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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. VinnyMac

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    Welcome! I'm glad you're pumped about your new shoes. I hope you get your wallet pumped up, too, because it's a long road from here on out if you keep reading these threads.

    Enjoy your new kicks.
     
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    The Jeffersonville outlet has seconds Shell Burgundy Patriots for $359 after a discount. A great deal.
     
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    I ordered brown shell and went true to size 12D. I had ordered Randolph's, but am returning them due to too much heel slippage. Cold Iron's report on the fit and the great deal convinced me to give them a try.
     
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    Oh, forgot to ask. It says to go one shade darker. I previous store associate had walnut Daltons, and he recommended black. Should I do that, or use Merlot and build it up? I'm good with polishing dark colors shoes, but this it the first set of Walnut I will do plus I've never antiqued shoes before.
     
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    My bourbon McAllisters also have a slight ridge behind the medallion. There is a stiffer cap under the final layer, probably meant to hold the shape of the toe.
     
  7. David Copeland

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    The store associate may have had success with his method - but Hangerproject lives and breaths this every day. You have a great deal of money invested with your Daltons (the same style I am saving for). I strongly suggest you call the owner, Kirby, at Hangerproject on Monday at 800-495-3201 and get his direct advice. Make sure you have a notepad ready - he has a wealth of information - and after my last phone call to him, I was able to pick and choose the exact products.

    For colors, I would not trust web site pictures. Make the $8 investment and get the Color Guide sent with some of the more generic items. Here is the link:



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    The above printed guide allows you to place a color over your shoe to see the most exact color match possible. This is a superb accessory for all of your shoes before choosing the Saphir polishes and creams.
     
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    For those with calf patriots any advice with sizing?
     
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    D
    o they ship to Canada? I'm pretty far from Ohio, unfortunately.
     
  10. David Copeland

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    My First Love Affair - With the Allen Edmonds Sanfords (From the 1998 Catalog):


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    I purchased four pairs (a $1000 investment well spent back in 1998)

    Then in 2013 - I called AE to inquire of recrafting one of of the pair (the others still remain in excellent condition). The AE rep mentioned they had a brand new Sanford as a Second! I could not believe it! How rare, I thought, that AE would have the last pair of Sanfords in my size at $179 shipped.

    However, when I received my order I noticed something different - only to realize later that what I received was the 2011 Edition of the Sanford:


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    As you can see from the above 2011 Sanford - there are fewer shoe eyelits - four (4) instead of the five (5) that my '98 versions have. The small difference may not be that great of displeasure for some - but for me it was a bit of a let-down - especially in view that the 2013 Catalog is showing many of the upper-end dress styles with six (6) eyelits.

    Paul had mentioned that the Sanford Plates were lost - which may explain why the 2011 version is not the same as the '98 version.

    Still - I am going to do my best in getting my Black pair back to excellent condition. This Love Affair will continue.

    David
     
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    Yes, they do but I think they only ship FedEx now. I haven't used their FedEx service (I ship them to and pick them up from Niagara Falls, NY) but I've read that the cost is $40 + taxes and FedEx's own "brokerage fee".
     
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    Are there alternative sources for AE shoecare products, like the cleaner/conditioner and the premium shoe polish that has international shipping? I will be leaving the US for Singapore in a month's time and will be bring my AE shoes with me.

    Also, I see that there is a neutral premium shoe polish. Would it be a bad idea to stock up on those and just use them all all different leathers? (Merlot, walnut, grey, black, brown etc)

    Thank you for your time.
     
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    re: water welts.
    I lnow this post is a bit old but you
    might read it . I mist my shells with water then brush back to a shine working in sections sides and vamp. This gets rid of the welts every time on all my shells . I dont use wax only reno but nothing else works as well as water brushing imo
     
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    Does anyone have any experience with the Ashton or Benton? I wear custom orthotics with a pretty large heel and definitely can't fit in to Park Avenues like I wanted to(causes most of my heel to stick above the rim of the shoe). My problem is that none of my local stores carry the orthotic styles and I imagine the sizing for them is slightly different. Any advice on either of the shoes would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Is there a way to order the RL Sanderson in widths other than D (like E) from the RL site directly? All I see is D but it's apparently a narrow last and I have wider feet.
     
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    Sanderson is offered in E width for euro market. I have them in E but they feel like B. RL shoes have thick full leather insole makes even less room inside the shoes. If you have wide feet stay away. A double leather soled wingtip don't give much. Going 1/2 size bigger wont even help.
     
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    dupe
     
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    Hi, and welcome to SF and the Allen Edmonds thread! I own the Benton in chili, it is on the 8-678 last. The Clifton is on the 8-108 and the Clifton will not fit my foot no matter how I size it so think the Benton last is more generic fitting. Mine fits best in True To Size. I no longer wear custom orthotics but just the black superfeet 3/4 insoles and they work fine in the Benton, but also in my other shoes. The Benton isn't a bad shoe and looks much like the shell Townley's that many of us recently picked up, the toe is a bit more square at the end. One of the many good things about it being an AE is that if you ordered it and it didn't work you can return it for free and try something else.

    Because the Dalton in chili is on sale I was thinking of taking a picture of the Benton with a walnut shoe for color comparison so those considering the chili Dalton could see the difference. I'll try to do that later today if time allows.
     
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    Man, really? I absolutely love the look of those shoes....
     
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    I just received shoes shipped to Canada. Yes, they charge $40 delivery. I was not charged brokerage fee from FedEx, nor did they pick up customs fees.

    You could always order shoes through your nearest Harry Rosen (they'll do the whole catalogue, plus give them your custom orders). They just won't have sale prices or webgems.
     
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