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

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

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  1. nater

    nater Active Member

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    I was interested in buying a factory-second of one of the Italian loafers when I was at the Shoe Bank, but there were none in stock. Apparently there's an AE store somewhere in Italy that keeps all the seconds to sell there. So, sorry I can't help you. :)
     
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    I haven't seen mention of the Independence Sale on here. All the factory-second Independence shoes are on sale for $259. I believe it runs through Monday. I called to order a pair of Jeffersons in dark brown yesterday. I tried them on when I was in the Shoe Bank recently and they are sweet -- nice style, interesting soles, and better cushioned inside.
     
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    I have a different take than some of the previous comments; but please feel free to disagree . As long as the uppers are not damaged, these shoes could last decades. That means that your "good shoe care" includes new heels and soles as needed. These shoes are designed for long term wear - this is the primary benefit of Goodyear welted construction.

    Two shoes in a rotation is fine. You just need to give each pair a day off between wearings, and you have to use trees and a shoehorn. I would guess with the amount of walking you do, it could be as little as 3 months between heel replacements, and as little as 6 months between sole replacements. Maybe double those times, depending on actual wear, so figure 2- 4 heels and 1 -2 soles per year maybe?

    There is a limit to how many times you can recraft, due to the reason you stated - that the shoes get stretched over the last again. But recrafting is a once-in-several-years type thing, not an every-other-sole type thing. I think people here tend to be very particular about their shoes and so maybe are extra aggressive with this.

    As an example, I have a pair of J&M shoes, made in the USA, that are over 20 years old. I wore them every day to work for 4 years, never used trees, and resoled them as needed. The shoes are beat to hell and destroyed inside. After all that, I recently pulled them out and a cobbler was still able to resole them, and even to fix some interior damage. Now, these shoes are really at the end of their life, because I abused them, so I'm not suggesting that this is what anyone should do. But the point is that these shoes are designed for long term wear, and if I had taken care of them, they would be fine today.

    I think what is more likely is that you'll decide that you want more shoes for variety, and/or you'll say "I've resoled these X times at a cost of Y, so I can justify buying new ones after a few years". But if you wanted to, you could milk these for a long, long time.
     
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    Just as a heads up. I was at the Destin outlet on Friday to pick up a pair of New Orleans walnut I purchased from the shoebank and the salesman told me that AE was having an unannounced sale for multiple shoes. I glanced at the list for a moment and they had lots of calf seconds for $199 and two cordovans seconds for $299. He told me the sale would start this weekend and end at the end of the week. Contact your local outlet or shoebank for more details.
     
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    Anyone having a sale on the new Amoks?
    I want to get them for less than $170 shipped.
     
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    Does anyone know anything about the brown burnished single gusset leather briefcase? I would like to know if it is full-grain leather.
     
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    You're a bad man. I may be interested, too!
     
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    i agree just wish they have my size tho. jeffersons in dark brown is a very very nice shoe.
     
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    Hi All,

    I recently emailed Shoebank for the first time and received a list of available seconds in my size. I noticed in the list that there were Brooks Brothers rebranded AEs such as the Strands and Fifth Avenues. Would anybody happen to have experience with the BB branded AE shoes and know if there's anything different with them? Is the quality and feel/comfort pretty much the same? Would you guys suggest I just purchase the BB ones? I could potentially save $50-70 per pair of shoes if I were to go the BB branded route.
     
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    I don't have any experience with the BB rebranded AEs, but if you scan the last 10 pages or so of this thread, there has been a lot of recent discussion on this very topic.
     
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    There is nothing wrong with the BB ones. Generally the differences are minor, like a pre-installed rubber sole guard and/or a Poron insole. Depending upon how you feel about those modifications, the BB shoes might be a good buy for you.
     
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    I see, thank you very much for the help! I personally like the rubber sole guard on the BB version. However, I will need to figure out if I like the feel of the Poron insoles.
     
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    Does anyone know if its possible to buy seconds in Canada?
     
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    Shoe bank, same as US orders. Shipping is something like $25, but make sure that you ask them to ship with USPS or they'll use UPS and you'll be hit with brokerage fees.
     
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    In case no one has noticed, AE had added shoes to the summer clearance sale. For example the Malvern for $249 (online and in store), and specific cordovan models and colors for $399 (through an AE store only it seems). My SA showed me his sale memo, so I know the info is good. Not sure if this is a good price for cordovan first quality AE's, but I might be tempted to buy my first cordovans...
     
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