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

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  1. ellsbebc

    ellsbebc Senior member

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    Trees are purchased separately. I use the basic trees from Woodlore. Some prefer split toe, or even lasted trees -- sold by the maker of the shoe and the tree fits the shoe perfectly. For the price point, I find lasted trees not worth the money.
     


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    I asked a sales rep at an AE store about this, and he said there was no issue getting sole guards. They will still do the recraft. There should not be an issue with moisture and breathing either, as the rubber-soled shoes would have a bigger problem, and they seem to hold up fine.
     


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    Unless I feel like spending $800 on their Tramezza shoes, I would nevery buy Ferragamos. There is no point, all of their shoes are almost double the price of most AE's, and are glued together with rubber soles. Thanks, but no thanks, for $335 I have dozes of shoes to choose from that are hand crafted, goodyear welted, leather sole, and available for recraft.

    Even if the day comes where I will spend $800 for the Tramezzas, at that point i'll skip all that and move right into a pair of Edward Greens.

    I like Ferragamo, but unless I get a really good price on some of their driving mocs, you won't find me spending my money on them.

    No they do not, and personally I like the split toe. I had full toe's when I purchased a few pairs back a month ago, I felt like they were too wide for the 5 last, they were way too snug putting them in, even in medium. I'm not one to be this "particular" but I read somewhere that AE uses the "center" of the cedar, idk... something along those lines that I typically ignore, however I will say, my AE shoe trees still smell like cedar. The $20 alternative from Nordstoms don't smell like anything anymore, and i'm not exaggerating in the least bit. I am not familiar with Woodlores, but definitely stand by the AE trees.
     


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    If you rough up your Nordstrom shoe trees with some fine sandpaper, they should smell like cedar again
     


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    Hey guys, I have a quick question.

    I recently ordered a pair of AE Westchesters in 8.5D. They got here today. I tried them on and my left foot fits in them just fine, but my right is a tad too tight for comfort. I realise that this is probably because I've never noticed that my right foot is slightly bigger than my left. That being said, is there any way I can mitigate this problem without having to go a half-size up? Am wondering if the leather in the right side will expand after a bit of wearing in.
     
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    Invest in a shoe stretcher - it will come in handy for your preset problem and in the future.
     


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    I too suffer from a larger right foot. I find it very helpful to fit the larger foot. This lesson came after many $300 dollar mistakes. YMMV.
     


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    Amen! And I try to buy American whenever I can. Also if AE or Alden can't satisfy one's shoe needs then I question those requirements.
     


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    Have you tried on any Alden boots? I love the look of them, but from reading it seems like you need to have a fairly wide foot to fit into most of their lasts comfortably. I've got a narrow foot, which I think is making me hesitate with purchasing a pair.....
     


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    I need a bad-weather business casual shoe and would buy those tan Aberdeens in a heartbeat if they existed in an AA width.
     


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    I have wide feet and I never found an Alden boot/chukka that did not kill my feet -and believe me I tried. And recently I purchased the Katmai chukka - it took one day day to break in and my feet feel great - very comfortable.
     


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    no, but if you go bespoke (Gaziano and Girling level) I believe they come with lasted shoe trees.


    AE's are great and all but if I could afford Gaziano and Girling I would divorce AE's. :satisfied:
     


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