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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post


Mediahound, this is not news. They freely admit to this manufacturing and have been doing it for a while.

They have:
- Wholly made in the DR shoes: the "ae" line
- Uppers made in the DR and the rest of the shoes assembled in the US: Various shoes. They actually move production between the DR and the US depending on needs.
- Wholly made in the US shoes: shell cordovan and possibly the Independence line (not sure about the latter)

They divulge full information and are wholly upfront about this in all their materials. Yes, the shoes say "Made in the USA", but they are allowed to by law. Do a little searching, though, and you'll find plenty of stories and interviews where the CEO is open about this practice.

You can feel free to insist on fully made in the USA, but "disingenuous" is not the right word for what they are doing.

Sounds like you're new to the brand. No problem; but everyone here already knows.

 

Thanks for the info. Apparently not everyone here already knows this, based on the replies. 

 

And no, AE is not going out of their way to inform potential customers of these facts in any way. Looking at their website, I would even argue they are trying to hide it there. 

post #18827 of 70737
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Originally Posted by clynch View Post

I currently have two pairs of #5 last shoes, McAllister and 5th Ave, in 9.5E and I am wondering what size I should get in the #1 last.  I'm looking at getting a pair of the Rapid City on the current sale.  I don't have a store anywhere near me so I don't really have a way to try anything on.  

My guess is to go with 10D.  Does that sound about right?  

Thanks for the help.

Me:
TTS - 9.5D
5 last - 9D (always thin sock)
1 last - 10C or 10D (wearing brown shell Leeds in 10C today (1 last) with a thin/medium sock)

The 1 lasted Leeds in 10C may be the best fitting AE shoe for my feet.
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my apologies, i didn't read the second link, only the first.
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Originally Posted by Close Hoarse View Post

 

Thanks. AE discontinued the Players a few months back I think. You can still find some on eBay and AE's outlet stores. I like the new Spaggia in white suede too. It's a balmoral.

 

CH

Funny, I just recieved  a pair of white players today from the Brookfield outlet they were $179 closeout, so there are some out there....but I wear 14 EEE..so I guess it works both ways regarding shoes in that size. Not as big of selection but not as high of demand.

 

 

 

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Just received the AE Amok snuff suede chukka from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006WDMX7C/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B006WDMX7C&linkCode=as2&tag=tt-20

 

I had been watching it for a while and my size happened to come in stock so I jumped on it. 

 

For under $200., I thought it was a good deal. They are no longer available from Allen Edmonds (not sure why) so may be a good time to grab a pair. 

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

Just received the AE Amok snuff suede chukka from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006WDMX7C/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B006WDMX7C&linkCode=as2&tag=tt-20


I had been watching it for a while and my size happened to come in stock so I jumped on it. 

For under $200., I thought it was a good deal. They are no longer available from Allen Edmonds (not sure why) so may be a good time to grab a pair. 
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Those look pretty nice! The only chukkas I have are Clarks Desert Boots. These Amoks would definitely make for a nicer and dressier alternative. Does your picture provide a fairly close representation of the actual color? Looks a lot better than the stock photos on Amazon. I like the contrast stitching and lacing, too.

$187.50 with free shipping and 3 left in stock in my size... dang, tempting. Trying to resist. I know people are always posting about ways to get another 20 or 30% off an Amazon purchase... anyone know of any current promotions? If so, that would probably push me over the edge.
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Those look pretty nice! The only chukkas I have are Clarks Desert Boots. These Amoks would definitely make for a nicer and dressier alternative. Does your picture provide a fairly close representation of the actual color? Looks a lot better than the stock photos on Amazon. I like the contrast stitching and lacing, too.

$187.50 with free shipping and 3 left in stock in my size... dang, tempting. Trying to resist. I know people are always posting about ways to get another 20 or 30% off an Amazon purchase... anyone know of any current promotions? If so, that would probably push me over the edge.

 

Yes, the picture seems pretty accurate in terms of the color. 

 

I also have a pair of Clarks Desert Boots in a different color and these AE's are sleeker and of higher quality for sure. The Clarks are way clunky by comparison.

 

The only way I know to get a further discount off an Amazon purchase is to use one of the credit cards that gives 3-5% cashback on Amazon purchases. 

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Originally Posted by Flyswatter View Post

Those look pretty nice! The only chukkas I have are Clarks Desert Boots. These Amoks would definitely make for a nicer and dressier alternative. Does your picture provide a fairly close representation of the actual color? Looks a lot better than the stock photos on Amazon. I like the contrast stitching and lacing, too.

$187.50 with free shipping and 3 left in stock in my size... dang, tempting. Trying to resist. I know people are always posting about ways to get another 20 or 30% off an Amazon purchase... anyone know of any current promotions? If so, that would probably push me over the edge.

If you haven't signed up for it, there is a shoe newsletter that you can subscribe to. They give you 20% off your first purchase. But it's only for one-time use.

http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=5637565011
post #18834 of 70737
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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post


Mediahound, this is not news. They freely admit to this manufacturing and have been doing it for a while.

They have:
- Wholly made in the DR shoes: the "ae" line
- Uppers made in the DR and the rest of the shoes assembled in the US: Various shoes. They actually move production between the DR and the US depending on needs.
- Wholly made in the US shoes: shell cordovan and possibly the Independence line (not sure about the latter)

They divulge full information and are wholly upfront about this in all their materials. Yes, the shoes say "Made in the USA", but they are allowed to by law. Do a little searching, though, and you'll find plenty of stories and interviews where the CEO is open about this practice.

You can feel free to insist on fully made in the USA, but "disingenuous" is not the right word for what they are doing.

Sounds like you're new to the brand. No problem; but everyone here already knows.

 

This is pretty much on the dot. You'll also notice that recently some AE shoes have "Made in the USA of fine imported leather". Example I'm guessing this is a nod to the fact that some initial leather work is done in the DR. My Independence collection shoes only have Made in the USA, without that second part so I'm guessing they fall into the last category.

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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post

If you haven't signed up for it, there is a shoe newsletter that you can subscribe to. They give you 20% off your first purchase. But it's only for one-time use.

http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=5637565011

Yes, I think that's what I've heard about before, thanks. Just signed-up and instantly received the 20% coupon. Dangit! Why'd you have to tell me about this... laugh.gif Now I'm probably gonna have to pull the trigger on those Amoks. What's the sizing like on them? Only other AE shoes I've worn are 5 lasted, and I'm a perfect 10.5D in them.
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Also, I'd always kinda viewed a brown suede chukka as a fall shoe, but mediahound doesn't seem to have a problem wearing them in the middle of spring. Thoughts on the versatility of such a shoe? Is it a year 'rounder?
post #18837 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Flyswatter View Post

Also, I'd always kinda viewed a brown suede chukka as a fall shoe, but mediahound doesn't seem to have a problem wearing them in the middle of spring. Thoughts on the versatility of such a shoe? Is it a year 'rounder?

 

David Beckham (FWIW) wears his (Aldens) in March:

 

http://www.upscalehype.com/2013/03/david-beckham-wears-alden-beige-suede-chukka-boots/

 

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Originally Posted by Flyswatter View Post

Also, I'd always kinda viewed a brown suede chukka as a fall shoe, but mediahound doesn't seem to have a problem wearing them in the middle of spring. Thoughts on the versatility of such a shoe? Is it a year 'rounder?
I just bought a tan pair for spring/summer
post #18839 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Flyswatter View Post


Yes, I think that's what I've heard about before, thanks. Just signed-up and instantly received the 20% coupon. Dangit! Why'd you have to tell me about this... laugh.gif Now I'm probably gonna have to pull the trigger on those Amoks. What's the sizing like on them? Only other AE shoes I've worn are 5 lasted, and I'm a perfect 10.5D in them.

 

They seem TTS for me, ie. I measure 8.5D on the Brannock and that's what I bought in the Amok. 

post #18840 of 70737
Reading through this thread, it seems the Amoks have a notorious "squeaking" problem. Hmm.. that's discouraging. I was ready to pull the trigger..
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