison's sake (size/shape/whatever), this is them alongside my pair of Lasalles in the exact same size, 9.5E:

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    josh4mc New Member

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    Is this about as good as it gets for PAs?
     
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    What is the difference between the Elgrin and the Strand? I have the Strand, but I noticed the Elgrin on the AE site, and it looks basically the same to me, but it is a lot less expensive.

    Also, I had ordered the Neumok Snuff Suede, but when it came it didn't have the contrast stitching like their site shows, and I thought looked great. I'm thinking that I will probably return these, but I need another pair. I would really like to get something that I could wear with cotton trousers at work or jeans on the weekend if possible, although maybe I should get two pair for that. I was thinking about getting a loafer or monk to suit that. Perhaps http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF0944_1_40000000001_-1 or http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF0212_1_40000000001_-1, what do you guys think?

    Thanks
     
  10. BackInTheJox

    BackInTheJox Senior member

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    The Elgin (which is currently on sale until July 7th) is a much more "rough" and casual version of the Strand. It's a more distressed leather and a bulkier outsole with contrast stitching and such (shoe experts could give you more details on the technical terms). The AE site's pics don't do a good job of distinguishing between the two, but here you go:

    Strand:
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    Elgin:
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  11. itsmejson

    itsmejson Senior member

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    yeah, the picture of the belt on AE isn't that great. If you look hard enough you can see the hyphen a little bit.

    congrats backinthebox :)
    - I'm planning to pick up the black mctavish @ nordstroms for their anniversary sale

    by the way, nice picture ;)
    - i ended up sending those back, received my replacement strands yesterday but had to send them back again due to another issue. Now have to wait another 2 wks for the replacements
     
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    wigglr Senior member

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    Wow! I'm very, very jealous. Should've found those and outbid you [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I'm just kidding. Congrats on a great find! And even more congrats on the condition! They look great!
     
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    wigglr Senior member

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    What are you using to polish the walnut strands?
     
  14. Papa Doble

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    I always appreciate it when people post pics of their AEs, so here's another shot of my snuff suede Neumoks.
     
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    Love those. How is the unlined leather? Any worries about durability?
     
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