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How do others rate Allen Edmond Shoes

post #1 of 49
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I am new to these forums. I was wondering how people here felt about the quality of Allen Edmonds shoes. They are my personal favorite shoes. How would others rate them in quality on a scale of 1-10 (ten being the best) Also I was wondering what the favored polishes are here.
post #2 of 49
They're pretty good. I guess I'd rate them a 7. My only gripe is that their models really aren't as elegant as some of the English manufacturers.
post #3 of 49
Allen Edmonds are relatively well constructed with good quality leather uppers. They are a steal on sale at their outlets in terms of quality/price ratio. I, however find their shoes inelegant and/or a bit conserative for my tastes. But if you are looking for a classic style and use as a day to day dress shoe, they can't be beat.
post #4 of 49
Pros: many sizes/widths available; "recrafting" program (new heels, soles, etc.) is apparently good, although I've not yet used it; often available at significant discounts at outlets or on EBay; lack of steel shank is touted as making airport metal detectors less of a hassle (although the current TSA policy seems to mandate the removal of all dress shoes). Cons: styling is less elegant than many better English or Italian brands, i.e., a bit "clunky"; model line has many unusual or odd designs and is missing some essentials, e.g., a proper patent oxford for formal wear; use of corrected-grain leather in some models. Overall, I rate A-E at 6.5/10
post #5 of 49
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I am new to these forums.  I was wondering how people here felt about the quality of Allen Edmonds shoes.  They are my personal favorite shoes.  How would others rate them in quality on a scale of 1-10 (ten being the best) Also I was wondering what the favored polishes are here.
I rate them higher than most for RTW - 7.5, maybe 8. I find them to be more comfortable than most midline $275 to 400 shoes (Alden, Grenson Footmasters and C&J Benchmades). I think Allen Edmonds is basically where the price/quality linearity ratio generally breaks down. up to AE, doubling the price doubles the quality. Beyond AE, doubling the price just leads to marginal improvements in quality. And you can very easily find AE's in the USA for 33% to 50% the cost (due to their extensive distribution through Nordstrom). Not too easy to find similar discounts for most other brands. It can be done, but it takes a lot longer. I generally use AE's polishes on my AE shoes, and Kiwi or leftover AE on everything else.
post #6 of 49
I used to buy AEs as they were the only quality shoe available where I live. Since discovering this forum and heeding the advice of our shoe-mafia members I've made the switch to English makers (C+J and EG) and others from the continent, namely Weston and Vass. AEs are now resigned to wearing when it rains. They're comfortable and well-made to be sure, but are lacking when compared to the major names listed above it terms of both styling and construction (although at a lower price point). I'd agree with novayguy that there are diminishing returns as you climb the price/quality scale, but we all value these things differently.
post #7 of 49
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Thanks for all the posts. I came to almost the same conclusion. I think for the money AE is a good deal. The higher quality shoes tend to get pricey very quickly for a marginal improvement.
post #8 of 49
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Thanks for all the posts.  I came to almost the same conclusion.  I think for the money AE is a good deal.  The higher quality shoes tend to get pricey very quickly for a marginal improvement.
And for your most for your money, you need to buy them from me, only because of the discount I will give you.
post #9 of 49
I've had Bennie's quote me the price on a couple of current-model AE shoes. They do have great prices.
post #10 of 49
AE = boring and in brown = framer farm ff...
post #11 of 49
I'm in the same neighborhood as most of the other posters. AE's dress shoes are inelegant, the range of the line is far too broad to be able to rely on AE's taste, and some of the components, particularly skins and heels, are not always as good as you would like. On the positive side, AE offers a wide range of sizes and delivers special orders promptly. The construction is sturdy. I'm satisfied with their casual oxford styles, such as bucks and Algonquin toes, if only because AE makes my narrow width in styles to wear with khakis. If there could be only one better quality American maker, however, I wouldn't hesitate to pick Alden.
post #12 of 49
I think on discount you really can't beat their more classic models. Some of their recent attempts at being stylish like that wholecut thing they have out just don't work at all. With AE stick to the basics and you'll be fine.
post #13 of 49
As with some others here, I'd rate them an excellent value, particularly at discount. Regarding their style: I actually like a bit of clunkiness--I have a weak spot for gunboats and, anyway, my feet are a bit small. Also, A-Es seem to be cut a bit wider than others (though it may just be the lasts I've tried on): usually I need an EE or maybe E, but I can quite comfortably fit some of A-E's Ds. Finally, they have leather shanks, which make for easier air travel.
post #14 of 49
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As far as their style, I like the more traditional styes. I am particularly fond of the Broadstreets.
post #15 of 49
On my personal scale of 1-10, I'd rate Allen-Edmonds a 10.  By comparison, I'd give Alden a 9, and I'd give all other RTW shoemakers in the world a big fat zero. Now let me explain my reasoning.  This is my personal opinion, based on my own shoe experiences.  I have a very narrow foot, and wear either a 12A or 12AA depending on the shoe.  A-E and Alden are the only two makers I can find anywhere who make the size I need.  A-E gets a slight edge over Alden for value and availability of the narrow sizes. I do agree with most other posters here in wishing that A-Es were more stylish or elegant, but I applaud A-E for realizing that not everyone can fit into a standard D width. I don't know how many times I've drooled over pictures posted on this forum of EG, C&J, etc., knowing that they would simply never work for me. I'll continue to wear my A-Es and appreciate them for the solidly constructed, American-made, good value that they are.  And I pray that they don't go the way of many other shoemakers and ignore the hard-to-fit sizes that may not make economic sense for them to produce.
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