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

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

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  1. MarioImpemba

    MarioImpemba Senior member

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    I'm really disappointed AE is discontinuing the 5th street, as it is their only formal boot offering, and the best looking.

    Wonder if they plan on replacing it with another balmoral boot?
     


  2. delmar

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    In other news, I bought a pair of the Haight chelsea boots a couple weeks ago at the Port Washington outlet store. 2nds for $219.00. I looked them over pretty well and couldn't figure out why they were 2nds, except for some very minor scuffs or tool marks. I went with a half size under my normal size--they run kind of long, in my opinion. I'd post pictures but it'd be a waste of time since they look exactly like the AE website pics.
     


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    I think there was hope (and speculation) that the fifth street is being discontinued due to new boots coming out. I'd really like a nice cap toe boot. I've held off getting these, even though they are a great deal now.

    EDIT: Duh! I mean PLAIN cap toe boot, as the fifth street is a cap toe.
     
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  4. AmericanGent

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    Thanks to all of you who responded to my Broadstreet question- I appreciate your thoughts. I am living overseas in Napoli right now so of course there are a great many options for footwear here- but it is not cheap. I have 2 pair of Italian shoes and I could buy 4 pair of AEs with the same money. I want to buy things while living here in Napoli but these AEs are really take-the-cake gorgeous.
    Thanks again
     


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    Thoughts on wearing black Sohos with a tuxedo? Looking into a practical alternative to patent leather shoes.
     


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    Shine 'em up nice and go for it. If you want to get really fancy, track down or make a pair of black silk ribbon shoelaces.
     
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  7. lostron

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    yes, shine em and wear em
     


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    My brother got 2 pairs that he bought during the $50 off one pair, $150 off 2 pairs from a few weeks ago. One was a red Neumok, and the other a walnut boot, can't remember which. I can post pics of anyone wants them, of the Neumok.

    Also, the flaw with them is that on one side the tongue was accidentally stitched to the upper when they were doing some stitching for the brogueing. It makes it a little harder to lace, but that's fine.
     


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    Are you sure that's their flaw? AE commonly stitches one side of the tongue to the vamp on their balmorals to keep it in place, as opposed to allowing it to shift and twist while worn.
     


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    I've got a dollar on Sizzle.

    Seriously, that "feature" is even more confusing when sometimes it's done so delicately that it gets broken in the first couple of wears. I remember during the Lauren Lindrick craze people left and right complaining about breaking the stitch with the first wear or saying theirs didn't have it when, after close inspection, they saw they had already torn it.

    It's proven to be helpful on my shoes that have it while I have a pair of Alden boots lacking it and desperately wish that they had it - somehow the tongue always finds it's way over to the side of my foot.
     
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  11. kmdsimpson

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    I had the same problem, also on a pair of Aldens, and I had my cobbler sew the side of the tongue to the vamp. I have some other shoes that came that way. i think it's a great feature, especially on dress shoes, as it keeps the tongue in the right place and looking neat.

    In any case, sounds like Althanis' brother got a couple great pairs without noticeable defects, which sometimes happens with AE seconds.
     
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    Totally with you on that.

    I agree with the others, do it. But will also defer any and all Tux questions to Adam.

    Use good paste wax not AE premium polish or a cream. When you think they are ready wear them in public where other professionals will be and compare them. Not to other men's shoes as you likely will not find many if any men with black shoes polished to a high shine. However females often wear black patent leather shoes, when your shine and glow match those you are ready.

    jjr4884 posted a few pages back about using blue polish on black shoes and even captured it on camera which I wasn't sure was even possible, that is something worth doing IMO. If you showed up for general inspection like that I would gig you as it was out of uniform and broke the "rules of uniformity". However for special details like burial and flag detail I was fine with it, especially if everyone on detail did it. Topside or on land in the bright sun of the tropics or Gulf the blue hue looks fantastic with dark dress blues or black pants. Below decks in 60 cycle sunlight it was much harder to see, but still adds a subtle and attractive depth of color that I always appreciated. Good luck.
     


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    Agree. All of my AE balmorals have the tongue stitched on one side.
     


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    Thanks for the info on the tongue stitching, it actually makes sense apart from the initial lacings.
     


  15. MoneyWellSpent

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    The other day I spotted a black blucher that I had never seen or heard of. I forgot the name that was on the insole, otherwise I would have looked them up to see how old they actually were. It was quite ugly to say the least. I also spotted a black Player's shoe with a double sole and a full length topy on the sole and heel. The soles looked like they were nearly half an inch thick. I was hardly strong enough to flex the shoe with my hands. By the looks of them, they would have lasted for years before needing a recrafting. Unfortunately they were several sizes too small, but I enjoy walking up and down all the isles just to see what random AE's I can find just for the fun of it. It's a good learning experience sometimes.
     


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