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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. ckprax

    ckprax Well-Known Member

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    I got the neutral McTavish and Cordovan MacNeil seconds I ordered last week. I don't see any issue with the MacNeil and the flaws with the McTavish were minor (to me). I applied three coats of neatsfoot oil to the McTavish and I think it looks even better having a little more contrast between the upper/welt and sole.

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    My meager collection of AE, I have tried to keep it versatile.
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    Yea, I see what you're saying. I mean, walk through any upscale department store and I see a lot of stuff that I can't imagine anyone ever purchasing, but they probably wouldnt be sitting in the store if there wasnt someone out there with interest
     


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    wow that is a pretty well-thought-out shoe rotation. you have all your bases covered with only 5 pairs of shoes. i wish i was more like you.
     
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  4. New Shoes1

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    Seeing the shell Daltons right next to the shell MacNeils reinforces how perfect Daltons are in their wingtip design and shape. I've just never been a fan of MacNeils.
     


  5. ckprax

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    I wish that the point on the MacNeil was shorter, like on the dalton. I had been a little on the fence about the MacNeil because of this, even once they came in the mail, but once I put them on my opinion changed. I have never had a shoe that I thought was mediocre on the rack but loved on my feet until now. I am really glad I got them.

    Oh and the Dalton's are calf, I hope one day to have them in cordovan, preferably brown or truffle.
     


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    I feel the same way about the MacNeils. In addition to the point, I also find the eyestays a tad too far down on the vamp which makes the shoes look more 'substantial' than I would like. Still great looking shoes though and can always be obtained $$$ less than Aldens.
     


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    I disagree with this 100%, and believe the exact opposite. :D

    But reasonable people can and do disagree.
     


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    Well, I have seen people post that if they have a large instep they couldn't fit into the 5 last. I have a very high arch and instep, and my foot measures at about 9.5-10 in a D width on the brannock scale. The salesman started me off in a 9.5 d. Too long, too tight in the instep. The laces wouldn't close into a tight V, and there was probably a 3/4" gap in the vamp. I asked him to get me an E width in something, and he kept saying "you don't have a wide foot, you want them to be tight." I repeatedly told him they didn't feel right, too long, too tight, etc.

    I ended up ordering a couple seconds through the shoebank for the sale in a 9.5D. The fit just wasn't right.

    I went back to the store to return them, and the same salesman was there (of course). I asked him to get me something shorter and wider. Again with the "you don't have a wide foot, they won't fit" and other silliness such as "it's because of the straight bar lacing that they don't fit" and "because they're seconds, they're not structurally sound. That's why they don't fit." Finally, he humored me, telling me all the while that whatever he got me wouldn't fit, and that 9.5 d was my size.

    9E was too wide, and the laces closed leather to leather. Again "you don't have a wide foot, you need a D." Come on dude.

    Well, I got him to get me 8.5 EEE, and they are PERFECT. The laces close to about 1/4", they are extremely comfortable (like way more comfortable than the chucks I was wearing), and felt like slippers. Love the fit. The length is great (there is beyond plenty in the toebox of these). I was scared that I just wouldn't fit the 5 last, but damn if it isn't the most comfortable shoe ever.

    For those with high insteps, you CAN find a shoe that fits in the 5 last. It just may take some careful persuasion :)
     


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    Not to rehash my micromanifesto of a few pages back, but I completely agree with your confusion about AE's sole "formal" patent offering. I'm biding my time until they see the error of their ways and offer either a proper formal shoe or an unadorned wholecut that I can custom order in black patent leather.

    It's not a state dinner or a StyleForum meetup. My hat is thrown in with everybody suggesting the black Fifth Avenues. On a well-shined black calf balmoral, a splash of broguing across the toecap ain't never hurt nobody.
     


  10. Shawl Lapel

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    I like those Bayfields :)
     


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    Fedex showed up this morning with my new walnut Sheltons, and they're fantastic! The pictures on the website don't do them justice.

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    Agree on all counts.
     


  13. MoneyWellSpent

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    I love the Sheltons. I particularly like the way the double sole is rounded off (rather than squared off) on the profile when looking at the shoe from the side. It makes it look much more refined.
     


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    I totally agree about the rounded off sole, but the first word that came to my head to describe the shoe's profile was "soft." I don't disagree. I'm just saying the design is easy on the eyes.
     


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    Wow the MacNeils are Gorgeous.... Congrats
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