Would like input from Styleforum members on this one. I recently purchased a pair of AE Walnut Calf Strands. Last week I got a chance to visit an AE factory outlet store. Picked up a pair of Brown Brooks Brothers 5th Ave's for $169 and there were no defects. I was looking to pick up a pair of Black Park Ave's during the Nordstrom Anny Sale for $220. However, I noticed the Bruno Magli Maioco oxfords are on sale for $279. I'm going to pull the trigger on one of the two. I've trolled the forums as much as I can, but I get varying opinions on both. Your thoughts and input would be greatly appreciated. FYI, I work in K-12 public education as a business administrator. My office setting is business casual; but for state, regional, and national meetings I'm dressed like a Wall Street Exec.
Being in the AE thread, I'm sure the overwhelming vote will be AE. Personally, I think BM's leather uppers are not as good as AE. The construction is also a factor with AE being GYW and BM not (which affects sole thickness). Used to own BM years ago (when the shoes were better) and until recently had a decent collection of AE. I vote AE.