• Hi, I am the owner and main administrator of Styleforum. If you find the forum useful and fun, please help support it by buying through the posted links on the forum. Our main, very popular sales thread, where the latest and best sales are listed, are posted HERE

    Purchases made through some of our links earns a commission for the forum and allows us to do the work of maintaining and improving it. Finally, thanks for being a part of this community. We realize that there are many choices today on the internet, and we have all of you to thank for making Styleforum the foremost destination for discussions of menswear.
  • This site contains affiliate links for which Styleforum may be compensated.
  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

    Styleforum is supported in part by commission earning affiliate links sitewide. Please support us by using them. You may learn more here.

Opinions Re Allen Edmonds Manhattan Oxford

East Oakland

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 26, 2009
Messages
232
Reaction score
3
I picked up a pair of Allen Edmonds Manhattan Oxfords in cognac during the recent closeouts (for $175 shipped), and when I received them, the toe box was a little more squarish than I remembered when I last saw them in the store.

Because I anticipate that these shoes will last for many, many years, I would like opinions as to whether this style of shoe is more or less timeless, or whether the toe box shape on these is likely to look dated in a few years.

I generally like the shoes, but may return them if the consensus is that they may look dated in a few years. I am particularly sensitive to this as I recently dumped five pairs of serviceable square toed and spoon toed shoes at Goodwill because I felt they were hopelessly out of style (though I imagine that many posters here will tell me that such shoes were never stylish).

Some more views of the shoe here for reference:

http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Edmonds-.../dp/B000SZM3X4

41L7XX0H2OL._AA280_.jpg


Note that I tried to search the archives for opinions on this shoe, but was faced with so many posts as to where to buy Allen Edmonds in Manhattan, that I gave up sorting through them.
 

marc237

Distinguished Member
Joined
Apr 4, 2004
Messages
2,353
Reaction score
3
I would keep. While it is not a rounded toe, it is a very sedate square toe. Nice color, good shape, one of A&Es better designs IMHO.
 

Egdon Heath

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 10, 2006
Messages
693
Reaction score
290
I own this shoe in cognac and black. Paid what you paid for the new cognacs, the blacks I got for 18 smack-a-roos off eBay. A whole-cut is my favorite style of dress shoe and these Manhattan babies get high marks from me. And yeah, they'll be timeless.​
 

NakedYoga

Distinguished Member
Joined
Dec 3, 2008
Messages
3,069
Reaction score
4,873
They might be more square relative to your typical dress shoe, but they're not Kenneth Cole-ish square.

Keep.
 

Philip1978

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jan 16, 2007
Messages
3,710
Reaction score
13
Originally Posted by Egdon Heath
I own this shoe in cognac and black. Paid what you paid for the new cognacs, the blacks I got for 18 smack-a-roos off eBay. A whole-cut is my favorite style of dress shoe and these Manhattan babies get high marks from me. And yeah, they'll be timeless.​

$18 new?
 

East Oakland

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 26, 2009
Messages
232
Reaction score
3
Gentlemen,

Thank you for the input and for assuaging my fears. I think I will keep.

Originally Posted by Egdon Heath
I own this shoe in cognac and black. Paid what you paid for the new cognacs, the blacks I got for 18 smack-a-roos off eBay. A whole-cut is my favorite style of dress shoe and these Manhattan babies get high marks from me. And yeah, they'll be timeless.​

I agree ebay can be great if you have a lot of time and patience. I am usually too short on both to do very well there. 18 bucks sounds to good to be true--most sellers ask $12 just for shipping.
 

Egdon Heath

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 10, 2006
Messages
693
Reaction score
290
Originally Posted by DrCool1978
$18 new?
Originally Posted by East Oakland
18 bucks sounds to good to be true--most sellers ask $12 just for shipping.
No, not new, but in quite good shape.
(Pause while Heath searches his WON list on eBay to get you the link. No good, it's past 60 days. He goes to PayPal, hits Activity For The Past Year, finds it on December 8th.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150314058978&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fsearch.ebay.com%3A80%2Fsearch%2Fsearch.dll%3Ffrom%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dm37.l1313%26satitle%3D150314058978%26category0%3D%26fvi%3D1
Oops, they weren't Manhattans. They were another AE whole-cut in black, the Hastings. But look everybody: didn't pay $28...paid $6.49! Christ, I'm good with the bargains. The memory, not so much.
And to East Oakland, I actually do have a new pair of Manhattans in cognac for which I paid about what you did. And like 'em a lot. But have no idea where they are.​
 

Featured Sponsor

Do You Consider Sustainability When Purchasing Clothes?

  • Always - Sustainability is a top priority in all my clothing purchases.

  • Often - I frequently consider sustainability, but it isn't the main factor in my decisions.

  • Rarely - I seldom consider sustainability when purchasing clothes.

  • Never - Sustainability is not a factor I consider in my clothing choices.


Results are only viewable after voting.

Forum statistics

Threads
510,336
Messages
10,619,114
Members
225,207
Latest member
Larry Li
Top