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

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  1. Winston S.

    Winston S. Senior member

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    Fifth Streets
    BB 8 wale Corduroys today

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    ^^^ Nice combo, sir!
     


  3. Winston S.

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    Thanks!
     


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    Anyone?
     


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    I bought a pair of Fifth Avenues about 3 months ago in dark brown. I wore them perhaps 3 or 4 times, and just noticed that there is a small "crack" in the leather. I clean them with a cloth after every wear, but due to the infrequent use, I had yet to wax the shoes. I'm hoping to wax them tonight and see if that helps improve the leather. What is AE's policy on returns at this stage of the process? Since I've worn them a few times, would they accept a return or refund? Since cracking issues are really an issue with the quality of the leather, and how it was stored in their facilities, I don't see why they wouldn't accept a return (or at least store credit).

    Anyone have knowledge of how to handle the above scenario?


    EDIT: Don't have a pic as I'm at work and not wearing them, but the crack/crease looks similar to the below pic, except it's closer to the ankle region.

    Will a good wax cleaning help?


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    Maybe not so helpful, but I try to purchase my AEs brick and mortar (AE store or Nordstrom). The AE retail staff have some wiggle room to work with. Nordstrom is easy. Just return them. Otherwise, you'll just have to call the factory and explain the situation. See what they say.
     


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    How do you guys feel about brown Clifton's in a business casual setting?
     


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    They were made for that. Perfect fit.
     


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    Heard good things about Saphir Medaille d'Or (spelling?). Apparently, you put it on and let it set for 2-3 days. It's supposed to restore and refill the cracks. Haven't tried it myself, but google is your friend.
     


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    Mauser, sorry for the late reply on this, but my most recent AE pickup was a pair of dark brown Clifton seconds. Love them, you should indeed consider these, esp for business casual or even for a suit, esp if your work surroundings aren't too formal. Here are mine, IRL:
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    I picked up these AE Fifth Streets during their year end sale. $247 was the price. After their maiden voyage today, I am liking them. The top of the boot felt a bit weird going up and down the stairs here at home when I first put them on this morning. But, after a hours of wear, they have softened up some, and this afternoon the stairs did not give me any trouble.

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    Thanks for the information, very much appreciated!
    Agreed. The squeak isn't anything so offensive that I would want to return the shoes (especially since I've worn them for a few months now). I will give the powder a try, and hopefully the squeak will go away with time. I also tried re-lacing them the other day, and that also seemed to help a little bit.

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    I work in a business-casual environment where I occasionally wear a suit. I recently ordered a pair of burgundy Cliftons as I think that they will work really well with business casual stuff, but I can still get away with wearing them with a suit. IMHO, the Clifton is a slightly less formal (and thus more versatile) version of the 5th Avenue, so I'm looking forward to them.
     


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    My seconds came in. I can't keep the Kenilworths do to tiger striping on one shoe, and failed stitching on another:


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    I'm thinking of keeping the McTavishes, however. I only see a few quirks. First, the leather shades don't match up very well. I don't think that's too big a deal. Any advice on how I could lighten/darken certain leather panels?


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    The welts don't match up perfectly, but I believe that's fairly common:


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    I think the biggest deal is the right shoe is a little "off center". You can see in the following pictures where the back seam ends up. Additionally, from the top you can see it's a little too far to the left, and the tongue lays way off to the left. Then again, the tongue on the left shoe isn't perfectly centered either, so maybe this is normal?


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    I'd love everyone's thoughts on the above. Additionally, I'm having a little bit of trouble deciding whether I got the right sizes. My Strands are 8.5D, so I got 8.5D Kenilworth and 8D McTavish. The Kenilworths feel like they could be a tad big, and the McTavishes feel like they might be a tad narrow. Is it normal to need to size down with the Kenilworth? Should I consider 8E for the McTavish, or can I expect the leather to stretch out as I wear them more? Or maybe I could just try to stretch them myself with thick socks around some shoe trees?

    Thanks in advance for any advise on the above.
     


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    The weather's a little bit on the wet side today, but that's no reason not to bust out the old Finch.

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    I'd love everyone's thoughts on the above. Additionally, I'm having a little bit of trouble deciding whether I got the right sizes. My Strands are 8.5D, so I got 8.5D Kenilworth and 8D McTavish. The Kenilworths feel like they could be a tad big, and the McTavishes feel like they might be a tad narrow. Is it normal to need to size down with the Kenilworth? Should I consider 8E for the McTavish, or can I expect the leather to stretch out as I wear them more? Or maybe I could just try to stretch them myself with thick socks around some shoe trees?

    Thanks in advance for any advise on the above.

    As far as the quality of those seconds, I think you shouldn't be concerned. They're part of the rough collection, and I actually like the mismatch of tones between different parts of your shoes. The soles may seem uneven, and it may seem off center on close inspection, but I think they look just fine, and nobody is going to look that closely. They're seconds, and with that in mind, I think you got a great pair.

    Now, as far as the fit, that's separate matter. If they don't fit properly, then you should exchange them, but the fitting of the McTavish is a little bit tricky. Some people size down a half size and up a width. Some people skip the width adjustment. Personally, I stuck with the same size as all my other 5-last shoes, but that's partially because I only wear a size 7D, and I didn't want to go up in width (which I would have to do if I went down the 6.5, as it's not available in D without a special order). I ended up having no issues with width, and the length worked out fine. They will stretch out a little, but they should at least feel comfortable now. If they hurt, I don't think they'll stretch enough to change that.
     


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