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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. Firefox

    Firefox Senior member

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    I currently own three pairs of AE (in order of dressiness): Park Avenues in black calf, Cliftons in burgundy calf, and Delrays in chili burnished calf. The Cliftons are the newest of the three, but I suspect that I'll get a lot of use out of them. If you want something that's going to be very versatile and can be dressed up or down, I'd suggest a blucher in a relatively dark shade of brown or burgundy. The Clifton is a blucher but, IMO, it's still a very dressy-looking shoe and could be worn with a suit in all but the most rigid of work environments. A lot of it will depend on the kind of industry/workplace you are in, not to mention where you live.

    If all else fails, take a look at what some of your colleagues wear, and use that as a guide.
     
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  2. K. Nights

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    Which loafer would be best for a wide foot with a high instep? I like the randolph, but I hear the instep is somewehat low.
     
  3. Alef

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    Gentlemen!
    Apologies that my first post is a question.
    I would like to buy a pair of AE's Cronmok.
    I have read a lot of reviews on the subject, but I still have my question unanswered.
    Some people write that Cronmoks are true to size, whereas others that it is 1/2 size large and 1 size narrow.
    So there are two opinions:
    1. "Cronmok is TTS"
    2. "Consider sizing down 1/2 a size and going one width up"
    Therefore, my question to the owners of Cronmoks is as follows:
    I'm size 6.5, but closer to 6, really, E width.
    AE has the Cronmok model in sizes 6 and 6.5 with E and EEE widths.
    What size and width would you recommend?
    I do understand that the return policy of the brand is excellent, but the shoes will be shipped to a country from where returns are difficult.
    Thank you in advance for your advice.
     
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    I'm actually one of the people on the AE site with a review saying they run long. They run long, seriously, long. Or at least the two pairs I had a chance to wear did. I normally wear 9EEE in McAllisters. The 9EEE Cronmok's I first got were way too long, longer than a pair of 9.5EEE McAllisters I had. Returned for a pair of 8.5EEE and they fit much better. On my suggestion, a friend sized down 1/2 (same width) and found they fit him great too. In fact for both of us, we might have worn them just a hair shorter than they were, even sized down.
     
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    I have a high instep and cannot wear the Randolph. It's not bad when it's on, but I nearly tear the leather trying to put it on.

    The Westchester fits me very well. You might try that one. I really like the brown and walnut. And there is a cordovan option if you are so inclined.

    Chris
     
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    I'll add the Verona and its variants, which are the Italian collection. Not sure if you're interested in those. But I have a wide forefoot and high instep, and they fit great.
     
  7. Al in Philly

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    Personally, I found that they run true to size. I realize others have said to size down. Perhaps because the leather is unstructured there are variations sometimes in the "give" of the leather which may alter the size?
     
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    Unrelated, however I'm not very good at navigating this site lol. Remember a couple months ago, there was a link on the styleforum home page about mixing/combining textures with suits/shirts/ties?

    Where the hell can I find that post? Off to the advanced search tool....
     
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    Is it my computer screen or is something wonky going on with the leather here?
     
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    New Question: does anyone know whether AE will ever get some new punch designs for the toe caps? I really love what C&J and Alden do with their punch designs. Anyone have any ideas for what they'd like?
     
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  13. Al in Philly

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    They have lightened in certain creased areas over time. This isn't uncommon for lighter colored shoes.
     
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    Did you wax pretty heavily between the cap line and the laces? It looks like you have an excess wax buildup in the creases or something else wonky going on. Whatever it is, definitely not normal.
     
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    I normally see this when a polish that is darker than the original shoe color is used. The creasing exposes the lighter natural color of the shoe as the polish flakes off. AE walnut polish is darker than the true color of the shoes, which is why many SA recommend cognac instead. If you don't mind me asking what color\type of polish are you using on them? In any event still a great looking shoe!
     
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    I have never used wax on those shoes. I use Saphir cream. It does match however, so perhaps it darkens it over time.
     
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    I use Saphir light brown cream I think.
     
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    This isn't shedding a good light on Saphir...
    Just saying.
     
  19. MoneyWellSpent

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    Finch, in Horween Tan Dublin leather today.

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  20. zchen

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    I wish AE would make a Dublin leather Plain toe boot....just emailed their feedback email....

    Neumoks in crimson leather call out to me.....
     
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