Originally Posted by Patek14
At first I was surprised too given the hate AE gets here but you have to consider AE is the most "accessible" style-forum approved shoe manufacturer. Volume wins!
+1. That they're easy to find at reasonable prices makes a huge difference. I need decent, affordable shoes to wear while I wait for the perfect pair of perfectly discounted English shoes in my size to show up on B&S/Ebay/etc. And their cost-value ratio works best for me at my current (recent college graduate) income level.
That said, I'm not in love with their design or their fit. When I can afford more expensive shoes, I imagine my AEs will be largely phased out.