ALLEN EDMONDS STRAND CAP-TOE OXFORD - BLACK
Guaranteed to make an impression, this cap-toe balmoral from Allen Edmonds combines a classic silhouette with unsurpassed craftsmanship. Using a bench welt construction, these shoes provide durability and stability, and look great dressed up or down.
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Very hard to find an ox blood belt to match my shoes. Bought a few online, none where a good colour, this one was perfect. Seems well made, won't really know though untill I've been wearing it a few months.
Look nice, and great functionality. I own several pair, and use them in all my AE shoes. Keeps the shoes looking nice for a longer period of time.
I bought a pair of Allen Edmonds' full-toe cedar shoe trees. The quality was good. No sharp edges, very aromatic and other than a slightly stiff spring in one of the shoe trees I had no problems. I had slight trouble removing the shoe trees from a pair of AEs' so I bought some hanger bolts and kitchen cabinet pulls to add a handle to them. I drilled a pilot hole in each shoe tree (through the aluminum AE tag) I inserted the machine screw end into the cabinet knobs and then screwed the knob/bolt assemblies into the shoe trees. Now the shoe trees are very easy to insert or remove.
I only purchase Allen Edmonds shoes and accessories for my son because he wears a 7.5 or 8 B. They are always spot on and never require a return. Excellent quality and workmanship and are American made.
Will still be in the same shape 40 years from now, but I won't be.
A very well made comfortable shoe for my me. I liked the first pair so much, I bought 4 others in different colors. The fit is true to size and the quality is everything I have come to expect from AE.
The original shoe had a suede patch on the back of the heel that kept the heel snug. My latest purchase does not have that feature and I wish it did. I would like to see AE bring that feature back.
The Randolph penny loafer is a timeless classic that belongs in every gentleman's wardrobe.
I own two pairs, the burgundy shell cordovan and the black shell cordovan. The former is a particular favorite, not only for the comfort, but also for convenience and versatility that nonetheless do not sacrifice style. I fly often and like to travel light without checked bags. The loafer slips on and off easily for those pesky TSA screenings. It can be dressed up or down and appropriate for all but the most formal occasions when nothing but a lace-up will do. Thus on trips, the burgundy loafer goes well with both the khakis for the flight and the suit for meetings.
If you can afford it, the quality and feel of the shell cordovan really is worth it.
After reading a few reviews on the Randolph I thought I'd chime in. I've owned many different shoes from many different shoe makers. I've settled on Allen Edmonds because they make a great shoe. I've owned my Chesters and Sanfords since 1995. They've been resoled multiple times and I've used Allen Edmonds refurbish feature which makes these shoes look like new.
After reading a poor review of the Randolph I didn't think it was fair. All leather shoes take time to wear in. Leather is a nature product so there is variation so I don't expect each shoe to be exact. When I've had a slight fit issue, if they are tight, I take my new shoes to the shoe repair store and have them stretch. I've owned shoes from other manufactures that regardless of how long I've worn them they still are uncomfortable. My Chesters and Sanfords are extremely comfortable, the cork insert molds to your foot making the fit tailored to your foot, most other manufacturers don't offer this feature. Since I discovered Allen Edmonds I've continued to purchase them and now own 12+ to include Randolphs, mine are very comfortable. Since I have a rather wide foot I don't find many shoes that are accomodating to my shoe size and fit. I have strayed over the years but don't find the comfort or durability of Allen Edmond shoes and no one offers to refurbish the shoes like Allen Edmonds. I will continue to buy Allen Edmonds.
These are my second pair of Allen Edmonds. I have been wearing them for the last month and am impressed by the quality. There are no major defects and the dark brown color looks great with my slacks and chinos. I am normally a size 9.5 D and ordered the same size. They fit my feet just right. I am pleased with these AEs.
Couldn't be happier with my Randolphs. I love that the toe has some architecture to it, similar to an oxford, whereas in most moc-toe styles the top of the toe box is framed by that pinched stitching at the very front. The Randolph has a beautifully rounded toe box that really suggests the shape of the last on which it was built, and the stitching is more of a stylistic detail that recalls the silhouette of a penny loafer. This is why they are perfect to wear with absolutely anything-- as a penny loafer, they are understated and humble; as a Randolph, they are a touch more disciplined, graceful, and tidy. I really feel comfortable wearing these with a suit or with a sweater and chinos. I'd place them up against any loafer of this style, including the Alden 683s, which are lovely, but a little more pointy and elongated (which is hard to see from the photos online). I wanted something rounder and went with these. I am totally thrilled with them.
Something I did not expect was how little it would take to break them in. The lining is made from quality leather that is supple and responsive. It did not chafe my heels at all. They also feel extraordinarily sturdy. At my job I'm on my feet most of the day, and these really fit the bill.
One more thing! You can't get a sense of this from the reviews, but they make a really nice sound when you walk. It's hard to beat the soft thump of a good leather sole on the floor. It will remind you all day of the excellent decision you made buying these loafers.
If you do have a retail location near you, it's a good idea to go get fitted. Different styles fit the same foot differently, and shoes like this have the natural variation you can (and should) expect from a product made by human hands.
Please buy these loafers.
I purchased these for my husband. He says they have been comfortable since the first day he wore them, he usually has to wear in his dress shoes for a week or more before he's happy with how they feel. They seem to be well constructed and should last quite a while.
I bought these shoes for my husband and he is incredibly happy with the quality and beauty of the shoes. In fact, I purchased this shoe in three different colors because he liked them so much.
Recently picked up my first pair of Park Aves and I'm very impressed. The quality is there and what I would expect from AE and these are very comfortable. I was a bit worried that this narrower last wouldn't work for me but the 12EEE size fits like a glove and is comfortable without a break in. I'm convinced that the reviews that find these uncomfortable had purchased the wrong size. I've owned two previous pairs of AEs, one is a pair of chukkas as comfortable as these and the other I no longer have because I didn't buy a wide size.
A black cap toe has been on my list for a long time (and should be in everyone's) and I'm glad to know I've checked them off the list for life.
This shoe fits great although they took a little breaking in the feel is fantastic once you were them for a bit. What’s with the shoe stings being that short though a couple of extra inches would be nice considering the price. They barely this into a bow.
I have purchased numerous pairs of AE shoes during the past 25 years. I am on my feet a lot, and at 6’6” and 280lbs, the AE shoes provide support that I have not found in other dress shoes.