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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. SloopyNoob

    SloopyNoob Senior member

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    So I've been reading that the McTavish fits larger (sometimes a full size) than the Strand. This is odd. Aren't they on the same last?
     


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    I'm also wondering about the Malvern. I'm normally a 10.5. My feet are about 10.25 inches long. I have an opportunity to buy a pair of new suede Malverns in size 10. Will that work? With cheaper chukkas people tend to say to buy them smaller than your normal size. And how well will the suede hold up if it occasionally gets a little rain on it?

    Also, I'm considering buying this used burgundy split-toe. I think it's an Ashton. Does it look worth buying? Will those creases come out if I leave shoe trees in them for a while?
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  3. kmdsimpson

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    Just noticed that Brooks Brothers has begun labeling the AE shoes as "Allen Edmonds for Brooks Brothers". I say great, but I wonder what prompted them to be more forthcoming about who makes the shoes.
     


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    So, I was looking at the AE site last night and saw the Cronmok's. I started drooling over the tan leather, but the more I looked at the Navy leather, the more badass I decided they are. But I'm not sure what I'd wear a navy boot with. I'm an academic, and wear jeans about 95% of the time.

    Any ideas for what to pair them with or looks you can link me to?
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  5. Cold Iron

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    When the LE Cap Dundee came out I drove 3 hours to pick up a pair of Malvern because the SA told me the Dundee was basically the Malvern and I wanted to check the fit. Which when the Dundee was released I found out was not correct. In the store the Malvern was snug but not too bad so I ended up purchasing them. I wore them in the house for a couple of hours and realized that they were too tight in the toe box. I called the store and they offered to stretch them, so I did that myself at home. But they never did stretch out enough (brown pebble calf) so I ended returning them. When I ordered the LE Dundee's that are now being offered the CS person at AE told me the Malvern has memory foam in it which makes it thicker than other #1 last shoes. The Malvern has Danite soles and from what I have read they are OK in the snow but if you walk on tile once you come inside and are wet several people have mentioned they are extremely slick. I really did want them to work but it was a no go for me.

    Most of my shoes are on the #5 last and that last fits me best, I am a 10D in that last including the Strand. But all 3 of my rough collection shoes one of which is the McTavish fit best in 9.5D. I would start down half a size from your Strand size.
     


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    I'm trying to be patient with the burgundy shell Dalton webgems I've got on order. I was advised that because they're a 14B, they could take a bit longer to ship than would a more common size. As long as I have money down on shoes that aren't yet available I can generally keep myself from lusting too hard after other shoes that I can neither justify nor afford...

    ...but YOU GUYS AREN'T HELPING. These are gorgeous! Keep the photos coming. :D
     


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    I can certainly relate.. these cap dundees, walnut shell daltons...
     


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    Shelldaltons look amazing :)
     


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    I decided to take care of the water damage on my black shell Leeds today. The horsehair brush did nothing -- but an old t-shirt and some Venetian shoe cream quickly got the toes back to respectability. Ready for autumn now with some raw denim and flannel shirts:

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    I would guess (and hope) that they had to do it in order to make the shoes eligible for recrafting. Our BB in New Orleans is next door in the Canal Place mall to the AE store. When I saw the AE models at BB earlier in the year I quizzed my SA about it, particularly how they had differentiated the models (tap sole, insole) and whether recrafting was possible. He said that he doubted it since BB wasn't being forthcoming about the AE brand. We both speculated that a nice quid-pro-quo would be to acknowledge the brand in return for the recraft services.

    Not an authoritative answer, but it would make sense from a corporate strategy & customer service perspective.
     


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    Hmmm... Well, mine says "Exp date: 10/13"-- I'd assume yours will probably be the same.
     


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    Is 10/13 (October 2013) your credit card expiration date?
     


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    Interesting. That makes sense.

    Also interesting is that the BB shoes first had the tap sole, but now a version is also available on AE shoes. There's really no reason the BB shoes can't be recrafted, except for marketing reasons.
     


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    So I'm looking for another pair to rotate for work along with my PA during the rediscovery sale but I have a few questions.

    1) Is a second quality strand worth it at $200? Im worried that the defect with it will be bigger than I'd like.

    2) If i wear 9e on the PA do I order the same size for the strands? Same last

    3) I'm also interested in the Norwich or Kenilworth or maybe possibly the fifth avenue in burnished brown but
    Stylewise its too close to the PA.. Price for first quality FA seems good at $230. I'd like the norwich but I'm
    Not sure if its worth it at $260. Im thinking about getting the norwich then getting the strands when the next
    Nordstrom sale comes around, what do you guys think?

    4) Any recommendations for shoes I can wear with a suit and dress down with jeans?

    5) Should two pairs of shoes be enough for work? Im working five days a week in a suit.. Of course I will be
    Looking to purchase a third pair down the road..
     
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    Wow, I am an idiot. For some reason I assumed that was the expected date, since that would be around the 4 week mark since I ordered.
     


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