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

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.

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  1. Buddha25

    Buddha25 Well-Known Member

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    What kind of AE's are these in the picture on their website? Are these Mcallisters in merlot? And yes I am a shoe newb so forgive my ignorance lol!

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    Yes, those are most likely the Merlot McAllisters, though the Burgundy Cordovan Cambridges and Brown Jeffersons look quite similar.

    Anyone know why standard McAllister plus customer V Tread Tap Sole costs more (+$25) than the McAllister with Combination Tap Sole? Is it just a funny quirk of the website, or does the V Tread Tap Sole somehow differ from the Combination Tap Sole? It sure doesn't look like it from the pictures on their website.
     
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    They probably made a batch with the combination sole. It may be market testing to see how it sells as a standard option.
     
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    I contacted Jay in Charleston, and here were his thoughts:


    Quote: After trying them on some more, I think the McTavish is more "snug" than uncomfortable. I wore them around the house and they started to feel alright, though I wasn't walking around in them all day. My pinky toe is still a little crowded, but I feel like this might go away after breaking in. Does this sound right to y'all?

    As for the Kenilworth, I confirmed that they wear a little looser than my already-broken-in Strands. I'm concerned that with wear, they'd become too big. I'm wondering if an 8D or 8E would fit better than my usual 8.5D. Has anyone had the same experience on the 5 last when going from a balmoral to a blucher?
     
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    This pair also has a "bowing" problem.
     
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    Agree. There seems to be a serious case of "Park Avenue bowing" going on here (it seems be happening often enough to have a name patented after it), which is a separate issue from the other fit problems described. Has this just been going on with the Park Avenue? There doesn't seem to be much mention of this with other 5-lasted balmorals (like the Fifth Avenue). I will say, while this problem keeps popping up, it has me nervous to buy any 5-lasted balmorals for myself.
     
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    FWIW, I'm wearing brown shell strands as I type. No bowing. :D
     
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    Yeah, the Strand is another example of one that doesn't seem to have problems with bowing (at least I don't remember hearing it). I wonder why it only seems to be the PA's that are having the problem.
     
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    Have they had a bowing problem since they were new, or did it develop over time?
     
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    I apologize in advance for the crummy picture, but the Fedex man just showed up with my new bourbon Strands.

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    ^cool matching belt.
     
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    Very nice! And nice coordination with the tie and belt - you should see if you can license that photo to Allen Edmonds, so they can improve their own product shots on the website.
     
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    I'll be taking a couple shots with better lighting, but thank you. The color definitely comes across better in person than on the website.
     
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    since new... I posted a pic of it a while back
     
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