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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. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Senior member

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    No need. You are correct. I did try on the McTavish and noticed that it is indeed stiffer. Though I found the double leather sole to be the major difference in perceived fit. The "rough" line covers a lot of ground and no one description is necessarily complete. Thank you for pointing that out.
     
  2. kentyman

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    This post from MoneyWellSpent may add some color:

    I don't know for sure, but I assumed from this that the Neumok used a waxed calfskin instead of the Horween Dublin cowhide of the McTavish and/or Elgin.
     
  3. PhiPsi32

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    Thank you, sir. That certainly sounds like an accurate description.
     
  4. New Shoes1

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    If you regularly wear a suit, you need a brown cap toe.
     
  5. evolved

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    I wear one at least 4x per week, and sometimes 5x depending on client meetings. And I agree, which is why I'm trying to resist the $150 Strands in black. I'm thinking maybe Park Ave's in Bourbon, or some other shoe brand, possibly. Alden? C&J? I dunno....I'll have to do some research.
     
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    I would skip the Strands in black as well as the Park Avenue in any color except black. I agree with the poster who suggested the brown captoe. The Fifth Ave in dark brown is OK, but many don't like the location of the cap line. I personally like the C&J Westbourne in chestnut.
     
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    I am the same size in Park Avenues and Fifth Avenues, however I sized down 1/2 a size in the Kenilworth (also the 5 last)
     
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    Well, if we're talking C&J, defintely avoid the Strands or Park Avenues. I like anything on the 341 or the 337 lasts.
     
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    You are right. I took them back to the store and after we closely examined them, the conclusion is that I might have stepped on something and cut the back sole. Either way, not very noticeable and to anyone except me, so I am ok with it.

    ...However, there was an absolute issue with my Kenilworths. I took them out of the box for the first time, and there was literally a piece of leather cut off the back of the shoe. They took those back right away.

    I am now debating the Kenilworths or Park Aves for my wedding. Or maybe I'll look at another brand. There was a pair of C&J I like, but their lack of wide sizes makes me think I might not fit into them.
     
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    If you're looking at these brands and money is no object, go C&J; and it's not even close. You'll pay almost double from AE, though.

    And I completely agree with these two gents:



     
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    Do you have sharp objects around your ankle or something? [​IMG]
     
  12. jjr4884

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    IMO, black cap toes look better with the "less is more" approach. After looking at many AE's, i chose to go with Magnanni. It is the same upper as the "Federico" model, but it has a leather sole. I can't find them online since I don't know the name of them, however they are at the same price point as AE's but I scored them for $210 at my local Nordstrom's Rack. Gorgeous shoe, more sleek/european than your typical AE, but I think they look 10x better than many other black shoes. Black brogueing looks like something a priest would wear, no offense to anyone that owns them. Black is formal, so I think the busy (casual) broguing clashes with something that has a more formal color.

    http://www.magnanni.com/products/6-federico-black.aspx

    pictures do not do that shoe justice, and for $200 for the rubber sole, even that is still a good deal.

    still can't find them online, but they are identical to these below, just regular black calf leather, all one finish lol

    http://www.zappos.com/magnanni-cesar-black


    found them, they are called Mateo, in black

    http://magnanni.com/products/130-mateo-black.aspx
     
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    For those with AE Bourbon shoes - they have another Bourbon belt on the website. The new Dearborn belt is available in Bourbon. So now you can get the Dearborn or the Manistee in Bourbon.

    They also have a new croc-embossed leather belt on the website.

    Chris
     
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    I was just going to look at the website and see what they have. I have a pair of bourbons (on backorder) so I will need a matching belt at some point. Thanks.
     
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    Is the issue with the captoe line on the park avenue purely personal preference or is this a style faux pas?...was considering these in brown/merlot to go with business/formal wear?

    Is there much difference between D to E? Put it this way the 8.5D in the strand feels like a good fit, snug with still some room from the big toe to the end of the shoe but after several hours wear the sides of my pinky toe and big toe are quite sore, would a move to E or EE be the right call in this case perhaps?
     
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    Personal preference.
     
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    I agree, personal preference. I have always like the Park Avenue and just picked up a pair in the Black and Dark Brown Burnished. I think it's a very understated but timeless shoe.
     
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    I myself am not a huge fan of the PA, but we must not forget that the PA is one of AE's best - if not its best - seller year after year.

    It's personal preference. Get them if you like them.
     
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    Sweet, thanks for the replies guys looking forward to getting my shoes all sorted. Thinking ill cross brown off the list this time and go with the dark brown park avenues and dark brown fifth street or chocolate daltons.
     
  20. New Shoes1

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    I would not get both the PA and the 5th Avenue in brown. They're way too similar to have both.
     
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