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

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  1. REguy

    REguy Senior member

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    Just wanted to share my AE Amok experience. I thought I'd take advantage of the current sale and ordered a pair in each color after seeing how nice they looked (see first picture courtesy of AE). For $150/pair I was excited to get some cheap kicks that could almost pass for the Alden version (without the ~$270/pair upcharge). I get my box today and, much to my dismay, they look like the second picture. I arranged them in the same order (L-R: brown, maracca, chocolate). Even with the poor lighting, the picture makes them look better than real life. The maracca (middle) has been oversprayed to look like the color of dirt, the chocolate is actually darker than the brown as well as having some weird dye job, and, from a quality standpoint, the leather used on the brown shoes is so thin and cheap feeling you'd think you could poke your finger through it.

    I also got blown off by their live chat person when I asked where I could find an accurate picture of the shoes. AE is not scoring points with me tonight.

    I'm sure AE will make things right, but I'm pretty disappointed. For those of you who are interested in the Amoks, I'd size down 1/2 size due to them being unlined.

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  2. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior member

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    The Van Ness and Lombards have 5 eyelets, but the Strands has 6. BTW I definitely agree with the other poster who have said how beautiful the Lombards are in Walnut, however I needed a black dress shoes and the Lombards in walnut are already very similar to my Strands in walnut.
     
  3. dieselman89

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    That looks nothing like the picture. I too would be upset, send them back!
     
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    WTF? Those look nothing like the catalog photos - even the welt and sole edge are different colors. I'd be disappointed, as well.
     
  5. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior member

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    I wouldn't consider AE to be clunky by any means, they aren't slim but not clunky. They seem like traditional american dress shoes.
     
  6. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior member

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    I would like to bump this, since you mentioned you wish you had sized up with the EXEC COLLECTION. Did you end up sizing up? If so, did you size up in size or width?
     
  7. Winston S.

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    I go with bar lacing for all oxfords/balmorals and criss cross for the bluchers/derbies. I think it looks nicer that way. Different strokes...
     
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    Doesn't bar lacing cause you to be unable to tighten the laces when pulling?
     
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    Sorry, I might be using the wrong terminology. I do straight lacing the European way and it allows you to tighten it to some extent.
     
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    I do criss-cross lacing because that's what I learned when I was five. :nodding:
     
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    reidrothchild Senior member

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    What are people's thoughts on the Firenze and the Italian collection in general? I never really like the look of AE's Italian line from the website photos, but I was trying on a suit at Nordstrom last weekend, and the Verona was the shoe they had in the dressing area to try on with dress pants. They were super comfortable and actually not that bad looking. Given that the special running right now includes the Firenze, I was considering them. Anyone own them? Are horsebit loafers too douchey?
     
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    The most comfortable shell loafers I've had in years, very supple brown shell cordovan Allen Edmonds Cole.

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    I personal like the Verona, I'll be pickup up a pair I'm the near future. The idea of a bit loafer has slowly burrowed itself into my mind :D
     
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    That is definitely a massive difference. I bought some Amoks as well (in Maracca) and unfortunately I won't be able to see them for a couple weeks. Has anyone else been delivered them and noticed a difference in how they look or a deficiency in the quality of the shoe?
     
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    Yeah, it's burrowing itself into my mind as well. I'm just a bit concerned because I've never really liked bit loafers before. I may go see how the pebbled leather of the Firenze looks in person this weekend.
     
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