Trying to complete my AE collection. My final verdict is that AE is the best quality/comfort for price. Looked into Alden and Carmina, etc, but I will be sticking to AE.
I wanted to see what else I am missing here..
Currently have (18):
Park Avenue | Black & Walnut
Strand | Walnut & Bourbon
McAllister | Walnut & Bourbon
Fifth Avenue | Bourbon
Carlyle | Black & Walnut
McGregor | Navy Suede (Don't even wear anymore)
6th Avenue | Dark Brown (Don't even wear anymore)
Neumok | Blue
Cavanaugh | Walnut & Navy Suede & Loden Suede
Ascher | Walnut & Bourbon
Grayson | Bourbon
Soon to purchase (5):
Carlyle | Bourbon (Priority)
Fifth Avenue | Walnut
Grayson | Walnut
Cavanaugh | Stone Suede (Priority) & Brown Suede
Looking into some brown burnished and chili colors to add. Depends on my pants color, but walnut and bourbon appears to be fitting everything so far.. Not a fan of bluchers and boots at all so have skipped all the flag ship models to settle for mostly balmorals. University model doesn't look too classic for my taste..
Any recommendation on model/color I could be looking into besides these? Would appreciate what you guys think in terms of even moving out of the AE brand.
I'd echo what everyone else says as far as there being lots of repeats and lots of balmorals. If you're dead set against bluchers and boots might I suggest some full brogues and monkstraps.
Brown burnished Cornwallis
Chili Yorktown (it's a derby but still very refined)
Other than the shoes above I'd recommend something in Oxblood as well.
Oxblood Yorktown (Most likely my next pickup)