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

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  1. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    I'm use to thin gauge socks, so I did not care for the thickness of the socks. They felt a bit coarse to me also, but felt extremely durable. This is a good deal on these dress socks though, especially since they are over the calf length. If you don't have many dress socks already, you should get them.
     
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    Picked up the Parkway in grey, I'm pretty pleased with them:

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    I like them for casual wear, and the 333 last fits my wide 10.5 EEE size great. No bowing, and the heals are level on this pair, shoe lays completely flat. Looking forward to breaking them in tomorrow :D
     
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    I am a big fan of the Hale... have them in black, chili, and walnut. I think the brogueing gives them a little more heft an their PA counter parts.
    If you have a Nordstrom Rack store nearby, see if they have them... that is where I picked mine up and they were around ~$200 per pair.
     
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    Saying a prayer myself... just bought Neumoras about two months ago in black calf, but these Moras in black calf with the orange stitching are really making me think I need a less squared toe double monk to add to the fleet.

    If Nike only made cordovan running shoes in three shades of brown... alas I have to suffer with only two shades of brown cordovan Nike Air 360s!
     
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    Guys, are AE seconds eligible for recrafting? I assume the answer is yes?
     
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    If you purchase from AE, they are.

    Chris
     
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    Yes, mos def!
     
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    I have had several pairs of vintage ebay purchases recrafted too. I don't guess any were seconds, so I can't speak to whether they will recraft seconds that you acquire from someone other than an AE store. I can't figure why they wouldn't recraft seconds from any other source, since you are paying them a lot of money for recrafting.
     
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    Thanks guys.
     
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    I need help with my first world problems, people! [​IMG]


    When AE states that a shoe is burnished (like burnished brown 5th Ave that I own), or when my new walnut strands have heavy burnishing on them, is it actually someone heating and burning the leather, as it appears on my new strands? I guess I always thought that it just meant using a darker polish to create patina, etc. However, my walnut 5th Ave from Brooks Brothers also appear to have some light burning/burnishing.

    I raise the issue, because if I am correct that heating elements are used to create burnishing on calfskin, I have never considered anyone doing the same to shell.

    My new 1st quality burgundy shell PA's were just delivered from Sherman Bros. straight from the AE factory.

    They came laden with eggplant polish and sticky lint everywhere, which would not brush off.

    I used a wet paper towel to remove the purple polish from one shoe, while brushing to remove the original lint, which left the shoe with a matte finish. Brushing did not assist to return any shine, though I only brushed for a brief time on the toe.

    I then noticed that the shoe had heavy burnishing, which again appeared to me to be actual burning of the shoe. I removed the excess polish from that area (which had a nice patina effect before I removed the polish) and the resulting burnished area looked like it was in fact burned/burnished, and you could see mottling where there appears to be no polish, or even damage to the shell. Pics below.


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    Now, I can understand why one might do this to calfskin, as I like the effect on my calf shoes, but to do it to shell (if I am right that burnishing means burning) seems kinda ridiculous. It's like you're intentionally damaging the damage resistant quality of shell that makes it shell.

    I have read on this forum about the new finishing of shell models, and the posts about AE putting their best "burnisher" on shell from now on, but I have never heard of burnishing shell before. I guess when I read the comments about the experienced burnisher, I thought it just meant the person in charge of applying the improved final polishing to AE shell, perhaps to make it closer to Alden shell in finish.

    Where am I misinformed in this matter?

    I haven't applied AE burgundy shell polish to the wiped down shoe yet. I will be interested to see if the burnished areas take the polish.

    While I haven't photographed it, the rear quarter of one shoe was also in rough shape. I'm not sure if it burnishing gone awry.

    Help! Please.
     
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    Last night, I saw these on the AE site. I like them in walnut.
     
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    Looking for suggestions on my first pair of non-seconded AE's.

    I am specifically looking for a pair of casual loafers that can be paired w/ chinos or wool trousers + a dress shirt. I'm hoping to buy something that is on sale
    during this rediscovering america sale.

    I was thinking about one of the following =
    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF4906_1_40000000001_-1
    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF42470_1_40000000001_-1
    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF44000_1_40000000001_-1
    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF44233_1_40000000001_-1
     
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    Kenwood burgundy. One day gonna get that shoe too.
     
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    I would give serious consideration to returning them. Burnishing problem or not, these appear to have some issues.
     
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