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

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.

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  1. clarksdb

    clarksdb Senior member

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    Yes they are indeed comfortable and very versatile if your wardrobe consists of odd trousers and dress shirts.


    Haha I gotta be careful! Any update on your AE purchase progress? I recall you were trying to find Cliftons in your size from the Shoe Bank.



    From what I have heard the Elgin fits a half size large. So maybe that is why you are finding them a tad long. Maybe post pictures of you wearing them as well so people can evaluate the fit.


    Those look nice, especially for the price.
     
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    Nice! I actually played bass in a Rush tribute about 3 yrs ago...good times! J
     
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    PerCC, you could also look at the Delray or Lasalle
    J
     
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    Those look great! They look similar to the Cole Haan LunarGrand Chukkas I recently bought - which by the way are probably THE most comfortable chukkas I have ever had. Feels like you're wearing a sneaker. Super light and stylish.
     
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    Thanks Clarks, here are some pictures.

    First, here are some pictures of the heel slipping. This is a little less pronounced on the right foot, which is pictured. I'm yanking decently on the shoe to pull it that far, but it is a bit loose when walking as well.


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    Here's the tops, notice that I have to tighten them to this point in order for them to be snug on my foot:


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    And finally, here's a shot of the heel on the left foot, which is looser than the right. This is the gap in the heel when I push my foot all the way forward.


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    Appreciate any advice, I want to make the right decision here, since these things are beautifully made.
     
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    ^ those are big for you.
     
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    There is a great example of color change back a few pages with wax. However it takes a LOT of coats and time to do it with just wax.

    My plan especially after seeing them was to first use saddle soap and scrub them down well with hot water and saddle soap several times. AE recommends saddle soap for treating Dublin leather. I only use fiberings 100% glycerin bar saddle soap. The scientific community uses glycerin and just that (maybe a little bit of lanolin with it) to treat and preserve leather. After several several cleanings with a sponge, hot water and soap let dry completely over night. Cleaning the surface will help anything you add sink in better. Cutting with something like Reno'mat would be even better with calf but with Dublin I have no idea what the results would be outside of saddle soap which has proven to be safe. Cream works better than polish for color change in my experience, but it is more permanent and harder to undo. After they are dry the next thing I would do is test a spot off to the side of the tongue with some neatsfoot oil to see what happens. My thought is that it should darken it, you can control the amount of darkness by the number of coats of neatsfoot oil. Seer did this and I followed suit to darken our tan Dublin McTavish which were too light for our taste.

    After 4 coats they were about as dark as my Elgin's:

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    It also brings out the highlights even more.

    If the test spot is successful I would use black shoe cream along the stitching using the wingtip photo as a template. After brushing that out I was going to use AE chili premium wax which contains a fair amount of cream. Depending on results of that I would alternate between black and burgundy paste wax to get the desired results. And the wax will provide a good amount of waterproofing as bucksfan Amsterdam's with clear wax the other day are proof. And I will second it.

    Not that I have given any thought to this over the last couple of days LOL. Good luck and post pictures when your done no matter what you do.
     
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    Echo that....


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    Fit is about perfect, I had to size down my Elgins by a half size.
     
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    What laces come with Strands and 5 Aves? I ask bc they are all $.50 online and I may throw in a couple with an upcoming order.

    I assume rawhide waxed, but want to confirm before I make this significant investment...
     
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    Rawhide as in leather?

    I thought the laces were cotton.

    How often do you guys change your laces?
     
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    Cold iron I see you post a picture of a Elgin and was not sure that message was for me since what I want to do is burnish or darken my new pair of Krause
     
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    So cold iron your suggesting to give the boot a good cleaning with saddle soap and use a black cream. I have a tube of the premium polish from AE would that work.
     
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    Is it just me or does the Wolverine Krause look "chubby"? I was a little taken back by how it looks in real life when I opened the box today.
     
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