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Allen Edmonds makes me physically sick

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Jay Gatsby, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. Jay Gatsby

    Jay Gatsby Senior member

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    I got one pair each of Fifth Ave. and Park Ave. a year or so ago. They've lasted well, though I don't wear them much, and they seem to be sturdy and comfortable. I've put toppys on them and everything is grand. HOWEVER...

    A few months back I bought a pair of Berkshire, and a pair of Benton. The shoes look alright, minus some discoloration on the Benton at the brogued seam. I bought 9E, the same size I wear the comfortable Fifth Ave in. The Berkshire flops off the heel on the left foot, stays put on the right. The toe box on both the Berkshire and Benton are terrible... I buy wides for comfort, but these things hurt my feet and give me blisters. The rubber sole is detaching at the toe on the Benton, and I've only wore them a hand full of times.

    So now when I see AE shoes online and their ridiculous prices I throw up a little in my mouth and wonder, "Why would anyone buy this when they can get some decent quality Aldens or something even better for a few hundred more?"

    My point being: Is AE riding on a reputation? Have the decreased in quality while maintaining high prices? Why are the Fifth Aves so much better than these two pairs of garbage that I bought this Summer?
     


  2. Xiaogou

    Xiaogou Senior member

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    You're wearing the shoes the wrong way. [​IMG]
     


  3. chrisb0109

    chrisb0109 Senior member

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    Thats usually what I think to myself when I see homeless people in McDonalds. Don't they know about the steak house down the street?
     


  4. Xiaogou

    Xiaogou Senior member

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    Thats usually what I think to myself when I see homeless people in McDonalds. Don't they know about the steak house down the street?

    Ouch!

    OP: sorry you are having trouble. Contact AE customer service. They'll make things right.
     


  5. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    Thats usually what I think to myself when I see homeless people in McDonalds. Don't they know about the steak house down the street?

    you rollin
     


  6. MBreinin

    MBreinin Senior member

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    I have a pair of Burtons and a pair of Belgiums and like both pair. No problems whatsoever.

    Mike
     


  7. Bill Smith

    Bill Smith Senior member

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    Both the Park and 5th Avenue are made on the same last 5 (65) which works great for your feet and Benton and Berkshires are made on different lasts which don't. Call AE and they will get you the proper fit.
     


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    voxsartoria Goon member

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  9. Jay Gatsby

    Jay Gatsby Senior member

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    Both the Park and 5th Avenue are made on the same last 5 (65) which works great for your feet and Benton and Berkshires are made on different lasts which don't. Call AE and they will get you the proper fit.

    thanks - I've wondered about AE lasts before and thought that there must be a universal last since I haven't noticed the last indicated on the shoe descriptions. Now that I know, this clears some stuff up. Thanks!
     


  10. chrisb0109

    chrisb0109 Senior member

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    thanks - I've wondered about AE lasts before and thought that there must be a universal last since I haven't noticed the last indicated on the shoe descriptions. Now that I know, this clears some stuff up. Thanks!

    I thought you were going to get some Aldens. Its only a few hundred more.
     


  11. hohneokc

    hohneokc Senior member

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    Sorry to hear about your problems. I have a pair of Bentons that I have had for about 4-5 years - no problems whatsoever with mine.

    I also have some pairs that are 10 years old and never been recrafted and have no problems.

    As far as the fit, you have to check which last the shoe is on. AE offers several different lasts to accomodate a variety of foot shapes. If you look at their website, each shoe lists the last under "details". The website also shows the features/fit of each last.

    Chris
     


  12. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    I bought 9E, the same size I wear the comfortable Fifth Ave in. The Berkshire flops off the heel on the left foot, stays put on the right. The toe box on both the Berkshire and Benton are terrible... I buy wides for comfort, but these things hurt my feet and give me blisters.

    One particular shoe/last doesn't fit you well, so despite that you have other shoes of the same make which are sturdy and confortable you proclaim that the entire company makes you physically sick?

    Right...

    And the detaching sole serves you right for buying rubber-soled shoes.
     


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    +1
     


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    OP makes me physically sick.
     


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    I got one pair each of Fifth Ave. and Park Ave. a year or so ago. They've lasted well, though I don't wear them much, and they seem to be sturdy and comfortable. I've put toppys on them and everything is grand. HOWEVER... A few months back ..blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
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