Originally Posted by malone77
Well, can you get good quality shoes for under $150? The AE Kenilworth are $250 on sale, which is a bit steep. Also, if you read the reviews, the AE is prone to bowing and losing its shape after just a few months...so they look beautiful, but do they last?
Quality shoes command money. AE losing its shape? This is the first I've heard of that...unless you mean they flex and form to your stride, which is normal. Do they last? They are Goodyear welted so you can have a cobbler resew the soles multiple times and have them last a decade with no issues. This is something that can't be said about cheaper shoes like the Kenneth Cole you're looking at.
AEs are a great value when bought on sale. There is a reason why they have an official appreciation thread on the CM section.
Welcome to the world of fine footwear:
Entry level = AE.
Mid tier = Alden, Carmina, Crockett and Jones, etc. ($500-900)
High tier = GG, JL, etc. (anything that costs over $1k)