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post #46 of 153
where do you guys get your Allen Edmonds at under $150? I lucked out picking up a pair or two of them on clearance at other stores, but would definitely buy more if i could.
post #47 of 153
do a search, there have been TONS of threads on this very recently. Quick answer: -eBay for factory seconds (Direct from AE or GVH) -eBay for reduced firsts -Allen Edmonds factory shop (Shoe Bank) -Other retailers at discount
post #48 of 153
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Originally Posted by HomerJ View Post
I guess the OPs boss was exaggerating a bit.

I've bought 3 pairs of new or practically new AEs through this forum for less than $90 each and I'm quite happy with them (a big improvement over spending $150 on Johnston & Murphy like I did before finding sf.net). There don't seem to be any AE outlet sources nearby, they only just opened a regular store recently.

Yes, I think my boss was quoting the top end of his AE collection.

He likes lobb and aldens as well, but I think he found AE to be the pricepoint that he was comfortable with for quality. Lobb and EG and Aldens are a bit more.
post #49 of 153
i have two pairs of AE that i truely enjoy, i bought them at a 20% discount.....before i found style forum.

I have since then bought a pair of Ferragamos, these shoes actually caused me to buy a whole wardrobe to work with them, LOL......which is in turn going to cause me to buy more shoes that go with that wardrobe so i dont need to beat up my Ferragamos.

After stumbling upon the deals that can be had here and on Ebay, i would like to think that i will never pay retail again.
post #50 of 153
I own twelve pairs of AE. I have broadened recently, with purchases of EG, C&J, Santoni, Tramezza, but still keep coming back to Allen Edmonds. I've purchased most of them for $150.00, and it is just really hard to justify paying three or four times that much for a single pair.

Also, I have four pairs of Crockett & Jones handgrades, and their leather seems to hold up less well than the AEs. The creasing on them is worse, and they don't take a shine as well. As far as shape goes, there is nothing elegant about any last when you have size 13 feet. My 337 last shoes look like swords on my feet. Don't get me wrong, I like them very much, but clunky ain't all bad when you have big dogs like mine.
post #51 of 153
Ten pairs of business shoes should be suffcient...
post #52 of 153
For someone enthusiastic about shoes, I don't see having 10 pair of a brand as being excessive. I wish I could limit myself to 10 for the brands I fancy.
post #53 of 153
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Originally Posted by Holstein Bilter View Post
Yes, I think my boss was quoting the top end of his AE collection.

He likes lobb and aldens as well, but I think he found AE to be the pricepoint that he was comfortable with for quality. Lobb and EG and Aldens are a bit more.

Saying that Lobb and EG are a "bit" more than Allen-Edmonds (even at top-dollar retail) is a "bit" of an understatement, to say the very least.
post #54 of 153
I have at least 10 pairs of AE - I wear AEs probably half the time. I own some higher end shoes (EG, Santoni FAM, tramezza, ...), as well as comparable shoes like Aldens and Churches and Gravati, etc. I own more AEs than any other brand because of the value and I enjoy many of them as much as any other shoe I own. I can wear EGs one day and AEs the next without a moment of lament.

Regarding number of shoes. One can certainly get by with 3 well chosen pairs, just as one can get by with 3 well chosen suits. But I enjoy having as much variety in dress shoes as I do in shirts or sport coats or suits.
post #55 of 153
I think everyone is missing the point. Allen Edmonds brand works for him, they fit him well, he likes the style and he knows what he is getting when he buys them. I have had about 6 BMW's-does that make me a dope or should I have upgraded to a Maserati etc..? I don't think so.
post #56 of 153
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Ten pairs of business shoes should be suffcient...

I would say that anyone who has less than ten pairs of business shoes hasn't got the "shoe bug" in its advanced form.
post #57 of 153
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post
To be fair, I can't imagine needing more than ten shoes. I have maybe five or six shoes in rotation and that seems more than enough to me. I've bought maybe one or two nice pairs a year over the past three years.

Just wait until you've been buying a pair or two each year for a couple of decades. Voila, many more than ten pair.

I was surprised to find I had fifty, and I'm still buying shoes.
post #58 of 153
If the man likes AE, he likes AE. More power to him. He's found what he likes and is sticking to it. If only the rest of us could do as well.
post #59 of 153
I have 200 pairs of Allen Edmonds at the moment.
post #60 of 153
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Originally Posted by jeskali View Post
I think everyone is missing the point. Allen Edmonds brand works for him, they fit him well, he likes the style and he knows what he is getting when he buys them. I have had about 6 BMW's-does that make me a dope or should I have upgraded to a Maserati etc..? I don't think so.

Having had 6 BMWs are okay, but having 6 BMWs at the same time makes you an enthusiast.
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