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

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  1. GentlemanJohnny

    GentlemanJohnny Well-Known Member

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    Hello all,

    I've been perusing the forums for some time and have only started posting recently (mostly in the Saddleback and "poor man's watch" forums). I'm 5'2 and wear a size 7...which makes any kind of shopping, let alone shoe shopping, a frustrating experience. I found some guides online for shorter gentlemen and one such page linked me to AE's website. After researching this forum as well as a few other review sites it seems that they are a reputable and worthwhile company. What I am interested in, in particular, are custom shoes - in this case a 7D.

    Do most of you purchase shoes "off the rack" or have any of you tried ordering custom shoes online? I'm stationed in Germany so I can't go to an in-store location. If there are any other shorter gentlemen lurking around these forums please chime in and please share any other shoe vendors that make custom size shoes.

    I'm interested in a two-toned "saddle" shoe as well as suede shoes. Does anyone know where I can get good leather boots in 7D? I was impressed with Johnston & Murphy's website but unfortunately many of the patterns I liked were only offered in size 8 or above.

    Thanks for the advice/opinions in advance!

    ~John
     
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    delmar Senior member

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    I don't have Strands, but I do have Ridgeways and McTavishes which are 5-65 last--same as Strands and they are very roomy but my Lubbocks are snug in the width across the toebox. Not uncomfortable, just more snug. I wear the wafer thin dress socks with the Lubbocks and I'm fine. I wear 12E and my feet are relatively wide across the toes but with low arches, not very thick, like flippers. With most AE shoes my feet hit the sides of the shoes snugly but I have to cinch or lace them up very tight to snug them up. I checked the AE website and saw that they have 11D...I'd say go for it if you can return them if they don't fit. I'll add that the 2-222 last is my favorite. I have the Norwich and Lubbock and the double sole 2-222 are just a joy to walk in. I have feet troubles but in these shoes I have a comfortable stride with great arch support. I just seem to roll along when walking in them.
     
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    elstinnett Well-Known Member

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    I'm actually asking myself the same question. Leaning toward the bourbon.
     
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    bucksfan Senior member

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    Check out the AE website - it looks like most of them are available from 6-16. The custom shoe designer is pretty cool too.

    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/cati_Custom+Shoes_1_40000000001_-1_1_image_0_Y_128657_

    I find their shoes are all pretty much true to size, except for the 2 last, which I needed to go up 1 width on.

    Good luck!
     
  5. BackInTheJox

    BackInTheJox Senior member

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    Need a little help with polish color. I have a pair of brown burnished calf Lasalles. I'm not really sure which color AE polish to use. I'd like to keep the shoes the same color they already are essentially. I was looking at the sale polishes:

    Bourbon, Brandy, Mocha, Saddle Brown

    Not sure which one (if any) would be appropriate. I like the shade of brown the shoes are and don't want them ending up darker.


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    As a point of reference, here's a picture (on the right).
     
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    hohneokc Senior member

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    It's working now - $300 off some coats and 20% off cold weather hats, gloves, etc.

    Chris
     
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    Papa Doble Senior member

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    I haven't seen bourbon in person, but based on the website images, I think it would look quite good with navy. Note that bourbon (or walnut) would be less conservative than a darker brown, burgundy, or black with a navy suit, but you probably knew that.
     
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    Thanks for all the info!
     
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    I am a US 7D. I've worn AE and they have a wide range of shoes and boots in our size in a variety of lasts at a very competitive price range. Other shoe brands that I found having consistent inventory of shoes that can be customized and in our size: Alfred Sargent, Crockett & Jones, Edward Green, Vass, and Tricker's. Most shoes have a high premium for customized shoes but I've found Alfred Sargent and Vass' services to be reasonable.

    If you are in Germany, it might be cheaper getting EU/UK shoes since tariffs for US shoes might hike up the price.
     
  10. GentlemanJohnny

    GentlemanJohnny Well-Known Member

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    dsmivtr,

    Thanks for the info and suggestions...exactly what I was looking for. I've seen the AS & Vass topics in these forums so I may explore those. Have you actually used the shoe customizer on AE's website? I'm just curious what you (or anyone else out there) had to say about the shoe customizer...I played around with it and I liked the versatility and options but was wondering how they came out as compared to the off the rack stuff.

    Thanks!

    ~John

    *** Also, Happy Veterans Day!!!!!! ***
     
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    SuitedDx Senior member

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    Personally have not used to customizer so someone else could chime in related to that. The one thing I can say is that if the quality is not to your standard, AE is excellent when it comes to customer satisfaction, especially when purchased directly with them.

    As someone who services our brave men and women: thank you for your service.
     
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    clarksdb Senior member

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    Guys, thinking about picking up a couple shoe trees and accessories from cedarville during their $15 off $55 purchase sale.

    1) If I am a 9.5 or 10 D I should go with the medium size full shoe trees?

    2) Which Allen Edmonds shoe brush should I get between the small, medium, and large sizes?
     
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    Jos A Bank has a Buy One Get 2 Free sale right now. You can get 3 woodlore shoe trees for $25. If you are a 9.5 or 10D, you should get a medium shoe tree. Not sure about the brushes.
     
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    Thats a great offer but unfortunately I'm in Canada and don't have that retailer here. Though, if anyone is willing to ship 3 shoe trees for me to Canada send me a private message.
     
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    Anyone with Lubbock that can comment on sizing?
    I wear a:
    - 9.5E pa & strand
    - 9E mctavish
    - 10D dalton
     
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