Posts Tagged ‘ allen edmonds ’

brogue boot round up

one thing on my wish list for the fall is a pair brogue boots.  they’ll look great with a suit or your favorite denim.  a lot of brands are making them this fall, but here are my four favorites:

alden for j. crew

allen edmonds

grenson

trickers

just like new

this post would be more exciting if my dumbass would have taken a couple of “before” pics.  as i mentioned last week, they were in such bad shape that i was embarrassed to show how far i let them go.

i received my recrafted park avenue shoes on monday.  they look brand new.  i left the flash on the camera so you could see just how polished they are.  i went with the “prestige” package which included shoes trees and shoe bags in addition to the new sole (love the hammer detail) and refinish.  allen edmonds threw in a nice thank you card with a $35 gift certificate and some polish.  your local shoe repair man could give you a nice resole, but nothing this fine.  one more reason why i buy shoes from allen edmonds.

allen edmonds shoe recrafting

last winter’s weather was unkind to my allen edmonds park avenue shoes.  the wet ground caused the soles to wear off sooner than they probably should have.  i thought about taking them to a local shoe repair shop to get resoled, but remembered that one of the reasons i chose allen edmonds was to try out their recrafting process.  i sent my shoes off monday and received an email this morning saying i should have them back in 2-4 weeks.

when you get your shoes recrafted at allen edmonds, you have four packages to choose from: new heels, refinishing, standard, and prestige.  i opted for the prestige because you get all the other options plus shoes trees and shoe bags.  i can’t wait to get them back.  they’re in such bad shape that they may just send me a new pair.  i’ll post pics when they arrive.  i was going to take some before pics, but was embarrassed to post them.  they looked like the kind of shoes that a hobo might catch fishing in an old cartoon.

don’t forget to check out the video above to see more of the recrafting process.

the moras have arrived

you might remember a couple of weeks ago when i mentioned allen edmonds were bringing back their mora double monk strap shoes for their custom collection.  it took a day of deliberation, but i ordered a pair in the chili burnished calf.  they said it would take 6-8 weeks for the shoes to arrive.  well, they surprised me last wednesday when they sent me an email saying they had shipped and would be here friday.  i missed the ups person last week, so they were dropped off this morning.  they are absolutely perfect in every way (as you can see below).  if you’re on the fence about double monks or unsure of which place you should click buy, give these a try.  you won’t be disappointed.

tuxedo footwear

a friend of mine is getting married in october and emailed me asking for my opinion on these belgian tuxedo shoes:

if i had to choose a patent leather shoe to wear with a tux, these would be the shoes i would buy.  traditional or more formal tuxedo shoes are in fact black patent leather “pumps” with a grograin bow (like the ones you see above).  with that said, i don’t know anyone here in the south that wears black patent leather pumps with their tux.  that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear them if you want to.  with my tux, i usually sport a pair of black calf lace-up oxfords like these from allen edmonds:

another option for me would be gucci bit loafers.  some traditionalists might scoff at this advice, but i think these particular loafers look great with a tux.

last but not least, if you’re someone that likes to get noticed, then i recommend picking up a pair of velvet slippers to wear with your tux.  brooks brothers has a more traditional style of slipper:

but if you really want to stand out, then head over to del toro and customize your own slippers or pick out something a little more risque like these skull & bones:

after much consideration

“we’re really doing it though, aren’t we buddy?” (for reference see here).  after much consideration and help from a few friends, i settled on a pair of allen admonds moras.  i originally ordered the brown grain calf, but changed my mind after giving the chili burnished calf another look (thanks jrs).  i went with the brown standard welt as opposed to the natural standard, because i didn’t want it to be too light.  allen edmonds customer service was extremely helpful when i requested an order change (a real person actually picked up the phone).  now the waiting game begins.  i’ll do a follow up post when they arrive in 6 weeks.

the mora has returned

the allen edmonds mora has returned.  their version of the classic double monk was thought to be extinct, but after several emails and “pleas” from devoted fans, ae brought them back to life.  the bad news (if you want to call it that) is that they’re only available in their custom program which means they retail for $450 and will take 6-8 weeks to make it to your door.  there are 14 different leathers to choose from and 6 different soles – plus they are goodyear welted so they can be resoled.  thank you valet and dreams of perfection for breaking the news this morning.  i couldn’t have imagined a better way to start a month.

loafers and suits

the internet is full of questions regarding style.  one such question of interest is whether or not it’s ok to wear loafers with a suit.  to be honest with you i didn’t really think this was much of a question until i saw the film frost/nixon in 2008.  richard nixon has a hard time trusting david frost because he wears gucci loafers with his suit (obviously there’s more to it than that, but it’s one reason nixon questions frost’s credentials).  quasi-spoiler alert: after the interview, the movie ends with nixon opening a present from frost which is a pair of gucci loafers.  classic scene.  so after seeing the film, i started to question whether or not i should be wearing loafers with suits.  i went to the internet for answers.  glenn o’brien says he wouldn’t do it and that “loafers are for loafing.”  interesting take from one of my heroes.  and if you dig deeper, it seems more traditionalists prefer lace-ups to loafers when wearing a “business” suit.  well, i’m going to have to disagree.  in the south, i would say 70% of men wear only loafers with their suits – my father being one of them.  i’ve never seen him wearing anything besides classic gucci bit loafers with his suits.  now, i’m not saying all loafers are appropriate with business suits.  remember cheap loafers don’t look good with anything.  stick with well known brands that make quality like gucci, allen admonds, ralph lauren or alden.  nice shoes are the one item of clothing i would insist you spend money on.  they make a difference.

recently i’ve noticed ryan gosling has been kicking around a pair of beat-up burgundy loafers.  last night i caught this picture (above) of him wearing them with a brown suit.  he nails the look, but i’m not sure who makes the loafers.  i did some internet recon and came up with nothing.  i checked out the usual suspects mentioned in the previous paragraph and still couldn’t find a match.  the closest thing i found were these crockett & jones for ralph lauren polo loafers below.  if you have any information on the whereabouts of ryan gosling’s loafers, please leave them in the comments section.

update: i believe the loafers gosling is wearing are in fact made by gucci, but i still can’t find a perfect match.  i’m wondering if they’re part of the archive collection coming out this fall.  i’ll stay on it.

it’s a good day

i finally received my allen edmonds park avenue shoes today.  excuse the faded sock (it’s laundry day).  i ordered them from zappos on monday and they came in on tuesday; however, they had been tried on before and the sides were smooshed in.  zappos sent another pair that arrived this afternoon and not a moment too soon.  i just ran into a gentleman on my way to the restroom who told me i needed to get my shoes shined.  “don’t worry,” i said.  “i’ve got a new pair waiting for me in my office.”  and that’s why it’s a good day.

alden cordovan monk strap

i’m still searching for the perfect monk strap for fall.  i’ve never owned a pair before so i know i need to buy something that will last.  the shoe above – made by alden – looks like a perfect candidate.  it’s usa made with hand stained shelled cordovan.  the burgundy looks incredible and i can wear them with a navy or charcoal suit.  the only remaining question is whether or not i want to go the double monk route.  if allen edmonds were to bring back the mora (below), i’d buy a pair immediately.