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post #31 of 46
I'm going to try and apply with Allen Edmonds soon, once I graduate. Hopefully, if I'm lucky, I will get a job, and then with even more luck perhaps I could convince them to keep the quality as it already is.
post #32 of 46
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Originally Posted by Duveen
The linked article (thanks EL72) gives a comforting spin on their plans, and a picture of how slowly the firm is growing currently:

Not exactly the slash-and-burn that was feared, but I do think that quality will likely get cut eventually - at the very least, a lower-priced line is likely (even Alden has one of those, with the Cape Cod collection and flexwelts)


Here is the AAAC thread where this issue is discussed FYI.

http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...ad.php?t=56537
post #33 of 46
EL72 - I had been desultorily following that thread as well. It is an interesting read, and I see that qasimkhan has made a few of the same observations I did. An interesting subject to say the least!
post #34 of 46
I think design is a component of quality, and the design of AE shoes just doesn't do it for me. I'd be fine with the new owners raising the price, but moving to less bulbous designs. Then again, I'd still only buy on sale, so...
post #35 of 46
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Originally Posted by Duveen
EL72 - I had been desultorily following that thread as well. It is an interesting read, and I see that qasimkhan has made a few of the same observations I did.

An interesting subject to say the least!

Yes, it will be very interesting to see how the PE firm attempts to create value in this deal and make AE a $500M brand. I wish them well but as I said in the other thread, it won't be business as usual for AE anymore and the usual outcome for a deal of this type (i.e. using the brand name to enter the mass market) is not one that will appeal to the AE shoe lovers on SF and AAAC.
post #36 of 46
Has anyone else noticed that the Fairfax is no longer listed for sale on the AE site? Unless I cannot find it. Glad I snagged one last weekend.
post #37 of 46
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Originally Posted by skalogre
Has anyone else noticed that the Fairfax is no longer listed for sale on the AE site? Unless I cannot find it. Glad I snagged one last weekend.

It's discontinued. There is a thread here or on AA about the discontinued models.
post #38 of 46
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Originally Posted by NoVaguy
It's discontinued. There is a thread here or on AA about the discontinued models.

Damn. That was one of the sleeker AE shoes, too!
post #39 of 46
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Originally Posted by skalogre
Has anyone else noticed that the Fairfax is no longer listed for sale on the AE site? Unless I cannot find it. Glad I snagged one last weekend.

I purchased my pair in Boston last week. They had them on sale for 25% less and I was told at the A&E store that they were on sale because the model had been discontinued. I would rush in a snap up a pair now if you can.
post #40 of 46
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Originally Posted by Sator
I purchased my pair in Boston last week. They had them on sale for 25% less and I was told at the A&E store that they were on sale because the model had been discontinued. I would rush in a snap up a pair now if you can.

I found a pair in chestnut at a discount shop last Saturday, 39.99. Decent shape, and I am sure I could at somepoint in the future have them reconditioned.
post #41 of 46
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Originally Posted by skalogre
I found a pair in chestnut at a discount shop last Saturday, 39.99. Decent shape, and I am sure I could at somepoint in the future have them reconditioned.

I bought a new pair on ebay a while back and wore them for the first time last week. It's quickly becoming one of my favorite pairs of shoes.

I've just got to get my hands on a pair of Colton in chestnut before they run out.
post #42 of 46
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Originally Posted by nerdykarim
I bought a new pair on ebay a while back and wore them for the first time last week. It's quickly becoming one of my favorite pairs of shoes.

I've just got to get my hands on a pair of Colton in chestnut before they run out.

Wearing mine today with some casual corduroy trousers. Like them. A lot less boring and conservative than the average AE shoe.
The Colton looks good.
post #43 of 46
It looks like we'll just have to wait and see what changes come forward. Warren Buffet bought several cowboy boot companies and I've not seen in decrease in quality.
post #44 of 46
Considering Johnston & Murphy shoes now retail for up to $350 (standard leather - no exotic skin), it would seem that Allen Edmonds could bump up their price a bit.
post #45 of 46
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Originally Posted by VersaceMan
Considering Johnston & Murphy shoes now retail for up to $350 (standard leather - no exotic skin), it would seem that Allen Edmonds could bump up their price a bit.

They just did. Their basic calfskin dress shoes (Park Avenue et al.) just went up to $305 from $295. I think they had been at that price point for about 18 months or so. Before that is was $285.
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