It's nice to hear of somebody in retail who's that passionate about the gear. About Allen Edmonds, maybe they was old stock, but I bought a pair of black AE longwings in Hamilton Ontario last year and they were most certainly made in the US. Very nice brogues, double oak sole, etc, and maybe 3/5 the price of Alden.
So have AE gone fully Far East? Too bad if so. Weren't they once known as the Great American Shoe Company?
So what loafers didja pick up in SF? Almost picked up a pair of Alden loafers yesterday in Kansas City but passed. I dig beefroll/Cape Cod style loafers but tried out a pair of straight up penny loafers and they looked a bit "professorial" and defo not very "skinhead" or even very cool on me...
I got my Allen Edmonds Four years ago brill quality, The only problem with them they are to pointed...and the Aldens too round.
There is nothing in the UK to compare to the above..Church..Crocket & Jones , Trickers don't do longings,