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My first shoe purchase(s): Allan Edmonds at Nordstrom Rack:

post #1 of 10
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Ok, I had a little road trip down to Oregon and I hit up a half dozen Nordstrom Rack's looking for shoes mainly. I thought I could remember what models to look for there (I was only looking for AE shoes to keep things simple(r)).


After trying on lots of shoes that were all creased in the toe area from people trying them on I guess I found 3 pairs that seemed to be a deal and I thought didn't look too bad. I didn't have a list of what models were the ones to get so I had to guess and hope that the good price made up for things.


I remembered a couple people saying that AE shoes under $120 was a good deal too, so here's what I got.

AE Burton for $113 (says $295 on tag, bought in Portland)
AE Hyde for $89 (says $200 on tag, bought in Auburn)
AE Jackson for $69 (says $350 on tag, bought at the last store in Lynwood, WA)

They had really nothing in black that fit me - only really had Berkley's - so I sorta went crazy and bought 3 pairs of brown - but in different tones. AT my last stop I really couldn't pass up the $69 pair!

I hope I didn't waste my money here - I searched the models names here (after I bought them) and all three seem to get the thumbs down from people. Are these syles ok for starting out? I have a black dress shoe (from Sears) right now.


They had shoe trees there for $13 each so I bought 3 of them too.


Here's pics of them:







post #2 of 10
Good for you! Spell the name right and keep 'em polished and all will be well in your world.
post #3 of 10
NO!! You let out the secret! Nordstroms Rack is a great place for this. I've bought about 4 pairs from them. Great prices and come on...they're AE.
post #4 of 10
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It was fun looking through all the shoes actually - Allen Edmonds - either I put an "a" in or a "u" - I'll learn. I never would have got on the path to better shoes if it wasn't for SF!! Much appreciated. Looking forward to the day when I can own a pair of Aldens or C&J but thats for down the road. Only if I can find a pair of decently priced 31"W (maybe 32)x36" inseam pants that don't look super baggy on me now! There was nothing at any of the 6 Nordstrom Rack's in my size I bought a like new but used Hugo Boss Jam/Sharp navy jacket with a missing button for only $100 on Craigslist in my area. Had a matching button sewn on for $7 and it looks like new and fits me great!
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by bradner View Post
It was fun looking through all the shoes actually - Allen Edmonds - either I put an "a" in or a "u" - I'll learn. I never would have got on the path to better shoes if it wasn't for SF!! Much appreciated. Looking forward to the day when I can own a pair of Aldens or C&J but thats for down the road.


Only if I can find a pair of decently priced 31"Wx36" inseam pamts that don't look super baggy on me now!


I bought a like new but used Hugo Boss Jam/Sharp navy jacket with a missing button for only $100 on Craigslist in my area. Had a matching button sewn on for $7 and it looks like new and fits me great!

http://www.hansensclothing.com/billspants.asp

And it may not be as far off as you thought...It was only a short year ago that I bought my first AE Shell Cordovans...now I own 3 Alden, 4 Edward Green, 3 Gaziano & Girling, and 1 Cleverley pair of shoes...welcome to the insanity.
post #6 of 10
You purchased 3 new pair of AE's. The combined total less than that of any 1 pair at retail.
An astounding find. Congratulations.
post #7 of 10
69 dollar ones at rack are usually customer returned refurbs but are still decent buys depending on condition.
These are all good buys but I wouldn't go too much on just one particular style toe and especially moc-toes styles.

I am happy for you that you found the excitement in bargain hunting good shoes and the rack is a great place to start but as time passes by you'll end up like most of us passing up on these ae deals at the rack as they are ubiquitous for the less popular styles. The key is to find a one-off park avenue or cordovan bradley but even then I'm not too wild about ae. But congrats I do remember those days !!
post #8 of 10
I would say you did pretty well, especially if this is your first foray into bargain hunting.

You avoided two mistakes that I've fallen prey to; you avoided compromising fit and quality (badly creased shoes) for a good deal.

However if you find a shoe in a fairly regular size at a discount shop (or any item for that matter) you've got to ask yourself why it got to said discount store. There might be the occasional gem you find like a Park Avenue in your size, but I think that is fairly rare.

In your case you've got from top to bottom a decent shoe, but one that will only work with jeans/more casual ensembles, an ugly penny loafer, and an even uglier shoe in a horrid colour that won't really go with anything.

One for three ain't bad but there are a lot of things you've got to assess when buying shoes/clothing, even at discount, and to me it looks like you just went for quality.

It's a learning process though, and it sounds like these didn't break the bank.

You may also find that one pair of $500 shoes you love are a much better investment than 5 pairs you're "meh" about.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by GucciKid View Post
You may also find that one pair of $500 shoes you love are a much better investment than 5 pairs you're "meh" about.

The burtons could work with a suit, I had a pair that was way too small for me width wise but I liked the look.

Also for some spending a large sum on one wouldn't be justifiable regardless of how much they liked it, myself included...but I do agree, if there isn't something you like/love that you find then spending a little more for that is definately worth it...emphasis on a little
post #10 of 10
I like the bottom pair the best


I have found a Weybridge in Chili and a Bel Aire in Walnut at the Rack in a 9.5D over the past 3 months, so keep looking.
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