Beautiful! More shots of the neumoras in the wild please! Trying so hard to hold off right now
LOL I'm 53 with 2 kids and finally moved one of them out two weeks ago. I am single and could see wearing either of those shoes after work and for dating. Took a lady friend with me to the AE store a couple of hours away from here last month. The first thing she did was walk over to a pair of those Red Neumok's, picked them up and said "Wow!" I had to agree but have a few other shoes to add to the collection first. Nicely done indeed.
Exactly. Women love these.
My girlfriend who is 29 is a huge fan of both but threw down a similar "wow" when she saw the Neumoks in person..
I purchased the Neumoks from the AE store on Michigan ave and the staff is quite pleased to have a "younger " customer base attracted to the newer Neumok/ridgeway models.
They remarked they had been seeing "different from the usual" buyers in and out of the store purchasing these as apparently the usual AE buyer tends to be on the more conservative side(at least here in Chicago).
This makes a ton of sense from the AE perspective as you're capturing buyers with $ in their early 30's who barring a bad experience, will be hooked/repeat customers for life.
At the same time, I personally don't find any of the AE models "too trendy" in a horrid Aldo/Kenneth Cole way beyond the patent leather Ridgeway web gem.
AE seems to have a nice selection of quality shoes that fit the needs of most customers tastes these days.
Noted that these are the end of my AE collection: "the Fairfax" in the light brown(chestnut?) which is also a beautiful shoe.
Still don't buy it. AE goes out of their way to differentiate between Goodyear shoes and hand welted shoes. There is also absolutely NO mention of Goodyear welting or 270° welting on AE's website about either shoe that you mention. Furthermore, they specifically say that some loafers in their classic line are NOT Goodyear welted in their 2012 collection catalogue. Quote, "The shoes in the Allen Edmonds Classic Collection* have been constructed by hand using our famous 212-step 360° Goodyear welt construction process." And the "*", "Some Classic shoes, such as loafers, use a handsewn construction technique outlined in the Casual section".
And then from said Casual section, "Along with our Goodyear welted casual shoes, many of our casual shoes are handsewns. Skilled artisans sew the vamp to the upper and kicker by hand, ensuring the two pieces of leather are aligned and sewn correctly to create the perfect fit". Absolutely no mention of Goodyear welting on the handsewns. Quite the opposite actually. Now, I will agree that their description doesn't say how the insole is attached to the upper, but they imply it's not by Goodyear welting. Furthermore, if you sort the shoes on their website by construction, showing only the 360° welted shoes, the Kenwood DOES NOT appear in the list. So either you are wrong, or AE has gone out of it's way to make it seem that the Kenwood is NOT Goodyear welted, even though it is, and even though they like to showcase Goodyear welting as a positive for their shoes.
Furthermore, here is the Product Q&A for the Kenwood. Please scroll down to the Ask and Answer tab, and note the question "DO THESE SHOES HAVE GOODYEAR WELT CONSTRUTION". Then note the answer - "The Kenwood is one of our handsewn styles, rather than being Goodyear welted. It is manufactured in our Port Washington, Wisconsin factory and is eligible for our recrafting service." Straight from the horse's mouth.
I'm pretty sure it's called a Goodyear welt because it's done by a Goodyear machine. Not that it would be impossible to do this by hand or different way, but it wouldn't be a Goodyear welt unless it was made by the Goodyear machine. I don't know if this is correct or not, but it is my understanding of the situation.