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

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  1. dancingbear

    dancingbear Senior member

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    I need some shoe care advice for my AE walnut burnished shoes (Flatiron and Jefferson). Both are just a couple of months old with a half dozen or so wearings each. I sat down today to clean and polish them.

    AE walnut polish worked fairly well, but the burnishing is giving me trouble. How do I get out the scuffs from the burnishing around the toe box? With size 15 feet and getting in and out of the car several times a day for work, I probably have more than average scuffing. It isn't a physical blemish, just a rubbing of the color. Any help would be appreciated.
     


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    i have this... love it

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/trafalg...ictiveSearch&fashionColor=Tan&resultback=5190
     


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    It may be the lighting but I am having a hard time getting it to show in pictures. The best example is the Jefferson on the right. The change in color right in the middle of the broguing is a scuff.
     


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    Laces are so cheap.... check online and buy new ones that are shorter. I think straight bar lacing is so much cleaner than european, especially for a blucher style. Ian's shoe lace website will also tell you how much longer your laces will be, so you can do simple math to determine what length laces you will need.

    I have straight bar'd all my six eyelet bals and neither of them have "too much" lacing
     


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    The European straight lace is easier to cinch. In most cases, with black or dark brown laces, the underlying cross over is less obvious. On the other hand, I do it with my colored laces, and I still like it. No harm in trying it out first.

    You can select a variety of laces on the AE website. Free shipping applies.
     


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    If it's not too tight, it should loosen up as you break them in.
     


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    Jah, the McTavish runs just a little bit large.
     


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    Ever notice the same guys who bash AE are the ones who say Mercedes makes shitty cars and Bose speakers sound like crap?
     


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    If your considering the Elgin at all you might want to jump now and get them. The only ones left on the AE website are size 11, I purchased mine through the shoebank last week for $179 and they are flawless.

    Agree with others that the Strands work well with jeans and chinos, my Strands are walnut shell but my McAllister are walnut calf which I do wear with chinos and once in awhile jeans.
    And have come to really like that look. But purchased the McTavish and Elgin for an even lighter shade of brown and slightly more casual feel.

    Then they fit the task at hand perfectly. To wear shoes that jump out at all at a funeral at all would be disrespectful to the deceased IMO. Just that, my opinion but it is a common one. Same could be said for black shoes for an interview.


    I normally wear a 10D in most all AE lasts. All 3 of my rough collection shoes including the McTavish are 9.5D and fit perfectly. Did you try a 9.5E?
     
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    E is awesome. Mercedes sucks.
     


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    Call the shoebank and see what offerings they have in walnut belts. I have done this for two belts in the past - one walnut and one chili, each 1 1/8 inches - and each was on sale. One was a first ($49); the other a second ($39) (but no defects that I could detect). The belts were each from a prior year and were no longer offered in AE retail stores or thru their website. And they still are not offered. I went looking for these belts because the AE Wide basic dress belt (1 3/8) - which I also have in walnut and chili - sometimes feels/looks a bit too wide for a classic/traditional dress belt, IMO.
     


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    I like AE, but Bose is crap.
     


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    Sure - since you asked .....

    Personally, I would not, and do not, wear the Walnut Strand with jeans or chinos. As such, if you are looking for a casual shoe, the Strand should be nixed, IMO. AE has plenty of truly casual offerings that would work better for you.
     


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    I didn't think of that! I suspect that they will break in ok. I used two coats of Neatsfoot oil - darkened them up nicely and created a nice contrast and really brought out the grain.
     


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