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Allen Edmonds Park Avenue vs Strand

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dfsuarez, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. dfsuarez

    dfsuarez New Member

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    Hellos Gents, this is my first post. I'm looking to buy either the AE Park Avenue Walnut Grain Calf or the Strand Walnut Calf. I'd like the shoe to pull double duty between work and and dress down (slacks or jeans).

    I like the texture of the Park Avenue Grain Calf but I like the traditional look of the Strand. I'm leaning towards the Park Avenue as it seems a bit more versatile. I live in Miami and there is no store here. I'm going strictly by the pictures though my previous AE purchases have been true to its representation.

    I might eventually get both, but I'm limited to one purchase for now.

    Your thoughts would be much appreciated.
     
  2. x26

    x26 Senior member

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    Here for others comments...
     
  3. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    If you want a shoe for both "suit" and "dress down" duty, definitely the Strand. Its broguing makes it more casual than the very formal Park Avenue. In fact, I am inclined to think the PA in walnut is a bit of a sartorial anomaly, anyway.
     
  4. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    If you want a shoe for both "suit" and "dress down" duty, definitely the Strand. Its broguing makes it more casual than the very formal Park Avenue. In fact, I am inclined to think the PA in walnut is a bit of a sartorial anomaly, anyway.

    Perfect.
     
  5. acecow

    acecow Senior member

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    If you want a shoe for both "suit" and "dress down" duty, definitely the Strand. Its broguing makes it more casual than the very formal Park Avenue. In fact, I am inclined to think the PA in walnut is a bit of a sartorial anomaly, anyway.

    +1. I'd take a Strand over a PA any time.
     
  6. Beatlegeuse

    Beatlegeuse Senior member

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    I own both of these and overall the Strand is a much better shoe, it has so much more character. The PA is fine, there's nothing wrong with it, but if you're only going to get one or ther other I would definitely recommend the Strand.
     
  7. 997CTSurg

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    I'm awaiting a pair of the strand......in the cordovan.
    I'm excited about them-Lots of stuff going on on the shoe and it is not a wingtip.

    The PA......seems far more for business to me.
     
  8. phxlawstudent

    phxlawstudent Senior member

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    The Strand will function well as both business casual and upscale casual.

    The PA in walnut or pebble grain is just weird, don't buy it unless your sure you want that exact shoe.

    However, the PA is the quintessential business shoe. In black or burgundy, you can wear that shoe with most any suit and look good. Brown too, but its slightly less formal.

    You can get the Malvern instead.
     
  9. ELG

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    I think the Strand is a better looking shoe. However, I don't think either will double up well as a casual shoe. Go for some nice penny loafers. AE makes one, I believe, called the Melrose or Belmont, that looks nice.
     
  10. Achilles_

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    The Strand will function well as both business casual and upscale casual.

    The PA in walnut or pebble grain is just weird, don't buy it unless your sure you want that exact shoe.

    However, the PA is the quintessential business shoe. In black or burgundy, you can wear that shoe with most any suit and look good. Brown too, but its slightly less formal.

    You can get the Malvern instead.


    Strand is the way to go for your needs.

    I have the PA in burgundy and love them! For work purposes of course.

    If you could, I would get the strand and then get a nice suede shoe to wear with jeans/more casual suiting. Something like this.

    http://www.aldenshop.com/DrawOneShoe.asp?CategoryID=34
     
  11. ELG

    ELG Senior member

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    Strand is the way to go for your needs.

    I have the PA in burgundy and love them! For work purposes of course.

    If you could, I would get the strand and then get a nice suede shoe to wear with jeans/more casual suiting. Something like this.

    http://www.aldenshop.com/DrawOneShoe.asp?CategoryID=34


    +1
     
  12. vinasity

    vinasity Senior member

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    I vote for the strand also!
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  13. TedW

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    What about Fifth Avenue in brown or walnut...? Compromise between Strand and PA.

    Brooks also has a nice medallion captoe in brown - C&J built, I think.
     
  14. phailing101

    phailing101 Senior member

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    Strand in Walnut.

    I own them and love them.
     
  15. 997CTSurg

    997CTSurg Senior member

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    My cordovan Strands just arrived and they are spectacular.
    Will go nicely with a suit or with slacks,khakis, or jeans.
     
  16. soxpats

    soxpats Senior member

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    Strand in Walnut. Looks great with jeans as well.
     
  17. Michigan Planner

    Michigan Planner Senior member

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    Strand in Walnut.

    I own them and love them.


    Ditto.

    I've also never received as many compliments on any of my shoes as I have my Strands in walnut and I've only even had them for a couple months.
     
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    Add me to the chorus of voices recommending the Strand. I own both shoes, and they're both good, but the Strand is going to be much more versatile.
     
  19. BlueHorseShoe

    BlueHorseShoe Senior member

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    Add me to the chorus of voices recommending the Strand. I own both shoes, and they're both good, but the Strand is going to be much more versatile.

    +1.

    Why'd you change the avatar? I quite liked the old one.
     
  20. sephlod

    sephlod Senior member

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    I'd go for the Strand.

    I own both the PA in Black and Strand in Walnut. The Strand can scale down or scale up pretty easily
     

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