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Originally Posted by gringodaddy View Post
 

^^^ I too own both AE and Peal (though mine are CJ and not AS) and I will summarize my experience this way:  I will never again buy another pair of AE shoes  (poor fit, materials and construction), and inversely I actively seek out BB Peal CJ and AS made shoes due to their inherent quality, fit and materials.  No disrespect to the AE lovers in this thread.

The argument for buying AE shoes is simply this: You save money (due to the shoes lasting several years longer) and get a far better look and feel when compared to buying non goodyear welted shoes.

 

I wouldn't be able to say from experience how AE shoes compare to the likes of AS or CJ, but I would imagine it going something like this: AS and CJ and the like have a better looking, better quality shoe but I don't necessarily think buying those shoes instead of AE's will save you money in the long run. So, if money is not a concern, by all means buy the higher end brands. They no doubt are nicer looking, but if money IS a concern, AE is a good choice in my opinion. AE offers good (not top of the line) quality, and a reasonable price, especially when sales come around.

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At the pricepoint they're in, AE competes with brands like Cole Haan...That choice is a no brainer.

 

AE doesn't advertise itself as a luxury shoemaker. They are after the average guy that might check them out after getting tired of having to buy a new pair of dress shoes every year/other year because they fall apart.

 

A pair of brown and black AE's will work fine for a business wardrobe for atleast 5 years if taken care of and resoled etc. At that pricepoint you might have one pair of shoes from CJ/AS and that's potentially after a resole for each shoe.

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

At the pricepoint they're in, AE competes with brands like Cole Haan...That choice is a no brainer.

IMO, Allen Edmonds doesn't compete with Cole Haan. They blow them out of the water. I've owned both and AE is by far a superior shoe.
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Originally Posted by chinngiskhaan View Post
 

The argument for buying AE shoes is simply this: You save money (due to the shoes lasting several years longer) and get a far better look and feel when compared to buying non goodyear welted shoes.

 

I wouldn't be able to say from experience how AE shoes compare to the likes of AS or CJ, but I would imagine it going something like this: AS and CJ and the like have a better looking, better quality shoe but I don't necessarily think buying those shoes instead of AE's will save you money in the long run. So, if money is not a concern, by all means buy the higher end brands. They no doubt are nicer looking, but if money IS a concern, AE is a good choice in my opinion. AE offers good (not top of the line) quality, and a reasonable price, especially when sales come around.


My experience was very different.  I bought a pair of Randolph's in September, from the Madison Ave store.  I found them stiff, nearly impossible to break in, with inferior leather.  'd have accepted all of that if they'd have lived up to the durability I'd hoped for in a US made goodyear welted shoe.    Alas, after no more than 20 wearings a hole has appeared in the sole, and chunks are missing from the leather.  My  BB branded CJ's didn't need a new sole for more than 5 years, and to this day the leather polished up easily and there are no discernible blemishes beyond what you'd expect.    Money is a great concern to me, so at full retail, I find this level of durability abhorrent and a deal breaker. 

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
 

At the pricepoint they're in, AE competes with brands like Cole Haan...That choice is a no brainer.

 

AE doesn't advertise itself as a luxury shoemaker. They are after the average guy that might check them out after getting tired of having to buy a new pair of dress shoes every year/other year because they fall apart.

 

A pair of brown and black AE's will work fine for a business wardrobe for atleast 5 years if taken care of and resoled etc. At that pricepoint you might have one pair of shoes from CJ/AS and that's potentially after a resole for each shoe.


I doubt most in this thread would compare Allen Edmonds to Cole Haan.  Perhaps I'm wrong.  Granted, I've had Cole Haan shoes that lasted far longer before repair was needed than my only pair of AE's.  Never again, for over $300 a pair.

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I meant re: pricepoint. Most Cole Haan's are essentially fashion shoes. Their lunargrand shoes make me want to puke. Though realistically, their pricepoints are similar. Same with Johnston and Murphy and a few other brands that are sold at Dept. Stores like Macys and Nordies. At that pricepoint, it's not much of an upsell and you get much more for the price.

 

@gringodaddy, I'm sorry to hear that your experience sucked. Think it's possible that you just got a bad pair that made it past QC for whatever reason?


I have a pair of daltons that I wear out in the snow sometimes too if there's crud on the ground on the walk to the train.


Honestly, I'd probably have a bad taste in my mouth if I'd had your experience. Did you take them back to the store at all?

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
 

At the pricepoint they're in, AE competes with brands like Cole Haan...That choice is a no brainer.

 

AE doesn't advertise itself as a luxury shoemaker. They are after the average guy that might check them out after getting tired of having to buy a new pair of dress shoes every year/other year because they fall apart.

 

A pair of brown and black AE's will work fine for a business wardrobe for atleast 5 years if taken care of and resoled etc. At that pricepoint you might have one pair of shoes from CJ/AS and that's potentially after a resole for each shoe.


Do you speak from 5 years of personal experience of rotating two pair of AE's in your business wardrobe?  If so, how many resoles over that time? 

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Originally Posted by gringodaddy View Post
 


Do you speak from 5 years of personal experience of rotating two pair of AE's in your business wardrobe?  If so, how many resoles over that time? 

 

Nope. For that, mostly going by what user's have echoed over here re their shoes. On average 2 heels per sole and a sole tends to last a year or two depending on the rotation.

 

I topy many of my leather soled shoes, but that's another story.

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Originally Posted by gringodaddy View Post
 


I doubt most in this thread would compare Allen Edmonds to Cole Haan.  Perhaps I'm wrong.  Granted, I've had Cole Haan shoes that lasted far longer before repair was needed than my only pair of AE's.  Never again, for over $300 a pair.

I don't think it's really fair to judge the quality of a brand based on a single experience (one pair of shoes) though I do understand your frustration in that regard. If my first pair of AE's turned out that way, I would likely have the same attitude toward the brand that you do. However, my first pair of AE's have been great. They look and feel better than when I bought them about a year ago.

 

Also, you don't really need to spend over $300 for a pair of AE's as they are frequently on sale for less than $300. My first pair cost me about $250 and my second pair the same.

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For what it's worth, I was in the AE store today to return my way too small Patriots. There was another gentleman in there who asked the SA: "So would you say Allen Edmonds is similar to Memphisto?" SA responded: "Definitely not. We are much more similar to a company like Alden or Churchs."

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I understand AE often run great sales and I know it is a brand that has built great loyalty.  When I bought my Randolph's I wanted them, damn waiting for a sale to happen.  Given the vaunted reputation AE has for quality, I thought they'd be worth it at retail. They haven't lived up to that unfortunately, nor would they have on sale.  

Not trying to sway others, just wanted to give voice to my experience comparing AE and AS or CJ made Peels.. Going back through this thread I see a lot of others with qc issues and I wonder how AE has retained such a loyal clientele when they often deliver a flawed product, but I digress.  Suffice it to say I have little patience for products that don't deliver, and don't mind paying a premium for those that I find do.  Fortunately BB also runs frequent sales and I have a corporate discount card (15% off at all times) , so the CJ and AS made Peels, while more expensive, are within a price point I can stomach, particularly given their proven (to me) quality.

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Originally Posted by DNSamurai View Post
 

For what it's worth, I was in the AE store today to return my way too small Patriots. There was another gentleman in there who asked the SA: "So would you say Allen Edmonds is similar to Memphisto?" SA responded: "Definitely not. We are much more similar to a company like Alden or Churchs."


Never owned a pair of Alden (haven't found a pair that I found attractive and fit) but own a pair of Church's. No comparison, though SA's are paid to sell.   My Church's are bullet proof though I don't think they fit me particularly well (they are so durable I almost with they'd die so I can replace them but I can't justify it yet), and I have learned to appreciate other brands lasts more.  My experience with AE is above. 

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Originally Posted by gringodaddy View Post
 

I understand AE often run great sales and I know it is a brand that has built great loyalty.  When I bought my Randolph's I wanted them, damn waiting for a sale to happen.  Given the vaunted reputation AE has for quality, I thought they'd be worth it at retail. They haven't lived up to that unfortunately, nor would they have on sale.  

Not trying to sway others, just wanted to give voice to my experience comparing AE and AS or CJ made Peels.. Going back through this thread I see a lot of others with qc issues and I wonder how AE has retained such a loyal clientele when they often deliver a flawed product, but I digress.  Suffice it to say I have little patience for products that don't deliver, and don't mind paying a premium for those that I find do.  Fortunately BB also runs frequent sales and I have a corporate discount card (15% off at all times) , so the CJ and AS made Peels, while more expensive, are within a price point I can stomach, particularly given their proven (to me) quality.

I think a lot of those defects have been from people that bought seconds.

 

Honestly, had I had your experience, I probably would have been really hesitant to buy a second pair.

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Originally Posted by DNSamurai View Post

For what it's worth, I was in the AE store today to return my way too small Patriots. There was another gentleman in there who asked the SA: "So would you say Allen Edmonds is similar to Memphisto?" SA responded: "Definitely not. We are much more similar to a company like Alden or Churchs."

AE CEO is on record stating his goal isn't to compete with Alden or Britush GYW shoemakers, but rather to convert Kenneth Cole or Calvin Klein square toe buyers who may not have considered paying more than 80$ on shoes before.

Fascinating reddit AMA with him a while back. I'm sure someone can furnish the link...
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^^ could be in some cases but that doesn't account for durability. at east one poster had a clear defect on a $600 special order though, a few pages back.
I'll acknowledge I walk up to five miles a day and I'm.tough on shoesl.
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