Originally Posted by DrZRM
To some extent, this forces you to decide if you measure the inherent quality of a brand by the overall shoe company or from a single shoe. I have a few pairs of AE shoes in my closet (Mora and a cap toe I can't remember the name of) as well as many pairs of Aldens (Ultimate Indy, long wings in calf and shell, cap toe [maybe...anyway I have a #8 cap toe boot on order from Leathersoul.com], wing tips, etc.). While I hate loafers (especially with any sort of tassle) I recognize thier place in a shoe wordrobe, and there are very few shoes in the Alden line that actually make me cringe when I see them. On the other hand, AE has bicycle toes, square toes, rubber soles (I know Alden have a few of these too) not to mention the whole Italian knockoff Seven line. I go into the AE store and there is a tiny percentage of the shoes I like, much much smaller than the percentage of Alden's I like and would think about buying.
I admit that the Mora is a great looking shoe, however, I believe it is no longer made? If it is no longer made, would the AE Shoe Banks be the best place to find a pair?
I have a pair of AE Hillcrest's which utilized a bicycle toe... frankly I think the shoes look quite distinctive and different than what I usually see on store shelves or people's feet.