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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. allaboutshoes

    allaboutshoes Senior member

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    Any one try out the New Strand walnut with tap sole?PS AVAILABLE IN MY SIGNATURE
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    Wow - that comparison of the new finish to the old finish did it for me. I was already wanting some burgundy shell Daltons, and this ^ combined with the pleasure of wearing my chocolate brown calf Daltons today sealed the deal - ordered them in burgundy shell this afternoon. I can't wait to compare them to my burgundy shell MacNeils.
     
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  3. kmdsimpson

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    This is the 2 last that the Players is on. It is uniquely very narrow compared to the other AE shoes. I find that it either fits you or it doesn't - no in-between. Sad, too, because the Players look so awesome.
     
  4. spitshine123

    spitshine123 Senior member

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    Yep I alternate between Saphir Reno, AE cream polish and neutral kiwi wax. I do a quick wipedown after every wear and a polish maybe every 20 wears or so. The flash from the camera may be adding to the shine.
     
  5. mcass

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    Does anyone own a pair of brown shell shoes and cappuccino shell shoes? I'm trying to get a comparison of the 2, attempting to find how dark the brown shell one are. Additionally, trying to figure out the suitability of Dundees for a conservative business casual environment - how chukkas appear with dress slacks for use in a professional services firm...
     
  6. itsmejson

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    what would you guys wear with walnut cliftons? jeans? what color chinos?
     
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  7. kmdsimpson

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    I'd love to see this comparison, too. I recently saw the brown shell in store and mistook them for cappuccino; but didn't have cappuccino there for comparison. The brown is fairly dark already, IMO.

    Anyhow, I'm sure someone like coldiron or bucksfan must have both colors in their collection!
     
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    From left to right, Brown Burnish Calf (Jefferson), Brown Cordovan (Strand), Cappuccino Cordovan (McAllister), Walnut Cordovan (Strand), Walnut Calf (Strand).
    The brown burnish calf on the Norwich is somewhere between the Jefferson and the Strand Cord... Dalton dark chocolate calf are darker than Jefferson.


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  9. kmdsimpson

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    Excellent collection and thanks for the comparison! I was wrong - I thought Cappuccino was darker than brown. Your picture shows why it was so popular when it came out as a special edition color earlier this year.

    Also, I'm not as big a fan of the Strand as a lot other folks here in general (don't dislike it, though), but the shell version is simply outstanding. I think in shell it compares with the best of any brand and model I can think of.
     
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  10. spitshine123

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    Thanks for the great info, and I love the username! When were the cappuccino mcallisters released? I would jump on them if they ever came out with them again.
     
  11. bucksfan

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    Excellent comparo, horsey shoes, thanks!
     
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    What an amazing collection right there.... I could live off those.

    I wish the strands came out in cappucino, i LOVE the color of my brown cordovans however i think they really only shine in natural sunlight. if they were a shade or so lighter, they wouldn't look so muted in fair lighting.....
     
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    ahh thanks for the info. i seriously couldn't get over how bad they fit compared to my 8 last shoes (this was before i knew about lasts). it got so bad that i ended up actually becoming an Alden man, at least for the last few purchases. :embar:
     
  14. kmdsimpson

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    I think Cappuccino came out briefly as a special edition, but I may be mistaken. I agree with you though - looks fantastic in that photo.
     
  15. kmdsimpson

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    I also fit the 8 last well, and the 2 is just way too narrow in comparison. it's just a very odd last that only fits particular feet. You can't force yourself into it, unfortunately.

    I wish AE would update the last information on their website - it's quite out of date, especially with the new lasts coming out now (new 6, for example). Also, they could do with better descriptions. Nowhere do they say, for instance, that the 2 is narrow, which it clearly is: "Elongated toe with a slightly higher instep. Very similar to the 108 last." I find this statement patently untrue and highly misleading. In fact, they give the impression that the 5 is narrower than the 2. This is my biggest peeve with their website. I don't see how they have let this go for so long.
     
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  16. horsey shoes

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    I believe cappuccino was a web gem in the March/April time frame of this year.

    Out of the box, the cappuccino and the walnut cordovan were very similar in color; at the store and at home in overhead, indoor lighting.
    I used the dark brown cordovan creme from AE on the cappuccino and Saphir neutral cordovan creme on the walnut cordovan to help differentiate the two colors in daylight and bright lights... but if the lighting is much softer, cappuccino and walnut cordovan seem very similar.
     
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    this is some serious constructive criticism. you should bump this up to the higher powers at ae.
     
  18. mcass

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    Thanks man. Your picture just saved both me and my SA a metric crap-ton of time. Looks like the brown shell ones will be fine for what I'm going after, which is a Leeds (or possibly Dundee) with a poron insole.

    AE has been adding more shell colors to various shoes, but the Leeds hasn't been one of them yet. Hoping they'd add more shell options and a brown Chromexcel (all-weather) option at some point...
     
  19. MarioImpemba

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    Love the NST's; are those Parkways?



    I normally avoid Chukkahs, but those Dundees in shell are quite tempting.
     
  20. spitshine123

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    Yep, the NSTs are the Parkways in Burnished Brown
     
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