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

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  1. charliebrown2

    charliebrown2 Senior member

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    im thinking about venturing into the boots world (daltons vs. long branch). I work in a business casual environment 5 days of the week (shirt & tie, with the occasional suit thrown in), and would like a versatile pair I can wear both to work and casually.

    Am I right to assume the daltons can be dressed up more (and more versatile) than the long branch can?

    I did find this link; http://tsbmen.com/6153/1-piece5-ways-allen-edmonds-wingtip-brogue-boots/

    Is this a fair representation of how versatile the daltons are?
     


  2. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    I think you are correct on all counts. The Daltons are absolutely more dressy and versatile than the Long Branches. I would have gone for the Dalton over the Long Branch if my needs hadn't been so casual. I just couldn't see myself getting the nice Dalton and then heading out to the park on Saturday morning with my kids to romp through the wet grass and mulch... I think the Long Branch is probably too casual even for "business casual", so the Dalton wins there again. I see the Long Branch as a nice, long lasting, high quality option that is an alternative to the cheaper disposable shoes like Clarks desert boots, and many of the casual offerings from J&M, etc.
     


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    Also, the color of the Daltons will make a difference. The walnut (shell or calf) are more casual than the brown calf or burgundy shell.
     


  4. charliebrown2

    charliebrown2 Senior member

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    funny you mention this as I already have a pair of clarks DB on the way to me. I plan to treat them as cheaper and disposable...something to the park/wet grass.

    I'll think about it some more (being my first possible boots purchase). Thanks for the comment.
     


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    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    Yeah, and I definitely didn't mean anything offensive by that. Sometimes there is a place for shoes that are disposable. I have always reserved my AE purchases for nicer dress shoes that only get worn to work, church, and special occasions, and I promptly change out of them when I get home to avoid unnecessary wear. I then had cheaper disposable leather shoes (merrells, J&M casuals, Clarks, etc.) for beating up on weekends with the family. I decided to try the Long Branches as an alternative to see how I like wearing a high quality boot that can take a beating, then get recrafted instead of being thrown away. They are sort of an experiment for me.
     


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    Interesting, I just visited the boot section of the AE site, and it only lists four boots there. All the other ten are shown as Clearance. Wonder if AE is readying some new boot styles soon? J
     


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    That would be fine with me! I have actually been surprised at how many shoes/boots have been put on closeout/clearance in the last couple of months. Makes me excited to see what they are going to replace all of it with in the spring collection. It looks like there should be a lot of new options coming.
     


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    If an 8.5D is a bit tight in the captoe (width wise, not so much length) for the 5 lasts, would I better going the E or sizing up to a 9?

    Interesting point about the boots will be great to see what they come out with.

    My walnut manistee belt from hansens finally arrived, only 1.5 months to get here but well worth it, great belt look forward to donning it with the boots or strands.
     
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    I just used the $50+$100=$150 off 2 factory seconds deal with Jeff "Jay" Clay in Charleston, and like everyone else was extremely satisfied with his service. From now on, I'm not going to bother emailing the Shoe Bank and instead go directly to him.

    I now have some Cognac McTavishes and Walnut Kenilworths on the way. I'm looking forward to having some casual AEs to add to my collection, since I hardly have occasion to wear my Bourbon Strands, and have yet to get to wear my Black Fifth Avenues. I went ahead and sized half a size down on the McTavishes (8D instead of 8.5D) since that seemed to be the general consensus here. Oh, and I got Leather Lotion instead of Saddle Soap after hearing the latter could cause the Cognac to lighten/discolor.
     


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    Hmmm....I have an opportunity to purchase Strands in black (brand new firsts) for $150, but I'm not sure if they would fill any gap in my current lineup....[​IMG]
     


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    What is your "current lineup?" Once you establish that, input could be offered.
     


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    At that price, you could buy them and flip them on ebay later and probably turn a decent profit. Then take the money and run to buy something you really want! [​IMG]
     


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    Sounds like you are building a well rounded collection!
     


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    Any sizing down required for the neumoks relative to other 5-last calf (strands, pa, 5a, etc.)?
     


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    Not speaking from experience, but I would guess that an unlined shoe made out of distressed leather or suede would end up hugging the last very closely. For that reason, I would expect it to fit much like the standard calfskin 5-65s you mentioned, and possibly even a little tighter.
     


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