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

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

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  1. TheSizzle

    TheSizzle Senior member

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    In and of themselves, round laces might work on those boots, but they would have to be thicker. The heft of the shoe and minimalism of the laces you tried create a visual imbalance that I find displeasing. Others might disagree, but that's my opinion.
     
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    They both look fine.
     
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    I completely agree and was thinking the same thing. I do prefer a round lace but perhaps something like you would find in a hiking boot.
     
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    I have been waiting to see someone color the exposed ends of the leather. Do you plan on it or has someone done something similar with a desired or undesired result?
     
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    Hey,

    So I posted this a while ago, but since I'm relatively new it had to go through the mods, and for whatever reason got posted back to the time I wrote it rather than the time it was actually posted, so it ended up buried a few pages back. Just wanted to bump it to see if anyone knew what I should do. I'm kind of freaking out that there might not be a fix.
     
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    Flat. Agree with TheSizzle.
     
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    This. Round, but fatter. I usually end up with square leather lacing all my boots. Not a fan of the flat laces at all.

    I didn't even think about that, but now that you mention it, I think that would look great. I'll try something and get back to you.
     
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    No doubt. I was thinking it may be better to use edge dressing here..thoughts?
     
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    Jay is very helpful. I am going to ask Paul G to appoint him SF AE thread ambassador.
     
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    Definitely. If I had some on hand, I'd use that. Unfortunately, I don't. I'll probably just end up using a sharpie and then going over it with black polish. Might try to see if I can get edge dressing at the grocery store, though.
     
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    Thanks for that info - something I didn't know about stretching of hand stitched vs goodyear-welted. Good to keep that in mind for the future. As for the Randolphs, they are easier to get into now after wearing them around the house for a bit. I will definitely be keeping them.

    I have a couple questions if anyone can help me out please:

    1) I received my Delray and Amsterdam shoes from the Black Friday sale today. They are both in fine condition to my eyes but the Amsterdam is on the combo sole. I am wondering if others who got the Amsterdam seconds also have the combo sole (rubber mostly with a little leather)? Just wondering, not a problem for me and it's good to have one pair in my collection in the combo sole.

    2) I need to dedicate some time now to clean and polish all 5 pairs I have. I have Saphir Reno and various AE color polishes. Am I supposed to apply Reno and polish with my old t-shirts or the horsehair brushes? Right now I believe the method is to dust them off with my old t-shirts, apply Reno, buff with horsehair brush after a few minutes, then apply polish, wait a few minutes and then buff with horsehair brush.
     
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    My understanding of Reno is that you would basically use it in place of the AE cleaner/conditioner when first using. I.e. apply a light coat of reno all over the shoe (with a clean cloth or t-shirt), allow to dry, then apply a coat of polish if desired, allow to dry, then brush with horsehair brush. If desired, you can finish by buffing with a clean cloth/t-shirt. Others may have different preferred processes, though.

    After the initial polishing, you can then just continue to add a little Saphir from time to time to clean and condition the leather, and only need to add additional polish if desired (i.e. to cover scuffs, restore colour, etc).
     
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    All Amsterdams were made with the combination sole as far as I know, That was the advertised spec when they were available to order from Urbandaddy.
     
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    Thank you! I will use this process then...seems simple enough. Apply reno with t-shirt, then if necessary polish with t-shirt, then buff with horsehair brush.


    Thanks, never knew that. I'm happy with either sole.
     
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    You did an awesome job on those. They look a lot more now like the picture from the Wingtip site here:

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    As you say later in these posts, the Dublin leather resists absorbing the polish but it must absorb more along the seams and stitching giving it that almost two-tone finish. I like the idea of treating the raw edges, too. Thanks for sharing. And please post pics if you do the raw edges.
     
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