Got my first pair of Allen Edmonds Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TreadNotOnMe, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. TreadNotOnMe

    TreadNotOnMe Well-Known Member

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    ... And I'm pumped about it. I love them. I bought the Park Avenues, at an Allen Edmonds store. I looked around for a week or so, online and offline, to see if there is such thing as deals on new ones. There might be, but I didn't find any right now, so I just went for it.

    I was wondering, I got some things to make sure I take good care of them for the long-haul, but do any of you live where it rains or snows a lot? It is going to start snowing here where I live, and I'm worried about that. Is there anything to make sure they are fine, or are there some of you that bust out the cheaper pair for this 4 month or so period? I'm half tempted to do that.

    Thanks for any advice!
     
  2. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Senior member

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    Some Neats Foot Oil will keep the leather soft. Otherwise, maintain a good polish on the shoes. You shoud be fine.
     
  3. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have four pairs of AE and five pairs of Johnston & Murphy's. Guess which I wear on bad weather days.

    I agree with your instinct on this one to bust out the cheaper shoes. No need to put away the AEs all winter...I'd just shelve them on the snow days and the few days after.

    My big fear about buying really expensive shoes is that they'll get damaged. I know they will last a decade, but if I gouge a chunk out of them on an escalator, what's the use?
     
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    VinnyMac Senior member

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    Jos A Bank used to have a discount card that gave you 20% discount on all non-sale items. I haven't been to JAB in a few years, so I'm not sure if that's still the case, but 2 years ago, I got a few pairs of Park Avenues for $210 each (including tax) because they were running a promo where you got $25 off for every $100 that you spent, and I got the 20% off on top of it. I wouldn't dare pay full retail for them, but that's just my opinion.

    As far as your question goes, I either wear "beater" shoes in the rain/snow and change once I'm inside, or I wear rubber slip-overs.
     
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  5. N. McKay

    N. McKay Well-Known Member

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    I live in eastern Canada, where there's snow on the ground for four months of the year (mixed with road salt on the sidewalks). My solution is to wear overshoes (the toe rubber kind). I have a pair from Swimm that have a soft lining that won't ruin the polish.

    Keeping up a good polish is also useful, of course, for any time you encounter some weather and are without overshoes.
     

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