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Allen-Edmonds Park Avenue Reviews

104 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

68%Rated 5 stars

16%Rated 4 stars

8%Rated 3 stars

8%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

86% "Felt true to size"

84% "Felt true to width"

51% "Moderate arch support"

98 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 7/11/04
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

This is one of the best dress shoes available. I've worn Allen-Edmonds for over 20 years now, and I'm a completely satisfied customer. They stand behind their products with both a lifetime limited warranty and a reasonably priced resoling/refurbishing service. I still have the first pair of Allen-Edmonds shoes I bought 20 years ago, and they look just as good now as they did then. The Park Avenue is one of their classiest shoes. It's very versatile, as they will go with any dress occasion, and the cap toe won't be "out of style" anytime soon. Their sturdy but very attractive leather uppers have a great shine (just as shown in the photo) and with proper care, will look just as good for many years. Sizing varies quite a bit between styles, and of the four pair of Allen-Edmonds I own, these are the widest. My foot is long and somewhat narrow; while I typically wear a D width, in these I went with a C and could possibly have worn a B. I find they're reasonably comfortable overall and I'd feel comfortable walking many miles in them, but they're not as cushy as an Ecco or Hush Puppies. Keep in mind that Allen-Edmonds uses a leather sole, and while they're a very sturdy shoe they're not intended for long-distance treks in the great urban outdoors. It's the usual two-out-of-three compromise between "looks good", "feels good" and "lasts forever." If you find yourself walking outside more often than in, you will be happier with an Ecco or another synthetic-soled shoe. I do a lot of walking outside, and I frequently wear these, but the soles wear out faster than I'd prefer; I have to get them resoled every 3-4 years, which is not unreasonable given how many shoes these days aren't meant to be worn more than a year... Styles come and go, and so do "designer" shoes. Allen-Edmonds aren't designer shoes, they're shoes meant to be worn for a lifetime. You can try to follow the trends and buy a new pair of shoes every year, but I'd suggest buying a pair of classic dress shoes instead; it's cheaper, and far classier, in the long run. Allen-Edmonds is one of the few remaining dress shoe companies still in business, and that's for a reason. I have no connection with Allen-Edmonds. I'm just a very satisfied customer.

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6 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 1/21/12
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:2 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I love the style of my brown, textured pair. Unfortunately, all Allen-Edmonds dress shoes do not fit the same; you may not enjoy this pair as much as you do another pair of A-Es. So be sure your order has an acceptable return policy. Zappos seems to be pretty good in this respect. I just wish I had used Zappos for this purchase. Now on to the fit/comfort comments: I ordered the Park Avenue and another style of shoe at an Allen Edmonds trunk show (hosted by a 3rd party retailer) and couldn't try them on before purchasing. However, I was confident my size was correct because I have a wonderful pair of Delrays that continue to feel great after many years of use. Weeks after placing my order, I was disappointed to receive an expensive shoe that didn't fit well at all and had mediocre comfort. The 3rd party retail's special order policy prohibited any returns and refunds. The insole is practically flat and cannot be removed. The balls of my feet and toes are sore by the end of the day (FYI, the length of the shoe is fine). I tried to fix the problem by adding a very thin insole, but that throws off the entire fit even more. Also, when you take a stride, the shoe's opening around the ankle bows significantly on on each side. My other Allen-Edmonds dress shoes (Delray) do not share this characteristic. Finally, if you're feet are "lower volume" (for lack of a better term), but not narrow, the fit is not snug even with a standard tongue pad (which usually does the trick for me). So this latter comment may apply to only a limited audience. Bottom line -- not all Allen Edmonds oxfords will fit the same.

Additional 84 Park Avenue Allen-Edmonds Reviews

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May 18, 2013

Daniel

 

These are great shoes and I would highly recommend them to anyone. I have both the black and burgundy. I have worn Allen Edmonds for more than 10 years.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 15, 2013

DZ

from Northern VA

After experiencing the quality and differing style of Allen Edmonds, via the Lombard pair of shoes I bought a couple of years ago, I decided to stay with the brand when I was looking for a replacement pair of black dress shoes. After quite a bit of research, I decided to purchase a pair of Park Avenue shoes. I have to say that after a month of owning them, and having worn them about 5-6 times, I am not very impressed. Now, despite the existing positive reviews of this particular style of shoe on Zappos, I find this pair of shoes to run a bit larger than the advertised size, as well as feel wider than expected. Since all of the shoes, to include dress type, I have bought in the past few years, have always been size 12 and medium (D) width (to include the Lombard), that is exactly what I have ordered. The pair that I got did not feel as well-fitting as the Lombard, in the same size and width. Hence, the advice I would give to anyone considering purchasing this style - do try them on at a local store if possible. They may not fit you like other AE brand shoes. I would also like to add that as far as style and appearance go, I am not impressed with this particular line. The leather looks a bit cheap to my liking and the toes of the shoes seem to point upward.

Brands I'd also recommend: Cole Haan, Frye

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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April 23, 2013

Anonymous

from United States

I like the classic lines of these shoes, as you can easily dress them up. As other reviews mention, they take some time to break in, but are decent once you break them in. One issue I have is that it seems my feet are rather tall, and although the length/width of the shoes is appropriate, I feel a fair amount of pressure on the tops of my feet. I don't know what to make of that.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 5, 2013

Anonymous

from Amberg

A classic, stylish, and well constructed shoe with a great fit. Much better than anything else I found in the market.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 26, 2013

Anonymous

from Los Angeles, CA

I have a lot of trouble finding a dress shoe that doesn't make my feet hurt. I have tried so many of them...expensive ones, cheap ones, in between. This is the best of the bunch so far and they look great.

Brands I'd also recommend: haven't found another on par with this one

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 5, 2013

Anonymous

from New York City

I'm a fan of Allen Edmonds Park Avenues and have owned a couple pairs over the years. I recently ordered a new pair (same size, same last, same model number), but when I first tried them on, I knew that something was off as the shoes felt wider than my previous pair. I put on thicker socks and switched back and forth between the two pairs, and it was clear that my new pair had a much roomier fit, even though they're both marked as 10 Ds. Also, right out of the box, I noticed that there were a few creases near the laces on the right shoe. I didn't pay too much attention to them as I figured both shoes would accumulate creases as I broke them in. Unfortunately, after a solid week of wearing them, the right shoe looks like it's a year old and the left one still looks brand new. I don't know if my shoes are mismarked and of inferior quality, but they certainly aren't up to the standards of the ones that I've bought from Allen Edmonds directly over the years. My biggest regret is wearing them outside, as now I'm stuck with an expensive pair of shoes that doesn't fit or look quite right.

Brands I'd also recommend: Alden

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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January 28, 2013

Anonymous

from Batavia, IL

This is my first nice pair of dress shoes, and there really is a difference. I was going through multiple pairs of low end shoes and my boss said I needed to get a pair of Edmonds. He was right. The look and feel is great. I highly recommend this American made shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 15, 2012

Anonymous

from Camp Hill, PA

I love these shoes. They are top quality and very comfortable. I'd highly recommend them. I take a size 7 and have a narrow foot. This is the first pair of shoes I've had in years that I can say really fit. The inside has real leather. I've had no blisters at all.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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October 2, 2012

Anonymous

 

I am neither a shoe connoisseur nor one demanding a high-quality, hand-made dress shoe. But I must explain my experience with the Park Avenue. I found these on the shoe rack at a thrift store, coated in dust, spotted lightly with paint, but nonetheless never worn with the tissue still inside. I could tell they were worth more than the $4 price tag. I cleaned and polished them and wore them to a wedding. The blend of style, durability and craftsmanship is unlike any article of clothing I've ever worn. I am constantly astounded by their comfort and look. Even though I discovered they were worth 80 times what I paid for them, I will never sell them and plan to use them for decades to come.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 23, 2012

Anonymous

from SLC, Utah

The heel began to fall apart after just a couple months - not at all what I expected from a pair of shoes at this price. I love the style and look but the quality is cheap - not worth the money. I won't be buying another pair of AE shoes.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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July 6, 2012

James H

from Austin, Texas

Excellent quality and fits well. This is my favorite go-to pair. Looking to purchase another pair in shell cordovan.

Brands I'd also recommend: Alden

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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4 people found this review helpful  

March 30, 2012

Tate S

 

What was I wearing before? I do not know, but my old dress shoes look like garbage compared to the slick silhouette of these downright sexy shoes. The design could not be simpler or more elegant, and if you get the right fit, they are more comfortable than you thought dress shoes could be. Speaking of fit, I used a highly scientific technique where I traced my foot with a Sharpie on a piece of printer paper and compared the measurements to a chart I found with Google. They came out to 10┬ŻE which is exactly the shoe size that fits me here. If you are unsure, try it out.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 1, 2012

Michael F

 

Beautiful shoes. Timeless classic and they can be recrafted. The leather on these shoes take a shine extremely well. I have had my shoes for 2 years and they look as good as the day I purchased them. This shoe is the most comfortable dress shoe I own. Step up to Allen Edmonds and you won't regret it.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

January 21, 2012

Adam B

from Virginia

I love the style of my brown, textured pair. Unfortunately, all Allen-Edmonds dress shoes do not fit the same; you may not enjoy this pair as much as you do another pair of A-Es. So be sure your order has an acceptable return policy. Zappos seems to be pretty good in this respect. I just wish I had used Zappos for this purchase. Now on to the fit/comfort comments: I ordered the Park Avenue and another style of shoe at an Allen Edmonds trunk show (hosted by a 3rd party retailer) and couldn't try them on before purchasing. However, I was confident my size was correct because I have a wonderful pair of Delrays that continue to feel great after many years of use. Weeks after placing my order, I was disappointed to receive an expensive shoe that didn't fit well at all and had mediocre comfort. The 3rd party retail's special order policy prohibited any returns and refunds. The insole is practically flat and cannot be removed. The balls of my feet and toes are sore by the end of the day (FYI, the length of the shoe is fine). I tried to fix the problem by adding a very thin insole, but that throws off the entire fit even more. Also, when you take a stride, the shoe's opening around the ankle bows significantly on on each side. My other Allen-Edmonds dress shoes (Delray) do not share this characteristic. Finally, if you're feet are "lower volume" (for lack of a better term), but not narrow, the fit is not snug even with a standard tongue pad (which usually does the trick for me). So this latter comment may apply to only a limited audience. Bottom line -- not all Allen Edmonds oxfords will fit the same.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

January 1, 2012

Bryson H

from Las Vegas, Nevada

Look great, feel pretty good. Made in the USA by a company with excellent customer service. Leather sole and resole-able for a long life.

Brands I'd also recommend: John Lobb

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 31, 2011

Lisa c

from atlanta

This is a great shoe. I bought them as a gift and the recipient could only rave about how comfortable they were right out of the box. This is his second pair in 5 years-they last a long time. Its also great EA has a refurbishing program to extend the life of these shoes.

Brands I'd also recommend: ferragamo

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 11, 2011

Anonymous

 

Though it's not as fashion forward as others I own, this is proving to be a classic go-to shoe for me. It's great looking and provides all day comfort.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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November 23, 2011

Anonymous

from Ellensburg, WA

These shoes fit true to size. It is almost impossible to find an A width shoe. They seem to be well built and should last a long time.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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November 22, 2011

Anonymous

from Sparks, Nevada

My shoe size is normally 7 1/2 D. Based on reviews from others, I selected a size 8, and it turned out to be the right fit for me. It is an excellent quality shoe that should last many years.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 11, 2011

Anonymous

from New Lenox, IL

This is the third pair of these that I've bought! They wear well and are quite comfortable. While they can be pricey, they are well worth the money.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 15, 2011

Dave c

from Chicagoland

This is my third pair of Park Avenues. I was debating on getting a less expensive shoe, but after I got them, I realized I made the right choice. The style is timeless, classy, and not pretentious. AE makes great shoes. Period. And they last forever. I had the last pair re-soled (re-done) by AE, and they do an amazing job.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 9, 2011

Anonymous

from Seattle

These are a classic design; they are well-built and recraftable. Fitting these is apparently a bit of an adventure as many people report that they are narrow, but I guess that depends on your foot shape. For me, my usual size felt enormous in these shoes; after going down half a size, they fit perfectly, and they do not feel narrow at all. The look is good, though noticeably less elegant than similar English shoes. Then again, the price is a lot less elegant, as well. My old go-to brand was Church, but their post-Prada prices sent me to this more reasonably-priced, mid-market option.

Brands I'd also recommend: Alden

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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September 5, 2011

Brendan

from Michigan

I was hesitant about spending this much on a pair of shoes, but I must say I am very happy with these. They fit perfectly and are very comfortable overall for dress shoes. The style is, of course, excellent, as you can see from the pictures. I do receive compliments on them, so that is nice too!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 18, 2011

Anonymous

from Denver

I bought these for my husband as a step up from the Bostonians he usually gets. He says they are comfortable shoes, and people at work notice he isn't clacking down the hall anymore. I think they look nice and seem worth the price so far!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 8, 2011

Scott b

from San diego

It's the end of an 11 and a half hour day, and I'm still wearing them, at home, with my feet up. They feel like slippers.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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