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post #31 of 49
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Originally Posted by Jay Gatsby View Post
One thing I can say for the Aldens... I only own Barrie last... they are very comfortable, if clunky, and I've had zero foot discomfort from day one. When I see AE trying to sell corodvan shoes at 500+ $, I wretch a little, thinking about the quality of my current AEs compared to $650 Alden cordovans. (Even my Fifth Aves, which I love, are very inferior to my Aldens.)

I have a pair of Cambridge, 2 pair of Leeds and 2 pair of MacNeil shoes in cordovan (burgundy & black shell). All of them came with JR soles and I assure you they have no problems. On another note, I will post a pick of my Alden #8s and show you where the thread has come loose.
post #32 of 49
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Originally Posted by Jay Gatsby View Post
Laughing out loud at the defensive AE fans. Fuck your shoe. Fuck AE and their degrading quality. Last does not explain the rubber sole coming off after about 10 wears. Last does not explain why left shoe flaps off my foot while the right stays put. Fuck you and your over-priced shoe of choice. I hope you all get bunions. Edit: also does not explain the discoloration around the seam, fanboyz!
You easily win the award for 'Most Intense Sniveler' for 2010. It doesn't matter that there is plenty of year left. No one, even in DT, will match you. Here's your new avatar
post #33 of 49



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post #34 of 49
hey guys, whats up ?! its nick.
today i got the blablabla from allen edmonds...........

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post #35 of 49
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Originally Posted by Josef Seibel View Post
hey guys, whats up ?! its nick.
today i got the blablabla from allen edmonds...........


That last is egregious. Looks like the shoe was formed over an empty bottle of Ripple.
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post #36 of 49
Allen Edmonds makes me physically sick too, but because the shoes are hideously ugly. Fit has got nothing to do with it. Also, you might be getting blisters precisely because you get your shoes a bit wider for comfort. Loose shoes agitate the skin because your feet move around in them.
post #37 of 49
^kinda catty reply there. I had a pair of shoes that were too wide and big for me, wore them for much longer than I should have. They gave me aches and pains, but no blisters. I can't help thinking that AE's appeal, esp. among people here, is that they're available at such deep discounts. Out of the few pairs I own some were bought largely because I saw them at a discounter for a price so low I felt I had to pick them up. That and that there was a shoe I didn't especially want, (or at least I had other types ahead of it on my wish list), but felt I needed, like a black cap-toe oxford, and AE was the cheapest, brand of acceptable quality. Not sure they'd be as popular if they kept the same retail prices, but used Alden's discounting strategy (few seconds available, no outlets, no shoes at Marhalls/off-5th/Nordstrom rack)
post #38 of 49
Its unfortunate to say because at one time this country made excellent shoes, but: American made shoes (edit: factory made, as I don't want to lump Mr. Frommer & Co. into this) suck...in every way... Alden and AE are substandard shoes, plain and simple.
post #39 of 49
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Originally Posted by ruben View Post
AE was the cheapest, brand of acceptable quality.

When you're (comparatively) poor and you want to upgrade, what do you do? If Aldens cost too much, should one give up on wearing welted, non-corrected grain shoes?

Allen-Edmonds Park Avenues were on sale for $136 from endless.com with Bing cashback two weeks ago. I've been trying to figure out how to get a welted, non-corrected grain shoe into my budget. I have a narrow foot, so it's down to Allen-Edmonds and Alden. Allen-Edmonds literally cost one-third as much.

Attitudes on Allen-Edmonds can be revelatory. The defenders refuse to admit their parsimony; the sneerers are contemptuous of the plebes. I wish it went without saying that: 1) a tight budget harms style considerations, and 2) even if AE lasts nauseate, they're less nauseating than the shoes produced by the vast ocean of companies that have compromised more than AE.

Anyhow, I'm liking the Park Avenues. But since I don't see similar sales in the future, I'm going to start saving up for the products of the craftsmen of Middleborough.
post #40 of 49
^^ So reasonable and true. If everybody thought like this, there would be nothing to talk about on internet forums, though. Maybe not such a bad thing.
post #41 of 49
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post
Allen Edmonds makes me physically sick too, but because the shoes are hideously ugly. Fit has got nothing to do with it. Also, you might be getting blisters precisely because you get your shoes a bit wider for comfort. Loose shoes agitate the skin because your feet move around in them.

pls, give me an approval on this...
post #42 of 49
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Originally Posted by The Thin Man View Post
When you're (comparatively) poor and you want to upgrade, what do you do? If Aldens cost too much, should one give up on wearing welted, non-corrected grain shoes?

Allen-Edmonds Park Avenues were on sale for $136 from endless.com with Bing cashback two weeks ago. I've been trying to figure out how to get a welted, non-corrected grain shoe into my budget. I have a narrow foot, so it's down to Allen-Edmonds and Alden. Allen-Edmonds literally cost one-third as much.

Attitudes on Allen-Edmonds can be revelatory. The defenders refuse to admit their parsimony; the sneerers are contemptuous of the plebes. I wish it went without saying that: 1) a tight budget harms style considerations, and 2) even if AE lasts nauseate, they're less nauseating than the shoes produced by the vast ocean of companies that have compromised more than AE.

Anyhow, I'm liking the Park Avenues. But since I don't see similar sales in the future, I'm going to start saving up for the products of the craftsmen of Middleborough.

Thats what I was trying to say.
post #43 of 49
So much win up in here.
post #44 of 49
Lol @ the elitism in this thread.
post #45 of 49
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