Allen Edmonds Cordovan Review: Park Avenue Cap-Toe Dress Shoes In Cordovan | Kirby Allison


Hi I’m Kirby Allison and we love to help the well-dressed
acquire and care for their wardrobes in this video. I’m really excited to be
reviewing one of Allen Edmonds flagship shoes the Park Avenue in cordovan recognizing us as one of the leading
authorities on luxury men’s dress shoe
worldwide. Allen Edmonds has graciously agreed to give us access to their entire
collection of shoes to review for you on this YouTube channel. The reason our reviews are special and different than everyone else’s
is because of this access to Allen Edmonds
complete catalog which will allow us to film the most extensive and comprehensive collection of dress shoe reviews of these shoes side by side. If you have any questions or thoughts please ask them in the
comments section below. I tried to get back to all questions personally. Allen Edmonds makes an excellent
goodyear welted leather dress shoe that a properly polished and resoled can last a lifetime. For many of our viewers Allen
Edmonds is their first experience with a high quality goodyear welted leather dress shoe. In short an investment in the
lasting quality that for many has fostered a lifetime of
appreciation of fine footwear and there is no better place to
start them than the Allen Edmonds Park
Avenue. This simple cap to Oxford is a
classic, a staple that belongs in almost every closet and there’s no surprise that the
Park Avenue is easily Allen Edmonds number one selling dress shoe. Another thing about this amazing
shoe is that it is available in 18 sizes nine widths six colors a calfskin three colors of cordavon. And we have them all here today to review for you. Immediately you can see the classic proportions of the Allen Edmond and Park Avenues. A plain cap Captain Oxford, the Park Avenue is the most formal style of business dress you can purchase. Incredibly versatile they can be worn during the day or evening casually or formally. The shoe features a soft round cap toe with classic proportions. The Park Avenues, in cordovan, are very special shoes and made to an even higher standard than Allen Edmonds standard calfskin shoes. These retail for six hundred ninety five dollars which is a 270 dollar premium over the same shoe made in calfskin. However the price is totally substantiated by the cost of the premium materials used in
this shoe that we’ll discuss later. The Allen Edmonds Park Avenue is a
beautiful elegant and traditional design. It features a three piece pattern in
construction toe cap vamp back quarters with an elegant single double and triple stitching that gives the shoe additional visual detail. The Park Avenue features a
traditional round shape for which Allen Edmonds is famous. The Park Avenue is further
differentiated as one of only a couple styles with six eyelets which beautifully elongates the silhouette. This is also a classic American style. The cap on the Park Avenue has a forward balance and slight puff which has several benefits. One it reduces the risk of the CAP flexing due to any sizing or fit issues which eliminates the risk of any mirror shine applied to the cap toe from cracking. But second it also elongates the side profile of this shoe which is quite elegant. One of the other elements of the
style of the Park Avenue that’s unique to Allen
Edmonds is their use of single double and triple stitching in order to
create visual interest. You’ll see that along the border and the perimeter of some of the
pieces you have an elegant clean single stitching but on the cap you have double
stitching and around the vamp and the tongue you have triple
stitching. This design detail is totally unique to each shoemakers personal style and preference and there’s one of the things that
makes this Allen Edmonds totally unique. The Park Avenue also features a nice square waist which adds to its stability durability and comfort. The Cordavon Park Avenues also have
a beautifully finished soul that shows an additional degree of attention and craftsmanship above the standard
line. JR Rendenbach oak bark tanned
leather households are exclusively used for the court
of shoes and is another point of differentiation and distinction. But you also see a nice dovetail heel with beautiful brass nailing the heel also features a full second rubber layer which again further increases its comfort and durability. There’s no question that the Allen
Edmonds Park Avenue and especially the Allen Edmonds Park Avenue and cordovan is designed for many years if not a lifetime of great use. But first let’s talk about Cordovan. I had an opportunity to personally
organize a private tour of the Horween
tannery in Chicago with Skip Horween and factory manager John Cullerton Horween as a multilevel factory
that’s like being transported back in time. Where traditional craftsmanship and quality reigns supreme in the old way of doing things stands the test of time. In addition to making Cordovan and chromexcel leather, Horween makes all the leather for
the official NBA and NFL game balls. Shell cordovan leather is a
specialty skin known for its durability and distinct luster. Highly collectible, Allen Edmonds Cordovan shoes have
something of a cult following. Cordovan isn’t actually leather. It’s a membrane found underneath the skin of the
hindquarters or rear shells of a horse. Because of this Cordovan leather
does not have the traditional poor
structure found an open grain calfskin. Only one pair of shoes can be made from each shell membrane. The tanning process takes upwards of
six months and is highly unique. So unique that there are only a
couple of tanneries left in the world that
are able to tan codovan leather. Shell cordovan is no doubt a very rare and special material that is
difficult to source and available only in limited quantities. All of Allen Edmonds court even this
source from Horween leather in Chicago the only cordovan leather tanning
factory left in the Western Hemisphere. One of the unique characteristics of
Cordovan leather and that’s one of the
characteristics that has really endeared Cordovan to so many people and one of my favorite is the unique luster, the natural luster, of Cordovan leather. You can see with no polishing it has a nice satin luster to it that makes it much shinier naturally than a pair of calfskin. With just a little bit of brushing,
he shoe is able to maintain this sopped shine throughout its entire lifetime. The two most important components of
the shoe are the upper leather and the outsoles. On Allen Edmonds Cordovan shoes, not only are they using the finest cordovan leather available in the
world but they’re also using the finest
outsole material. All of Allen Edmonds cordovan shoes are exclusively made with JR Rendenbach, oak bark tanned, leather outsoles and heels. Hans Rendenbach, the fourth generation owner of JR Rendenbach, flew me and my film crew to trea Germany for an extensive multiday tour of their tannery which was as
impressive as our Horween experience. It is not lost upon us that both of these world leading companies are fourth and fifth generation family owned companies where quality is paramount. JR Rendenbach oak bark tanned
leather outsoles are simply the best and are four to five times more expensive than those commonly found on most factory made shoes. Their leather our souls are tanned
using 5, 100 percent natural tree barks layered and pits for up to nine months. That tanning process is totally natural. The result is an incredibly durable and water resistant outsold that
last two to three times longer than
standard leather outsoles. The fact that Allen Edmonds uses JR Rendenbach oak bark tanned
leather outsoles exclusively for the record of shoes is just another subtle point of distinction that further differentiates these
shoes and makes them special. Furthermore it is a testament to
their commitment to quality in this shoe. Allen Edmonds is best known for
their full 360 degree goodyear welted construction which allows the leather dress shoes
to be easily resold without compromising the integrity of the shoe. The welt is that thin strip of
leather that is sewn to the unsold. The council is then stitch to the welt. This allows the outsoles to be
pulled off and replaced without damaging
the construction of the uppers. Goodyear welting also allows a much thicker and longer lasting outsold to be used than in Blake Stich
construction. The Allen Edmonds Park Avenue
cordovan cap to Oxford comes in three
finishes Black, Brown and the iconic Horween Cordovan number 8 which they call Burgundy. You cannot go wrong with any of these finishes and you couldn’t go wrong with owning them all. But the cordovan coloured number
eight or Burgundy is the iconic color most widely associated with cordovan leather. If you’re looking to buy your first
pair of Allen Edmonds Cordovan shoes and you want to go for the color
that most frequently represents cordovan and you can’t go wrong with the traditional Horween number eight or burgundy. This is the color that is most
widely associated with cordovan and has developed a cult following. Another great feature of the Allied
Edmonds, aside from the quality of their
shoes, is their incredible range of
available sizes. All of Allen Edmonds shoes can be
purchased from sizes 6 to 16 and in nine different widths. The breadth and scope of sizing is unprecedented. Allen Edmonds generally fits true to size and because of how ubiquitous they
are are often the benchmark for sizing. If you have any questions on sizing Allen Edmonds has an extensive
network of stores around the country where
you can try them on. But of course they can also be
purchased online with the customer friendly 90 day return policy. Because Cordovan is such a unique
material it has to be cared for differently than
traditional calfskin shoes. Please take a look at our extensive
shoe care tutorials on the care and nurturing of cordovan leather
shoes. Cordovan has a beautiful natural satin patina that is very easily carried for. Minimal maintenance is required. Other than frequent brushing and conditioning with our cordovan cream polishes. The Allen Edmonds Park Avenue and cordovan is a truly iconic American made shoe not just made in America but made with material also tanned in America. They’re constructed with the highest quality materials
made anywhere in the world at six hundred ninety five dollars. There are certainly an investment but one well worth it. These Allen Edmonds Park Avenues and Cordovan I can wholeheartedly recommend. And if you’re looking to purchase a
pair of Allen Edmonds that will truly be special and unique. There is no better representation of the quality and craftsmanship that Allen Edmonds
represents than their Park Avenue in Cordovan. If you own a pair of Allen Edmonds or a pair of Allen Edmonds and cordovan please take a
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92 Comments

  • We want to thank Allen Edmonds for loaning us their entire collection of Park Avenue Dress Shoes to review and hope that you enjoy our first installment of a new series on in-depth shoe reviews on our channel. Do you have a pair of Allen Edmonds in Cordovan? Let us know.

    In this review series, we seek to review brands we admire and and that we think are good at various price points for our viewers and then explain what we think is good about them. We will not select a brand to review if we think it is no good in the first place (many approach us). They have merely loaned us the shoes, which we appreciate and return after the video is filmed, and have no financial relationship, or affiliate partnership, whatsoever.

    If you are looking for a review that trashes brands, this series is not for you. This series is for us to recommend what we think are great shoes all taken within the obvious context of the price point. There are many shoe brands that we are not able to recommend, and you will, subsequently, never find them on this channel. We are in the business of selling shoe polish, hangers, accessories for the well-dressed, which is how we fund our channel, not selling reviews.

  • I'm currently exploring other brands such as Mezlan's, an Allen Edmonds purchase is imminent.

  • Your office looks different, Kirby. I looks cleaner (not like it was dirty before, but now looks sleeker, I guess) now, but I think the old office had its charm.

  • I wear Allen Edmonds for my go to dress shoe for work. Enjoyed the video. I never had shell cordovan shoes before. Could they be used as a regular shoes to the office? Or do they take too much care.

  • Nice video. I've been yearning for some cordovan shoes for a while. Currently have a couple of loake shoes as we have a store in Edinburgh, but I'm wary of buying from a distance due to variations in size and fit. Any suggestions for those of us outside of the US? Thanks as always! 😀

  • Dear Kirby,
    Would you consider doing an in-depth review of J Fitzpatrick shoes? It looks like an affordable yet quality brand and I'm curious of your opinion about them.

  • Kirby, thanks for yet another amazing video. I would just like to add one piece of information: Horween is not the only Cordovan tannery in the western hemisphere, there is a tannery called Lis Royal, in Argentina, that is also producing this incredibly special leather.

  • I have a pair of used Park Avenues (Calf Skin – Black) that I got off of Ebay last month. After doing the Saphir Reno Mat, Pommadier Cream Polish, Medaille D'Or Wax polish, and Mirror Shine routine, they look brand new. Thanks goes to Kirby for his wonderful videos on polishing/shoe care, Saphir for making such good products, Ebay for a wide selection of used shoes, and of course, Allen Edmonds for making such a high quality USA made product. I couldn't be happier with the shoes.

  • I found this to be too much like advertising, looking forward to the next video.

  • Wonderful Kirby, the light brown version is stunning, I would love to see you do one of your wonderful high shine cap toe demonstrations on those, I have a feeling they will look stunning.

  • What’s the difference between saphir mirror gloss and amiral gloss? And is it a must to use saphir wax polish before using mirror gloss / amiral gloss?

  • Great video! What are your thoughts of some comments about the quality of the new A.e are dropping?

  • I tried Allen Edmonds Dalton Cordovan and it was a really bad experience. The first batch they sent me was a pair of shoes with each a different size. The second batch they sent me, the eyelets didn't line up. Sent them back and the third batch had the exact same problem with the eyelets. I sent them back for a refund and went with Alden. The quality at Allen Edmonds in my experience has been pretty bad. Other Allen Edmonds shoes I have purchased always have some flaw that I have to live with or go through exchanges. They are the only high end shoe company where I have had to consistently deal with this.

  • A+ Two thumbs up for a very in depth video! I enjoyed it very much

  • Kirby I am just curious, when they send you these shoes for review, can you keep them for yourself or you need to send them back? If you can keep it then it might be a good idea to have channel like that just to get free shoes :). Awesome video

  • Great video. I am an Allen Edmonds wearer and love the brand entirely. This video was very informative and a great start for the series. As I own various models spanning decades, I look forward to the whole series. Great job, Kirby.!

  • Love the wide widths AE provides. Need to step up to this brand one day.

  • I was hoping you would do a review on the florsheim kenmoor long wing. It's a shoe that I think fills the gap between 99 dollar shows and 300-500 dollar shoes

  • I have a shoe polishing question. Let's say I have four pairs of shoes, a black pair, a brown pair and a navy and oxford pair. Would I require a separate horse hair brush for every color? Or could I get away with having just two brushes, one for the black pair and one for the remaining pair?

  • Hey Kirk, I wanted to ask how often do you condition your shoes with the renovateur? I wear two pairs of shoes on rotation 5 days a week

  • Hi Kirby … I wish if you can film a video about Allen Edmonds' woven shoes , whether the cap toe or the wing tip .. thanks

  • What treatment would you suggest if your cordovan parks got substantially wet?

  • I almost went with this shoes for my wedding 2 yrs ago. Love this design

  • The best

  • New camera Kirby? Video looks great.

  • I really liked this highly detailed review. You should do other reviews, maybe with more budget friendly shoes

  • For some reason in Black, I actually prefer these in regular leather versus shell cordovan.

  • Great video and a great concept. Am idea for a future review would be the Christian Louboutin Greggo (cap toe oxford) or the Gucci horsebit loafer. I don't feel like it would be a typical shoe you would get but it be interesting to see your take on them.
    /Lass

  • Kirby, AE website states that these are "Bench Welt for added stability" – can you explain what that means?

  • I own 7 AE's including the Park. Will be ordering the burgundy Cordovan Park early next year.

  • Review or commercial?

  • Great video Kirby , what glasses are you wearing in the video and wear did you purchase them? Thanks and keep up the good work.

  • Kirby as a man of refined taste and style, why do you recommend Allen Edmonds as a good place to start for someone who is looking to invest in a quality pair of shoes? The Last styling and shape the use is simple hideous! I'm sorry to say they somewhat remind me of clown shoes with their overly round toe and balloon like middle, not forgetting the bulky unrefined stitch patterns. Such ugly shoes. There are so many similarly priced shoes of equal or better construction quality with far more elegant and sculpted last shapes out there. For example; Loake, cheaney, Crockett and johns, meermin and much more.

  • Dear Kirby, thank you so very much for your thorough review. I've been hearing a lot of complaints about Allen Edmonds' decreasing quality and craftsmanship in the recent years. Do you find this to be the case?

  • I bought my first pair of Allen Edmonds in 2011. It was a style they called Bel Air on a last they don’t use anymore. They are Walnut calfskin, wingtip derbies. They were on sale at the time, and I had to buy them. I recently took them to the Allen Edmonds store here in Miami which just opened up for a complete re-crafting. It was $125, and in three weeks they came back looking like new, again. Recently I’ve been looking into their chelsea boot, the Liverpool in black. I’d love to see how the Liverpool stacks up against some other high end chelsea boots you see online for almost double the price.

  • Excited to hear about the new partnership reviewing AE shoes! In August I got my first pair (calfskin McCallister wingtips in bourbon), and I'm an AE convert for life. Next on my list are strands in walnut, fifth avenues in dark chili, and park aves in oxblood (although now the burgundy cordovan park aves might be where I go…or maybe cordovan Dalton wingtip boots!).

  • Bought 2 pairs of the Park Avenues in burgundy and black 3 years ago in calf skin and like the 65 last the shoes are built on. Latest is the 5th Avenues in burgundy. Have the Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton in the Independence Collection in the double tanned French calf skin and double oak soles, wonderful shoes. All are polished with the Saphir cream and high polish from Kirby's company. Will spring next year for the No.8 Cordovan Parks to complete the shoe collection from AE.

  • Excellent review of AllenEdmonds, particularly regarding Cordovan. As a matter of fact, my very first pair of Cordovan shoes were of the burgundy color. That was many years ago, and I do not recall the manufacturer. But I wonder why the burgundy color came to be the premier color for Cordovan in the beginning.

  • Great video and excited about this series. Maybe a discount code is forthcoming? 😬

  • dear Kirby, you deserves a billion subscribers. Thank you so much for your fantastic videos

  • I see Allen Edmonds now describes the Park Avenues and others models as having a trademark CustomCork midsole and a "Bench Welt".

    In the past, Park Avenues were described as being made of "custom calf" as well. What is the meaning of all these marketing buzzwords and why use them versus using verbose descriptions of those components and their virtues?

  • Great video Kirby! What are your thoughts on Meermin?

  • I"mma let you finish but…

    I had to pick up 2 pair of AceMarks cap toe Oxfords out of a set of 6 pair that I have coming… the Italian cut and fit just does it more for me than the more robust shape of the Allen Edmonds.

    Who knows I may pick up a pair (those shell cordovan's look like they are worth it!) just to have it in my collection. 😉

  • Kirby, from a business owner and video creator, the fact that Allen Edmonds has given you access to their full catalogue is telling of the quality of your content. They seem to have a high level of brand integrity and they've trusted you with it. I've been tying my shoes with Berluti Knots ever since I saw your video on it. From one creator to another congratulations on your channel growth and best wishes going forward!

  • Extremely interesting video, thank you Kirby! A pair of Park Avenues in Shell#8 to go with my Madison Park cap toes in oxblood and my Madison Park brogues in light tan would be perfect. I have black cap toes grom beckett simonin which are ‘ok’ but Allen Edmonds is another level. I appreciate you pointing out the JR soles that come with the shell cordovan versions of the Park Aves. I find, in practice (in NY City) oxblood color is much more versatile, and interesting, than black. Thank you for your extremely interesting and relaxing videos.

  • I fully appreciate your enthusiasm and passion for these shoes. AE's are by far my favorite shoes

  • I recently had the opportunity to purchase the AE St John monkstrap in chili. Beautiful shoe.

  • Hi, how and with which products would you use to treat roughout leather?

  • Thanks for yet another fantastic video. I would subscribe more than once if possible! In regards to the overly positive reviews, in balance I have yet to see a negative from Kirby. Personally, I own at least 10 pairs of Allen Edmonds and I own several pairs of Magnannis as well as Crockett and Jones. None of them are perfect. TBH, the perfect looking brands almost look like plastic (think Edward Green).

    I may like the inconsistencies from shoe pair to shoe pair because I feel they are more mine than a mass produced feel. That being said, some of Allen Edmonds shoe coloring (on calf skin) can be too inconsistent on a pair and should be reviewed as well as the welt/sole/heel sanding and shape.

    Allen Edmonds, if you are listening, please consider having a tighter QA process. This is where the old guy sits in the back room fixing all the QA fails by hand using his experience. If not economically feasible, use a local cobbler.

    To the rest of the viewers who may worry that the video is biased, you can turn down the commentary and view the shoe in HD so you can get an idea if you wish to purchase a pair or not. Pause and rewind as necessary.

  • Really looking forward to your reviews. I really hope that you discuss last styles if you do more AEs.

    I love AE for their B width. I have 3 pairs now.

    My first pair of quality dress shoes was a gift from my dad- Johnston and Murphy black captoes, the same kind he has worn to work for 30+ years. I know their 270 degree welt is now as high quality as AE, but I have a special place for them. I gave his old shoes a Presidential polish; he was so happy to see the vamp creases go away with the Dubbin conditioner.

  • Loving the new video quality on the full shots! Though you may want to look into the film grains on the close ups of the shoes. Either way, great video! Can't wait for you to cover the Strand!

  • That shot at 1:39 of the six calfskin colors and three shell colors is on fire.

  • Beautiful photography on this episode. You're really stepping your game up. It's a visual feast.

  • Allen Edmonds is my favorite shoe brand. I own about 10 pairs. My black Park Avenue's are my workhorse pair. I love them! So classic. Timeless.

  • Awesome representation Kirby! As someone who previously worked at Allen Edmonds, you did a great job describing the craftsmanship of a pair of Park Avenue’s. Just FYI for anyone who never tried on a pair… PLEASE GO TO THE STORE TO GET PROPERLY FITTED! Almost half of online customers who are also first time come in with the incorrect shoe size. Save time… learn more about your foot and their footwear in-store!

  • I have 3 pairs of Aldens is shell and recently acquired a pair of Allen Edmonds MacNeils and will say they were super comfortable and I was pretty lucky with no quality issues even though i heard some stories online.
    Kirby in your opinion why would someone choose a pair of Alden shell compared to AE?

  • I would like to see a Bartlett vs Strand review. The "Independence Collection" is supposedly a higher quality line, and I would be interested in seeing them side by side.

  • I have to wait 3 years to justify an expenditure like this. Maybe at that time they'll have some 100 year celebration sale, and hopefully will make cordovan wholecuts.

  • On the far right pair, the shell appears to be light brown, but I couldn't find this on their website. Did they send you a special coffee color that is unavailable to regular customers?

  • Thanks Kirby for doing everything from Allen Edmonds to Edward Green to Cleverley and what is in between. Doing very high end items exclusively can be surreal for most except a select few men, it’s cool but we can’t all live like 007 everyday of the week. I have AE, EG and in between. I like to hear about all of them.

  • Nice video, Allen Edmonds are hard to come by in the UK, Crocket and Jones is a nice RTW shoe to buy and their handgrade collection includes cordovan.

  • I own a pair of AE black park ave cordovan. Love these shoes! Kirby thanks for your positive reviews and staying professional! Not here for negativity. Keep up good work!

  • Kirby this is big! Inspiring business move.

  • Hello Kirby. Great video as usual. I would like to ask for some cream polish advice for a pair of Allen Edmonds oxbloods that I just purchased. Their new oxblood color is a lighter, somewhat washed out color (seen at 9:34, third shoe from the right), which I don't like as much. I would love to have them look closer to a dark burgundy (like the pair shown at 8:07). Do you think this could be achieved using the Bordeaux saphir cream polish? How about if I used black cream polish? Thank you so much for your time!

  • Allen Edmonds are great shoes for people who want a bang for their buck dress shoe, for those who don't want to go bespoke.

  • I bought a pair and found the instep is too low for me (causing a wide gap between lacing). A sad story.

  • I saw you mentioned polishing in this video. If you do one on a weave design could you demonstrate the polishing? I always have trouble with my AEs that have a weave in them.

  • Just so everyone knows, AE did not pay at all for the video. They just sent the shoes and Kirby gracefully accepts to do the reviews to be able to bring fantastic, in depth content for anyone interested.

  • Quality is off since Caleres purchased AE. This is a paid ad.

  • Have you noticed a drop in quality since Allen Edmonds has:

    1. Been bought out by another company.
    2. Started making the majority of their shoes in the Dominican Republic.
    3. Started making some of their sneakers cemented.
    4. Rebranded the entire company.
    5. Upped the prices on almost all of their shoes.

    As a long time Allen Edmonds customer, and owner of 8 pairs of their shoes, I've been concerned that they will drop off and become just like the other companies and make crappy shoes. Let me know!

  • Do they run true to size?
    I wear Alden Barrie Last 9e
    and normally i‘m a true EU 44

    Thank you

  • Did they give you those shoes or lent them to you? Insane if they gave them to you!

  • I really enjoy this channel, this sounds more like a sales pitch than a review. If everything is great i cant appreciate what is truly great. Listening to this, why would anyone buy bespoke? It cant be perfect.

  • I prefer Kenneth Cole

  • I have this feeling that my question will qualify me as a footwear Heathen, but would I be able to dress the shoe down? Oxford shirt with jeans?

  • I like that the AE shoes are made in the USA and not in the Western Pacific regions of PRC, etc.

  • thanks for posting … getting an education

  • great video! So when is the giveaway? 😉

  • If this is going to be your advertising I totaly can live with it 😃

  • Your shoe trees are too narrow and the spring is weak

  • Is it okay to use the Saphir leather soap on a pair of Allen Edmonds Black cordovan Cambridge wingtips

  • Hi Kirby, thank you for the great video

  • Mr. Kirby, I am wearing my first pair of Allen Edmonds. I made the jump into a pair of beautiful Park Avenue'a in black. There is a discernible feeling that comes from wearing such a shoe. I want to thank you for your insight and practical approach to fine footwear. You were instrumental in helping make the decision.

  • Thank you for the reply. I do have a question. In my haste to get some conditioner and polish on my new shoes, I used Cadillac conditioner, followed by Lincoln wax. Needless to say the finish is not coming along as I would like. I’m planning on ordering products from the Hanger Project, how to I proceed now that the shoes have been contaminated?

  • Reminds me of bowling shoes. Why was this video in my recommended

  • Their finishing sucks compared to European brands!

  • Love the videos! They are very informative and have helped me immensely. I recently bought a pair of AE Carlyle in Dark Chili to wear with a Gray suit for my wedding. I was wondering if you could give your thoughts or review the Carlyle. Thank you.

  • Hi, Kirby. I have two questions about the Allen Edmonds shell cordovan shoes. First, is the color they list as "brown" for the Park Avenue different than the Strand? Second, I'm debating between between those two for a dark brown dress shoe that will mostly be worn with suits — do you feel the Park Avenue would pair better? My initial inclination was that the Strand's broguing made it more casual, but seeing it in person I am not as sure. Would love your opinion. Thank you.

  • Great video. It almost restores my faith in AE continuing to produce high quality recraftable shoes.

  • I like Kiby for a few reasons, 1 his reviews on quality menswear, 2, his how to`s, 3, His bespoke videos, 4, Being able to buy from him things that I can not get here were I live.

  • This man could have saved me many a shoe misadventure …Bostonian, Johnston& Murphy, etc
    …but…he probably was 3 years old when I started my career 🙂
    Allen Edmonds, Alden…and Carmina …all excellent shoes, and a great value…at $400 to $600 or so

  • How fragile are they; can you wear them outside with rain and snow?

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