1. Welcome to the new Styleforum!

    We hope you’re as excited as we are to hang out in the new place. There are more new features that we’ll announce in the near future, but for now we hope you’ll enjoy the new site.

    We are currently fine-tuning the forum for your browsing pleasure, so bear with any lingering dust as we work to make Styleforum even more awesome than it was.

    Oh, and don’t forget to head over to the Styleforum Journal, because we’re giving away two pairs of Carmina shoes to celebrate our move!

    Please address any questions about using the new forum to support@styleforum.net

    Cheers,

    The Styleforum Team

    Dismiss Notice

Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.

Tags:
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Swampoodle

    Swampoodle Member

    Messages:
    23
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2013
    Location:
    Capitol Hill, DC (Senate Side)
    
    (Question above was referring to this ^^)
     
  2. mdubs

    mdubs Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    7,073
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2013
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    

    Very technical. Microsoft PowerPoint. Then saved presentation as jpegs. :)

    -Mike
     
  3. mdubs

    mdubs Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    7,073
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2013
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    

    I posted about this exact thing a few weeks ago after I went to a store. Their demo shell shoes are garbage and get negative (not just no) care. They are not a good representation of their production shoes at all. If I had only seen their demo shoes, I would have never ever ever spent $600 on those crappier looking shoes. To me it's appalling that they represent their highest end shoes so horribly. I have found that some of their shells can be just as nice as others, i.e. Alden's. I LOVE my Walnut Shell Strands...

    -Mike
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2013
  4. Swampoodle

    Swampoodle Member

    Messages:
    23
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2013
    Location:
    Capitol Hill, DC (Senate Side)
    
    Good call going with calf vs cordovan leather--with AEs I've not been happy with shells. These look great.
     
  5. Swampoodle

    Swampoodle Member

    Messages:
    23
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2013
    Location:
    Capitol Hill, DC (Senate Side)
    

    I thought as much. Well done--very clear and illustrative. I aspire.
     
  6. lierre

    lierre Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    76
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2013
    I apologize for the noob question. This is my first pair of good shoes and I certainly don't polish/wax/cream my shoes as diligently as many members on this forum, so I did not know if I had not protected my shoes well enough. (I brought my shoes when they were new to several cobblers and asked for an initial protective layer of polish/wax as recommended by members here, yet they all looked at me like I was crazy and said that AE shoes are so good that they "self-maintain.")
     
  7. nice1take5

    nice1take5 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    52
    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2009
    Nordstrom.com is also running the AE sale until 10/15.
     
  8. calidist

    calidist Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    469
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2012
    Location:
    Bay Area
    All of the non-outlet cordovans are now MTO, so if you buy a pair online at retail it is overwhelmingly likely that a new pair will be made for you. I suppose there is a small chance they might still have back-stock in the style and size you order, but I'm sure if you put a note in your order or order it on the phone they will make a pair from scratch for you.
     
  9. random-adam

    random-adam Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,173
    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2008
    Location:
    20781
    
    "Self-maintain" is questionable, but they are certainly made of much better stuff than most "dress" shoes you'll see out there; a cheap pair would've likely been gouged and/or ruined by what merely scuffed your Park Avenues.

    I'd rub some cream into it, let it dry, and brush 'til you can't see the scuff anymore. Repeat if needed.
     
  10. tietherope

    tietherope Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    271
    Joined:
    May 7, 2013
    Don't worry about the question. It's not as big of a deal as some would lead you to believe. I don't see anything wrong with looking for advice.
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2013
  11. ReppTiePrepster

    ReppTiePrepster Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,082
    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2012
    Location:
    USA
    Thank you gentlemen for your response. In my general experience, care for shell is pretty low maintenance. I'm not sure what the store could be doing to make them age poorly. The store I visit regularly does not display their shell shoes under display lights. They are on a table on the middle of the room. They shouldn't be discolored this badly.

    I actually ordered a pair of norwich in brown shell thinking exactly what you said, calidist. When they arrived at my house, I was disappointed to see blotchy patches of varying color... the cap portion of one of the toes looked like walnut and other portions of the upper had a greenish tint. Also, there were a few small pock-marked depressions/imperfections throughout both shoes. I suppose this could have been an older shoe remaining in stock from a while back, but I still can't figure out how the coloring could be this poor stored in box. (maybe it wasn't) I might have kept them if they were $299 seconds and use them as beaters for casual wear, but even then I'd be unsure. For $550 (tax included) with the ongoing sale, I decided to return them and wait for some other shell opportunities from some other company.

    I continue to enjoy my walnut shell daltons (look, comfort, etc...). I may give AE shell a try if and when the right opportunity presents itself.
     
  12. Pastor

    Pastor Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    802
    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2011
    
    I was on the fence but I ended up getting the same shoe as a MTO except in Cappuccino Shell instead of brown shell. It's only been three weeks and I was quoted eight so i'm not sure when they will arrive.
     
  13. MKJ1

    MKJ1 Active Member

    Messages:
    37
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2013
    Thanks to all who replied regarding the independence lining. I'll definitely be requesting those now.
     
  14. cincikid

    cincikid Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    815
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2012
    AE should have offered the walnut shell MTOs strictly on a "one per customer" basis [​IMG]
     
    1 person likes this.
  15. cincikid

    cincikid Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    815
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2012
    I had exactly the same experience this past week at the AE store in Chicago. The shell shoes looked beaten up and faded unevenly. The cap toes on the brown shell Strand were much lighter than the rest of the shoe.
     
  16. GOP Shoe Guy

    GOP Shoe Guy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    450
    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2012
    Actually, I only ordered 1 pair, the pair you see in the middle. I ordered those when Mr. Grangaard offered the MTO special. I waited about 12 weeks, and was told they did not pass inspection. So, after seeing another SF member that had one done with a natural welt, I had them alter the makeup to a natural welt. About 10 weeks later they arrived. In my conversation with Allison, I inquired about the ones that didn't pass inspection. She affirmed my thought that they would likely end up at the shoe bank. So, about once a week I checked in to see if they had a Walnut Shell Macneil in my size, and low and behold, about a month ago, they had them in their stock. So I got them; $299. I likely would not have paid full price for 2 pair. But now I have the natural and brown welt, so I have a pair for casual and a pair for dress. It is amazing how often I get compliments on my natural welt make up.

    Sorry to those that didn't get any Walnut Shell...
     
  17. cincikid

    cincikid Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    815
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2012
    No worries GOP, I do know the story of your MacNeils!
     
  18. James1051

    James1051 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    455
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2013
    Location:
    Philly
    Hi All, how does the AE Fifth Avenue compare to the AE Park Ave? Looks like the same last, and very similar look.
    TIA,
    j
     
  19. wdahab

    wdahab Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,121
    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2012
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    
    To be fair, the walnuts ran out before all of us grabbed more MTOs at the RDA price... so people who bought up all the walnut paid full price, which is probably fairer.
     
  20. AdamAdam

    AdamAdam Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    337
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2013
    Location:
    Massachusetts, USA
    

    Thanks, namesake. The Poron insole was standard in the original makeup of this boot was it not?
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by