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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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    An interesting idea. But I still think that there may be a little too much broguing for my tastes, at least at this point in time in my sartorial life.

    I quite like the looks of the Kenilworth and Flatiron. I probably prefer the Kenilworth, as I like the plain toe, and I also like the fact that it's the same last as the Park Avenues (which seem to fit me pretty well). Perhaps Kenilworth in bourbon...

    I'm curious how the bourbon colour compares to chili. Obviously, the chili is a little redder. But in terms of shade, do the bourbons look a little darker overall?
     
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    My bourbons are somewhere in between Walnut and Dark Brown.
     
  3. Firefox

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    Some of the AE dark brown shoes I've seen in stores have looked black from a distance, but the walnut shoes are a little light for my tastes. Maybe bourbon is a good compromise.
     
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    So the heel of my Finch began to separate after owning for about 5 months...AE said no problem, send in and we'll fix.

    Got them back and noticed that when they sanded the heel it looks like they slipped and gouged into the stitching. I emailed pics to AE and they told me that it is just cosmetic.

    Would you accept it and move on or try and have them fix it?

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    I think they should fix the shoe but I don't know if I am being picky...

    Thanks
     
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    I wear the heck out of them and then send them back in to be fixed.
     
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    I'd be grateful if that's all they did with the sander when my Fifth Streets went back for heel separation.


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    After three wearings both heels started separating--one at the sole and the other at the V-Tap. I was told they would just put on new heels, but for some reason they did a full sole "recraft" including the hammer stamp underneath and unfortunately they they put the gash in the upper. Apparently AE originally just though it was "cosmetic" as they just sent them back to me like this.

    As far as whether yours is cosmetic or worse, I would think the main criteria would be on whether your shoe is structurally unsound now and much more likely to cause future problems.

    i tend to be kind of a sloppy walker and tend to scuff my shoes semi-regularly so I know my shoes will never remain perfect, but I did feel that AE should have called me rather than just send mine back as above as I think what happened to mine were obviously too far over the line. As far as your shoes, if they are still structurally ok, then I think the decision is yours as to where you draw the line as to what is acceptable.
     
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    Congrats Michael, you will have yours before I have mine!
     
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    The Kenilworth doesn't fit anything like the PA or any other 5 last shoe. I'm a TTS 8.5D and wear 8E on the 5 last. I had to size down to a 7.5E in the Kenilworth(after trying on about 7 size combos) and it still doesn't fit quite right.
     
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    That's weird... why would that be?
     
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    Never had a real dress shoes before. Please evaluate the fit please. PA (10D) and Strand (9.5E).

    The pen marks balls of foot,
    supposedly it should be at the widest part...

    Thanks!!!

    PA 10D (snug at pinkie toe, heel feels good)
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    Strand 9.5E (snug at pinkie to like PA, heel feels roomier, no slipping)
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    Anyone have a bowing out or gap around their ankle with AEs? What do you do with that? Thanks
     
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    Yes, the bourbon is midway-ish between the walnut and the chocolate. Your mileage may vary and you may get darker or lighter to some degree based on the products you use in your shoe care regimen.
     
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    Which model are you talking about? I've seen a few posts about bowing on the Park Aves.
     
  15. SloopyNoob

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    Anybody heard anything from AE about the bourbon polish? I was told a couple months ago they're working on one.
     
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    Ahhh, I'm Scottish and love the broguing (surname = McAllister)...

    I wear my ghillie brogues quite often with my kilt but I do understand that not everyone likes that much adornment on their shoes.

    If you can get to an AE brick and mortar, you can check out the bourbon in person. If you go back through this thread there are several pics of bourbon shoes.

    It has been noted that some bourbons come a little darker, some a little lighter, but I just got these last week:



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    Hope that helps. I hadn't conditioned or polished these yet at the time of the picture.
     
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    I can confirm that Kenilworths don't fit the same as Strands. I'm an 8.5D Strand, but 8.5D Kenilworths were a little too long and wide. I expect 8E probably would fit me better, but I haven't tried yet.

    Presumably it's do to the fact that we're comparing a blucher to balmorals.
     
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    No offence, but I don't quite agreed with this. In particular, I think a cap toe balmoral like the Park Avenue or even Fifth Avenue is significantly more appropriate than a blucher like the Kenilworth.

    Agreed.
     
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    I can't compare it with Chili, but you can check out more pictures of Bourbon from when I got my Strands.
     
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    None taken!
    -I'll stand my ground on the cap toes not being appropriate for tux/dinner jacket wear.
    -I will concede that the blucher is not the best choice with those open laces. I didn't even catch that.
    But the Mayfair is their formal shoe and....I dunno. Like I said to the OP you could wear the PA and no one in the room would know the difference. For me I'd prefer highly polished, elegant cut, plain toe leathers. Maybe not the Kenilworth though since you pointed out the lace bed.
    Thanks Kentyman.
     
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