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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. horsey shoes

    horsey shoes Senior member

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    Black shell Fifth Streets made it home yesterday after a manufacturing defect in the first pair. The crappy iPhone pic does not do the boots justice as the shell is very mirror like after an initial brushing and buffing with a polishing mitt.
    I am definitely becoming a believer in plain toe-ish styles showing the shell off better. And to that end, the lighter browns really bring out depth over time.
    Oh how I pine for another cappuccino or walnut shell web gem...


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  2. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    Thank for the suggestion. I'll definitely consider it.


    You would happen to have a picture handy would you?
     
  3. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    Very nice,Congrats.
     
  4. bucksfan

    bucksfan Senior member

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    Here is a pic of mine, when new:


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    Real beauties! Enjoy. Do you have any of the "old" black shell from AE, to compare?
     
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  5. 0ShinAkuma0

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    Both of these are beautiful!

    Thanks, and yes definitely, I think the dark green+navy neumok is a great combination. I'll have to try that blue/indigo combo one of these days. I appreciate the feedback.
     
  6. Jayross

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    Hey everyone. I'm trying to plot out my next shoe purchase, but I'm honestly unsure what to do.

    I have a pair of walnut strands which are gorgeous... so my next shoe will either be brown or black. I dress fairly casually, so it's not like I'm wearing suits everyday. I also don't have an office job, so the shoes will just be for walking around the city and stuff.

    I'm torn between getting the park ave's in a shade of brown (the new bourbon looks great) or the 5th aves in brown.

    Do you guys think the sleekness of the park aves (and lack of broguing) makes them too formal? I wish they 5th aves came in bourbon, that would be ideal for me.

    Also, does anyone know about Meermin quality compared to AE?

    http://meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=2034 is looking really nice as a park ave alternative.
     
  7. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    Great looking boots.

    Thanks for the pic.
     
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    I think I recently posted this pic of my walnut shell Daltons after treating them with Reno. Not sure if it's just the camera/lighting but bucksfan's boots seem to be a lighter shade of AE's walnut shell than mine, closer to the color of the walnut calf Daltons, I think.

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  9. Papa Doble

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    Are you sure you want a balmoral, especially a minimally brogued one such as the Park Avenue or Fifth Avenue, if you dress casually? I think its good to have a black balmoral, but if you're looking for a shoe to wear often with casual clothing, it may not be a great choice for that use.
     
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    His also appear to be outside in a good amount of sun, which makes a difference.
     
  11. sevenfoldtieguy

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    Since you already have walnut strands, I would suggest going with a shade of brown considerably different than walnut. That being the case, plus your intended uses and casual dress, and limiting my answer to only park ave v. fifth ave, I would go with the dark brown fifth ave.
     
  12. lobox42

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    I love to get a pair of this model just I read a review about the size I'm 9 D I have to get size 8.5 D ?? they are super cool shoes!! :)
     
  13. Jayross

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    That's a good point. I looked at the kenilworth, and while it looks good on the pics on AE's site, when seeing other pictures, something about the sole doesn't seem too good, it's almost too bulky (which considering that I am 5'11" and 145lbs, the sleek the better, which is why I like the strand and why I've been considering one of the aves.

    Maybe I should go into a store and look at them in person, though.
     
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    When you do, check out the Flatiron and Parkway in person. Both look far better on your foot than in pictures. I get more compliments on the Flatiron than any shoe I own.
     
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    Walnut daltons today :)
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    On a related note, I wanted to get y'all's opinion on the formality of the Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue. I got the Fifth in Black so I'd have something I could wear to less casual events: job interviews, funerals, etc. I was well aware that the Park was the quintessential formal shoe, but it was just a little too boring, so I thought the Fifth would be a nice compromise with some simple broguing.

    My question is: Just how informal do you think the Fifth is? Would you feel out of place wearing them to a funeral? How about to something that falls in to the category of "black tie optional" (such as this, which says "A tuxedo is preferred or, at a minimum, a dark suit with tie is acceptable.")?

    This is probably very similar to the question about bluchers versus balmorals; you're already ahead of the masses if you have anything nice. I understand I certainly can get away with it, but I'm curious how much of a taboo it is to you.
     
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    Fifth street is such a great shoe. Love them!
     
  18. Papa Doble

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    IMO the difference between the two is so minimal that there are basically no occasions where the Park Avenue is appropriate and the Fifth Avenue is not. Some purists may disagree, but they comprise less than probably 0.01% of the general population. And, based on my experience, if you wear the Fifth Avenue to a wedding, funeral, etc., you will probably be wearing the nicest shoes among all men there.
     
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    The first sentence above = the truth. To suggest that a straight tip bal is measureably dressier/more formal than a perf tip bal is, IMO, pure silliness.

    I am removing a tuxedo from my analysis as the most appropriate shoe with a tux is a plaintoe bal.
     
  20. Skyliner34

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    I like to get the Eagle County but not sure how comfortable it is. I'm wearing the strand and park avenue now in 8.5 D and I feel they are the most comfortable dress shoes I own. Anybody has or tried on the Eagle County and know how the size fit and how comfortable it is ? Many thanks
     
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