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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. masernaut

    masernaut Well-Known Member

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    This is annoying. Is it just me that AE likes to take a good while to respond to? It's been two days since I last sent my e-mail concerning a pair of factory second shoes.
     
  2. kmdsimpson

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    They are very hit and miss with the shoe lists. I think those emails are handled by salespeople in the stores, and they get busy with walk-in customers and/or forget to respond to emails. I sometimes have to send up follow up emails.
     
  3. ckprax

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    It depends who you are working with. Edward at the Freeport outlet is very quick to respond, usually within a few minutes. You can reach him at freeport@allenedmonds.com
     
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    I was talking to Kristle today and I have always gotten emails returned with in a few hours but my last one didn't but because it got In the junk folder
     
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    Yes, I would email a particular store, they seem better about responding than the shoebank
     
  6. charliebrown2

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    +1. I usually only get 50% of my questions answered when I email shoebank. I've never email the freeport store before. I assume we would get the same inventory list (whether freeport or shoebank), right?

    what other emails are there aside from freeport and shoebank?
     
  7. omgitswes

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    Which AE do you guys think will go best for a black tie event?
    Could Park Avenues work if I just polish them? Don't really want any patent leather shoes
     
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    In my opinion, black tie calls for something formal, like a whole-cut balmoral (like their old Hastings). Depending on the interpretation of "black tie," Park Ave could work. Maybe, you could give us more details about the event. I wouldn't be surprised if Park Ave were more formal than most men at supposedly black tie events. Unless you go to quite a few legitimately black tie gatherings, you probably don't need to buy new shoes.
     
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    It's a cotillion ball for my younger sister, so I doubt I'll get any side eyes from people. Best thing about the Park Aves is that I'll be able to wear them more after the event as well. Just wondering if there were any other similar options
     
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    You could also consider a pair of Vernon in black.
     
  13. kmdsimpson

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    Thought I would share this information on recrafting, in case anyone needs it for future reference. I asked AE about recrafting the Ralph Lauren branded shoes and the Italian collection shoes. Here is what they said:

    We do not have authority to recraft Ralph Lauren, even the ones that were manufactured by us. I am sorry. Yes, we recraft the Verona, however, they will not be recrafted with the Italian sole but with a comparable American sole.

    I'm not sure what sole they would use for the Italian loafers. But my Verona will be in need soon, so I may find out.
     
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    I'm wearing the Kenilworth for my wedding with a tux. I also own a pair of Fifth Avenues, but I thought the Kenilworth was a little better for the black tie because of the lack of lines/perforations.
     
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    Those are nice, but why no half sizes? Also, I could order my own custom cordovan Kenilworth from AE for what? $750?
     
  17. reidrothchild

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    Well that kind've sucks as I've ordered Singleton and the Modena as part of the current sale. To me, the appeal of the Italian line is the uber-slim, flexible sole. I guess the RL thing must be something AE agreed to as part of the licensing agreement? My understanding is that the Singleton is just a Randolph made to Independence line specs, so it's not like the Italian line where they might simply not have access to the necessary materials/machinery.

    Oh well, given the prices, I can't complain too much. Guess I'll just be topying both.
     
  18. jns425

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    Where is that option?
     
  19. kmdsimpson

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    i agree. I guess there must be something about the licensing deal with RL. There was a similar situation with Brooks Brothers that was discussed here a while back, but they eventually covered Brooks shoes under their recrafting program.

    The Italian is also disappointing, since they clearly state in the Verona description that they can be recrafted, with the "full recrafting service"
    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF49600_1_40000000001_-1

    I guess they don't count the original soles as part of that?

    And I should have topy'd my Veronas. They got used in wet weather, and with the thin soles, they really took a beating.
     
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    I agree. I think AE is missing the boat. So much of their high end selection is MTO these days, why not increase the flexibility of offerings instead of limiting them.
     
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