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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. gooter

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  2. New Shoes1

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    I much prefer Jubei's Delray in burgundy cordovan to the Meermin split-toe cordovan on the Rui last. On the other hand, I much prefer the Meermin longwings and plain toe to the Macneil and Leeds. Whatever you like, we all benefit with AE now having a competitor on price and quality.
     
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    I was one of those that recently had to strip the factory finish on shell, not that I wanted to. My shell Leeds from ~5 years ago were the same condition and I should have stripped those when I got them too. Both are burgundy however my burgundy shell Cambridge were fine as were both of my shoes in shell walnut. It is the AE cordovan shoe cream I believe that causes the problem. There were chunks on top of the leather buried in the finish. And the overall appearance was muddy. I had a jar of AE burgundy cordovan cream a couple of years ago that did the same thing. When I touched up one of my shoes with it once it hit the air it would create chunks much like a skim film that forms in a can of paint that is exposed to air. Most AE shoe care products are pretty good but I avoid the cream now.


    Thanks for the clarification--I agree--Cordovan and cream do not go together. I've never seen what you described on the AE shells I've looked at/purchased but it sounds terrible.
     
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    Those look phenomenal!! Congratulations. I first thought that was a Leather Soul makeup or something--it just looks incredible. Did you have to wait 9 months like you have to with Alden? (joke)

    The color looks really good too--i assume it's their new finishing?
     
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    I really like them too. I wear them mostly as a casual shoe.
     
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    Any feedback on the Patriot loafer?
    Debating on that or the Kenwood in burgundy.
     
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    The Patriot is awesome. Very comfortable last with a wider toe box. I got the brown version and I'm wearing it today with slacks. Looks great and the brown burnished calf leather is much nicer in my opinion than the shiny burgundy leather of the Kenwoods. Of course, the Kenwood has the beefrolls and vamping so they are not quite apples to apples. They also plan to discontinue the Kenwoods soon.

    Put it this way, I returned a pair of Waldens to upgrade to the Patriot. It's $249 now on sale and very nice alternative the Alden LHS at several hundreds of dollars less.
     
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    Sold!
    Thanks
     
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    For those of you with Cronmoks, can you check the heel where it attaches to the sole? After wearing my boots only once, both have some separation along the edge that seems like it will only get worse with each wear. Is anyone else experiencing this?
     
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    What do you like better about the AE? Sleeker last? I think the Meermin last is a little too rounded. But I like the color of the shell. On the other hand, dealing with unknown quality, mail order, and no chance to try on makes me hesitate; even at their prices, shell is not cheap. The AE customer service is worth a lot in this case.

    Maybe the answer is Jubei's shoe in cappuccino!
     
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    I suggest you look into getting some Zoe's Venetian Shoe Cream.
     
  12. OldManMachine

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    Just purchased a pair of AE Vernons in black 8.5D and 8.5E. This will be my first pair of AE's so I hope to join the club soon once they arrive. I used AE's self measuring guide and was kind of in between the two widths so I figured I'll order both to get a fit comparison between the two and send the other back.
     
  13. gooter

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    very underrated shoe imo. enjoy!
     
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    The Vernon was the first AE I ever purchased. I used the self measuring guide which had me at a 9D. Ordered the shoes and they fit terribly, heel slip and pinched toes. Ended up going to the brick and mortar store in New Orleans and getting properly sized to an 8.5E which I have been happy with in the Strand, Clifton and Hale I have since acquired. I still may buy the Vernon in black before this sale is over.
     
  15. gooter

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    when I tried the self-measuring guide it told me I was 2 sizes bigger than I thought. Then I realized that my printer's size options were set to "fit" instead of "actual size". The credit card outline they have is quite helpful!
     
  16. OldManMachine

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    yup! I made sure to pay extra attention to make sure it was printed in actual size. I've always enjoyed a snug fit for all my shoes, and they range from the 8.5 - 9.5 sizing. Hopefully the 8.5 is correct for me. If I were to run into sizing issues, can I bring the 2 pairs that I purchased off of AE's website and bring it to one of AE's B&M store to do an exchange?

    I originally was going to get the PA's as my first shoe, then decided to get the FA's, then after reading your post from last week gooter, I decided to get the Rutledge, and now I ended up with the Vernon as my first pair of AE's.

    It'll be 3-5 weeks estimated before I receive the shoes, but cedarville is having a 15% sale that ends today. I'd like to purchase the "ultra shoe tree", and based on the sizing chart which is similar to AE's.... the 8.5D is recommended for SMALL, and the 8.5E is recommended for MEDIUM. I feel like I'm right at the cusp and I'm not sure which shoe will fit me best. What do you guys think would be the best shoe tree sizing to go with? For a worst case scenario, if I ended up with a 8.5D, would a MEDIUM shoe tree create that much forced tension with the spring?
     
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    You made a good choice on the Vernon, my friend. The only reason I don't have them is that I just cant get them to fit right . I am a 10C and the Vernon doesn't come in a C width. I tried sizing down to a 9.5D but there wasn't enough room to wear them comfortably, so I got the Rutledge instead.

    I am not 100% certain but I believe you can return/exchange shoes bought online to the B&M stores. I'm sure a more knowledgeable member will chime in on this fact, though.
     
  18. bimsalabim

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    Can anyone comment on Allen Edmond's fit as compared to Alden, specifically with respect to cap-toe oxford (that is, Allen Edmond's Park Avenue versus Alden's Straight Tip Bal)?
     
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    I agree that it is difficult to get a good fit in the 8 last (I'm sure it is different for everyone)

    8.D, my normal size is too narrow in the forefoot, 8.5E is too wide in the heel (but with a good fitting forefoot) and 9D just feels like my feet are swimming
     
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    I actually found their fit guide to be right on! I measured at a 10C, ordered a 10D as a skeptic and had to exchange for the C in a brick and mortar.
     
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