Some of us spend enough on the brand to be a retailer! Any new models of note that arent on the site yet?
They wouldn't be my first choice for anything... unless I was judging the ugliest AE shoe contest. I can't recall any hiking boot with a stupid strap in the middle of it like that... It's completely impractical.
It takes a special kind of dumb for someone to wear AE's whilst hiking above the treeline. Anyone who is an avid enough hiker to be doing that sort of thing buys real hiking boots, from a hiking boot manufacturing company, just as a businessman would buy AE shoes to wear to the office instead of Nike dress shoes.
AE wasn't attempting to make a fully functional alpine boot on this one, they were attempting to grab another, hideous boot wearing, demographic with this boot... If such a demographic even exists.
Will anybody here venture into the new AE clothing lines? I think they have a nice niche in the shoe market, but I'm not sold on Allen Edmonds clothes. It seems like they are trying to expand for the sake of expanding only without really bringing anything special to the table.
There is a good thread on AAAC about this. Paul quickly jumped in and explained that as long as men are in an AE store shopping for shoes he wanted to offer other options for them. I'm pretty well set on what fits me and doesn't based on brand so it will have to be a really good fit for me to switch. Next time I am at an AE store I will try a sportcoat on if they have them to check them out. One of the best posts on AAAC in that thread was someone saying they were going to wait for the blazerbank to open before he purchased a sportcoat from AE.
Very nicely done! I too would like your report after some wear. You encouraged me to do the same although I have not put much time into the presentation.
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To the left, top. C&J for RL shell Marlows with metal toe tap installed by B. Nelson in NYC. They are slippery on marble, tile and stone even when not wet. The tip is worn down and the metal scratched pretty well so they can be considered broken in and do not see them ever getting any better in that regards. However I have worn some shoes down on the tips to almost a knife edge and to prevent that they have worked outstanding. Below them are my Walnut shell Daltons with 2 winters of use. The Vibram half soles have ridges on them, however they do not really "grip" or provide any more traction than standard leather soles. My cobbler knows my wear pattern very well and installed plastic toe taps over the half soles. They also work well for protecting the leather soles as they are designed to do. The ones to the right are the BB PA with the OEM half soles. Have yet to wear them in the winter as I prefer my black shell PA.
Sure, I'll post an update once I've worn them a few times.
At a minimum, I also put toe taps on my leather-soled shoes. I've never tried the tap sole and toe tap combination tho. I've noticed that one or the other is usually enough. Also, I use rubber toe taps since they seem to be less flashy (than steel) and more floor-friendly. I figure I can just easily have them replaced when they get really thin. Here's how they look installed (they're about 2-3mm thick at the front):
Oh great now they are gone from the AE site already what did everyone cause them to do pull them!? But from what I recall they were Dublin leather. I have owned Mountaineering boots since the 70's and gone through the transition from Approach boots, single and double, etc. And look for crampon compatible boots which I do not believe those were either. Do you know what is up with the tanker boot strap they have on them? I have never seen anyone at Alpine level wearing boots with straps at that point. Only boots I have seen it on are some RL boots. Which I certainly would never take above tree line.
I think this thread has become AE's focus group for evaluating new styles. If so, please start producing a Dalton boot in brown shell.