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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. reidrothchild

    reidrothchild Senior member

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    I like them both. Which one is preferable depends on what you're using them for. Given the color, I assume this will not be your first pair of dress shoes? Being a captoe balmoral, the AE is more dressy and conservative. If you live in L.A., dub monks might be a bit more versatile for you if you don't think you'll be wearing a suit that often. For me, I'd go with the captoe because I work in a conservative office environment, and I've never seen a guy in my building wearing a double monk.
     
  2. Cold Iron

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    I have the Strands in walnut shell and they are a size 10D like all the other shoes I own (except rough collection shoes) on the 5 last. I also have the Black Hills and they fit the same as my Strands but are a 9.5D. So in theory those Black Hills should work for you, or at least be very close. I use Obenauf's HDLP on my Black Hills so that I can use them as a casual and foul weather shoe, and they serve that purpose perfectly. HDLP might help cover that scratch up some for you also. Nice choice and good luck, you are stealing them at $50.
     
  3. Cold Iron

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    I do not have the Long Branch but do have the Cascade which has the same tread and sole. I considered the Long Branch but Mario is right, a man CAN have too many wingtips LOL. And much to my surprise the Cascade is the only shoe or boot that my secretary has ever commented on saying they were a very fashionable shoe, go figure. From the top view the lugs are not that noticeable until you cross your legs without a table in front of you. And those that have seen the soles have said that it is a smart design, but I never wear them with a suit only biz casual when storms hit and I don't have important meetings. They have been through 3 winters in Mn. and held up well. The rubber in the soles are harder than hunting and hiking treads which is typical of dress boots. In fresh snow which is hard packed at intersections you can still end up doing the one legged stork dance as you cross the road if you know what I mean. But are difficult to beat in a dress boot\shoe sole and better IMO than my Bayfield's tread in snow. I have posted in the Obenauf thread about HDLP, I love it for hunting and hiking boots. And used SnoSeal many years ago before I had my custom Russell Moccasin Grand Slam Sheep Hunters built and discovered Meindel Perfket boots. Both vendors recommend HDLP which is why I switched to HDLP. But be aware it will darken your leather, sometimes in a good way...
     
  4. kentyman

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    Heh. Though we don't get a lot of snow in Austin, I can still vividly picture this.
     
  5. kmdsimpson

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    Thanks, guys. I'm not looking for a dress boot - have Dainite for that - but do want something more stylish than the insulated nylon/leather deals. Long Branch sounds like it might be good. I do agree about wingtips. Would be nice if they had a captoe - something like the Eagle County with a commando sole and regular black/brown/burgundy leather (yet another example of their getting fancy, but not offering what I want...) There's an incredible burgundy captoe boot on a commando sole in the Tricker's thread that someone had made custom. Here's the post in a spoiler, so as to not to muddy up the AE thread. These got me thinking - but I'm sure they were at least twice the price of an AE boot. I would love to see AE do something like this, and I think they easily could. But maybe Long Branch is the call for me at the moment..
     
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  6. kmdsimpson

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    Doesn't take much snow.. just a little ice. I've been there many times!
     
  7. masernaut

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    Has anyone got 'in the wild' pictures of the Dalton in grey? Or the Long Branch?
     
  8. Markus1984

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    Just letting you guys know that my pair of Allen Edmond Strands (walnut) + matching belt is up for sale.. SIZE 8.5 D.

    Let me know if interested.

    That'll be my only sales-pitch!. :)

    Regards
     
  9. facet

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    Good to know and thanks for the info.
     
  10. CalTex

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    Dress for the position you want, not the position you have.

    I think someone on the forum said something like that.
     
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    I don't know about you guys but I haven't really been impressed with their desire to branch out. They released a boot this season that looks horrendous in my opinion. They shouldn't have discontinued the Bayfield IMO. The boot i am referring to has a boat shoe-esque sole.

    I own two pairs of AE's and recently ordered my third (loafers), unfortunately I don't see myself buying more in the future. Well other than a pair of boots.

    What's with the baseball loafer, the moron that came up with that idea should be fired.

    I need AE to lower their prices for putting new soles on shoes though.

    That and I personally don't care for their desire to break into the clothing industry, I understand that they may want to become the next JAB but I'll pass.
     
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    Oh so a friend of mine purchase the long branch boots for the winter. He lives in Baltimore.

    Do you guys have any recommendations for any precautions he should take and upkeep?
     
  13. kmdsimpson

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    If you mean precautions to keep them from being damaged by water and snow, then he should treat them with a wax or oil like Snoseal, Obenauf's HDLP, or the like. The Wolverine thread has a lot of discussions about different products. A store owner there really likes Snoseal. Our own Cold Iron has a fantastic post where he shows how takes care of his boots - and he has a lot of them.

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/163864/wolverine-1000-mile-boot-review/2265#post_5939842
     
  14. MoneyWellSpent

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    Those Tricker's are worth drooling over.[​IMG] I still maintain that AE needs some help in the boot department. I love the Long Branch, but if they had a nice looking captoe eqivalent, I may have shifted in that direction as well. I just can't get behind the Eagle County or any other boot on that sole (Oak Street just released the Trench Boot with a similar sole option). I just think boots need a defined heel on the sole, and I think that the straight flat appearance of the Vibram on those makes them look odd, like they are tilting backwards or something. It's just my opinion though.
     
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    If PhiPsi32's work environment is anything like mine, even the CEO is in jeans most of the time.
     
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    This is a good rule to live by.
     
  17. kmdsimpson

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    I completely agree. I can see the place for the Vibram sole on a shop floor or something similar, where the floor is flat and dry and comfort is paramount. But as a fashion, just not my taste.

    But why couldn't AE do a boot like that Tricker's? They have burgundy and black leather. They make captoe shoes and have shown that they can vary the captoe. They have the welts and the soles. They make boots. Do they think that wouldn't sell here? They could make a terrific boot and probably even have an iconic product to last years, like the Park Avenue and the MacNeil. I mean, they make boots for Wolverine! What's the problem here?

    I'd love to see a good, sturdy, captoe boot in simple leather for snow and such. And I would also love to see a captoe version of the Dalton - that in shell cordovan would be unreal. They have the capability, just not the will.

    Honestly, I'm having a hard time deciding whether to save money and go for the Long Branch, or suck it up for a real classic like those Tricker's.
     
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    These AEs are calfskin and not shell, yes?

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  19. DJTraveler

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    Not sure if this has been stated already, but just noticed that AE raised their prices $10 on many of their most popular models. For example the Strand and McAllister are now $345.00 instead of last year's price of $335. Probably not a big deal to most AE buyers because if you're already paying over $300 for a shoe, and extra $10 does not matter much. Just throwing it out there.
     
  20. polojock615

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    calf.
     
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