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

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  1. facet

    facet Senior member

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    Wondering if I can get some help on sizing as I plan on getting a pair of Kenilworths and Norwich (or Bostons if they're still available).

    My size is 8.5C but I found that 8D works quite well for the Park Avenues. From what I've read, then I would want to get the Kenilworths in 7.5D as they tend to run larger? How would the Norwich (or Bostons) compare size wise to PAs for those with experience with them?
     
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    TheSizzle Senior member

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    I'm starting to think they have a massive stockpile of grey leather that they're trying to move any way they can.
     
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    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    I tend to agree. If memory serves correctly, there were several shoes that had never even been posted at regular price that suddenly appeared in the clearance section made from grey leather. It's like a direct to TV/DVD movie.... you know it's gonna be bad so why bother!? [​IMG]
     
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    BackInTheJox Senior member

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    Of those 4, only the Strandmok doesn't make me nauseous. I actually kinda like the Strandmok (hate the name), but not sure I would really have a spot for either color in my wardrobe.
     
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    That's great... Thanks a lot! Longbranch it is!
     
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    I don't have direct experience, but the Kenilworth and the Park Avenue are on the same last, and so should fit the same. In any case, I would find it hard to believe that a 7.5D, which is a full size down in length from your measured size, would work. The Kenilworth is a blucher vs. a balmoral for the PA, but also hard to believe they vary a half size in the same width.

    The Norwich is a whole other animal, as it is on the 2 last, which is very narrow - but which may be a good fit for you, as you have a narrow foot.

    Given your own relatively rarer width of C and the difference in these lasts, I would really say you need to try them on.
     
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    How many variations of Wing Tips does one need?
     
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    E needs some new designers. I've been waiting for a suede Strand, but they go and add that awful white sole to it. Over the last year or so, they've just been adding way too many unnecessary quirks to their new offerings. AE needs to stop trying to be Mark McNairy and focus on basics. I mean, is the market really crying out for a wing-tip/loafer or more grey leather? Things AE needs to focus on before worrying about offering anymore weird-colored, quirky shoes (maybe more accurately, my personal wish list):
    1. A decent single monk. I do not count the Norwich because it is on the 2 last, a terrible last whose name should never be spoken again.
    2. A suede brogue dress shoe. Really just more suede in general. Most of their suede seems to be focused on unlined casual shoes like the Neumok and Amok.
    3. A nice looking captoe balmoral for their Classic line (as has been discussed, the cap on the PA and FA is too stubby).
    4. A sleek, high-vamp tassel loafer offered in walnut, brown, bourbon, and/or suede (not the black/burgundy Grayson or Manchester favored by 60 year olds).

    Is this really too much to ask before AE vomits another multi-colored wingtip with a brick-red sole and made from "rough" leather on us?
     
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    PhiPsi32 Senior member

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    They can change the sole for you. That's easy. And I don't think there is a charge for it either.
     
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    Think you need a new wife, man.
     
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    I wear an 8.5D Strand and Fifth Avenue, and the 8.5D Kenilworths are a bit big on me. I haven't returned them yet to try something else, but I think an 8E might work for me.
     
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    Interesting ...

    I wear a 9D in the PA and Strand. A 9D in the Kenilworth was too small.
     
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    :stirpot:

    This post had me laughing, partly because there is much of it I agree with.
     
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    Really? I assumed there would be a an upcharge for a sole change. If they can do the Strandmok in a different sole, then disregard my previous post. Hooray Strandmok!
     
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    I agree that a suede McAllister or Strand -- similar to the C&J Westfield in tobacco suede -- would be a good idea.
     
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