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

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  1. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    Thanks for the objective response. I appreciate you touching on how long the Renovateur is lasting for you. This video from Crockett and Jones shows the guy liberally applying the Saphir, and it almost looks like he could go through a jar in less than a dozen polishings, rubbing it all over the soles and everything. When I saw that, I was like, whoa... I'm not sure I'm ready to afford that! [​IMG]
     
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    I use an old t-shirt to apply, and apply a VERY light coat - almost like auto polish, the less you use, the better. It barely hazes the surface and I brush it off with a horsehair brush.

    The amount he puts on at 1:20 is about what I use for a pair of shoes. I will say that calfskin tends to soak it in more than cordovan, though. (More than 3/4 of my collection is shell, which doesn't soak it up much).

    He's really heavy on the polish too...

    Edit: he uses Reno on the soles too, which I do not.
     
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    g.michael Senior member

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    This is all good advice and is basically what I do as well. I agree that Renovateur, used correctly, lasts a long long time as a little goes a long long way. Yes you pay more for it but it is a better product and will last a really long time (needs to be used sparingly).
     


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    It looks like the price of the shell cordovan Daltons went up; they are now $700 as opposed to the $600 of the other shell offerings. Is this due to the extra leather needed? I was told this might happen, so I am glad I got my orders in.
     


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    Thank you all for the comments. So the Shell Dalton are now $100 more, than the web gem special a month or so back? Mine were $595, was this a special price, or have the prices just gone up due to limited shell available?
     


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    Yeah, this is one of the few examples of a "professional" saying that you should condition the soles of the shoes. There aren't many out there, but a few seem to believe you should. It makes sense to me that the soles could benefit from conditioning just as much as the rest of the shoe. However, I feel like the majority (including AE in one of their Q/A responses) say that the soles don't need any treatment.
     


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    The web gems are always a bit cheaper than regular stock, but a jump of $100.00 suggests that the shell shortage may be impacting prices now.
     


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    I didn't watch the video, but I put some Reno layers on several of my shoes and I didn't even put a noticeable dent in the jar.
     


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    I bought a pair of walnut shell Daltons in June at the "full retail" price of $675. So the price for the burgundy shell has gone up $20 from the walnut shell in June. The Web Gem price was a special price for that limited time.
     


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    I use about the same amount as the C&J guy does, but even at that it lasts much longer than a dozen polishings. Just got in two new jars of reno this week from Kirby's.

    I also condition my new shells with Saphir Reno or Saphir shell cordovan cream (neutral) prior to wearing them out of the house for the first time. While many of the "experts" will say this is unnecessary, it does, if nothing else, make the shell more supple.
     


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    Sadly, I live east of downtown so I'm not too familiar with what may be available in Mississauga. I would think that there would have to be other stores who carry it, though. Given that the Greater Toronto Area has a population of more than 5.5 million people, you'd think that it would be easier to find certain products. As far as Rego, I was under the impression that they had about 8 different styles in stock. But the great thing about the offer is that they were willing to order basically any shoe off the AE website (at discount), and you don't pay the shipping. I wanted a pair of chili-coloured Delrays, but they only had them in black. They ordered the chili pair for me at the $249 website price.

    The topys on my PAs cost $39.55 (including HST). Not sure if there is a price difference depending on the type of shoe, but I doubt it. I'm picking up my topy'd Delrays today.

    This is what I've heard from everyone. The only thing that has made me wary is the price of the product and the small jar size, although it sounds like a little bit goes a long way. ajmanouk, do you mind telling me where you buy/order your Renovateur from? If you order it, what are the shipping charges like? It seems like shipping anything to Canada is always so expensive (at least compared to domestic shipping within the U.S., which is often free).
     
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    Any chance Nordstom's would accept an exchange on lightly worn (1 day) Clifton's? They fit great walking around my house, but after 7 hours they have loosened up considerably.
     


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    You can fully return them. Nordstrom accepts returns on all merchandise. Even shoes you've worn for a couple weeks.
     


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    For today: brown Fifth Street with a grey wool suit:


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    Thanks for the info, I will keep Rego in mind.



    Great look, like the socks too.
     


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