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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. mingus2112

    mingus2112 Senior member

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    Well this changes everything. . .I like the idea of the combination. . .Is it on the same last?

    What implications does this have? I assume poron is some kind of synthetic - not sure what the advantages/disadvantages of one or the other are. What are the other differences between the two shoes?

    ALSO good to know. . .what's your local store? (you can PM me if you don't want to announce it here) I can call or call the shoebank with this info.

    I've found that, with the shoebank, they USUALLY answer immediately or never. It's rare that I go 12 hours and still receive an email. I wouldn't bug them with constant emails, but if it's been a day or three - just send them another email. I get responses from several different people (who all respond to my followup questions) so try a whole new email if it's been a reasonable amount of time.

    -James
     
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  2. Berob

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    As an FYI, I was in the AE Outlet Store in Mebane, NC last week and they had the Brooks Brothers shoes on sale for 2 for $300.
     
  3. bucksfan

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    Thanks - I really like them. Yes, indeed B.R. socks - you have good taste. [​IMG]

    Those are some great looking chukkas - enjoy!

    Thanks, I really like how they fit and how they have broken in. Considering the black version sometime soon.

    Yes, BB strands are on the same #5 last. The combination sole (almost a topy) is well-done. The Poron insoles are soft, with a consistency like memory foam. In the shoes I've tried on with it, the soles felt really nice and soft.
     
  4. MoneyWellSpent

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    The last time I checked with my local store they were still on sale for that price, and that was about 2 weeks ago. The store is in Mebane, NC (mebane@allenedmonds.com; 919-563-2446).

    The BB Strands are definitely on the same last, so no worries there. As for the Poron insole, there are implications. In the end it likely comes down to personal preference. The Poron is a high-density foam that was actually developed by NASA. The shoe still has the cork filling just like the natural leather insoled versions do. They will still form to your foot, etc. They still have AE's exemplary customer service and recrafting standing behind them.

    I think the implications of using Poron rather than the natural leather insole come down to potential implications in the long term durability of the shoe. Don't take this as gospel, because it is hard to find anything online that is definitive. That said, in goodyear-welting, the canvas rib (gemming) is bonded to the underside of a natural leather insole, to which the welt and upper are stitched. The natural leather insole and the cork underneath form to your foot. Leather is a very durable and resilient material, and if your shoes get wet during a downpour one day, they will dry, and if properly cared for they should be good to go a few days later. With the Poron insoles, they are not using the natural leather insole. The canvas gemming is bonded to the bottom of a fiberboard insole, and the Poron insole is glued on top. Therefore, the foundation of the shoe is fiberboard rather than a nice thick piece of natural leather. This may never matter, but bear in mind that fiberboard is a composite of paper and fiberglass that is formed into a thin, stiff, but flexible board. Paper isn't exactly made to get wet, so the consequences of the shoes getting wet could be worse than the consequences of a shoe with a natural leather insole getting wet. Take that for what it is worth, and don't read too much into it. I'm not saying that an AE with a natural leather insole will last you X amount of time and an AE with a Poron insole with last you X amount of time. I just think that if you like to buy shoes with as few "weak links" as possible then the natural leather insole is better.
     
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    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    Well there you go! Even better than last time I saw them!
     
  6. Firefox

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    Thanks for the info; I didn't realize that the Clifton was on an 8 last (since it's a discontinued model, the info doesn't appear to be listed on the AE website). I actually own a pair of Delrays, and they fit me quite well, so that's reassuring.

    I feel like I shouldn't be buying myself more shoes with Christmas so near, but I just may have to pull the trigger on those burgundy Clifton's. If I do, I think I will have to call a moratorium on any new dress shoe purchases until well into next year. Now I know why people warn about the perils of developing a pricey AE obsession... [​IMG]
     
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    Firefox, how much did they quote you on the Clifton?
     
  8. Winston S.

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    Samezies today.

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    I have a pair that I bought for the same price either last year or earlier this year. Don't recall what the description on the site was but I posted pictures earlier in the thread IIRC.
    I emailed yesterday and received a response within minutes.
     
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    These look so nice. I just wish the welt was less pronounced.
     
  10. zinc2162

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    I guess they are not replying my email then....
     
  11. New Shoes1

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    Clifton is not a discontinued model. It's a made for Nordstrom model that you can also buy seconds of from the Shoe Bank.
     
  12. Firefox

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    Thanks for the clarification. I know that the shoe bank carries Cliftons, but I already checked with them and they don't have my size in burgundy.
     
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    This is correct, I just bought a brand new pair of cliftons 3 weeks ago from Nordstrom, they had quite a range of sizes in stock.
     
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    My multi quote isn't working so sorry or I would put in the pictures of the Cambridge's from Bucksfan and Winston once again, they deserve it. I didn't get the memo and wore those yesterday, looking at your pictures make me remember why I like them so much!

    It does seem to vary for some reason also though. Out of the 5 pair of Dundee's that I have the welt on the walnut are less pronounced than the others. It is also the only natural sole. I wore them today, they are my favorite in the Dundee collection. Bad picture but:


    [​IMG]

    I'm home now and already switched to the 744 Wolverine boot. I am breaking my own rules and have worn them every night since I got them. I like them that much, it will not take long to break them in at this rate LOL. Might push the envelope and wear them to work this winter a few times.
     
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    That's for business use, just prefer not looking too stiff with ones like Park Avenues.

    I prefer sleek ones, hence Larchmont as a choice. In black, Larchmont vs McAllister with standard black pants?


    And what's this about the Larchmont being 'oversized' and McAllister too narrow? Any truth to this? A 9D in McAllister will be a size what in Larchmont?
     
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    Off topic, but those are some amazingly awesome pants!!

    -J
     
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    Man I wish I could find a pair of cappuccino shell Dundee they look fantastic. Was it a web gem or a MTO
     
  18. horsey shoes

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    Great pic! I do like the red-ness of the old burgundy shell and this shows it nicely.

    I think you guys have convinced me that I need to get plain toe shells... that shell color is beautiful and the plain toe really shows it off best!
     
  19. g.michael

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    Got my brown cordovan Patriots today.

    The good: the shoe looks phenomenal and the brown cordovan color has a nice finish to it. in every way it is on par with an Alden LHS, minus the hand sewing on the vamp. It appears to be machine stitched but it looks almost like hand sewn--99.9 % of folks would not notice a difference. It is an all around solid design and should be very successful for AE.

    The not so good: I'm not sure the fit is there for me. I ordered TTS (11B) and the length seems good, but the width is a hair wide. The vamp feels a little tight across the arch (like many have experienced with the Aldens) but not as bad as my BB LHS (which have loosened up over time). In comparing to my BB unlined LHS, the AE last has a more rounded shape to it. I think if I sized down the strap might be too painful, but I may consider it.

    I may be sending these back but I need to spend a little more time wearing them tomorrow to know for sure. Right now the first fit impression is about 85%.

    I will try to snap a few pix and post them tomorrow.

    In other news, the brown Delrays i got (I have a chili pair already) look and fit awesome and the El Paso driving mocs feel great as well. Very happy with those purchases.
     
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    :embar: How trusting I was. Thank you. Oh well, my compliments to those advertising people.
     
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