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Originally Posted by drcharlie View Post

I like all the ideas on how the shoebank website could be enhanced. On the other hand, am I the only one here that fondly remembers the "good old days" of eagerly following the styleforum thread, calling one's favorite sales associate at an outlet to request spreadsheets with seconds sale inventories, trying to figure out what the various listed models were and what they looked like, and then ordering over the phone? I felt like I had access to an amazing and exclusive deal...and I was worried that the shoebank website would "let the cat out of the bag". If it weren't for the styleforum thread, I would have never known about these wonderful Allen Edmonds shoes.

Abridged history of seconds purchases (before these purchases, I was buying Rockports):
Aug. 2013: Black Park Ave and Brown Strands (both in the Brooks Brothers versions, which were cheaper at $149 each).
Sep. 2013: Black Strands and Chili MacNeils (both in the Brooks Brothers versions, which were cheaper at 2 for $250).
Oct. 2013: Walnut Strands (Brooks Brothers version; completed the Strand trifecta; $149).
Feb. 2014: Brown Kenilworth and Black MacNeil (AE versions; $149 each).
Mar. 2014: Dark Brown Aberdeen (Brooks Brothers version, $125).
Retired from buying shoes for almost 1 year
Feb. 2015: Brown Bleecker Street (AE; $177). Came out of retirement to buy some boots.
Jun. 2015: Brown Norwich and Burgundy Patriot (AE versions, $225 total - $50 back from Amex). Figured that ~ $100/pair is too good to pass up.
Retired again.
May 2016: waiting on my Dark Chili Brooks Brothers Warwicks, Dark Brown Oak Streets, and Natural Chromexcel Oak Streets (will get $50 back from Amex if I keep two pairs). Came out of retirement again after seeing the latest Amex deal and getting the itch for more business casual shoes. Going to try to beat my wife home tomorrow and Friday so she's not the one to see the boxes first!

Since discovering AE seconds on styleforum in May of 2013, I have bought 14 pairs for just shy of $2k. 

I definitely appreciate Allen Edmonds! And the Styleforum thread!

Your message made me laugh. We realize that some people do enjoy the "hunt" for shoes. You can still reach out to any of our retail outlets and work with them directly. You can also call or email customer service, and they will be glad to help you. For those that want more control, there is shoebank.com. For Allen Edmonds its all about giving the customer options, and a better experience. Thanks for the laugh and being a great customer.
post #5282 of 17714
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Originally Posted by thera View Post
 

 

You got bourbon which is halfway between walnut & brown so I think one of these will be a little redundant for now.

And the 5th avenue is relatively formal, so you can go for full brogue for your new pair.

My picks would be McAllister in Merlot or Strand in Dark Chili or Oxblood. Both are very versatile, and I find they do dress slacks as well as denim with a shirt.

You could also try a blucher like MacGregor in one of those colors.

 

Of course, you can always go for a black pair :)


I was also thinking the bourbon was halfway in between and leaning towards black although from my reading black as a work shoe is a controversial topic.  I do like the black Park Avenues.

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I feel like I developed a great relationship with Kristle from Jeffersonville back when I was buying AE more often. I just have purchased 15 pairs from her. Maybe more. She knew what I liked and was looking for and always have me the low down on stock on the horizon, and looked over pairs for me to make sure they were good. That kind of customer service is priceless.
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Here is the list of improvements I currently have for shoebank.com. I am traveling this week but will sit down with a few people on Friday. Not all of these will be possible, but we might be able to get a few done fairly quick.

Work on redesign of pagination
Boots category, expanded categories(dress, casual, boots, loafers, monk strap)
Sort by price
Select by color
Search by shoe name
Select by current sales items
Inventory lookup by store/location
Site refresh - more often
"low quantity" message
Sole selection
Multiple select on size and width

Thank you,
post #5285 of 17714
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Originally Posted by middlepP View Post

I was *just* thinking the same thing. Wasn't too long ago that there was no shoebank website, semi-functional or not.

Did you have to walk up hill both ways to the shoe bank?
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Originally Posted by MattRiv View Post


Did you have to walk up hill both ways to the shoe bank?

 

In the snow during the summer I believe. If the above changes are made I have a feeling those shoebank sales are going to improve dramatically. 

post #5287 of 17714
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Originally Posted by AllenEdmonds View Post

Here is the list of improvements I currently have for shoebank.com. I am traveling this week but will sit down with a few people on Friday. Not all of these will be possible, but we might be able to get a few done fairly quick.

Work on redesign of pagination
Boots category, expanded categories(dress, casual, boots, loafers, monk strap)
Sort by price
Select by color
Search by shoe name
Select by current sales items
Inventory lookup by store/location
Site refresh - more often
"low quantity" message
Sole selection
Multiple select on size and width

Thank you,

As-is, people are probably doing multiple searches per visit. For example, I do one search then another to search for last and sort. So perhaps add more search parameters to the home page like last, sort by, and color. That should reduce the hits.
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Lovin the simplicity of the good old PA's....





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Originally Posted by FaRKle View Post
 

 

What kind of engineering? What kind of look are you going for (attention grabbing, subtle refinement, mix of class and flair, ect.)?

 

As a fellow enginerd in the tech sector, my colleagues and executives don't really care what kind of shoes you wear as long as they're not too flashy. There are directors that wear sports shoes with their slacks and dress shirts... Our visiting customers (primarily from the Asia region), don't notice footwear unless it's not black. 

 

I thought the Leeds recommendation was good, and the MacNeil might work too. A Mora or Lexington (if you can still find one) also seemed like good options to me.

 

Civil Engineer in the land development sector and on any given day I can be meeting on construction sites, downtown with City officials, clients in my office, or on field site visits. I would say it is a bit more formal than tech. 

 

I thought about a danite chukka for days I know I will be on construction sites. 

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@AllenEdmondsCEO
 

Thank you for your response to the concerns (honestly --> complaints) with the change to ShoeBank.com.  I found them to be annoying, but reasoned it was due to load related to the Memorial Day Sale.  Its understandable.  Nevertheless, some of the recent suggestions on improvements have been proposed since around the time of ShoeBank.com's inception. post #44386post #44389, so my hopes are not high.  

 

Still, I am thankful for ShoeBank.com, and I realize that some things I may desire for it are not in the best business interests of Allen Edmonds.  I haven't been around long enough to have experienced the process pre-ShoeBank.com, and I think that we (the members of this forum), should keep in mind that ShoeBank is still pretty darn good.

 

I'd also like to take this opportunity to say that while I do not love any corporation (except Apple), I do absolutely love my Allen Edmonds shoes.

 

Sincerely,

Ted

 

PS Kudos and much love to the staff of the Paramus outlet.  They rock.

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Originally Posted by Oinkedmoo View Post


I'm a fan of a simple cap toe in a subtle shade of brown, they're nice but still flow with all the black, bicycle toed shoes the other engineers wear. I find myself reaching for my bourbon Lexingtons more and more, and a pair of brown Park Avenues are on my short list.

I've seen other engineers with sleeker wing tips, the Madison Avenue from Nordstrom or the Leiden come to mind.

Unfortunately, the guys on the top floor all wear loafers. With tassels.

 

Thanks for the reply, there is a pair of Madison Avenue's on the bank I am stalking.

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Originally Posted by naspratt View Post


Quick thoughts: Leeds, Yorktown, or MacNeil, depending how ornate you want to go. All but the Yorktown work well with jeans, too, and if you're comfortable with it you can wear them with jeans and damn the critics. The Strand and McAllister are classic looks, but don't work as well with jeans as the others (although again, confidence > rules).


 Thanks!

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Originally Posted by sd-engnr View Post
 

 

Civil Engineer in the land development sector and on any given day I can be meeting on construction sites, downtown with City officials, clients in my office, or on field site visits. I would say it is a bit more formal than tech. 

 

I thought about a danite chukka for days I know I will be on construction sites. 

 

The Freiburg or Odenwald with either a Danite or mini-lug sole would have fit the bill quite nicely.

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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

 

The Precious!

post #5295 of 17714
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Originally Posted by sd-engnr View Post

Looking for recommendations for a 2nd pair of shoes to rotate with a pair of Bourbon 5th Avenues I just picked up on the ShoeBank.

Short background, 35 year old engineering project manager that meets with clients at least once a week and gives presentations in front of 20+ people once a month. Normal business attire (slacks / button shirt) 4 days a week with denim on Friday. Until now I've mostly had Kenneth Cole shoes but looking to take my appearance up a notch.

Thanks!


Sounds like a McTavish would fit in there quite nicely.  But not many left on ShoeBank.

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