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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. patrick_b

    patrick_b Senior member

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    Exposure to sunlight will lighten shell. Burgundy and/or Color 8 shell is especially susceptible to this. That's one reason that shell is so coveted. It lasts forever and looks even better with age. The color becomes even more rich and contains a depth that calf can't always match. You can try to reproduce this with polish but there is no substitute for time.

    My burgundy shell McNeil and Leeds are just at the one year mark and still have a ways to go. I have a pair of Alden color 8 boots that are just starting to develop the depth you see in PK's shoes. I haven't tried to speed up that process...it'll get there eventually. The best thing you can do is wear them...a lot...but not on consecutive days...and use shoe trees...and brush them often...and wear them a lot :)
     
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    Leeds at the one yr mark have not developed the rich color variations yet and didn't see much sunlight.


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    Compared to Alden #8 which are a couple of months younger. These saw more [indirect] sunlight.

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    Thanks for the advice. Let the waiting games begin.
     
  4. patrick_b

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    Don't forget the effect of sunlight. My alden boots have lightened up in certain areas caused by sunlight exposure and wear.

    I always loved this blog post by Nick Horween about the effect of sun on shell. Remainder of post at Leffot blog:

    http://leffot.com/2011/08/31/the-brownout-by-nick-horween/

    Remainder of post at Leffot blog:

    http://leffot.com/2011/08/31/the-brownout-by-nick-horween/
     
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    Custom order is the only way to get these, unless you find a used pair, which would be doubtful. I bet they only made a handful in this combination. They do make the Patriot in an all football leather as well as the Duke loafer. The Patriot is one that has intrigued me...
     
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    Thanks. Looks like I'll have to be more on point next time. BTW, you have a fine taste in shoes. Well done.
     
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    I finally got out my webgems today. I almost can't bring myself to wear them. Tampa Bay Lightning colors!!

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    Those look really nice, but in an artsy, artistic kind of way...not in a fashionable, style sense. Again, they look really cool, I just couldnt imagine what one would wear them with...Id be interested to see pics of what you come up with.
     
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    With my charcoal suit - maybe - if I'm feeling brave. I mean, I can always wear them to a Univ Florida game and no one will bat an eye.
     
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    More expensive is not better. Sellers set their own prices based upon their knowledge of the item and the condition of the item. It is best to use your judgement and look very, very closely at the pictures provided to judge quality and how much you are willing to spend.
     
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    That's good advice. I would add that unless you know your sizes intimately, you may want to forego eBay in favor of factory seconds via a factory outlet/shoe bank. This way you have the ability to try on and return if necessary. There seem to be a lot of sales on factory 2nds these days as well.
     
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    That's good advice. I would add that unless you know your sizes intimately, you may want to forego eBay in favor of factory seconds via a factory outlet/shoe bank. This way you have the ability to try on and return if necessary. There seem to be a lot of sales on factory 2nds these days as well.
     
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    A lot of trial and error unfortunately. I would suggest visiting a store or at least trying an option that lets you return/exchange for size.
     
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    factory seconds are brand new, and from the way it would appear from these forums, you have to get rather unlucky to notice any immediate cosmetic defect. i second the recommendation to order from the shoebank--some of the deals to be had are better than some of the price gougers on ebay, and the return policy is crucial. there is no good way to estimate what width you are without trying on the shoe--there are too many variables at play, and that's not even considering different lasts.
     
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    Very true, YMMV. As it was for me though, the guide indicated the same size as when I was sized at an AE store: 10.5D.
     
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    My halleluja with AE sizes came from measuring my feet with the Brannock device. Nailed every AE shoe since.
     
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    Never worked for me, and since even shoes of the same last fit different it never will.
     
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