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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. rdstour

    rdstour Senior member

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    On a separate note,
    I just came into possession of last year's (now-discontinued) Allen Edmonds Macneil Wingtips in Burgundy Pebble Grain and I was wondering if anyone might have tips on how to wear it?
    As in what types of outfits etc would be acceptable?
    Would appreciate the advice, and thanks guys.
     
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  2. clarksdb

    clarksdb Senior member

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    Is it perfectly okay to use a generic 'brown' shoe cream? Or do I need to be using a walnut color cream to polish my walnut strands?
     
  3. Winston S.

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    If you are referring to Johnston & Murphy. I took a quick look at their shoe trees and unless you are getting the ones with the knob on top, I don't see a reason to swap them.
     
  4. tv2177

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    i would use a walnut polish from AE or a generic neutral polish, not sure if brown is a good choice.
     
  5. Testudo_Aubreii

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    Burgundy goes with pretty much any color trousers, from black to cream. Given the pebble grain, the longwing, and the Macneil's split reverse welt, I think it will pair most naturally with heavier-weight trousers with texture: Corduroy, flannel, whipcord,cavalry twill, bedford cord, tweed, denim...
     
  6. blsing

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    Nicely done! Stunning purchases, couldnt choose a better pair... 2for $300 I presume? The strands look pretty good, especially if you are going to crease around there...
     
  7. TauKappaEpsilon

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    These are really nice, they are EXACTLY what I ordered. Mine should be coming in on Thursday and I'm hoping they look as good as yours do.


    On a second note, I was walking around Brooks Brothers today and saw the Strand, the 5th Avenue, and the Shelton all on the display but were labeled as Brooks Brothers. Does AE make BBs shoes?
     
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    ya they are 2 for $300. I also bought some shoe polishs and edge creams then the SA was nice to throw in two sets of dust bags for me.

    Question on those who already own walnut strand. My pair has a slight color difference between the toe cap and the upper, if you take a closer look you can tell. But I think that's just normal, right?
     
  9. bucksfan

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    Some of them - but others are made by Alden, Edward Green, Crockett & Jones...
     
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    Like suggested, please stick to walnut or neutral cream. You don't want to darken that lovely color with any brown cream substitute.
     
  11. blsing

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    The brown Fifth Aves are such a nice color...they ran out of them in my size and I had to settle for black-still a win, but the brown is really gorgeous
     
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    I've seen a lot of quality control issues on Alden shoes I've found in the wild, but my experience with them, from a CS stand-point was all positive. (They damaged a pair of shoes during a recraft, replaced with a new pair.)
     
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    Are you talking about Alden? I called their phone number and left a message every morning for a week regarding a potential quality issue. I haven't heard back a year later.
     
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    Just got a pair of Vernon today. Not too shabby IMO [​IMG]

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    Huh. I got a call from them. I called back and left a message. They called me the next day. We figured out a work around (I sent a pair of BB shoes for rework, so when they were damaged we had to figure out something else from their catalog to replace it with.) No issues.
     
  16. reidrothchild

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    +1 on the Macneil with heavier trousers. I have the Macneil in Walnut pebble grain, and I rock them with flannel, khakis, and jeans. IMO, the textured leather combined with the double oak sole doesn't make it an ideal shoe for worsted wool suit pants. The burgundy version might be a bit more appropriate with worsted wool, but you'd be safest sticking with Testudo's recommendation.
     
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    AE's walnut is a rather light, and bright, shade of brown - it's what makes the walnut Strands "pop" (IMO). Most generic browns are going to be considerably darker and will most likely end up darkening the shoe - if that's what you want then go ahead. If you want to preserve the color as-is I'd suggest sticking with AE's walnut polish (I use their tube version with the built-in applicator) or some equivalent lighter walnut/brown polish. The AE stuff is reasonably priced and an exact match so that's what I use (Strands and Daltons).
     
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    Yes, that's normal - assuming that the cap is a bit darker on yours. I've accentuated this on mine by occasionally applying some darker polishes to the cap.
     
  19. TauKappaEpsilon

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    Do you have pictures of what yours look like with the slightly darker caps? I want to do this to mine but have never seen results before.
     
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    Hmm,
    Thanks for the advice guys.
    I was really hoping these would be versatile enough to wear both with a suit and something a little less formal, but I'm not so sure if these fit the bill. Everyone keeps talking about how a nice pair of wingtips are essential to one's shoe collection, but I'm really on the fence with these.
    Anyone else have any advice?
     
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