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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. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Srivats, those AE's are badass. If AE started making shoes like that again I'd buy them.
     
  2. srivats

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    Srivats, those AE's are badass. If AE started making shoes like that again I'd buy them.

    Thank you. I will be a buying a pair of new pair of AEs later this week. I'll post a review here once I get them.
     
  3. upnorth

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    Sri, those are some of the best AEs I've seen in a long time. Proportions seem perfect and they have aged gracefully.

    Would love to hear what you think of your new shoes as compared to those.
     
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    Those are beautiful. If only I could find longwings with brogueing like that.
    How about something like this? http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Florshei...item563b2ced8d Or these: http://cgi.ebay.com/VTG-FLORSHEIM-IM...item20b0443086 http://cgi.ebay.com/VTG-MENS-FLORSHE...item20b0489e62 Florsheim just churned those suckers out in the 50's and 60's, back when they were a top quality shoe, and as such are pretty readily available in a variety of sizes and widths on ebay. It's not the same pattern as those ones, but it's similar. OT in an Allen Edmonds thread I know, but worth a mention. Just don't buy the newer ones.
     
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    Does anyone know if the model that previously went by the name of Clifton is now called Van Ness? I saw a pair of Cliftons at Nordstroms in a really nice looking brown, just a remarkably attractive looking shoe. I see no mention of this shoe on Allen Edmonds site however.
     
  6. We Tigers

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    I wore my Cliftons to work today! I believe they were discontinued 1 or 2 years ago, though Nordstrom always seems to have them (and tends to put them on sale quite often, if I remember correctly). Checking the AE website, the Van Ness is a rubber-soled captoe oxford with a decent amount of broguing. The Clifton is actually a captoe blucher with simpler broguing (just single dots whereas the Van Ness has the repeating pattern). I think the Benton is the closest thing AE has to it on the website right now, though the Benton's laces go one pair of eyelets further and the Clifton has no broguing on the heel.

    I really like the Clifton. It's a simple blucher that is a little more modern and relaxed-feeling than your standard cap-toe oxford if you want something that still looks simple and respectable without being the standard "interview shoe."
     
  7. bananananana

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    Anyone get the new brown cordovan Strands? I was waiting for shoebuy to get them, saw that they have them now but they're already virtually sold out. If the shell is from horween, seems like a hell of a buy for SCs on one of their most attractive designs for ~400.
     
  8. deveandepot1

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    ~400.

    Are they that cheap?
     
  9. bananananana

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    Are they that cheap?

    If they pop up on shoebuy it's easy to get them at about 20-30% off using discounts and cashback.
     
  10. kmdsimpson

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    Hoping someone can help me out with a sizing issue. I bought a pair of MacNeils in my usual, measured shoe size of 11D. They seem a little tight and short in the toe area. I also have a pair of Cliftons in 11D that fit perfectly.

    Anyone else have a similar issue with MacNeils fitting a little small? Or should I expect them to stretch a little when broken in? I've worn them twice and can't really decide. I just ordered a pair of 11 1/2 to compare, but wondering what others' experiences have been.
     
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    Cliftons fit .5 too big, both in my experience and consensus.
     
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    Hoping someone can help me out with a sizing issue. I bought a pair of MacNeils in my usual, measured shoe size of 11D. They seem a little tight and short in the toe area. I also have a pair of Cliftons in 11D that fit perfectly.

    Anyone else have a similar issue with MacNeils fitting a little small? Or should I expect them to stretch a little when broken in? I've worn them twice and can't really decide. I just ordered a pair of 11 1/2 to compare, but wondering what others' experiences have been.


    same experience for me with shell macneils, I sized up a half size in length to guard against and the toe box was still too shallow, making the shoes unwearable for me. If they had a broader toe box I'd have been fine.
     
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    this is the case with their 0 last (or 8? the one for hampstead) on a variety of models. i have to size up to 10.5D (from my regular size in 10D in most AE) due to the lack of room in the toebox. for shell, it won't let up. you better size up and deal with a tad bit of looseness with an insert or thicker socks than to deal with a cramped shoe.
     
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    If they pop up on shoebuy it's easy to get them at about 20-30% off using discounts and cashback.

    Shoebuy doesn't allow discounts on Allen Edmonds. Right?
     
  15. bananananana

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    Shoebuy doesn't allow discounts on Allen Edmonds. Right?

    Most don't but I've gotten some to work.

    At worst you always get the 10% member discount along with cashback from b of a or bing.
     
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    I just bought a pair of the new AE 5th street bal boots (AE samples in burgundy shell) from member rebel222. I think they look really cool. I'll post a detailed review when I get them early next week. From the looks of it, I think AE has a winner. For those who don't know, these are the #5 last, same as park avenues.

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    E is great for those of us on a budget.

    I picked up some closeout Soho's in cognac. They're great shoes, look amazing, and I get tons of compliments. It's a shame they discontinued such a good looking shoe.

    any insights into why?
     
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    AE is great for those of us on a budget.

    I picked up some closeout Soho's in cognac. They're great shoes, look amazing, and I get tons of compliments. It's a shame they discontinued such a good looking shoe.

    any insights into why?


    It simply is how AE works. If you see a AE shoe you like, don't wait to buy it.
     
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    Hoping someone can help me out with a sizing issue. I bought a pair of MacNeils in my usual, measured shoe size of 11D. They seem a little tight and short in the toe area. I also have a pair of Cliftons in 11D that fit perfectly.

    Anyone else have a similar issue with MacNeils fitting a little small? Or should I expect them to stretch a little when broken in? I've worn them twice and can't really decide. I just ordered a pair of 11 1/2 to compare, but wondering what others' experiences have been.


    An update and another question. I emailed AE and asked them how they thought the MacNeils should fit. They said to manually bend them a little to help them break in; but they also said to size up if that didn't work. So kind of but kind of didn't answer my question.

    I received the 11 1/2 today. Out of the box, before lacing them, they were huge. But when I actually laced and tried them on, they feel fine. No slipping in the heel. But there is almost 1" of room from my toes to the front of the toe box (it narrows a lot there).

    Meanwhile, the 11 does not feel so bad now; but could just be my imagination. Plus, my cobbler said he could stretch them no problem.

    I'm tempted to go with the 11 1/2. But wondering when they break in, will they a) conform to my foot and feel nice and snug (but not tight) or b) stretch out and I will always be feeling they are too big.

    Any further opinions?

    And BTW, these are not shell; just regular ol' calfskin.

    Thanks again!

    P.S.: Those boots are awesome.
     
  20. kmdsimpson

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    Does anyone know if the model that previously went by the name of Clifton is now called Van Ness? I saw a pair of Cliftons at Nordstroms in a really nice looking brown, just a remarkably attractive looking shoe. I see no mention of this shoe on Allen Edmonds site however.

    I wore my Cliftons to work today! I believe they were discontinued 1 or 2 years ago, though Nordstrom always seems to have them (and tends to put them on sale quite often, if I remember correctly). Checking the AE website, the Van Ness is a rubber-soled captoe oxford with a decent amount of broguing. The Clifton is actually a captoe blucher with simpler broguing (just single dots whereas the Van Ness has the repeating pattern). I think the Benton is the closest thing AE has to it on the website right now, though the Benton's laces go one pair of eyelets further and the Clifton has no broguing on the heel.

    I really like the Clifton. It's a simple blucher that is a little more modern and relaxed-feeling than your standard cap-toe oxford if you want something that still looks simple and respectable without being the standard "interview shoe."


    I had a girlfriend who loved my Cliftons - always commenting when I wore them. Plus, they are among the most comfortable shoes I own. Good shape for my foot, I guess.
     
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