In Person: Allen Edmonds Rutledge – $445.00
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The Allen Edmonds Rutledge is named after the youngest person to sign the Declaration of Independence, which is incredibly appropriate being that they’re a shoe that leans younger in styling, but they’re still rooted in tradition.
Built on the brand new welted 3-333 last, it’s slightly elongated but not over done. The toe has a slight chisel to it but it’s gradual and the lines fade down perfectly. There’s noticeable burnishing on the walnut (shown) but it’s not splotchy or obnoxious. The Rutledge isn’t a Lincoln Town Car, and it’s no Lamborghini. It’s the shoe version of an Aston Martin Vantage. It’s a muscular yet still sleek shoe you can’t help but notice, even though it’s not begging you to. Their noses even look a little alike, complete with the wheeled edges giving it a bit of all around grill.
Leather is the expected high quality and flexible. Lined in “glove soft” leather that’s true to the name. Seems to fit true to size, and wide as well as narrow widths are available.
Would look dynamite with a navy suit. Even say, the new and inexpensive J. Crew Factory worsted. Catch a sale on the suit and your shoes would cost twice as much as your jacket and pants. No shame in that. None. Especially when your shoes look and feel like these do.
Win it: To enter to win a pair of Allen Edmonds Rutledge in your size and width, send your first and last name in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org w/ the subject: “Rutledge”. One entry per person. Deadline: 11:59pm E.T. 7/31/12. Good luck, and thanks to Allen Edmonds for providing the shoes for Reader Appreciation Week.
UPDATE: Congrats to James R. who won the pair of Allen Edmonds. Thanks to Allen Edmonds & all who entered!