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

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  1. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    I have had real problems with this in the past, to the point that I am a bit hesitant to buy loafers. I really like them, but I have had two experiences with loafers fitting well in the store and then loosening up over a couple of months worth of wear to the point that they began to slip on my heels. I started to develop a bad habit of curling my toes like I was subconsciously trying to "grip" the bottom of the shoe while I was walking. By the end of the work day my feet would ache because of it, and I learned later that it is not healthy for the feet to do this. I don't think that there is a universal rule, but the SA told me last time that I should make sure the shoes are on the border of being uncomfortably snug/tight when trying them on in the store. This may mean a half size down or more, depending on how they feel and the last type.
     


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    +1. I also use Woodlore medium shoe trees in all of my 9D shoes including the Fifth Streets.
     


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    Thanks--that's what I'm worried about but I already ordered the same size. Will probably end up trading for a half size down.
     


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    So is the Patriot the best loafer from AE? How is it better than the Kenwood? Also, would loafers be better suited for the spring/summer for a place like Toronto?
     
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    I'd definitely love to see the Walnut Players. Interested in them myself.
     


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    You can wear them during the fall and winter too IMO. I think you just need to stick to darker colors.

    Some other observations. I think the Kenwood is a beefroll penny and it is a handsewn shoe compared to the Patriot which is a Goodyear welted shoe.
     
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    Do you think that'll fix it?
    They don't make any narrow sizes.
     


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    It is in my opinion because I prefer penny loafers to tassel loafers, and among penny loafers, I prefer non-full strap and non-beef roll. The Alden LHS is my personal favorite, and the Patriot is the closest AE has come to it.


    Better suited than lace ups, or better suited for spring/summer than year round?
     


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    Any thoughts about the Patriot with jeans?
     


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    The Patriot is available in B (narrow) width. I ordered 11B (my normal size in 5 and 8 last). If it's too floppy I'll try 10.5B.
     


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    It would look awesome--it's how I plan to wear mine half the time.
     


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    Interesting, narrow widths are not available in smaller sizes (I'm an 8)
     


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    I would add for a different perspective that many people feel that the hand-sewn moccasin constructed loafers like the Kenwood are more comfortable though. That is why alot of the companies out of Maine, like Quoddy, have such a cult following. Many say to go after the goodyear welted options due to their durability/recraftability. However, the Kenwood is recraftable, so that arguement breaks down a bit. I think it is a case of subjectivity and to each their own.
     
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    This is a fair point, and one that I did not consider.
     


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    +1 to the "on the border of being uncomfortably snug/tight" initial sizing. They become comfortablly snug after you break them in.

    Heel slippage is the last thing you'd want when wearing loafers
     


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