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

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  1. CalTex

    CalTex Senior member

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    I have a narrow (B width) foot unfortunately and from my understanding they only carry pleb width (D).
     


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    thanks for the advice. i already have black PA and walnut strands. I love the strands, but my PA's get no love. its just such a formal shoe I have not needed them yet.

    I was looking for a a shoe to compliment my strands but fill in the gap for merlot or brown. I had my eyes on the merlot mcallister and the brown fifth ave. what would you recommend?
     
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    Anybody have some Larchmonts? I've never been a fan of the more-squarish toe that the 3 last uses, but for some reason I really dug the Larchmonts. Have Chocolate now with Bourbon on the way.

    Anyways - sizing - what's your 5 last size and what's your 3 last size? I take an 8.5D in Park Aves, but went with an 8E on the Larchmonts. These things are long enough that I'm considering a 7.5E. Can anyone comment on what they've experienced for 5 vs. 3 last sizing?
     


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    Actually those are the laces that came with my shoes. [​IMG]
     


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    wilbromarshall Active Member

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    I was in the Orlando store and the pair I saw did not look like the Aberdeen so I ended up ordering a pair. I did not like way the Aberdeen looked so mine will be going back if they are different from the pair they showed me in the store. I even commented to the salesman how different the grey was between those two, the Pierpont, and the Parkway.
     


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    I'll echo what others are saying about the grey leather......I think it's pretty ugly, regardless of the shoe it is on. No offense!



    In other news, I just placed an order for a pair of dark brown burnished Delray's in 10.5B [​IMG]

    After this I will have gone from zero AE's to 4 in under a year. Walnut Strands, brown CXL Bayfields, walnut Dalton's and the dark brown burnished Delrays. Not bad, not bad....
     
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    Black McAllisters will go fine with the 2 suits you mention. Are there other more versatile options/colors? Sure.

    But ....

    I have 2 black wingtip balmorals: (1) Alden for Brooks Brothers in shell cordovan; (2) John Lobb Cavendish in calf. If you like them, get them - and don't be swayed by the myriad of black shoe haters on SF. :D
     


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    In my experience, AE's brown burnished colour looks a lot darker in person than it does on their website. I was once in a store looking at (what I believed to be) two pairs of black Delrays on a shelf, until the SA pointed out that one of them was actually brown. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as the dark brown can be a versatile (and slightly more casual) alternative to black. But it's something you may want to keep in mind depending on what you are looking for. A brown burnished 5th Avenue would look a lot closer to a black PA than a Walnut Strand, IMO. Personally, I like the 5th Ave but prefer it in a blucher style, so I'm going for a pair of Cliftons in burgundy.
    I'm a fan of the Delrays. I have a pair in Chili Burnished, but I also really like the look of the black and brown versions.
     


  9. bucksfan

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    Amsterdams arrived:


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    Compared to brown shell strands and burgundy Cambridge:


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    I am pretty happy with them, though I have not done any sort of fit test yet. I like the bourbon color.
     
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  10. mingus2112

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    I feel like Steve Martin in "The Jerk" when he's screaming "The new phonebook is here! The new phonebook is here!!"

    Well. . .

    My new Strands are here!!! My new Strands are here!!!

    Anyway, I want to get some fit and quality advice before I wear them off my carpet. First off, the fit. They feel snug - more snug than my other 12B AEs, but definitely not uncomfortable. I suspect they fit like they are supposed to - I'm just not used to well-fitting shoes yet! No pain, no rubbing, supports my arches. Just want to make sure the gap in the lacing is what it should be for a new pair of strands. I assume they will stretch a little over time and that gap will close? Anyway, forgive the cross lacing - that's how they arrived. Also, forgive the poor quality of my camera phone!
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    Is that too much of a gap? It's probably possible to get the gap smaller, but it's comfortable like this. Here's a side shot on my unmade bed :embar:
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    So. . .there's that. Next up is the "defect." Let me get something out of the way first. I realize these are seconds. I'm completely OK with this if everyone thinks this is an acceptable defect for seconds. I know that sounds like group think, but I just want to get the best quality I can out of the seconds. I know plenty of people have said they cannot find the defect on their seconds. . .well I found mine! Due to the wonky stitching around the cap toe on the right shoe, it kinda flips up. It's hard to describe without pictures. . .so here are the pictures!
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    Anyhow - what do you guys think? Should I try to get a different pair (when I ordered these, they had to be sent from another store and i was told there were only one other pair available in my size)? Or are these keepable?

    Either way, after walking around the house with these on I realize that these shoes were MADE FOR ME!!

    -James
     
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    Nnggg, did you get these from the Shoe Bank sale? When did you order? I hope mine got here today as well :) Sweet shoes!
     


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    Nice, color looks good. Appreciate the shots! My pair have arrived to a US address and now I am having them shipped to me to avoid what happened last time when I was hit with $90 in taxes.
     


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    That is an acceptable amount of gap to me. I think after the shoes are well worn it will definitely come closer.

    If it were me I would not send it back because of the stitching.
     


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    This is my thinking so far - on both counts. As for the fit, i'm just winging it. As I said before, I'm new to well fitting shoes. As for the stitching, I can live with that if it's considered acceptable for seconds. For me, $199 is a lot for shoes. I don't expect them to be perfect, but I just want to make sure I don't regret it later. ;)

    -James
     


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    Thanks! I ordered them from the Jeffersonville outlet on Black Friday, but they were shipped from Port Washington.


    Sounds like a good plan. Hope you get yours soon.


    +1 on both issues. Nice shoes, and like most seconds they will give you a good long life!
     


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