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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. CousinDonuts

    CousinDonuts Senior member

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    Furthermore, AE is a private company, not public. As a customer I choose to buy or not to buy, but I'm not a stockholder and don't think they owe me too much detail. Mediahound, please pick out your nearest $50mm manufacturer, walk in the front door, demand to see the President, and report back here if he divulged any trade secrets or dirty laundry about his company.

    In other news, my 6month old MacAllisters have started squeaking in the last 2 wears. Just the right shoe, and it appears to originate from the section of leather that goes over my instep and bends when I step (the upper?). I was thinking that was part of the break in process, but this never happened with my 18month old Strands. Do I just need to give it a really good conditioning and polish?
     
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  2. Busa

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    Just noticed AE even has the matching belt for these, each color- on sale now!! Nice...

     
  3. MoneyWellSpent

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    I've been under the impression that European calfskin is quite often considered higher quality than anywhere else. The finest sole leathers (obviously cowhide rather than calf) are absolutely from Europe - JR Redenbach, Bakers, Belgian chestnut tanned leathers...
     
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  4. konoyaro

    konoyaro Senior member

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    Have you taken a look at the Parkway? This shoe is a bit more European influenced than the average AE shoe IMHO. There are several user shots in this thread to give you an idea.
     
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    FWIW, my Amoks do not and have never squeaked.
     
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    Agree completely. I have topys on probably half my shoes and notice ZERO difference in breathability as compared to regular leather soles.
     
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    FWIW, I believe Nick from B. Nelson (pretty well known for their recrafting on the Alden thread) has said that there's no difference in breathability between topy'd and non-topy'd shoes.
     
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    RogerP Senior member

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    What cream issue?

    Looking forward to your pics.
     
  9. Winston S.

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    It's not like a gift card. Here is the fine print from the card Card only redeemable at Allen Edmonds Retail Stores, allenedmonds.com (enter card number at checkout) and select authorized dealers. Not redeemable at Allen Edmonds Outlet Stores. Not valid with any other offer. Card is good for single receipt purchase of Allen Edmonds shoes only. Limit one card per pair of shoes purchased. Card is not redeemable for cash and cannot be replaced if lost of stolen. Void if altered, copied, or sold through any online auction. Not valid on previous purchases. Card is valid in the U.S. only and will expire within 75 days of receipt. Questions, please call 1-800-235-2348.]/i]
    When I started reading SF, I thought I may have been swayed to not get them, but I have shoes that are at least 5 years old that have not had to have their Topy redone yet. I have not really been getting Topys for a period, but now think I will probably get them all of my shoes going forward. It's just way more cost efficient.
    From the quote that you provided from the AE CEO it seems like most and the most important part of the production of the shoe is done in the U.S.
    I mean if you want to be picky about it being a great American shoe company doesn't necessarily mean everything needs to be manufactured in the U.S. They could have all the production done outside of the U.S. and they still would be an American shoe company, e.g., Apple, Ralph Lauren, etc.
     
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    Regarding where the uppers are cut/sewn. Paul said is's duplicative, depending on orders. It's also already been stated in articles, that overall it does not save them money due to the shipping, it is just to meet demand. To me that says it's just for what is best for workflow, so that we can get our shoes in the most timely manner possible. If it is duplicative, to me, that indicates your upper may be done in the US or it may be done in the DR.

    I had some Fifth Street boots that had some problems. They first said 6-8 weeks for replacements. Paul got involved and on the third day, new ones were on my feet and I'm in California!!! :slayer: There's no way this could have been accomplished if these were cut and sewn in DR. This proves that this process is genuinely duplicative and can be done either here or there.

    Anyhow, Paul and their customer service are the absolute best and your particular AE's may be 100% USM or it may have had a step done elsewhere for expediency's sake.
     
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    Thanks- actually that got me looking at lasts, and on the site you can pick a last that is a shape you like and see every shoe they make on that last! Cool...

     
  12. DJTraveler

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    Does anyone know how I can bookmark this thread in IE or Chrome so that the most recent post appears on the page after clicking the bookmark?
     
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    Yes. Set the bookmark to head to http://www.styleforum.net/forum/newestpost/141581
     
  14. Blunosr

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    Looking for an opinion so I thought I'd come to the experts.

    I'm looking at picking up another pair of AE's - was planning on bourbon strands, but the recent sale on walnut mcallisters has piqued my interest. Now I'm considering getting both, though for roughly the same price I could get brown shell strands.

    I've always thought the brown shell strands to be incredible, but I also like the versatility afforded by the two different colors.

    Any advice?
     
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    Uh, oh, I'm not enamored with my new black shell Leeds. They look institutional, as in worn by an asylum orderly. Is it an acquired taste or did you guys like yours from day 1?
     
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    If you do not have a very vast rotation, I would probably get the strands and mcallisters. But you are correct, the shell strand is gorgeous
     
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    I like mine a LOT... but pretty much only with denim, and any sleekness concerns are mitigated by the fact that a 14AA shoe is going to be long and slender regardless of last.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    I usually avoid discussions of this sort on style/fashion threads but there seems to be a good deal of concern in regards to AE production of shoes in DR and perhaps rightfully so but the major issues seem to be about quality or whether or not we , the consumers, are are being " deceived" by AE .i belive the real concern is as to whether or not the same rights protections and fair share of the profits are being extended to the Dominican workers as to the American employees . This is the first question I ask when I decide how to spend my discretionary dollars and as hard as it might be to admit to oneself $300 shoes are a luxury ill afforded by a great deal of the worlds population . Ive been around here for very close to 70 yrs and if i know one thing its that if we dont start asking ourselves this question our kids are going to be lucky to be making shoes for less than a living wage .
    Ive done my research and pretty sure i know how im going to deal with this info i would hope others do the same
     
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    I was told that AE uses a lot of shoe cream on their shell so it can look dull sometimes. I just brushed them for a 5-10 mins and they look better already. Don't want to hit them up with reno in case I end up returning.
     
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