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Allen Edmonds Randolph Cordovanvs AE Westchester vs Alden #8 Cordovan Full Starp Loafers

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For those who have specific knowledge on the above mentions shoes - could you please give me your opinion?

I'm looking to get a pair of cordovan loafers. I do like the Alden cordovan loafers but I'm not willing to pay the Alden price premium at this point.

Does the Allen Edmonds cordovan loafers stack up at all against the Aldens?

To my untrained eye the Westchester looks more simular to the Aldens?
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Any takers? I found out there is a sale and would like to pick up a pair before they are gone.
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I don't any shell, but I think you answered your own question.  If you can't or won't pay for Alden, then buy AE.  AE is a strong brand.  Just make sure you get the size right or you'll be unhappy in the end.

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I'm here for the shoe battle.
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Nice graph, acridsheep.  Though I think the term "firefighter" would be more apt.  My buddy's wife left him for a another woman  .  .  .

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Originally Posted by knezz View Post

For those who have specific knowledge on the above mentions shoes - could you please give me your opinion?
I'm looking to get a pair of cordovan loafers. I do like the Alden cordovan loafers but I'm not willing to pay the Alden price premium at this point.
Does the Allen Edmonds cordovan loafers stack up at all against the Aldens?
To my untrained eye the Westchester looks more simular to the Aldens?

I just received the Randolph in cordovan yesterday. If I'm not mistaken, it has a slightly higher vamp than the Westchester and (to my eye) appears a bit less formal (to the extent a loafer can be formal). No experience with Alden, but with the current sale AE is having, their shell is half of Alden's. So Alden's construction alone would have to be twice as good (both AE and Alden source their cordovan from Horween) to warrant going with Alden.
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I don't have any Alden shell to compare even though I do have a pair of Allen Edmonds shell. I do have a couple of other pairs of Aldens however. For me, the 2 brands are similar in quality but the Aldens do tend to fit big so I need to size down.
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Originally Posted by reidrothchild View Post

I just received the Randolph in cordovan yesterday. If I'm not mistaken, it has a slightly higher vamp than the Westchester and (to my eye) appears a bit less formal (to the extent a loafer can be formal). No experience with Alden, but with the current sale AE is having, their shell is half of Alden's. So Alden's construction alone would have to be twice as good (both AE and Alden source their cordovan from Horween) to warrant going with Alden.

I was torn between the Randolph and the Westchester. The picture on the top on the Allen Edmonds page sold me on the Randolph. The Randolph is in the mail.

I agree that the Randolph appear to be -as you say- less formal. The Westchester appears narrower in the toe box.

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/cati2_Shoes_1_40000000001_-1_1_image_0_N_120552_120552_130213_subcategory
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