A pleasant AE story from the morn...
I went to Whole Foods this morning for breakfast before work and was approached by an elderly gentleman while putting sugar in my coffee.
'Pardon me, son, but what type of shoes are those?' was his question.
'Allen Edmonds', I said.
'Ah, an outstanding choice! I have a few pair of Allen Edmonds myself, one pair I'm sure is older than you. Did you know they will recraft them for you? Come out just like new.'
We spent a few minutes talking about the benefits if a quality shoe and told me it brought a great joy to him to see a young person taking the time to look presentable and care for his shoes properly. He was a WWII vet and I gladly listened to his war stories rather than read my book (The Grapes of Wrath) as intended.
Anyway, I just wanted to thank the fine men in this thread for helping me gain the knowledge to be able to have an educated conversation with such a man.
I wish you all a pleasant weekend.