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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. zazadojo

    zazadojo Active Member

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    Well
    , the current sale ends on Presidents' Day .... Perhaps we have yet to hear an update.
     
  2. TheSizzle

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    If you plan to wear any lighter jeans, I'd lean towards the tan. I have both colors, but I think the cognac works best mainly with really dark jeans. The tan go well with classic khakis and jeans of all colors, at least in my opinion.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. I've been brooding over it a bit and came to a similar conclusion, as after looking at some pictures online the Dark Brown seem to be a fair amount darker than the official website images suggested. I may end up making the trip into the city to try a pair in the correct color, but at the least I'm going to try on the black ones at Nordstrom for fit.
     
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    I just got my cognac ones back from AE after a little misguided snafu, and I could lay them (both colors) out next to khaki colored pants and jeans if you want an idea of how it'll look.
     
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    That would be fantastic actually. Appreciate the help!
     
  6. newbie369

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    Hey guys, do these park avenues look narrow for me? I'm not sure if the V shape is supposed to be that prominent. Thanks!


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  7. wdahab

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    Yeah, that's way too wide of a V for a balmoral. If the length feels right, I'd go up a width. Note that going up a width may make you realize that the length is too long. Balmorals ideally will lace almost all the way closed (I find that I don't want it to lace all the way, because then there's no room left to snug it up). About 1/4" gap is what I aim for.
     
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    I have the same issue with most of my bals. High instep. If I go up a width, it's too loose at the ball of the foot and even that does not always fix the problem. I do better with derbys/bluchers but find them less formal than I like. Oh well. Might have to break open the piggyback for bespoke one of these days. Until them I live with my too-wide V.
     
  9. New Shoes1

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    Try sizing down 1/2 size and go up one width. You should also consider getting measured and fitted by AE.
     
  10. MoneyWellSpent

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    Great looking pair, hope you enjoy them!
     
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    I'm curious, but are you referring to your post from a couple of months ago regarding the color fading after using saddle soap? I thought of you when I posted a couple of pages back about my experience with my Long Branches (look at my post from earlier today). I started to have similar fears about the finish on my boots and that was part of what prompted me to do some digging and found that their recommendations are different on the shoe care pdf on their website. Interestingly, one of the discrepancies that I have caught is between the Rapid City and the Cognac McTavish. Both shoes are made from Horween Cognac Dublin Leather. However, they say to use Conditioner/Cleaner and Walnut Polish on the Rapid City, whereas they say to use Saddle Soap on the McTavish. The care should be the same for these two shoes I would think. Just curious about what happened with yours.
     
  12. JilSlander

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    Hey, guys, a place around me has the AE Van Ness in black for $210.

    I'm usually wearing business formal at work. Are these fine for the office/is the price good?

    Thanks.
     
  13. newbie369

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    Thanks guys. I'm afraid I won't be able to exchange them as they are factory seconds that I purchased for an event late December. I used the measuring tool online and the width of my feet lined up perfectly with the suggested width. In retrospect, sizing up one width would've been a great choice.

    I assume shoe bank does not accept exchanges for (gently) worn shoes?
     
  14. Cold Iron

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    Yes the Yuma would be fine. You wouldn't want to wade through a stream of water with them but for what your describing they should hold up just fine. I own 3 pair of Bison leather boots including the Yuma. Bison leather is very tough yet light and supple. Not as light as Roo hide but close. The soles on the Yuma are fairly thin and without a shank they feel more like a stalking boot to me. They also are fairly snug so you might want to keep that in mind if you want to wear them with heavy socks in the winter. But Bison is also decent in the warmer months, not nearly as hot as the other boots your looking at. And yes the Yuma will look better compared to a work boot like the Chippewa if that is a concern. Although I own plenty of work boots too. What size are you BTW?
     
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    They might have changed their advice, but before they managed to do that, I'd been advised by the sales rep at a local AE store and their online customer support to use saddle soap specifically on the cognac colored ones. I thought it was odd advice, which is why I asked a few times, but they kept insisting. So, I sent them pictures. They apologized and said that was bad advice for the cognac variety. Actually, the rep in the store was shocked, and I think self-conscious, about her advice. So, they paid for shipping and got them back to looking like they should. After that, I went back to using just leather lotion on those.

    I can tell you this: I will not be putting saddle soap anywhere near those uppers again, and I would advise others with cognac McTavish to avoid it as well.
     
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    I think they are fine for office. Price is not bad, but that is up to you
     
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    I'm just wondering what the difference between the Van Ness and the Clifton is.

    I can get the Clifton for much cheaper on eBay.
     
  18. TheSizzle

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    For starters...

    The Van Ness is a balmoral, while the Clifton is a blucher.
     
  19. JilSlander

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    Clifton, it is. Thanks for the heads up, guys.
     
  20. MoneyWellSpent

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    Glad they worked with you. Did the neatsfoot oil that you used on them affect their ability to get them totally back to normal? Post some pictures if you have time!
     
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