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Originally Posted by USAmade View Post
 

Here's the deal for all those are concerned...  If you read the article, it is clear that the firm that bought the company in 2006 has held onto it long enough, and Paul has done an incredible job improving the bottom line, and taking the company to record sales growth, and they want to grow even more.  In order to finance the expansion of the factory (I heard they are upgrading their Port Washington facility to add a whole new line of production for custom orders, special requests, webgem's etc) they will need $$$.

 

 

 

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I don't doubt it, but this is the first I've heard -- do you have a source? This would be utterly magnificent.

 

I can verify this.  I was having lunch with Paul this week and he complained that the factory has seen a significant increase in MTO boots in size 14, which has led to a spate of workers' compensation injuries from workers trying to lift them.  The new MTO production line will include specialized equipment like this to help the employees work on future size 14 MTO's.

 

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Yup, I agree and am not even mentioning or suggesting that they'd move production off shore.  But will they continue MTO's and time consuming, troublesome shell offerings?  If I'm a MW shareholder, sitting in a Board Meeting (wearing my MW Suit and Joseph Abboud shoes), do I care about the warm-fuzzy feeling SF members get from MTOs or the elusive cordovan?  All I care about is the bottom line - move resources over to production lines pumping out the top sellers in our 1000 MW stores.  That's where the profit is...  I too agree that moving off shore and making AE something it isn't, won't work.   But making all the custom put-ups that everyone likes to read about on SF will likely go the way of the dodo bird.  Face it, whoever buys AE is going to overpay for it, and better have grand ideas on how to pay that back and show returns to shareholders.

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I called the Freeport store on Monday and they quoted that price. You may want to double check though. 

Confirmed, $159 at Shoebank.  Order on the way! Thanks Cincikid.

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Confirmed, $159 at Shoebank.  Order on the way! Thanks Cincikid.


For what, the Aberdeen?

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If AE does sell, and thier quality does go down...  From which maker would you buy your shoes?

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If AE does sell, and thier quality does go down...  From which maker would you buy your shoes?
The maker I buy most of my shoes from now...Alden.
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For what, the Aberdeen?

Yes, Aberdeen. I'm 10.5D, they had 7 pairs at the 'bank as of 30 minutes ago.

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Yes, Aberdeen. I'm 10.5D, they had 7 pairs at the 'bank as of 30 minutes ago.


Thanks!  I just bought a pair or McTavish (firsts), but maybe I should get these instead....thoughts?

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Thanks!  I just bought a pair or McTavish (firsts), but maybe I should get these instead....thoughts?

I have Franciscans, Cliftons, and Derbys, and so I wanted something for casual wear and for fall/winter. Initially, I was thinking of either Neumoks or McTavish, but I decided on the rubber soles on the Aberdeens. I think the McTavishes are lovely, but I'm not sure I could stomach full retail on them. 

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Originally Posted by fourspin View Post
 

I have Franciscans, Cliftons, and Derbys, and so I wanted something for casual wear and for fall/winter. Initially, I was thinking of either Neumoks or McTavish, but I decided on the rubber soles on the Aberdeens. I think the McTavishes are lovely, but I'm not sure I could stomach full retail on them. 


I got them at the sale price plus 20% off on Amazon, so it was a good deal...I just want them for casual (jeans/chinos/etc.). 

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Is it just me, or do single monk strap shoes remind people of school uniforms?

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Originally Posted by fourspin View Post

I have Franciscans, Cliftons, and Derbys, and so I wanted something for casual wear and for fall/winter. Initially, I was thinking of either Neumoks or McTavish, but I decided on the rubber soles on the Aberdeens. I think the McTavishes are lovely, but I'm not sure I could stomach full retail on them. 

You never have to pay full retail with AE's. Between seconds and the many sales, it takes just a little patience!
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Originally Posted by BCer View Post
 

Do I care about the warm-fuzzy feeling SF members get from MTOs or the elusive cordovan?  All I care about is the bottom line - move resources over to production lines pumping out the top sellers in our 1000 MW stores.  That's where the profit is... 

 

So I understand your point, but I think it is to AE's advantage to continue this service. The raw material cost is really cheap, and the labor costs (being made in the USA versus DR) are probably only a little more expensive. However, with each MTO, AE essentially guarantees a customer for life! You can't put a quantifiable price on loyalty or goodwill, but AE has got a ton of it. And that is valuable.

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Originally Posted by JermynStreet View Post
 

 

So I understand your point, but I think it is to AE's advantage to continue this service. The raw material cost is really cheap, and the labor costs (being made in the USA versus DR) are probably only a little more expensive. However, with each MTO, AE essentially guarantees a customer for life! You can't put a quantifiable price on loyalty or goodwill, but AE has got a ton of it. And that is valuable.

I'm a CPA and you can put a price on goodwill :) It's exactly what happens when a company buys another. I know what you meant though. I thought it was relevant to the topic, though.

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Originally Posted by tietherope View Post
 

http://soul-socks.com/

 

I went to the link the other day when it was posted. They don't ship to Canada, but I was able to buy 4 pairs at once and get them shipped for $3, as opposed to the monthly structure. Really nice guy running it. 

 

Oh nice, thanks! This looks like a good idea.

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