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

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

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  1. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    I think this was well said. The "dead animal skin" arguement only holds up to a certain point, and it is only useful for natural flaws in the leather. For defects that are caused by human error, one should be able to reserve the right to ask questions. That said, as loyal customers of AE, we have to remember that we are fans of a company putting out a fantastic product at a fantastic price point. There is a reason that companies in the pricier English shoemaking realm exist. This reason is that they go the extra mile to make shoes for people who want the longevity/durability of a goodyear welted shoe just like Allen Edmonds, but also want it to look almost flawless. I firmly believe that an Allen Edmonds shoe can last just as long as any of the fine English made shoes, but you are taking a discount on the price by purchasing a shoe that can't have as much time invested in the finest details. There has to be a trade-off at some point. If you are consistently unhappy with the imperfections, then you need to graduate up to one of the English companies IMHO. I enjoy paying my couple hundred bucks and walking around in shoes that look better and are higher quality than 98% of everyone else's out there. Allen Edmonds operates under the assumption that you know you are purchasing a shoe that is of high quality, but not flawless. Therefore, they will pass shoes that they consider acceptable to be sold as first rate. The great thing about Allen Edmonds is that they also realize that this falls into a subjective area, and they are willing to go the extra mile to try to meet your definition of first rate if you are unhappy with the product. This is one of the things that sets them apart from Alden as a great company.
     


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    And another day is going by without them being posted.[​IMG]
     


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    AE has amazing customer service.
     


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    Well said as well.
    Yes AE has remarkable C/S--won't bore anyone with my experience but they surprised the heck out of me (in a good way) on an issue I had and have always been pleasant to deal with and super responsive.
     


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    I think my post got lost on a previous page since it was held up for moderation.

    I really like the Bourbon, but kinda agree with a previous post that it's pretty close to the Walnut. Then again, if you have the bankroll and a pair of spare shoe trees, what's stoppin' ya?
     


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    Looks the same as my normal walnut Strands.
     


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    Those look amazing! Love the new boubron color!
     


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    I missed it as well as the pictures did not show up. I really like the color and I think the Strands look amazing in that color. It was great that you got the discount on them. It looks like a color I will be adding soon.
     


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    Typically you do not undo the stitching to add on Vibram soles unless you were going to remove the leather sole entirely from the shoe.


    So far, I have never had sole guards wear out, but I'm pretty sure it is easy enough to replace them. You would only get a new sole if you wore through the rubber AND the leather.
     


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    This is the second time wearing new shoes. I got these as an exchange because my 8E was too loose. These are an 8D and there's a tremendous amount of pain in the tongue area.
    Is this normal and should it go away?
    I went on an AE chat and was told they might be defective but I don't see how.
    Any feedback would be appreciated.
     


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    E question from an Alden guy. Can anyone tell me what last the "Lambert" was made on?

    Thanks in advance
     


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    This shoe was made on the 8-108 Last.
     


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    Maybe it's just the pictures I have so far seen of the bourbon strand they do look to me much darker then the Walnut
     


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    Well yeah I dont know about them. If they look light then they seem very similar to the walnut but if they seem dark in some pictures then they seem almost identical to the brown Strands.
     


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    Yeah, my outside pics look close to walnut, while my inside pic looks pretty brown. I think it's fair to say they're pretty in between.

    I have so few shoes that I still need to diversify and so wouldn't get the same shoe in "adjacent" colors, but for those that already have one of everything they might be a nice addition.
     


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