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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread 2016 - News, Pictures, Sizing, Accessories, Clothing, etc - Page 402post #6016 of 193345/28/16 at 3:38pmpost #6017 of 193345/28/16 at 3:42pmpost #6018 of 193345/28/16 at 3:43pmpost #6019 of 193345/28/16 at 3:57pmpost #6020 of 193345/28/16 at 4:06pmpost #6021 of 193345/28/16 at 4:12pmpost #6022 of 193345/28/16 at 4:53pmpost #6023 of 193345/28/16 at 5:04pmpost #6024 of 193345/28/16 at 5:08pmpost #6025 of 193345/28/16 at 5:15pmpost #6026 of 193345/28/16 at 5:18pmQuote:Originally Posted by Dd1101
Need to go to the office for a few hours so I am dressing casual. Pulled out the first ave boot. I bought these boots from the downtown Chicago store, when I was up there for vaca.
Now.... I just noticed the misaligned eyelets. Contact AE or am I being too picky... I did pay the $445for these bad boys....
This reminds me of my most recent firsts purchase--a pair of Dundees. The lacing eyelets were misaligned on both boots. I sent a picture to the CAC SA I ordered them from and she replied with an apology that they weren't up to MY standards. I returned them to my local AE and store and was told they were handmade and that defects like that should be accepted. I declined the offer to order a replacement pair.
This makes me doubt that there's a big difference between firsts and seconds. Or at least that the two groups have a large area of overlap. Yes, I've received some really bad seconds. But I've also received seconds on which I could find no flaw. But like seconds, firsts are a crapshoot too.post #6027 of 193345/28/16 at 5:30pm
If your room full of Harvard MBA's tell you things are trending more casual, why do you eliminate this model?
If you are going to offer proper dress shoes, then make them properly. This less piping, more Poron trend just makes it easier to bail to another brand for traditional dress shoes. I do like the 201 last though.
Edited by Count de Monet - 5/28/16 at 10:01pmpost #6028 of 193345/28/16 at 5:30pmpost #6029 of 193345/28/16 at 5:58pmQuote:Originally Posted by styleaudit91
I see both sides as well. From a consumer, yes things like this are annoying and concerning as to a "what's next?" on the chopping block. My main concern is that they make quality leather shoes in the US. As soon as that stops I stop buying. So if they need to streamline some small features to meet the ever rising costs that come with healthcare, leather prices, and god knows what else. Then so be it.
But from a business standpoint, they have to be profitable. There is a reason 9x% of shoes are made in work camps in China. It's profitable. So they have to cut costs to keep production here, with well paid workers. And some little piping is an easy one to cut on their non - bread and butter shoes and show ownership they can up margins. As we already know sales are there.
I agree with that. Despite my recent gripes about quality on certain pairs, I will continue to purchase because they are largely made in the U.S. Should I blame the DR production facility that sews the uppers? I don't know...they are still a good value, especially when they're on sale.post #6030 of 193345/28/16 at 6:06pm
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