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Originally Posted by piergiacomi View Post
Thanks, I did not want to speak ill of the brand, I'm just trying to understand your target market, your price, and the tastes in the U.S.
In Italy is most different for style, but not for price, it is similar.

Also don't forget you can get AE on the cheap all the time in the States. It's not really 350USD, more like $250 USD, and probably a lot cheaper if you really dig around.
post #32 of 48
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Originally Posted by Storm33 View Post
I stumbled across this feature on the AE site last week. Made a nice pair of Strand's in brown suede with Vibram sole (after I had just ordered a pair of "plain" Strand's in Walnut), then realized I could get some Alden wingtips in brown suede with Commando soles for about the same price. It seems like the Alden's would be a better shoe, correct?
Price is about the same, $450 for each (The BB Peal's are only slightly more for that matter). But if you are doing AE's custom simply to choose the leather and either the AE or Alden fits you identically well, then it's just a stylistic choice. Or you could get the AE Quinton for $125 less than the Alden, for, IMO, there' probably not $125 difference between the two, qualitatively... dunno. If you need to adjust the size, this is pretty brilliant.
post #33 of 48
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Originally Posted by clee1982 View Post
Also don't forget you can get AE on the cheap all the time in the States. It's not really 350USD, more like $250 USD, and probably a lot cheaper if you really dig around.

Ok, in Italy i Know "Premiata", a company near us, which produces a good industrial goodyear, and its prices are around € 250/300. I'm curious.
post #34 of 48
I do love the look of some of the Aldens with shell cordovan . . . but all things being equal, I know how AE's fit. I may see about trying some Alden's on to compare the fit / feel, then decide which to buy. If the Aldens aren't instantly comfortable when I put them on (like most AE's I've worn) then I'll know to stay with AE. Otherwise it would be good to know another US brand I can add to my shoe collection.
post #35 of 48
This shoe is hawt. Vass U-Last, eat your heart out.
post #36 of 48
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Originally Posted by lee_44106 View Post
95% of SFers are blind followers. There are less than a handful of true innovators or truly knowledgeable. Anything produced in small/smaller quantity is also automatically assumed to be "better"
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++1 Can't confirm your percentage's but agree with your thought.
post #37 of 48
I like Allen Edmonds, and I really really wish that the AEs I can get from the shoebank at $150 were the same quality as Alden at $400, but it's just not true. I have a pair of AE (Mora) and a pair of Alden (full strap loafer) that I bought around the same time and have worn about the same amount. The AEs are already back for a recrafting, while the Aldens look the same today as they did a month after I bought them.

Alden really does use better materials and construction.
post #38 of 48
By the way- the SA at the MN store said they are talking about bringing 3-5 "classic" styles back this Fall. I asked about the Mora and he said he didn't know which were being considered but that he knows the Mora has been requested a fair amount.
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