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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. millerbk

    millerbk Active Member

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    Called the AE outlet in Jeffersonville today and picked up the last 10.5 Krause in rust. I was going back and fourth between the black and rust but after talking to Krystal I went with the rust she was a big help. I would like to darken them up a little to look more like the picture on the Wolverine site. Can someone please give me some recommendations on which polish to buy. Thanks
     
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    Hello! Making my first post here; I've recently began a huge craving for AE shoes. I recently purchased a pair of AE x BB Walnut Strands (second quality), and I noticed that one toe cap is more burnished than the other. Is this uneven burnishing far too noticeable, and should I return this pair for another? Or should I simply grab darker polish and try to burnish both toe caps myself?


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  4. Cold Iron

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    While several have talked about the walnut polish darkening over time that is the first picture I have seen to prove it. Thanks for posting it. I do not mind the look at all personally but if a person was inclined to go back to the original color Saphir Reno'Mat may get them there, I've had good luck with it stripping old wax and getting to the base color. Patrick brought up Reno'Mat on here about a year ago and he is dead on correct about how effective it is IMO. If it was the AE premium polish that has cream in it maybe not so much, but if it was the wax polish I would think it would work very well.

    Not a fair comparison because at this point I am only a bit more than a year in on my walnut collection and the only walnut calf I have is the McAllister. I do have the Dalton and Strand in walnut shell and have used nothing but Renovateur and Saphir Cognac wax polish on all 3. They are all still the original color. I don't think the brand of polish makes as much of a difference as does the color of the polish. Having used Kiwi for 20 years a couple of times a week to spit shine shoes and boots I do feel that AE wax polish and Saphir Wax polish are a bit easier to get to the same star of end result with less effort however.



    LOL please don't be sorry, I'm glad for all your help and rock solid advice bucksfan. I have thought it is about time for me to get everything out and take some pictures. I do appreciate it and greatly enjoy it when you and others do it. Still waiting on the truffle Dundee's to join the fleet, once they come in maybe it would be a good time to bring the collection out for pictures.

    Outstanding score on both the Dundee's and 744, congrats! I hope they both fit well and look good on arrival, I really like them both a lot. And I hope that they have a pair of Krause's available for you when it is all said and done... [​IMG]
     
  5. kmdsimpson

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    To me, color is easily corrected with polish - although you will change the original color of the shoes slightly. Burnishing is such a dicey thing anyway to get consistent. In that regard, if that was the only reason for shoes being seconds, I would happily take them and regard it as a real score.

    That is just my opinion, and I would not hold it against anyone who decided to return the shoes. But remember - shoes that are seconds are going to have something wrong with them by definition. I think color is the least concerning on the list.
     
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    It's all in what you can tolerate. For me personally the difference is too distinct - particularly because of its location.
     
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    This is interesting, and also not surprising that they've chosen to go a higher end route in China. There is huge and growing demand for luxury goods there. Good opportunity to elevate the brand, showcase the products, and make the shopping experience feel more luxurious than it is here. Also maybe to educate consumers on Goodyear welting and quality. Branded goods are not cheap in China (even the ones made there). So take advantage and go high rather than mid.

    Ha - notice the selvedge denim webgem on the top right! Trying to unload those clunkers over there now? :D
     
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    For all that are purchasing the Wolverine Krause in russet, how are you planning on pairing these outfit-wise?
    I have a pair of the red Neumoks that I love, but find it hard to pair with much other than a red striped polo and jeans... I am not very creative on mixing top color with shoes at this point.

    I have gone back and forth on the russets for the past few days and the one limiting factor is my experience with my red Neumoks and how I would pair these red beauties.
    Any feedback is appreciated!

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    +1, if you like the burnishing on the toes. You just need to get some brown polish and even out the burnishing. If you want Strands without any burnishing on the toe, then you may want to return as I'm not sure if the walnut polish will cover that up.
     
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    This talk of burnishing brings me to ask of your opinion. I had a pair of older Sanfords that I chose to play with. The end result..is it too much? I really liked it and the small scratches even looked neat after developing some depth. Like it or dont...let me know what you think...am I crazy?
     
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    I don't mind it at all, they look just like my Walnut Strands. I used dark brown Kiwi on them, they turned deeper and redder like your Sanford's. I found the original walnut a bit light and bold. Looks good!

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    I think they look fantastic based on the picture. May I ask how old they are?
     
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    Thanks, I just picked up a pair of Strands and am likely to do the same thing. I used the dark brown Kiwi as well.
     
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    A bit over seven years old.
     
  16. Craiger

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    Has AE quality gone down in noticeable ways?

    After about a 10 year hiatus I've started buying AEs again. I have some AEs that are over 10 years old and it looks like the new ones are in worse shape than the old ones.

    I bought another pair yesterday, and the sales guy mentioned that the pair I was wearing were shot. They are AE but I don't remember the model. They're not on the web site any more. I told him that they looked that way a few weeks after I got them. He said they were corrected grain and a bad shoe.

    I take good care of my shoes. Safir polish, good trees, and only recrafted by AE.
     
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  17. zazadojo

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    Not sure it is a shift in quality as much as a shift in purpose. AE was a steadfast gentlemans shoe company...fine shoes that were for the most part no-nonsense and sturdy and crafted from well known quality leathers. It seems in the last 10 years there has been a notable desire of AE to try and capture a younger market and try new things(shapes, designs, new hides with new tanning techniques and mixing in more euro flair). I can think of as many solid built classics(and a few new designs) as I can what seem to be failled attempts at a new thing or "fun" shoe. I still love them and will continue to buy them as long as they dont totally abandon the tried and true.
     
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    Funny that you mention this, I also snagged a used pair on eBay.

    I went down 0.5 sizes from my Brannock measurement, 9D. For all of your reference I am 9D in 5 last (Strands, Fifth Street, and Cambridge), 8 Last (Quinton ), 800 Last (Kenwood), and 7 Last (MacNeils).

    The 8.5D Patriots are about the same size as the 9D Kenwoods except for the aforementioned strap. Anyone with a normal instep is going to have a tough time with these shoes. I find that the length on the 8.5D is perfect with no heel slippage, but it is pretty tight across where the strap is. I am also having a huge squeaking issue, which I think may be coming from the heels. Notice that the heels on the Patriots are different from the heels on other AE shoes.

    I am going to try and tough it out and see if the part with the strap will loosen up over time, but they are pretty tight right now.

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  19. polojock615

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    It's funny you say that. I actually did a report on bringing AE stores to Canada for one of my MBA classes. Granted, it was a little hard to find info, since AE is a private company, but I think the numbers still make sense.
     
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  20. turdburglar

    turdburglar Well-Known Member

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    Phew. I think I just dodged a bullet (as well explaining to the wife!). Bucksfan heads up about the Kraus' seconds.. they were sold out in my size and colour. PHEW!!
     
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