Allen-Edmonds Park Avenue Reviews

106 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

76%Rated 5 stars

8%Rated 4 stars

8%Rated 3 stars

4%Rated 2 stars

4%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

86% "Felt true to size"

85% "Felt true to width"

51% "Moderate arch support"

100 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 101 Park Avenue Allen-Edmonds Reviews

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March 11, 2016

Anonymous

 

I was extremely pleased with this shoe at first. It was true to size, extremely comfortable and looked great. The quality for the price however was shocking. The soles wore out very quickly, even with wearing this pair just 2-3 times per week (my browns get the heaviest use). Extremely disappointed...

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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November 13, 2015

Todd S

from Baton Rouge, La

Great shoes, they are very comfortable and stylish. This is my 3rd pair of Allen Edmonds and they are well made and last for years. I can wear these shoes all day and my feet do not hurt at all.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 13, 2015

Anonymous

 

These are great looking and very comfortable once broken in. It took me a few rounds of orders through Zappos before getting the right size, largely because the width really matters and affects the volume of the shoe. This will affect the crease and overall look of the shoe. It is worth getting your foot measured somewhere to get the right shoe. Neither an 11½D or 11D fit me right and I finally got measured and realized that I needed an 11½C, which fits perfectly.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 22, 2015

Anonymous

from Boston, MA

Long time Allen Edmonds fan. The Park Avenue was a replacement for a previous Park Avenue pair that I had recrafted several times, but the heels finally gave in. The shoe is a bit stiff as new and requires some break in time. Nonetheless, for road warriors and heavy use, this is the shoe you want. Comfortable and well built, I like this model.

Brands I'd also recommend: Josef Siebel, Sperry

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 24, 2015

Ernest

from Summerlin Nevada

These are good shoes but I am a little disappointed with the look as they wear. I expected more from such an expensive pair of shoes.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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March 23, 2015

Jon F

from Maryland suburbs of Washington DC

Allen Edmonds shoes tend to run a half-size big, at least at EEE and wider widths. I knew this, and ordered accordingly. Like my Allen Edwards boots, the Park Avenue is fantastically well made of very high quality leather, and made in the USA. I put them on out of the box and didn't want to take them off. The six-hole height is tall enough to look like a boot but still short enough to feel like a shoe. The design is clean and modern with classic proportions and detailing. You can't go wrong with this dress shoe. You will pay more than other brands, but the quality and sturdiness is worth it and these will last for decades.

Brands I'd also recommend: Doc Marten

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 19, 2015

Nathan N

from California

Very comfortable for a dress shoe. Wore them for a major conference and then a trade show, both with lots of time on my feet, and no break-in period.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 24, 2015

Jeff

from Glen Rock, NJ

I thought this was a great fitting, stylish shoe however I was very disappointed with the quality of construction. In less than one year, the heel sole has completely come apart on both shoes and there is slight separation of the vamp from sole. This from wearing only three days a week. For a fairly expensive shoe, I was expecting quite a bit more in quality....

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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February 14, 2015

Anonymous

 

Great shoes, though toe is slightly more pointed than I'd like. Seems to run big; I'm having to order/try on sizes smaller than I ever have before.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 31, 2014

Mrs. P

from Tampa, FL

Beautifully made and super comfortable. My husband was being cheap and buying less expensive shoes but finally broke down and got these. He said they were a little snug first thing in the morning but by the end of the day, he sent an email that he loved them!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 17, 2014

Anonymous

 

My first pair of Allen Edmonds and not disappointed. Well-made, classy look. They were slightly narrower than expected and also took about a week to break in. They say good shoes do not need a break-in period...whoever they are. Still happy with them and they are now comfortable. Would buy again and looking for a brown pair.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 3, 2014

Timothy S

from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

These shoes are great! They are extremely stylish and look really fancy. I save these shoes for special occasions.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 1, 2014

Steve

from Northeast US

This is my first pair of AE shoes and I've really liked them. I wear them in an office environment and they've held up 9 months of 5 day a week wear as my primary shoes. I'm replacing the heels and soles for the first time. I'm using the mail in AE "recrafting" service, which costs $125 (they include shipping both ways). This is a bit expensive to me. I'm used to going to a local Italian cobbler for sole/heel replacement, but I'm figuring it's worth the splurge given the price of these shoes. I have wide feet and returned the "E" size for a 3E; hence I'm saying they run a bit narrow (for me). I also have flat feet and use the black SuperFeet insoles, so that's why I rated "no arch support." The insoles may also be why E wasn't wide enough. The length for me was fine, so I rated "Felt True to Size." I was a bit surprised that the finish was not shiny, but a more of a matte black. Others have said their shoes shine up really great, but mine stays matte black. On prior shoes (which I still own, but rarely wear), I add extra shine with a spray called "Master Quick Shine" that I sourced from my cobbler.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 23, 2014

Anonymous

from Manhattan

Outstanding quality, comfort and style - right out of the box. I purchased these shoes before a business trip to London. Wore them every other day for a more than a week with much walking on cobblestone and concrete - not a single uncomfortable moment.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 19, 2013

Anonymous

from McMurray, PA

I am so pleased with the service I received. To be honest, I ordered shoes that turned out to be the wrong size. Given the cost of these shoes I was quite nervous about what might occur. The team at Zappos handled my situation perfectly. I was able to replace the shoes with the right size and with incredible service and understanding. Great shoes-great service- great job Zappos!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 23, 2013

Karla B

from Goliad, Texas

The Park Avenue is the only dress shoe my husband will wear; Allen Edmonds is the only brand he considers when buying dress shoes. These shoes get a lot of wear and still look great after wearing them longer than most would; he has them re-soled and then they are ready for another year!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 1, 2013

Michael Z

from NY, NY

I have had two pairs of these shoes. I have had my current pair for 8--yes 8!--years (with a couple of sole changes). These are hands down the most comfortable and durable pair of shoes I have ever owned. I will never buy another company's dress shoes!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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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!

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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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