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The Allen Edmonds MTO Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mdubs, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. rydenfan

    rydenfan Senior member

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    you and me both. I am adding way more in suede and calf lately than shell. I find myself reaching for it the least frequently and am somewhat lazy with my shoe care regiment these days
     


  2. bespoken pa

    bespoken pa Senior member

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    The last shells I went nuts over were those navy vibergs, really unique great stitching. I actually just stepped regimen up a notch, picked up bick four, oblp, lexol, and some fiebings as well.
     


  3. halfnhalfnhalf

    halfnhalfnhalf Senior member

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    If you haven't checked them out, Rancourt and Carmina might reawaken your interest . . . both have unique colors and MTO programs (Carmina's is pretty expensive unless you can find enough people for a group, but Rancourt's is close to AE in price).
     


  4. mdubs

    mdubs The Mayor of Aldensville

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    C&J and EG does MTOs as well.
     


  5. bl@ster

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    Aaaaand a 2nd pair of Lexington MTO's arrived today. This time a bit different than the last... Bourbon Calf and flat wheeled welt.

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    Specs:
    - Lexington Cap-Toe Oxford
    - Leather: Bourbon Calf
    - Exposed antique brass eyelets
    - Tone on Tone stitching
    - Chili flat welt
    - Wheeled and fudged edges
    - Double butyl leather outsole
    - Light brown transparent edge dressing
    - Standard Brown leather insole
     


  6. bbob2013

    bbob2013 Senior member

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    These look great, as well as your CXL creation! How different are these side by side? Color profiles look very similar.
     


  7. peppercorn78

    peppercorn78 Senior member

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    No help with the Voyager dilemma? Planning on calling in to Allison tomorrow.
     


  8. Harryd14

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    These are some amazing and inspiring AE designs. As a new member to the forum and AEs it's nice to see what can be done. Can't wait until I am ready to order myself a pair of mtos.

    I haven't come across any LaSalle mtos on here, are they not a popular style or just don't offer them in different variations?!
     


  9. watchidiot

    watchidiot Senior member

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    Ill take a stab. I think your design would work well. One other idea is to make an all white voyager to make it look like a trainer with a red vibram gumlite sole. I bet those would be very comfortable.

    You can also go use the same leather they used for the banchory/cronmok/chukkamok (comes in tan, brown, blue, and grey) which is really butter soft. I would say use the grey uppers with red gumlite sole.
     


  10. tifosi

    tifosi Tire Kicker

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    What do you think about suede? That might work to "trainer" them up a little...
     


  11. bl@ster

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    Not very different side by side. In fact, when I first opened the boxes I thought they'd made a mistake and used the same leather on both of them. I guess I didn't realize that Bourbon and Golden Brown CXL were so similar in color. But at the sale price, I'm not fretting about it.



    Personally, I wouldn't do it. I'm not sure any leather choice or stitching choice can make those look good. I'd keep looking...
     


  12. wonsmithr8

    wonsmithr8 Senior member

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    Hmm I saw it before but I'm really not feeling that shoe so I didn't say anything haha.
     


  13. peppercorn78

    peppercorn78 Senior member

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    Thanks. I think the standard makeup uses the super soft Neumok leather. I was thinking CXL due to it's more weather-resistant qualities.

    I dig the gumlight sole, but I don't think it's quite grippy enough for wetter conditions or playground/park days with the kids.


    Hmm. Suede. Interesting. That opens up some different color choices. I suppose when well-treated they're as weather resistant as full grain leather can be, though I think I would still feel a bit ginger about stomping around in the park with them.


    I think I'm opting for comfort over looks, and trying to find a shoe that I won't have to throw away after a year (like Clark's or Rockports). For feet as wide as mine (3E-4E), I'm limited in options. After burning through 3 pairs of Clark's in 3 years, I've sworn them off. And I really don't like wearing canvas sneakers when I'm not running.

    I know it's rather ugly, but do y'all really think it looks worse than what else is out there in my size? Hope not!

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  14. watchidiot

    watchidiot Senior member

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    In terms of roughing it it up, I agree that CXL may be the leather to choose. The reason I suggested the chukkamok leather though is to get colors that I feel is more appropriate for a sneaker. I just feel that brown looks like its still trying to be a smart looking leather shoe, even though the design looks like it was copied from a sneaker.

    What soles are you thinking? Maybe a red harrier or a red dainite would work, though I feel that the red dainite doesnt have enough give to be called a playground sole.

    As for your other hoices, I prefer the voyager.
     


  15. mrfixit

    mrfixit Senior member

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    the Voyager is on the 1 last, which leaves you a lot of options that would look much better and fit similarly. what about the Gridiron with a crepe sole and flat laces?
     


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