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THE 2024 ALLEN EDMONDS (AE) APPRECIATION THREAD

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Strand + amazing Japanese watch!!!

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An odd thing happened yesterday on a Mexican forum where I was told to stay in Chicago and not come to Mexico. Last time I heard something like that was when I was a child. Back then it was go back to Mexico where you came from, ******!
My wife couldn’t be more proud of my assimilation into American culture. How times have changed!
As a New Yorker, if only you were from Boston, I’d hurl so many insults at you. But Chicago? Hell, I don’t even know where that is.
 

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Size, and where did you list them (excuse my ignorance)?

They are 12eee and obtained at a trunk show around 2018-19. It was the first offering of bourbon shell.
 

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Once more unto the breach, dear Freeports. Getting in some final boot wears before they're packed up for summer.

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Yes. I shed a tear as this is the first wear of my 1987 fuzzy McAllister shoes. I can kind of understand why the seller got rid of these. They are kind of bright and loud, and yellow-ish. They are also tricky to pair with socks. I feel I'm a bit of a joker today, but might as well be even louder if you're already loud, right?

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Also, can anyone tell how many times these look like they were worn? The upper looks like it has no creases, which is strange because the sole has some signs of use. I sent the seller a message, but they are one of those that do not respond.

 
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Yes. I shed a tear as this is the first wear of my 1987 fuzzy McAllister shoes. I can kind of understand why the seller got rid of these. They are kind of bright and loud, and yellow-ish. They are also tricky to pair with socks. I feel I'm a bit of a joker today, but might as well be even louder if you're already loud, right?

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Also, can anyone tell how many times these look like they were worn? The upper looks like it has no creases, which is strange because the sole has some signs of use. I sent the seller a message, but they are one of those that do not respond.

Cool pair you got there.

As for the listing, you know if those were worn for any amount of time they'd have creasing. Maybe tried on or something but they really don't look used at all. If they were, maybe they walk like mdubs and his shell pairs hah. Worst case it has minimal wear.
 

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Yes. I shed a tear as this is the first wear of my 1987 fuzzy McAllister shoes. I can kind of understand why the seller got rid of these. They are kind of bright and loud, and yellow-ish. They are also tricky to pair with socks. I feel I'm a bit of a joker today, but might as well be even louder if you're already loud, right?

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Also, can anyone tell how many times these look like they were worn? The upper looks like it has no creases, which is strange because the sole has some signs of use. I sent the seller a message, but they are one of those that do not respond.

Those fuzzy McAllisters are extra-extremely awesome and not at all too loud, IMHO. I wish I had a pair like that.

As for the wear on the other pair, that’s looks to be 3-4 max. There’s some creasing, but sometimes creasing is subdued based on the bend of that specific piece of leather, or the profile of the wearers foot relative to last. I even have two pair of Polo’s that are identical models, nearly the same wear, made in the same week - one pair just naturally creased more than the other.

One note: Dainite soles are very different than leather. I personally don’t like them, as I find them hard and unforgiving, and they substantially change the break-in and overall feel. If you’re familiar with them and don’t mind them, then I’d say that looks like a nice pair.
 

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Those fuzzy McAllisters are extra-extremely awesome and not at all too loud, IMHO. I wish I had a pair like that.

As for the wear on the other pair, that’s looks to be 3-4 max. There’s some creasing, but sometimes creasing is subdued based on the bend of that specific piece of leather, or the profile of the wearers foot relative to last. I even have two pair of Polo’s that are identical models, nearly the same wear, made in the same week - one pair just naturally creased more than the other.

One note: Dainite soles are very different than leather. I personally don’t like them, as I find them hard and unforgiving, and they substantially change the break-in and overall feel. If you’re familiar with them and don’t mind them, then I’d say that looks like a nice pair.

It's funny you mention dainite. Back in 2016, I bought a pair of these Clark St shoes with the same red sole. It was really painful to walk in, to the point that I sold them. I thought it was the Dainite, but I later learned it was because of the insole. I tried another pair of these later on (didn't buy them) and they had a very soft feel, like I would want. The other issue with this cxl shoe for some was that heel slip would sometimes happen. It happened on my first pair (which made the sole feel even more painful) but it did not happen with the later pair I tried.

TLDR: try more than one pair.
 

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It's funny you mention dainite. Back in 2016, I bought a pair of these Clark St shoes with the same red sole. It was really painful to walk in, to the point that I sold them. I thought it was the Dainite, but I later learned it was because of the insole. I tried another pair of these later on (didn't buy them) and they had a very soft feel, like I would want. The other issue with this cxl shoe for some was that heel slip would sometimes happen. It happened on my first pair (which made the sole feel even more painful) but it did not happen with the later pair I tried.

TLDR: try more than one pair.
I find the actual material to be hard. In my experience, it doesn’t have the impact absorption or give of a leather sole. Don’t get me wrong, it’s certainly not “get rid of the pair” bad or anything, but I find nearly all my full-leather shoes (from vintage Florsheim, Hanover, AE - to modern AE’s) are all really comfortable. By full leather I mean that in the old Hanover sense: upper, linings, insole and sole (e.g. no Texon, no rubber, etc.).

I’ll keep my Dainite equipped shoes, but when they get resoled or recrafted, I’ll opt for something else.

All of this should be filed under IMHO, as I know there are people who like Dainite soles. I also have very strange feet.
 

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