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

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  1. Michael Haines

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    Thanks for the advice on the Park Avenues, I will be exchanging them.

    I could also use a little sizing advice. I am a 14D on the 1 last (have Malverns and Bayfields).

    My left foot is a little larger than my right foot. When I use AE's printable measuring guide, my left foot is 13.5C and right foot is 13C. I'm thinking about sizing down to a 13D on the 5 last. I can fit my middle finger behind my left ankle in this pic with a tiny bit more room to spare. On my right foot there's a gap on the right side of my heel.

    Any advice? Think a 13D in the 1 last would work? I'm a little hesitant to go with 13C since this is early in the day, but I could try it out. This is where I really wish AE made a 13.5.


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    If they are as red as in the stock picture, I may go with reddish brown polish to brown them a bit. official name Russet brown:

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    They looked more red in the store than that picture indicates:

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    Thanks for the rest of the (especially shell) updates. All the outlet stores are tied together with the shoe bank on their computers - so it does not matter where you order from. It just happens that the Jeffersonville, OH location ordered all the Wolverine boots, and they had arrived the same day I was there, stopping by. I had not seen them, so I took a pic and figured I'd post it up. Seems like a number of gentlemen here are glad I did [​IMG]

    Thanks! I'll look into those, once I decide whether I'm keeping one other pair of shoes I recently bought.

    They seemed to be very thick, oily leather. I would care for them the same way as chromexcel / cordovan. I.e. mostly brushing, but when product is needed, use it sparingly, and try to color-match. Having seen them firsthand, I would want them to darken up a little, so I would probably use burgundy wax. (FYI they had some of that for $1 per tin when I was there).
     
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    Bucksfan. First thanks.
    Maybe the reason they are seconds is the color !
     
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    Yes, these are the same shoes. Will shortening in length also help with the laces being too tight? I'm not sure if I should go to 13C or 13D.
     
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    Here are my bayfields last night, at the zoo (seeing the lights) with my family (riding the carousel at the time).


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    Yes it will, because everything about the shoe will become smaller. Going one full size down is a pretty good step - I would start with the D's first, then go to the C's If you still have problems. (I know, it's frustrating especially with mail ordering the shoes, but fit is most important.)


    Edit: I'll also add that for some reason the Park Ave seems to be the largest 5-last shoe that AE makes. It makes no sense, since it's on the same last... but they run (somewhat) noticeably larger than my cambridges, strands, or new Amsterdam (Mcallister under a different name).
     
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    On the other side, sometimes we develop new leathers because we think they will just look, feel and turn out really well. Relatively recently we had the thought – “what if we take a top quality cowhide and tan it with the same liquor we use to tan shell cordovan?” We’re kind of up there with Heinz and the upside-down-ketchup-bottle idea on this one. While it’s a little more complicated than just changing packaging, we should’ve thought of it much sooner…

    Like any development it almost never works out perfectly the first time through. But, after a solid 2 – 3 years of trials and production runs, we’ve nailed it. The leather already has a handful of iterations, but the base tannage is called Essex. It’s a rich, full grain leather that utilizes the same blends of extracts that we use in our shell cordovan. It’s already available in a handful of products, and I personally think that the new Libero Ferrero shows off the character of the leather beautifully. This, in addition to themselves being amazing bags. Matt Lafferty was kind enough to let me take some photos of the finished product.

    A waxed version of the leather, named Dublin, can also be found in many products in the Allen Edmonds Rough Collection.


    I guess you are right bucksfan

    rest of the blog post:

    http://horween.com/leathers/essex-and-dublin/#more-799
     
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    Can anyone speak to the fit of the Wolverine 744 Ltd in Shell Cordovan? If I'm a 12 D on the AE 5 last (Park Ave, Fifth Ave, Strand) with a relatively narrow foot, (ie, I can close the laces fully with no gap showing on those shoes), would a 12D in the 744 Ltd work, as well?
     
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    Yes I think it should work well for you in 12D. I am a 10D on the 1 and 5 last with very little gap on most shoes on the 5 (especially shell), right foot is brannock 10D and left is 10.5D. In addition I have a very low volume foot. A little bit shy of D but I'm no longer a C any more, and the 10.5 is just shy also. The 744 LTD in 10D fits me about as perfectly as you can get. And is a great choice IMO.


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    Those AE for RL boots that bucksfan posted are also starting to look good. Can't believe I am even considering a panel boot. I really need to stay off this thread....
     
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    I've always heard to size down by 1/2 on the Wloverine 1K boots (from your brannock/measured size). They should fit like the standard & last year's limited edition 1k boot.
     
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    i'm confused, if i'm a 10D in the 8 and 5 lasts, what size do i order for the Krause?
     
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