The other day Mrs. Dapper Man suggested I get a new pair of works shoes before I start traveling again. My older black oxfords were looking worn down and unfortunately they were not re-craftable, so I had to start looking for a new pair of shoes.
I went to YouTube, and started poking around videos that talk about men’s oxfords, and shoe shining and I came across a video from The Hanger Project where they rehabilitate a pair of Allen Edmonds brogues. After watching the video I looked for more specifically about Allen Edmonds shoes and soon I decided my next pair would be a pair of black oxfords from Allen Edmonds.
Why did I choose Allen Edmonds? First they are made in America, and have been for almost 100 years. Second, Allen Edmonds offers a re-crafting service that will re-sole and repair their shoes. Third, after watching the old pair of brogues being brought back to life I was sold, well almost. These would be the single most expensive pair of shoes I have ever purchased. My second choice were a pair of Samuel Hubbard Market Cap Oxfords, but in the end I decided to go with the Allen Edmonds.
Going to the Allen Edmonds website and looking around at their various styles I decided on their classic Park Avenue Cap-Toe Oxfords over the Carlyle Plain-Toe Oxfords as they looked a bit more of the “classic” men’s style of oxfords. For those that don’t know Oxfords are going to be the most formal shoe a man can buy, tuxedo shoes are just high shine oxfords. Brogues have embellishments on them that make them just a step below oxfords on the formality scale.
So a few days later my shoes arrived and I was able to unbox them for everyone to see. As these are brand new shoes, and the most expensive pair I have ever owned I contacted Allen Edmond’s customer service department and asked them if anything needed to be done to them before I wear them. The agent said no I can put on some leather conditioner and wax to protect the shoes if I want but that isn’t needed.
I hope you enjoyed my story of purchasing my first pair of Allen Edmonds shoes. I look forward to wearing them and doing a review for everyone to see once I have them broken in.
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