I really started getting into clothing a few months ago and decided that if I was going to rebuild my wardrobe from scratch, this was going to be the last time and I was going to invest in nice things that would really last if I took care of them. I have been mostly reading this forum (although at first it was the GQ forums, which is not enough about Trads IMO), and I have really taken a liking to the styling of the AE's. I finally got to try on a few pair yesterday and while I thought I wanted to build my shoe collection of AE's, I now am certain. These shoes are amazing for someone in my price range, it will take me several years to have a decent collection going. Also, reading this really made me respect AE even more. A company that appreciates its customers is not seen as often as should be expected, and definitely speaks volumes to someone like myself. Congrats Jan, can't wait for a pic of these!