Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Master-Classter, Sep 28, 2008.
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Trying to decide on a pair of brown Allen Edmunds for work and maybe some casual wearing - generally expect to pair with slacks, ranging from khakis to light gray.
I am on the fence between the Fifth Avenue in walnut and the Vernon in Saddle brown.
I have a pair of Park Aves in black for suit days, darker slacks, etc.
So my question is basically this: is the Vernon kind of just a modern take on a cap toe?
And generally, any suggestions? I like them both, and I think they can both be pretty versatile shoes - good in the office and out to dinner or around town.
Thank you very much,
The Fifth avenue is more classic and the Vernon, in my eyes, more fashion forward.
I would probably pick one depending on your style of dress. Maybe consider a shortwing blucher instead?
By a shortwing blutcher, do you mean something like the Strand?
I'm 28, my style of (professional) dress is basically classic with very few frills, and I like both the Vernon and Fifth Ave, and both lasts fit me well.
I like the Strand, not sure if that's what you mean by shortwing blutcher, but the strand looks very old fashioned to me, and while I actually like it alot, seems like it would be a bit less versatile. In fact, I was thinking that my second pair of brown shoes down the road would be that pair.
Thank you for your advice.
A short wing would be the McAllister, with the crescent shape brogues. Go with the Fifth ave, in walnut.
The McAllister is a little over the top with the broguing for my taste.
Any feedback on Allen Edmunds belts? If i get the Walnut Fifth Ave, I was planning to pick up their dress belt in walnut as well.
If you guys don't mind, I'm going to piggy back on these Allen Edmonds questions. I've never owned a pair of Allen Edmonds, and I would like to try a pair as my first nice dress shoes. I in the past have just bought $80 Rockports and such, and it's time to step up my game. I keep hearing great things about Allen Edmonds - their labor practices, customer support, manufacturing process, etc - so that's why I chose them.
However, I just can't afford full price. I got the contact for the factor seconds listing, and, unfortunately, the shoe I have my heart set on - the Rutledge - is not on the list.
Does anyone know of any other way to get a pair of Rutledge's without paying the full $445. I'd love to start a lifetime of Allen Edmonds wearing, but I can't bring myself to jump in if it's a $445 buy-in...
I don't know if you're willing to blow some money, but Leather Soul is located in Hawaii and they have lots of special shoes. I'm sure the guys there will have something for you. Here's a recent model they made specifically for the store that probably would pair well with white jeans: http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2012/03/16/alden-shoe-navy-suede-shortwings/.
With USPS Priority Mail international how good is the tracking? You use the customs form to track right? I would be shipping a relatively heavy and bulky pair of boots to Germany (over 4 pounds). Buyer wants gift and value marked down as well. Just trying to see if it's worth the risk.
F Dooshland. I had horrible experiences. Dood, if you are set on it, let him know you will not undervalue the item (a plus for him) and do the shipping online. You get free tracking unlike the janky stuff you get from the post office. But beware, if the item gets lost the Post Office will say, "once the item has been handed over to the Germans, we have no control". You might want to look into (and charge for) DHL which is basically the post office in Ger-doooshland.
Thanks for the info. Yeah I usually just do first class abroad and hope it arrives but this pair of boots costs a bit more so I don't want to risk it. Trying to see if it's worth it (not looking like it is right now)
I have Park Ave's and they are awesome. I bought them full price, but their reputation is that they last for years, and then can be refurbished by Allen Edmunds to look like new for about 150 I believe.
I recently went to an Allen Edmonds outlet that sells only factory seconds to see what the seconds are like. My impression was that, for business purposes, the 100 dollars you will save is not really worth while. Many of the seconds that I saw had stitching errors, excess glue on the soles, scratched up leather, etc. If you need them for business, I would shell out the extra hundred and look as presentable as you can, personally.
If you can find a nice pair of seconds tho, 249 or so for a pair of AE would be a steal.
Also, i think they have a summer sale coming up in a few months, if you can hold out.
BTW, as per the questions earlier, I ordered a pair of the fifth aves in walnut. Didn't pull the trigger on the walnut belt yet, tho.
AE belts are good quality, the couple I have are well made.
Try a made-to-measure service. You specify the fabric, the measurements, the type of collar, the presence or absence of a placket (which would help with the "buttons-bunch-up-when-I-sit-down" problem), etc.
Propercloth.com, one such MTM service, will remake your first shirt free of charge if you don't like the way it fits. That would probably be a good place for you to start, so that you don't have to worry too much about mistakes. Be prepared to spend $80-$100 minimum.
Emporio Armani. The 95% cotton, 5% elastane models are really soft. They hug your body like a second skin, but don't constrict movement. It really does feel like you're wearing nothing.
Under Armour boxer breifs also fit like a second skin, but I've found that a) they restrict movement more than EA underwear, and b) the spandexy athletic fabric doesn't feel as comfortable on your skin as EA fabric does.
Calvin Klein is another good option, but I don't like CK underwear quite as much as EA underwear. However, CK boxer breifs/trunks aren't as constricting in the, erm, crack and crotch as are EA boxer breifs.
PM SF member "allaboutshoes", he might be able to help in that one. The Rutledge is not only part of AE's upper tier Independence Collection, but it is a newly released model. You will not find seconds at this time, maybe in the near future though. Also, at that price point, many would argue that there are better options, like C&J. In the end, pick what you like.
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