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

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.

Tags:
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. sevenfoldtieguy

    sevenfoldtieguy Senior member

    Messages:
    4,292
    Likes Received:
    451
    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2011
    Location:
    ND
    

    My experience/method:
    I am TTS 9.5D, but I do wear 5 lasted AE shoes in 9D.
    For calf I mostly use split-toe trees from Alden or BB - large.
    For shell I mostly use full-toe trees from AE or JAB - medium.
    Doing the above, in my experience, avoids the problem you are experiencing; the medium AE trees in full-toe have much more girth than medium (or large) split-toe trees (whether Alden or BB), and the split-toes should go to the end of the shoe (they do in all of mine). The extra girth of the full toe, IMO, is nice for shell as it better "fills up" - i.e., slightly stretches - the shoe allowing for the smoothing out of rolls. And a full toe tree in large - for my shoe size - would be overall too big.
     
  2. cbtaylor

    cbtaylor Senior member

    Messages:
    254
    Likes Received:
    31
    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2012
    Here are my purchases from the sale. Fifth Ave and Patriot

    [​IMG]
     
  3. hohneokc

    hohneokc Senior member

    Messages:
    1,020
    Likes Received:
    510
    Joined:
    May 20, 2010
    Location:
    OKC, OK
    

    Congratulations on your new additions - great choices in my opinion.

    I have always liked the brown Fifth Avenue. Now I really like the brown Patriot - thanks for the photo.

    I am going to have to look at the brown Patriot and try it one. That may be my next AE purchase.

    Chris
     
  4. Cold Iron

    Cold Iron Senior member

    Messages:
    1,335
    Likes Received:
    590
    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2011
    Location:
    Minnesota
    I think you nailed it. Don't get me wrong I love the Bayfield in CXL, they fit better than most any other boot or shoe that I own. And look great and provide more ankle support than any of my 6-7" hikers. I find myself reaching for them more times than not for a wide range of activities. Wore my black calf Bayfield's yesterday because it was rainy and cold and realized they aren't quite as well fitting as the CXL, although they are certainly a good fit. Just wished they didn't scuff up so easily because I hate to take them out of commission for cleaning! But it is well worth it as Mario said and I've done it half a dozen times since I've had them. I use saddle soap as the first step and like to have them dry for 4-5 days after till a white bloom from the excess oil forms much like happens on shell then brush it out, apply Reno and dry again, then a light coat of HDLP. Think it may be worth changing the cleaning routine on them to shorten it out some.

    Outstanding choices IMO. The Bradleys may take more like 2-3 months due to the shell shortage. But it is well worth the wait if you have to. Hopefully you will get them in the 4-6 week time frame though. I'm sure you will be very pleased when you get both of them.
     
  5. OptoDoc

    OptoDoc Senior member

    Messages:
    631
    Likes Received:
    114
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2012
    Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Unfortunately the Hale is no longer being made. You can still get limited sizes of the burnished walnut version on clearance at AE's website, though.
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2012
  6. violethour1951

    violethour1951 Senior member

    Messages:
    648
    Likes Received:
    54
    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2012
    Location:
    USA
    The Patriot looks quite nice, classic loafer. How's the sizing/fit for you?
     
  7. kmdsimpson

    kmdsimpson Senior member

    Messages:
    2,394
    Likes Received:
    75
    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2009
    

    Actually, this reminded me of the prior discussion here about shoe care products. I tried some Venetian Shoe Cream on my CXL Indys - sort of as a test before using on shell (which I have not done yet). At first, it left a "glaze" on the boots, but over time it has either soaked in or worn off. Now when I wear them they do seem a bit richer and fuller in color, with a little bit of a patina developing. Not sure it was necessary, but the effect wasn't bad.
     
  8. cbtaylor

    cbtaylor Senior member

    Messages:
    254
    Likes Received:
    31
    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2012
    I would say it is a little roomier than some other AE I have, but not significantly. That was without socks as well. I pretty much get a 9D in everything.
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2012
  9. DJTraveler

    DJTraveler Senior member

    Messages:
    312
    Likes Received:
    41
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2012
    You can still get the fifth avenues on sale from Zappos for $229
     
  10. violethour1951

    violethour1951 Senior member

    Messages:
    648
    Likes Received:
    54
    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2012
    Location:
    USA
    I expected the loafer to fit tighter, interesting, thanks.
     
  11. spitshine123

    spitshine123 Senior member

    Messages:
    382
    Likes Received:
    15
    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2011
    I ordered the Patriot, but I'm a little worried about the fit. In my experience, the fit initially should be tight, and it loosens up quite a bit after a few months. The patriot fits me just right out of the box, and I'm scared that it will be too big in the future. Any opinions?
     
  12. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

    Messages:
    14,705
    Likes Received:
    2,324
    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2009
    

    Patriot is on the way to me too :slayer:
     
  13. gooter

    gooter Senior member

    Messages:
    238
    Likes Received:
    28
    Joined:
    May 18, 2012
    I want the Patriot in shell [​IMG]
     
  14. g.michael

    g.michael Senior member

    Messages:
    307
    Likes Received:
    23
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2010
    

    How does it fit compared to the Fifth Avenue (5 last) you got? The AE person i spoke to said the new last for the Patriot was "narrow like the 5 last but a roomier toe box"--indicating that I should get the same size as my other AE 5 lasted shoes. Interested in whether or not you can confirm this.

    Great lookings shoes by the way!
     
  15. Jigg

    Jigg Senior member

    Messages:
    131
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2012
    The Patriot is way too loose for me. I got the same size that I usually wear in the 5 last.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by