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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. Bexcellence

    Bexcellence Senior member

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    Do the Brooks Brothers AE Park Aves fit exactly the same as the standard type?
     
  2. donjuan17

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    Well next time around you'll be ready bro.

    I think I have the same exact pair. (T'was a gift)
    You should def wear them with slimmer jeans. I say this because i've been putting together outfits for my strands which haven't even got here yet(!)
    Can you tell I want 'em now?
     
  3. BackInTheJox

    BackInTheJox Senior member

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    Beautiful! I have chili Delrays and they're some of my favorite shoes I own. I always love wearing them with navy pants, it's probably their best look.
     
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    I found them to be more rigid in the sole because of the poron insole and rubber tap soles vs the regular AEs. Same goes with lasalle vs delrays. Because the soles were less prone to flex in the regular walking motion, it caused some heel slip for me. Finishing seemed to be better than regular AEs though. Your mileage may vary.
     
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    Would you say the same for the BB strand?
    It too has poron instead of cork.
     
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  6. spitshine123

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    Yep, that was actually my frame of reference having owned both. I assumed it would be the same for the Park Ave
     
  7. TheSizzle

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    You seriously do, man. I was so excited when these came that I posted a picture in here that day (about a month back). They're such a great color, and it's difficult to really capture them in a picture. I bet you'll love them.

    And, you know I'll be ready (not like my AE collection is really lacking).



    As far as the jeans, in general, I agree with you, that slimmer is better, but this is where I feel comfortable. I wear size 29 jeans, and, overall, I'm pretty small. So, to get the taper you're suggesting, I'd need to wear pretty much skin-tight jeans, and there is no way I'm going that far. I think it's partially distorted by the scale of my small shoes too, but, in person, I think it comes across reasonably well (my confidence drops with tighter fits).

    Summary: Thanks, but, in my book, skinny legs + skinny jeans = no-go.
     
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    Pretty sure both have cork midsoles.
     
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    Nope. Spoke to the AE factory and store and both said the Brooks Bros versions had poron instead of cork and in addition also had a topy half sole.
     
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    I believe you mean to say that it has poron instead of a leather insole. The midsole, or the section that would be visible upon removing the leather outsole (and sole guard), would still be cork. At least, that's how I heard it.
     
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    That seems to be the consensus. It is obvious from viewing the BB vs. AE shoes that the insole is different and I believe everything below that is the same, excepting the rubber topy on the BB.
     
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    You know you might be right. I just called Adam from the outlet to ask about this but he didn't know..
    Where did you get this info from?
    If you're right it would only make me love the shoe that much more.
     
  13. TheSizzle

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    I can't exactly pin down a source, but you could follow this line of thought...

    -BB makes no mention of midsole, only the insole.
    -AE offers the same shoe design from their website.
    -AE allows you to customize the shoe by adding a combination sole like the BB version.
    -AE allows you to customize the shoe by replacing the leather insole with poron like the BB version.
    -AE constructs shoes with a cork midsole (applied hot).
    -AE does not allow you to choose a different midsole, even if you call.

    I think it would be odd to have a poron midsole, and I doubt AE modified their fabrication process to include one.

    Also, if you search the internet for information on AE for BB shoes having cork midsoles, there will be plenty of references, including statements that the cork would mold to the wearer's foot (like the regular AE).
     
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    No each store has to order their own shoes. They can access the entire companies inventory. Then whatever store you call has to call another store to get the shoe you are looking for. It does not matter what store you call anyone can help you. Some think you have to call SB but in reality every store has to call each other to get your shoes for you. SB gets a ton of calls and emails so you coudl try calling or emailing other stores if you need help.
     
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    I ordered from both Leeds in AL and the Shoe Bank. Leeds charged sale tax, even though I am out of state, FYI.

    I'd say the BB/RL shoes might be a little better finished than my other AE's, but just barely if at all.

    I like the stitched down topy on the BB myself.
     
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    Jut have a seamstress take in the inseam 1-2" from the knee down. I have small waist/big thighs/slim calves so most pants require sizing up then having the waist and calves slimmed. Costs like $5 for good work from some Korean lady.
     
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    I appreciate the advice, but I'm aware of what it takes to make the pants slimmer. What I'm saying is that I'd rather not wear narrower jeans than this at this point.
     
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    SB is one of the busiest outlets. You should try calling another outlet as everyone has the same ability to see the companies entire inventory. The Jeffersonville team is usually very prompt and quick in responding.
     
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    I thought of saying this too.
    I did this to a pair of Docker cargo's that I scored for ~$20.
    They were very fat and ugly but I had a vision! I had a family friend do this and the result was fantastic. This was way before GQ started slimming cargos mind you.
    Ending result was "Very Brunnello Cucinelli"

    I should post a pic somewhere...
     
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