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Originally Posted by JermynStreet View Post

Guys,

IMHO I don't think there is anyway that AE gets outsourced. If you listen to Grangaard's past interviews, the entire China strategy is based on exporting American made goods to China. The Chinese are interested in American products because they are American. Any subsequent buyer who changes course can kiss the entire Chinese market goodbye.

 

Good point.  Their business model and strategy of late doesn't exactly show any expectation of being sold to someone who is just going to reverse all of their progress from the last few years.  It isn't as if they are being sold on a whim, or that they are under some sort of duress and are at the mercy of their buyer.  It's a calculated decision.    

post #25157 of 70737
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Originally Posted by hohneokc View Post

There is hope. This sounds much better.

http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2013/07/18/allen-edmonds-on-sales-block-reuters.html

Chris

 

That does sound positive.  

post #25158 of 70737
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Originally Posted by bgp001 View Post

 

Black Park Avenues and Walnut Strands for $229 each at Nordstrom are hard to beat. It doesn't make sense to pay $199 for seconds when you can get firsts for $30 more.

 

Very true.  

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This may not be appropriate, but I find the cap placement of these Santonis available in Nordstrom's sale to be far more pleasant than that of the Park/5th Aves:

 

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/santoni-bristol-oxford/2874699?origin=category&BaseUrl=Shoes

post #25160 of 70737
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Originally Posted by atluu View Post

I don't have a nordstrom around me. Also, does AE sell seconds year round?

 

Yes they are sold year-round at AE outlet stores and through their Shoe Bank.  Outlets generally don't have first quality shoes, the simply sell seconds.  

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Originally Posted by masernaut View Post

Whatever these are called, they are gorgeous. A nice sleek profile to boot (no pun intended). AE MAKE THIS AND I'LL BUY ONE!!

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-ALLEN-EDMONDS-Military-Style-Split-Toe-Black-Leather-Boots-Shoes-9D-NIB-495-/380675798711?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item58a20bb6b7

 

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Looks like the Parkway converted into a boot. 

post #25162 of 70737
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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

The difference between this and the unfortunate story of Prada buying Churches is that Prada completely
destroyed the quality of the product.  I wouldn't touch a pair of Church shoes with a ten foot pole at this point.  What gets under my skin even more is deliberate deception by Prada to pass a shoe that is Blake-stitched with cheap materials off as a Goodyear-welted shoe.  Check out this article: http://shoegazingpunktse.blogspot.com/2013/05/nyhet-churchs-
fejkar-randsom.html

 (It's in swedish, so activate Google Translate if you want to read it, but the pictures tell enough).  


totally agree, the trash I see church's spewing out is unbelievable. Really sad to see a great product turned into a fashion brand.
post #25163 of 70737
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Originally Posted by jch1 View Post

This may not be appropriate, but I find the cap placement of these Santonis available in Nordstrom's sale to be far more pleasant than that of the Park/5th Aves:

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/santoni-bristol-oxford/2874699?origin=category&BaseUrl=Shoes
They're also available only in D width, twice as expensive, brogued, and Bologna construction instead of Goodyear welted. Apples to oranges.
post #25164 of 70737
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Originally Posted by random-adam View Post


They're also available only in D width, twice as expensive, brogued, and Bologna construction instead of Goodyear welted. Apples to oranges.

 

You're correct that those differences exist, but they have nothing to do with captoe placement.  His original comment isn't an apples to oranges comparison, you made it into one. biggrin.gif

 

I remain neutral on the captoe placement argument, however.  

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Having only started buying and wearing fine men's clothes and shoes almost two years ago I can say Nordstrom is hardly a big box store. I can't stand the lack of customer service and personal attention at a store like Macys anymore. I would say my shoe shopping experiences at Nordstrom have been on par with my experience at Brooks Brothers. Granted I only deal with the same SA who has been with BB since the 80's and is one of the top sellers in the nation. I shop at Nordstrom in the Short Hills Mall in NJ and the one at The Palm Beach Gardens Mall in FL. Both were good experiences. I even exchanged a pair of used Park Ave's for a different size with no problems.

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I currently have the following shoes and need to decide which ones to keep and which to return, or if I should get others.

 

Fifth Avenue in Brown

Strand in Walnut

McCallister in Black

 

I don't wear suits to work, just pants and a button down.  I wear suits for other occasions, but rarely.

 

I was leaning towards the Fifth Ave for everyday wear as simple brown shoes, but now I can't decide if I want to keep the others or not...

 

Thoughts??

 

(These are my first AE's!!)

post #25168 of 70737
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Originally Posted by YoungSweet View Post

Wow They look great.  How do you like the fit?  I'm considering switching from my PAs to the Rutledges.

The fit is pretty similar to the PA, although in my opinion the PA is slightly more snug. I notice the Rutledge is a bit longer than the PA. Very comfortable overall. 

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Originally Posted by Fabian43 View Post


Ahh! The last AE shoe to acquire in my basic collection, your thoughts on the burnishing and whether the walnut is darker or lighter in your opinion?

The burnishing is great, and I think the walnut is lighter in person (at least when compared to the pic of the Rutledge from the AE website). This may be due to the fact that I purchased factory seconds instead of firsts. But I love the shoes...I was using Saphir wax (light brown) but I found that the wax and the walnut of the Rutledge didn't mesh well...so for now I just use the AE walnut polish with a little wax on the cap toe. I also love how the soles look on this shoe scuffed up..I wish more AEs would be full leather soles with a half rubber heel instead of full rubber heels. Just seems more elegant in my opinion. 

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Originally Posted by rpearlberg View Post

I currently have the following shoes and need to decide which ones to keep and which to return, or if I should get others.

 

Fifth Avenue in Brown

Strand in Walnut

McCallister in Black

 

I don't wear suits to work, just pants and a button down.  I wear suits for other occasions, but rarely.

 

I was leaning towards the Fifth Ave for everyday wear as simple brown shoes, but now I can't decide if I want to keep the others or not...

 

Thoughts??

 

(These are my first AE's!!)

 

Its a good thing you came to us for help. First, I would just get rid of the McAllister in black. Unless you are in London and trying to find some way to add variety to your all-black shoe collection, these aren't very useful.

 

Since you are not wearing suits or even sport coats, I am tempted to tell you to return all of them. The are all the more formal balmoral (the US use of the word) style. Sure, you can get away with balmorals without a jacket, but since you have the option to return them, I would.

 

I think the Fifth Ave is a bit formal for an everyday brown shoe for pants and a button-up shirt. It really is a suit shoe. You can probably get away with the Strand in walnut due to all the brogueing.

 

Some suggestions:

Delray/LaSalle in Chili or dark brown (I like the Delray better but the LaSalle is on sale right now)

MacNeil in burgundy

Neumok in some version of brown suede (yeah, its a balmoral, but a very dressed-down version)

Patriot in burgundy or brown

Clifton in walnut (I believe a Nordstrom exclusive)

Williams in brown

Maybe a tassel loafer if you are into that

 

Get the Park Ave in black for when you need to wear a suit, go to a job interview or wedding, funeral, etc.. For the other 2, I would go with something casual, like on the list above.

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Originally Posted by masernaut View Post

Whatever these are called, they are gorgeous. A nice sleek profile to boot (no pun intended). AE MAKE THIS AND I'LL BUY ONE!!

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-ALLEN-EDMONDS-Military-Style-Split-Toe-Black-Leather-Boots-Shoes-9D-NIB-495-/380675798711?pt=US_Men_s_Shoes&hash=item58a20bb6b7

 

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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

I would buy a shell version of this boot instantly

 

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Originally Posted by Michael Haines View Post

I'm with you shell and its a done deal

Add me to that list.... For my black shell boots I have been thinking of a black NST boot so I hope they go into production and on a last that fits me well.

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