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Just one of those for $299 would be a great deal.

Here are pics of my brooks chukka.


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I always see AE at the balance of value and style. The price hike within the past 12 months is slowing changing my perspective. This is putting their shoes closer to the other brands, some are perceived as having better quality.
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Two for $299 applies to shell if you use the password, "Paul, said to make me a deal."  Just got shell Dundees and Daltons for $299!

 

Lol

 

 

I would jump on a couple BB models but I think my wallet needs a rest. Which is unfortunate because a chili grain MacNeil and a Suede Neumok could really hit the spot.

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I always see AE at the balance of value and style. The price hike within the past 12 months is slowing changing my perspective. This is putting their shoes closer to the other brands, some are perceived as having better quality.

I agree. With the recent price jump there's just about a 100 dollar difference between AE and Alden. For me this is a no brainer. 

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I always see AE at the balance of value and style. The price hike within the past 12 months is slowing changing my perspective. This is putting their shoes closer to the other brands, some are perceived as having better quality.

They hike their prices every year, just about. Here's the box from some shell Graysons I picked up during February's sale, along with some forensic sticker-peeling I performed:



I was amused that they'd sat on a shelf long enough to appreciate so much. wink.gif

Back in '08 when I started looking at them, I think list price on calf Park Avenues and Strands was around the $280 mark. I'm glad they're doing well and I'm glad they can command higher prices... but I miss those days.
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The difference between AE and Alden, C&J and Carmina is that the latter three rarely conduct sales and AE's are on sale every month. AE is the JAB and BB of the shoe world.
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Things that don't go on sale usually have a higher perceived value.
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The difference between AE and Alden, C&J and Carmina is that the latter three rarely conduct sales and AE's are on sale every month. AE is the JAB and BB of the shoe world.

Plus, much more easily obtainable due to being domestic and the sheer quantities they manufacture.

Customer Support is outstanding as well.

Also, they fit my odd feet. smile.gif
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As long as we can continue to do MTOs without upcharge, AE represents tremendous value as far as I am concerned.

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As long as we can continue to do MTOs without upcharge, AE represents tremendous value as far as I am concerned.


 



That is the one thing that stands out for AE. Even just the ability to do so, much less an up charge. Granted I haven't done one yet, hopefully soon.

For stock models. It would be hard not to consider Aldens for just a smidge more.

Hopefully the Shells don't get hit with another price hike. Of course. If I were to pay full retail for shell. I'd probably be looking at Alden anyways.
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As long as we can continue to do MTOs without upcharge, AE represents tremendous value as far as I am concerned.

THIS. Assuming we're talking about calf. 

 

 

Where else can you MTO for the price they offer. Even webgems can be MTOed.

 

Real cost is probably at around $200 - $250, which is priced to compete at Meermin's level.

 

 

 

However, shell is a different ball game. We know Alden domintes that space.    

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2 totally different boots IMO.

 

The Alden is more of a dress boot and I agree it is different enough from a wingtip that it is worth getting. I wear my Grant last #8 captoes and AE Cappuccino Bayfields a lot more than wingtip boots, but still almost always as dress boots.

 

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They have always cleaned up fine when I needed them to and I have never had an issue with integrity of any part of them.

 

 

The 744 is a unique boot, at least in my eyes. You can always pick up a shell captoe dress boot, or at least with a little waiting you can. Something like the 744 not so much. January before last I spent a week in the Phoenix, AZ area and wore them every day. They handled town at night, light hiking in the desert and every thing in between perfectly. My girlfriends daughter was there from Indy and she has a Masters in Art and media sciences and works in those fields. One evening in the hotel room she came over and picked up one of my 744's and studied it for a bit then said these things are beautiful and a work of art. She asked if I could try and talk her boy friend into wearing boots like them. I told her she was on her own there LOL. 

 

As to which one is correct I think a lot depends on your lifestyle. For me the answer is both, one is for play and the other for work.

 

Out of curiosity, did you end up putting a Vibram sole on your 744s? I've meant to do this for a while, but Nick at B.Nelson keeps discouraging me as the rubber outsole won't properly adhere to the butyl sole. 

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THIS. Assuming we're talking about calf. 


Where else can you MTO for the price they offer. Even webgems can be MTOed.

Real cost is probably at around $200 - $250, which is priced to compete at Meermin's level.



However, shell is a different ball game. We know Alden domintes that space.    
This is true, but don't forget that the rest of the non-SF world has to add $125 to MTO.
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The Alden x Jcrew captoe boots didn't fit. Already returned. They didn't really jump out at me as a better quality of shell versus my AE's. The #8 was handsome, but definitely stuck out due to its purple-ish nature.

Now I must decide if I want to entertain the 744's again or go more for something more conventional lke an AE Bradley in shell.
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THIS. Assuming we're talking about calf. 


Where else can you MTO for the price they offer. Even webgems can be MTOed.

Real cost is probably at around $200 - $250, which is priced to compete at Meermin's level.



However, shell is a different ball game. We know Alden domintes that space.    
This is true, but don't forget that the rest of the non-SF world has to add $125 to MTO.

 

Wait, there's a world outside SF?

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