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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. mp906

    mp906 Well-Known Member

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    I got the $90 AMOK also...extremely narrow, narrower than the Strand by far. I even went from D to E and they still are very narrow. The suede is very thin. Time will tell how they hold up.
     
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    I'm assuming that you pull on rubber-soled, square toe, corrected grain, black shoes in the morning?

    Plus, they're made in America - a nice bonus!
     
  3. spitshine123

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    Quote:I'm looking to pick up a boot also- how did you pick up the daltons for 90? Thats incredible!
     
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    I just got them, so can't comment on durability. Quality wise, these are seconds, but like many seconds I've purchased I can't find any major flaws. They're fairly narrow, but given how unstructured they are I'm not too concerned. Bottom line, I'm happy with the purchase.
     
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    So I wasn't all that happy with my first Bourbon Strands so I ordered a second pair. Thankfully, I didn't send the first pair back (I thought it best to wait and see what the second pair looked like first). Here are each pair and then one of each side by side. The replacement pair looks a lot more Walnut than Bourbon. Thoughts on which everyone likes best? I'm leaning toward my original pair, despite my initial misgivings, simply because I'm not a huge fan of the lack of color depth in the second pair.

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    Amok was $90; Daltons were considerably more (I got them for $275 as seconds).
     
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    First pair looks much better, what were you not pleased with?
     
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    You need some AE Chili edge dressing there...I ordered some with my last shipment, and it does look great. For some reason boot edges do scuff up - I think it's the restricted ankle-flex of boots.
     
  9. robbrechter

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    There's some pulling/cracking in the leather on the side of one of the shoes. Looks like I'm just going to keep that first pair, though. The second is pristine, but I'm assuming they're seconds because of the poor glazing job done on the upper.

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    I have some. These boots are due for a good cleaning/touch-up...
     
  11. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Well-Known Member

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    I remember some people mentioning that they seemed thin and flimsy a good number of months back when they were first released. If it's any consolation, I handled an Alden Unline Chukka on the Flex welt sole the other day, and I think it felt much flimsier than the Amok. I think it's just the nature of the unlined suede which doesn't really provide much resistance to bending/flexing the sole which creates the feeling of a flimsy shoe. It doesn't necessarily mean it isn't plenty durable. Hope you both enjoy them!
     
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    To each their own, but if it were me, I'd take the pair that doesn't have damaged leather. I can see the color difference you are referring to, but I don't think it is enough to warrant returning an otherwise pristine pair of shoes.
     
  13. ckprax

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    chocolate daltons today

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  14. robbrechter

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    I am quite torn. You're right in that the second pair are pristine, but the pictures really don't do justice to the walnut coloring. It's quite strong, and there's very little of the darker brown clouding that the Bourbon is supposed to have. I'm going to sit on them both for a day or two to see how I feel.

    You do have an extremely valid point, though.
     
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    My bourbon strand seconds arrived looking like your first pair, but upon application of Saphir reno, the burnishing came right off and now they appear much more like your second pair- so perhaps you should discretely test the first pair to see if they have the same problem. if so, then you have your answer :)
     
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    I didn't want to say it, but I was thinking the same thing. [​IMG]
     
  17. robbrechter

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    You were right. Both are the same color after applying just a small bit of conditioner/cleaner. Have you found a polish color that will help retain even some of the clouding or no? The site says use Walnut but that seems like it won't do much of anything. Looking at Saphir colors now to see what I can think of, but any advice you can give would be awesome.
     
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    Rey, I can't speak to the color matching but I have a few belts from Orion - they are outstanding belts.
     
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    It looks like so far the soho is preferred, and the favorite color is bourbon. What I have from going through everything is:


    Size Person Shoe Color Shell Option?
    9D DJTravler soho bourbon
    8.5E PerCC either bourbon or brown
    9.5EEE Downtheline soho bourbon
    12D GOP Shoe Guy either walnut Walnut Shell
    12EEE polojock615 soho bourbon cappuccino shell
    9D adamdurbin soho bourbon or walnut #8 Shell
    Michael Haines soho cappuccino shell
    8.5D SouthNarc soho bourbon
    14EEE elbastardocalvo soho black
    12.5E\13D fiestaplatypus soho bourbon cappuccino shell
    11.5D jch1 soho bourbon
    9.5D PMxx1 soho black

    Any corrections or changes, or anyone else interested please let me know and I will send in the information to AE in the morning.
     
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