Originally Posted by laufer
It seems AS has resigned to making shoes retailers. The AS inventory has not been replenished at Leffot, I do not see AS promoting it's hand-grade line anymore.
Not surprised about Leffot, or any other US retailer selling AS. Leffot was selling the same AS models you could get at pediwear or AFPOS but with a $200-250 markup. Why pay $700 for AS from Leffot when you can get them from AFPOS for around $500 shipped and with lasted shoe trees?
I think this is why some brands fail and why some retailers fail. If a retailer wants to successfully sell a shoe brand they 1) need to be more competitive with their pricing and 2) offer a make/model that is unique to your store. LSH and Skoaktiebogalet both do this and it seems to work. AFPOS had also started doing this with their ltd edition series
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