Brand of the Month: Allen Edmonds


Fine leather used by Allen Edmonds

Craftsmanship and quality have always been held to the highest standards by Allen Edmonds. They have always sought out the finest materials such as high quality leather from Italy.  Along with top quality materials, Allen Edmonds has sought out the most skilled shoe craftsman in the world to create their handcrafted top quality men’s dress shoes.

Cork layer footbed
One of the most important construction features of an Allen Edmonds' dress shoe is the cork layer between the insole and outsole which allows each foot to form its own uniquely shaped footbed for true custom comfort.  The cork/latex layer is applied to the bottom of the insole while hot and then the outsole is attached to the upper using one of Allen Edmonds varied welt constructions.
Allen Edmonds creates its 360° Goodyear welted footwear using a manufacturing process that involves over 200 steps. From cutting of the leather using dies to the handstitching of the uppers, Allen Edmonds’ shoes are known worldwide for their durability, comfort and fit. The 360° welt is stitched around the perimeter of the outsole, which eliminates the need for the metal shank found in most brands to create rigidity.
The Allen Edmonds’ shoes created using the 270° Goodyear welted construction feature a narrower heel and a sleek look. The 270° welting from heel to heel have a PORON™ –padded heel for added comfort. Classic 270° welted shoes also offer full leather soles giving the shoes the classic look of other 360° welted styles.
Handsewn shoes by Allen Edmonds are constructed using a tubular moc construction. Tubular moc construction results in a shoe with superior flexibility and comfort by allowing leather to be pulled around the last and stitched to the upper which is then joined to the sole to complete the shoe. Allen Edmunds handsewn shoes are crafted by skilled shoemakers that spend hours stitching each pair of shoes. The resulting beautifully crafted footwear shows the outstanding skill of the artisan.
Allen Edmonds uses Bologna construction on their Italian slip-ons. Bologna construction is an Italian technique where the leather used in the upper extends all the way around the shoe and sewn into a tube. The upper is lined and the lower part is covered with a soft insole. Bologna construction allows a close cut sole that gives the slip-on a sleek profile and makes it extremely lightweight.  
Instead of using a Goodyear welt, the Crosstown Collection by Allen Edmonds features a flat-lasted construction technique, where the sole is adhered to the shoe.  Crosstown Collection shoes have natural calfskin and cotton doublers in the uppers to allow breathability and moisture absorption. The shoes also offer a memory foam layer in the insole for superior comfort.

Allen Edmonds Leeds

The Leeds is a dress oxford by Allen Edmonds. With its Shell Cordovan upper that is naturally wrinkle and water-resistant, the Leeds is stylish and durable. This plain toe, five-eyelet blucher has full leather lining and a split reverse welt. It’s 360° Goodyear welt and Reddenbach double oak leather sole with custom stacked heel provide comfort and flexibility. The Leeds fuller fitting, rounded toe provides a great fit. The Leeds is handcrafted with the finest imported leathers in the USA.

Allen Edmonds Walden

The Walden is a handsewn loafer by Allen Edmonds. The classic pinchpenny loafer is a versatile addition to any wardrobe.  With its classic detailing and full leather lining, the Walden is as comfortable as it is stylish. It offers a PORON™ cushion layer in the insole for long lasting comfort. The Walden also has a single oak leather sole with a custom stacked heel. The Walden is made in the USA with the finest quality imported materials.

Allen Edmonds The Links
The Links is a classic saddle oxford made by Allen Edmonds. This shoe is made with distressed leather and a shock absorbing Othello rubber sole and with its four-eyelet saddle shoe blucher is a well-built shoe for casual dress to work or on the weekends. The Links features contrasting trim and stitching and woven laces to add to the rustic look of the shoe. It also has full leather lining and a 360° Goodyear welt. The Links is handcrafted using the highest quality imported leathers in the USA.

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