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    Help picking Allen Edmonds for J Crew Factory Thompson Blue and Grey suits

    Hey guys! Just picked up the J Crew Factory blue and grey suits (which I love). I thought it would be nice and pick up some Allen Edmonds to go along with them as an early Christmas present to myself. Any thoughts on a style/color that would work for both color suits would be great. Also if there is a pair that would be solid with jeans as well (as in one pair working for suits and jeans), that would be a real winner. But the suits are the priority. Thanks in advance!

    #2
    What environment do you intend to wear the suits in? There are plenty of shoes that can be worn with both suits and jeans, but they'll bring down the formality of the suit in the process. Also, are you willing to pay full price (keeping all options open) or are you looking for deals?

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      #3
      My votes (in order)...

      Strand Bourbon Calf:
      http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline...40000000001_-1

      McAllister with Combination Tap Sole:
      http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline...40000000001_-1

      Hamptons Brown Burnished Calf/Brown Grain Leather:
      http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline...40000000001_-1

      None of these are particularly awesome for jeans, but they'll work in a pinch - particularly the Strands. The first two are in colors you don't see everyday, and the third pair is just an odd bird, but I just got a pair for myself and they're quickly becoming one of my favorites.
      Last edited by alan; December 6, 2012, 04:56 PM.

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        #4
        Depending on how light the Factory Thompson gray is, you might be able to get away with Walnut, too. But those Bourbon Strands are gorgeous.

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          #5
          Thanks for the links, Alan. Just saw the option to see pants on top of the shoe. Pretty helpful.

          Well right now I work in a pretty casual environment (engineering). They would probably only be worn to weddings/feel like really dressing up for going out (with jeans). I am going to start an MBA program in the fall next year, so eventually into a position where a suit might be more the norm. So something comfy (rubber sole maybe?), yet nice for suits. So most formal for the suits would be a wedding. Deal would be nice, but again, I'll pay full-price to get something I'm going to use/like for years to come.

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            #6
            Originally posted by lilaustino View Post
            Well right now I work in a pretty casual environment (engineering). They would probably only be worn to weddings/feel like really dressing up for going out (with jeans). I am going to start an MBA program in the fall next year, so eventually into a position where a suit might be more the norm. So something comfy (rubber sole maybe?), yet nice for suits. So most formal for the suits would be a wedding. Deal would be nice, but again, I'll pay full-price to get something I'm going to use/like for years to come.
            I work in finance, so if that's where you're looking to end up, I have to say it'll be hard to wear any of Alan's recs. Those are all great shoes and will work with jeans or a suit to a wedding, but the finance world tends to be awfully conservative (and awfully dressed for the most part). You're really looking at styling with no broguing (Fifth Ave's, possibly Park Ave's, etc). The problem is that these shoes are more formal and can look out of place with jeans and a more dressed down look. Sorry dude. You may want to sit tight until the next Allen Edmonds 2 for 300 sale and grab a pair of Strands and a pair of park aves.

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              #7
              Originally posted by AJG Esq View Post
              I work in finance, so if that's where you're looking to end up, I have to say it'll be hard to wear any of Alan's recs. Those are all great shoes and will work with jeans or a suit to a wedding, but the finance world tends to be awfully conservative (and awfully dressed for the most part). You're really looking at styling with no broguing (Fifth Ave's, possibly Park Ave's, etc). The problem is that these shoes are more formal and can look out of place with jeans and a more dressed down look. Sorry dude. You may want to sit tight until the next Allen Edmonds 2 for 300 sale and grab a pair of Strands and a pair of park aves.
              A valid observation, though there's no harm in getting some brogues now and some plain cap toes later. Even if he ends up in banking, that's nearly 3 years away.

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                #8
                Strand Bourbon Calf:
                http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline...40000000001_-1

                I approve of this suggestion. I own walnut Strands, and wear them with suits and jeans. Bourbon would work even better IMO.

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                  #9
                  If you're looking for a deal, you can contact the Allen Edmonds Shoe Bank in Wisconsin and see if they have any more Brooks Brothers "seconds". They're the shoes that they make for BB that got rejected for one reason or another and are now sold at discount. They offer Strands, McAllisters, and a couple of others from AE's "Classics" collection. They won't be the unusual colors, but still made in walnut, brown, and black. They all have combo soles, too. Sometimes they have serious flaws and have to go back. Other times, you can't seem to find the flaw with a magnifying glass. It's a bit of a gamble, but it always comes with a guaranteed discount.

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                    #10
                    Thanks all for the great responses. Definitely got me going down the right path.

                    As far as the seconds go, is it a final sale thing? Or can you return things no problem? I've also never tried on a pair, so I wouldn't know what size to get. Typically wear a 13 in tennis shoes and 12-12.5 in dress shoes.

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                      #11
                      AE sales are never final if they're company direct (either from an outlet or AE retail store). They accept returns through the mail and at their own brick-and-mortar stores. If you have an AE store nearby, you're best off going down there in person to see how they fit. There's a store locator on their website. Be sure to try shoes from multiple lasts. I have some AE's that fit like a glove the first time and some that were tight to begin with depending on what style they were.

                      If you have a Dillard's or Nordstrom near you, they also both carry several selections from the AE Classics collection (particularly Nordstrom). You can always try them on in the store.

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                        #12
                        i took alan's suggestions here, I went to Nordstrom to try on the Kenilworth and the strand, the Kenilworth I had to size down half-size and the strand I had to size up a full-size so I definitely recommend trying on, even if there's no store around you I'd do it somewhere near you like a Nordstrom or Dillards

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                          #13
                          I wear walnut Strands with my blue Thompson suit.

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                            #14
                            I would second the recommendation for seconds from AE. The 2 for $300 thing was Brooks Brothers shoes (different sole, otherwise the same) but they also have seconds for the AE branded shoes with the leather only sole. Free shipping and you can return them. They will also look at the shoes before sending them to you. Not sure how thorough they are but the lady I talked to definitely opened the box and looked because I heard her doing it on the phone. As long as you can live with flaws that nobody will notice unless their face is 2 feet from your shoe the discount is definitely worth it.

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                              #15
                              One thing I'm going to say is don't obsess over allen edmonds because of others saying how great they are. Make sure you get a good pair of solid staple decent quality dress shoes that you can walk decently far in, walk around for 15 minutes/bounce your leg sitting type deal if you're in the store and see. I believe Mantorri I think does it for $300, which I think I may venture into and see if I need combo shoes

                              Why I say this: My AE 11Cs in the best last for my foot don't fit nearly as well as my J&M 11C's($30 off ebay) now the J&Ms are polished leather and the AE's hands down win for sheer beauty. However if I was to walk the strip in vegas again, you won't see any of my AE's (besides the strawfut!) on my feet, great for work when I'm not all over but getting blisters on heels sucks and I'm not sure what my issue is but I wish I could say they are comfortable beyond measure.

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