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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. acousticfoodie

    acousticfoodie Senior member

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    That new suede captoe looks pretty good in brown! The yellow contrast stiching will probably keep it from being a versatile piece...but could be great to wear in the summer and spring.
     


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    If you read the CEO's blog, it says the casual rough line in all the crazy colors is their hottest seller currently and they are having trouble meeting demand. As a result, I expect we'll continue to see more of the stuff. That said, it's not like they're going to stop making the classic models they have made for 20 years or more. You will always be able to get your Strands, Park Avenues, MacNeils, etc.
     


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    Whatever those grey longwings are, they look hot and I want a pair. Can anyone post a pic or scan of the Fall catalog showing what the Long Branch will look like? I am also curious to see the grey leather boot.
     


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    Ditto that!
     


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    There's a grey spectator in the top left that I like, and I'm happy to see those desert style boots with leather soles. Looks like they're going after Paul Smith and that goofy Florsheim collab.

    Good for them if it is helping them stay profitable.
     


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    No problem here. In the end I am laughing as I type. For as much as I wish AE would stop making, IMO, these silly shoes (or reasonable shoes in silly colors), I fully understand why they do it if it makes them money. And while I don't think they will stop making all their classics, I do know that one of their classics - black shell Bradley - is no longer offered in their regular stock. That's unfortunate.
     


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    http://allenedmondsblog.blogspot.co...d-max=2013-01-01T00:00:00-06:00&max-results=6
     


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    Update on my hobby project of tinkering with some $45 ebay shell MacNeil pickups.

    Before pics. They looked pretty damn cool already, but were very dark with black polish patina. Note the original black heel and sole dressing in the first pic, which I sanded and lightened later:

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    Intermediate pic. I had attempted to clean the right shoe only with AE leather conditioner/cleaner, which moistened and darkened the shoe temporarily while it was drying. That shoe wouldn't polish up on the vamp by brushing until I took the Renomat to it over several days and got down to the leather. Then, after reconditioning for a couple of days with AE C/C, I applied the shell polish and buffed with HH brush and then a buffing cloth:


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    After pics. I got the right shoe to shine up, and then took Renomat and AE C/C and then polish to the vamp of the left shoe to remove the obvious buildup of polish, etc. The right shoe is still much darker than the left, but I still love 'em. Pics from the wild to come in following weeks.


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    My brown Neumok is kickass as well. Still haven't taken a great pic in the wild, but here is my first crappy one.
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    ^^^ Nice, I'm tempted to pick up some more Neumoks. But the teaser photo above makes think I should wait and see what comes out next.
     


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    Any love for BlackHillzthe rough version of the Leeds?

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    You can't fault AE for doing good business, but I thought this forum was above consuming products aimed at trendy 20 year olds working their first job in graphic design striving to announce their individualism. Everyone is going to wonder what the hell they were thinking in a few years when these silly shoes like Neumoks are no longer in vogue and they could have spent their money on a proper, timless design that also showcases unmolested leather; this style is merely a gimmick.

    Anyway, AE is a few years behind the curve of what Cole Haan and others were/are doing and are simply hitching a ride:
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    All in all though, this reminds me a lot of the direction Coach took. Very interesting business study. Looking forward to see how AE, as a brand, develops in the years to come.
     


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    Those look good. Can't even tell it's a rubber sole from that pic. I love my Leeds. Black Hills would be a great foul-weather alternative.
     


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    When LL Bean started to target the prep crowd in the late 70's early 80's most of us thought damn, that is the end of Bean as we know them. I'm wearing a Bean button down Oxford right now that is older than some of those that post in this thread. It wasn't the end of Bean, they never forgot their roots and the customer service is still one of the best in the business. I like the direction the CEO of AE has taken. I don't wear loafers and my old burgundy and black Shelton's are enough color for me so most of the new offerings don't do anything for me either. AE still needs to keep the lights on and by targeting the younger generation Paul is ensuring a customer base for those that follow him. That is pretty good long term vision IMO. I have been waiting since December of last year to get a pair of #8 shell Bradley's that don't bow. Yeah a pair in black shell would be nice too but I'd be happy to just get a pair of shell Bradley's, how long do I have to wait for them to get it right? Rapid expansion of product while trying to train a new workforce can make or break a company. I can wait. As long as the customer service remains outstanding I will stick with them. And they keep offering an occasional shoe or boot that I can't seem to live without. Yes it is a very interesting business study. Eddie Bauer did the same as Bean but abandoned their roots until this year when they offered a sportsman line once again. And most of us that they are targeting feel that it is too little too late.
     


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