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

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  1. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    Personally, I am not a fan of longwings, so I went with the McAllister and am happy with them. Are you looking at shell Cordovan? If not, I am not a fan of the grainy texture of the walnut they use on the McNeil. I also prefer the sleeker look of the McAllister, specifically the single sole vs. the double.

    I suspect others in this thread will tell you they prefer the McNeil.

    Edit: Also, the McAllister is a balmoral/oxford, while the McNeil is a blucher/derby. Not sure if that matters to you.
     
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  2. BackInTheJox

    BackInTheJox Senior member

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    I would say it really depends on their intended use.
     


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    Get them in shell :) but then you would would be talking about Cambridge instead of McAllister
     


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    Thanks! They definitely look better in person than on the AE site. I think the same shoe in black is MUCH sleeker and modern than either the Park or Fifth Ave. I'll try and get some more pics.
     


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    Better pic in natural light showing the nice burnishing.[​IMG]
     


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    And two more. Nice burnishing, a longer toe cap, and generally a sleeker shoe than AE's other captoes IMO. I've only worn these twice and have done nothing more than put on one coat of Reno, one coat Saphir med. brown creme, and two coats Saphir med brown wax. Lot's of compliments on these shoes so far.

    [​IMG][​IMG]
     


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    Thanks, so you own a pair I assume. I was wondering about the color and leather. Some pictures on line kind of give it a poop brown look, other pictures the leather looks real fine - like a brown with a red hue. Any thoughts?
     


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    This.
    However, if I could only have 1 pair it would be the MacNeil.
     


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    The brown is the same type of other dark brown AE shoes. Which pictures did you see had a red hue?
     


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    Beautiful! How's the 3 last compared to 5 last?
     


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    Thanks!

    The 3 last for me is a half size up from the 5....8.5 in Strands and 9 in the Rutledge.
     


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    Well, although they didn't have the shoe I originally reserved, AE sent me a pair in a similar size (half size smaller but wider). No one will confuse them for firsts but there isn't anything majorly wrong with them that won't happen naturally after a couple of wears.
    After sending two pairs of shoes back for exchange, I think I've finally found a keeper!
    Now to begin conditioning and breaking my new Brown Cordovan Strands in!
     


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    What would you guys say the average shoe life of an allen edmonds calf skin shoe is? One black one brown worn 5 days a week. How many years can you get out of this rotation with good shoe care?
     


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