Interestingly, as I alluded to in my initial post on this subject, I rather like the PA, - I stated it was too round and has an unacceptable cap toe in the context of highlighting WHAT OTHERS perceive as its flaws. Thats not my opinion of the shoe at all. But it simply doesnt pass the muster, once people start doling out constructive criticism. If a shoe has that many perceived flaws (to OTHER PEOPLE, not to myself), it doesnt make sense for it to still be the number one option when there are other choices out there that fill the exact same niche with apparently better execution. The Harrison or a Black Rutledge, could very well be a more modern, stylized version of the Park Avenue, with an emphasis on addressing the concerns people seem to have about the PA. But neither ever seem to be recommended as a conservative dress shoe. And if the reason is because they wouldnt square with a formal business environment, well then that would mean that the PA's flaws arent really flaws at all...but rather the shoe is exactly what it should be.
Yes I agree that they are. And are common enough that many seem to think that they are the only AE shoe that has bowing issues. A conservative dress shoe should not bring attention to itself for those situations where the focus should be somewhere else IMO. Back in Oct. xxx posted:
I bought the park avenues and wore them to the funeral for about 4 hours and I kept looking down and wasn't too impressed
I know they are black shoes but has anyone else had the same experience?
And I replied:
And it also applies when sitting in some business situations. You don't see any flashy shoes in those meeting rooms. You said it perfectly, it is exactly the shoe it was designed to be.
I LOVE the color of your walnut shell! Nicely done.
Since I don't really golf, and thus have no interest in golf shoes, I'm not necessarily disappointed by the Jack Nicklaus collection. However I am a bit puzzled by AE's marketing strategy on this one. I would have thought the Jack Nicklaus collection should be their top of the line made in USA golf shoes instead of the entry level line made in DR. It would be like Nike making their Air Jordans cheaper than their other shoe lines. It doesn't quite make sense to me.
Very well said and I was disappointed that they are made in the DR also. Filson moved its boot production to DR a few years ago then a couple of months ago moved it back to the US. Although they contract it out (always have) it is back to US manufacturing. And discontinued the made in China passage luggage line, they were taking a lot of heat for both. It made enough impact on me that today I purchased another Filson item the wheeled carry on. Although I blame JermynStreet for posting a picture of his when wearing burgundy shell patriots causing the start of this purchase. Filson did learn, fingers crossed about AE. And now China? I hope what is made in China for AE stays in China. It is common in manufacturing and even BMW built a plant in Greenville, SC for the same reason.