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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. OptoDoc

    OptoDoc Senior member

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    Thank you, kind sir. I think I shall get them.

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    They are so cheap because of the small gash on the left toe. I think I can look past this as these will be a strictly casual shoe for me.
     
  2. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Senior member

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    LOL, it's like putting holes in jeans. The scuff on the toe just makes the shoe more interesting. If they don't work out, you can sell them. Or donate them here http://www.soles4souls.org/
     
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  3. kmdsimpson

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    I think it's really that AE wants to capture some of the JM/Aldo/Madden/Cole Haan/etc... crowd, but they also want to educate those folks on quality welted shoes. So they're dipping in stylistically, but keeping them higher quality and made in the USA, which is more expensive. It might work, but could backfire. The people who pay for quality want conservative styles, and the people shopping at those other places likely can't afford AE prices. It will be interesting to see if there's a gap to fill or not. Still, with all the models they've been spinning out lately, maybe it's working.
     
  4. OptoDoc

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    I am libel to put a scuff like that in a brand new pair at $275 on day one...so I believe I'll go on with the purchase.
     
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  5. PhiPsi32

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    Remember, the shoes are all finished in the USA. Some of the uppers and belts are made in the Dominican Republic.

    Brands like Alden have broad appeal because the brand has credibility with the SWD crowd. It also helps that their MTO program offers enough variety for vendors to tailor make ups to their customer base.

    AE on the other hand always seemed to be the dress shoe company. The Park Avenue, McAllister, and Strand are their flagship dress shoes. I think that's what brings people in.

    The crazy Strandmok and other "-mok" make ups are what I call "growing pains" for AE. Maybe they dial in the style and design; maybe they don't. I for one go back for something just a little bit different like the rough leather Neumoks. I haven't really seen anything like it elsewhere.
     
  6. bapelolol

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    Can someone tell me what color the shoe on the left is? I'm trying to figure out which Saphir to get - on the right are Park Aves in Walnut for comparison. It also reads "1550 0000535" inside the shoe

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  7. TheSizzle

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    As far as I'm concerned, you don't need a different polish. That's just being nitpicky. When properly applied, polish makes such a minimal difference that you could use the same polish as on the Park Avenues. You may notice a slight lightening of the color, but that would only be if you kept reminding yourself of the original color. Oh, and I'm rambling...
     
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  8. PhiPsi32

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    I would agree. It really depends on how tolerant you are of variation in color. But then the color will change over time anyway.
     
  9. bapelolol

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    So what color is this?
     
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    For my walnut AEs, I use "light brown #03" Saphir cream.

    This guide can be somewhat helpful in choosing a color of Saphir polish for classic AE colors.
    http://www.hangerproject.com/closet/blog/allen-edmond-shoe-polish-colors

    Bourbon is not in that guide, but that doesn't really matter in your case, and there are solutions for that (it starts as walnut).
     
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  11. kmdsimpson

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    I can confirm this as a great resource. Keep in mind also that the colors on a computer screen might not match in real life.

    I will also mention that Kirby at Hanger Project is a great person, and it's worth buying from him if you can. He has some tutorials showing how to mix colors. I've also chatted with him via his website, and he is extremely helpful.
     
  12. kmdsimpson

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    For you guys with the Long Branch, how does it hold up as a winter snow/rain boot? I'm looking for a decent winter boot, and I realized the Long Branch might be a good choice. Is the sole good in snow? Nothing major, just urban use for snow and muck a few inches deep. Thinking Long Branch treated them with LP, Snoseal, or the like would be a good combo.

    And then also, anyone size UP a bit in them to accommodate thick socks?
     
  13. polojock615

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    It's listed as "chili antibes calf"
     
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    I couldnt agree more. In fact, one of the reasons I was hopeful about the Strandmok was because I was excited about the idea of AE offering something other than another variant of a brogued wingtip in its casual lineup. But there are better ways (WAY better) to go about it than this. When you initially typed that you were waiting for an olive strand a few post ago, I said to myself "BINGO!"...if they could offer that, or the blue (neumok) colored strand, they'd have a nearly unbeatable casual lineup in my opinion. But alas, its either more wingtips or these clownshoes...the choice is ours, I suppose.
     
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    I still send them a customer feedback email every couple fo months telling them this. And I encourage anyone with a similar interest to do the same. Maybe AE will finally identify their market.
     
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    It is a fantastic winter snow/rain boot in my opinion. That is what I bought it for, and it has already been out in it. The sole is as beefy as they come, so no problem there. I didn't size up to accomodate thicker socks, but the boot is comfortably roomy, and the leather is soft, so you could probably wear a reasonably thicker sock without changing your size. You'll have to try it yourself though.
     
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    Not that much snow here but the LB's do have beefy soles/heels so I would imagine traction in snow should be pretty good. I got them TTS (same as my Daltons but .5 up from my Strands). BUT, if I were to wear thick socks with them, they would be too tight for me. But that might be because I have a high arch/instep so I need more room across the instep.
     
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    This is not necessarily true. I, for one, can afford higher quality and while I respect conservative styles and have many, like branching out!
     
  19. PhiPsi32

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    +1
     
  20. donjuan17

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    Yay or Nay?

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    As opposed to Magnanni D.M


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