As was discussed on the Allen-Edmonds thread a few days back, A-E has discontinued many of their offerings. Consequently, I drove out to the A-E outlet in Cabazon, CA, and picked up the Benton and the Kingsley in chili at closeout prices. Simon there also let me use my recrafting bonus toward buying the Shelton saddle shoe in the discontinued brown & chili version. (As you can probably surmise, I like A-E shoes in chili.) Anyway, it had struck me when I saw in Rider's post on the previous thread how many A-E styles and colors had been discontinued that it looked as if their product line is shrinking. Thus when I got home today, I did a comparison between their Fall 2003 catalog and their new Spring 2005 catalog, and they do indeed have significantly fewer offerings in styles and colors: 142 compared to 165 in the catalog from 18 months ago. The new catalog is much thinner than the older catalog, too. Are these signs that Allen-Edmonds is hitting lean times (I hope not.) or just a sensible streamlining? Any insiders know anything about this one way or the other?
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2/6/05 at 10:12pm