BTW. Just found this Reddit thread. This quote in particular makes me LOVE Grangaard a million times more.
Q: Allen Edmonds is constantly praised for their range of beautiful shoe styles. However, like most shoemakers, you have to cater to those who may not appreciate those styles. If there was one AE shoe that you could get rid of, both stop selling it, and stop the style among all shoemakers, which style/shoe would it be?
Grangaard Answer: Au contraire, Pierre, that's an easy question... The square bicycle toe slip-on in cheap corrected leather with an obviously rubber sole. We don't make it, but the guy in a nice suit across the aisle from me on the plane yesterday was wearing it. It looked bad, really bad, and totally inconsistent with the rest of his effort. It's like a great golfer with the putting yips -- you don't win tournaments with a bad case of the yips.
Grangaard is the man. BTW, didn't know he went to Stanford and UChicago Business School...sharp guy.
I work for a world class Medical Center and am retired Navy. With patients from all around the world, as is many of the staff. This afternoon I was in a meeting with a gentleman that was wearing an old pair of burgundy Park Aves. I wore my new Brown Shell Leeds with natural welt, didn't really break them in "properly" but decided after an hour last night in the house it was enough as they fit well and I am going to wear down the toes no matter what I do for beak in. After the meeting he came up to me and shook my hand and asked what branch of the service I retired from. I have been growing my hair long and laughed and asked him how did he know I was retired military. He smiled and said he was retired Air Force and it was my attitude, speech and that every member of my team had started polishing their shoes and picking up their appearance since I took over and that it was not unnoticed. We talked for a bit and the one thing that bothered us both was that "our generation" was wearing what would qualify as tennis sneakers with rubber soles and not even bothering to take care of them. They look like chit to be honest, especially with very expensive suits it just doesn't work and breaks the overall image. I hate those square toed shoes more than most people. But I hate those that should know better and wear POS shoes and should set an example due to position and function in their job. It isn't everyone and where I work a LOT less than most places in the world. However IMO it is still all too common. It is also a freedom of choice to wear what you want that can't and should not be denied....
To be honest one of the things that keeps me coming back here is that so many younger people here "get it", and I'm most likely preaching to the choir. I asked him if he didn't think the cap toe was too short on his PA and he laughed and said hell no, he had seen enough overseas that he was rather proud of them. I can't disagree, I recently ordered the PA in black shell for a reason that many may never understand.