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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. Odradek

    Odradek Senior member

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    Just spotted the AE Kirby webgem on their site.

    Is this just the Shelton in louder colours and a rubber sole?
    Not sure I like the sole and the welt, but the price is good.
    As ever, getting a pair to Europe would be a challenge.

    Come on Allen Edmonds, open a store in London !

    [​IMG]
    I am slightly concerned the heel isn't flat to the ground in this photo however.
     
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  2. AllenEdmondsCEO

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    Hello again, Pastor --

    No surprise to anyone -- I do have both. The Patriot is snugger across the vamp at the penny strap line. There's more room right there in the Randolphs. The toe of the Patirot is broader and has more room for a broad foot at the toes. The Randolph tapers more, so you may need a longer size, depending on your foot shape.

    Those Townleys will fit like the Randolph, though -- so, if they fit well, that's a good size for you. Sorry about the stitiching variability on the Townleys. They are handcrafted by human hands, so there's bound to be some slight variations. It's your call, of course, but I too think the differences will be imperceptible at eye-level and they're very cool looking.

    Best wishes. Thanks for your business and support!

    Paul (Not a UW extern...)
     
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    I hear what you are saying (and can see a slight variation) but I think after a few days/weeks of wear, that difference will be virtually unnoticeable. I wish they were my size as I'd snap them up from you in a second!

    With that said, if anyone picked up an 11D that is considering returning...I'm your man.
     
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    I own Bourbon Strand and I think it looks alright with dark selvage denim, OCBD, and tweed sport coat, but as you said, to each their own (and I may well be in the minority). In my defense, I must say that I'm required to wear suits, so I have little need for bluchers.
     
  5. AZsundevil

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    I seem to have sparked quite a debate with my original question. Thanks to everyone who responded. I'd like to reply to each person individually, but on my dinky little 9" netbook it would take eons.

    I think the best thing for me would be to stop into the AE factory store and look at the shoes in person. The Rapid City is growing on me as well as some of the brogued shoes that were mentioned like the McTavish. And thank you to the gentleman who suggested the chili pair of Regent Street shoes that are on clearance. If they still have a size 13 in stock next month when the semester ends, I just may buy a pair. The size of my feet is one of the reasons why I prefer a sleeker shoe. Bulkier and more casual shoes in a size 13 tend to look like clown shoes IMO.

    I think the most accurate comment to come out of the last few pages worth of responses is the gentleman who suggested that I would end 2013 with more than one pair of AEs in my closet. I need a pair of the Rapid City, and a pair of the McTavish, and a pair of the Webgem saddle shoes, and a pair of the Regent Street, and.........
     
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    @Paul (AllenEdmondsCEO)

    A couple requests for consideration.

    More CXL leathers. There used to be some (Bayfields, North Platte) and now there's none (other than the El Paso, which isn't particularly my taste). Calfskin is lovely, and it works for dress boots, but CXL is just the best when it comes to really nice looking shoes that I can wear in real world conditions. I'd love to see the MacNeils or Daltons in Natural CXL (or brown, or colored cxl). I know similar styles are available from Alden, but I'd love to see them get some competition on this front.

    With any Horween boots or loafers, I'd love them to be unlined or half-lined (as appropriate). Half the joy of shell and/or CXl is the natural durability/thickness, and the inside. I have the half-lined AExWolverine 744 and 721, and those are so epically great, and wouldn't be as nice if they were lined. I skipped out on the Bayfields because of the lining.

    Thanks
     
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  7. RogerP

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    Pastor - my $0.02 - I see what you are describing, but feel that will be next to unnoticeable by anyone else. Particularly for the price you paid, these are an outstanding value in a quality shell shoe. There's no way I'd let them out of my clutches.

    Paul - you represent your company exceedingly well on these forums - much respect.
     
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  8. Pastor

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    I don't intend them to be dress shoes. I'll wear them with more casual outfits so I think you are right that after they get all creased up and broke in the cap-toe may become un-noticeable.

    On a side note, I just got some sizing advice on from the CEO (not an extern) of Allen Edmonds. Just Paul coming on this forum and being available make some want to do more business with AE.
     
  9. Bzack

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    I believe the heel of most well made shoes do not sit flat and that is due to the construction on the last. Perhaps Paul or someone more knowledgeable could chime in but I know on all of my AE's I can slip at least a dime under the back of the heel. It seems to add a sort of rolling spring to the step.
     
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    They look good to me. At that price point I'd wear they heck out of them! How much were he Patriots if you don't mind me asking...?
     
  11. Winston S.

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    Looking at your pictures I would keep them, but these are your shoes not mine.
     
  12. zchen

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    Well I sent an inquiry to Mr. Grangaard re: the possibility of Bayfields in shell and Eagle County in Dublin Leather....let see what happens
     
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    +1 to bayfields in shell.
     
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    yes!

    more CXL, especially natural CXL!!!
     
  15. Cold Iron

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    Patrick you make me want to replace my ancient digital camera, especially considering that the one in my phone is better than it is [​IMG] But I also know how well you take care of your shoes and the work you put into them. Beautifully done.
    With luck this weekend the sun will come out (and it will warm up!) and I can take a better shot of them outside instead of 60 cycle sunlight indoors if time allows. The Cambridge that I posted earlier today are the ones that I have done the black polish/cordovan polish rotation on for the longest. But only apply wax maybe every 3-4 months and I try not to let it build up. Plus use Reno occasionally which strips some of it off. This picture is a little better than that cell phone pic I took today and I took it the last time I waxed them:
    [​IMG]

    X2 and agree with what Pastor said, Paul giving sizing advice and posting on here makes me want to buy more AE shoes and boots. Not that I need any more. Like Deb from AE said the other day when she called and went over my AE shoe purchase history and the fit of each one, it doesn't look like I am going barefoot anytime soon. But it is nice to have options when you open the closest door in the morning to get dressed for work. Or pretty much any other occasion for that matter.
     
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    Deb couldn't find it in the catalog of previous options however I told her that I found a picture of one from a year ago that someone sold on ebay and she said then it shouldn't be a problem. So yes it can be done. $695 and I feel it will be worth every penny [​IMG]
     
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    Until recently I was unaware AE even offered an MTO program. I assume they would come with JR soles, man that would be a sweet make up. Do you email Deb directly? Maybe in walnut that would be a amazing. Wish I would have got in on the Daltons in walnut.
     
  18. dhillon

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    I just got my first pair of AE's, I was able to get Walnut Sanford's for $178 as seconds and they seem to be in perfect shape to me.

    I'm looking to get two more pairs, one brown and one black. I know everyone's preference for the PA's in black but they just seem to plain to me so I was thinking of the Fifth Aves.

    But I can't decide on a brown pair.
     
  19. kmdsimpson

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    Excellent advice. I totally agree.

    Go with a blucher for sure.
     
  20. harlequin782

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    This is phenomenal to me. Just when I thought he had tucked his tail and ran off after so much accusatory bs being lobbed his direction, he bows up and comes back just to clear his name...lol...for some reason I find this an incredible thing for a CEO to do.
     
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