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AE's New "Rugged" Line. What do you think?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Tck13, Sep 9, 2011.

Well?

  1. Black Hills

    3 vote(s)
    13.6%
  2. Kiowa

    5 vote(s)
    22.7%
  3. Big Sur

    4 vote(s)
    18.2%
  4. Fugly

    12 vote(s)
    54.5%
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  1. Tck13

    Tck13 Senior member

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    I like them! I just might get a pair to wear with jeans / khakis.



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  2. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    The Kiowa is interesting. Denim for sure with any of these models.
     
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  3. Yachting Man

    Yachting Man Senior member

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    From the photos alone I'm indifferent. I'd have to see them in person to tell for certain if they're worth it. I do like the idea of a more rugged dress shoe though.
     
  4. ajmanouk

    ajmanouk Senior member

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    +1

    Definitely would wear with jeans. I like the first two, not a huge fan of the black hills. Seeing them in person would be a big plus.
     
  5. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Storm welt?

    I would rather stick to Tricker's. IMO the last lacks a bit of character like Tricker's 4444/4497s.
     
  6. kev777

    kev777 Senior member

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    Agree 100%
     
  7. Larson McCord

    Larson McCord Senior member

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    They look like Timberlands...meh
     
  8. CBrown85

    CBrown85 Senior member

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    Meh. Could be more interesting with electric blue laces. There's just something missing here.
     
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  10. Hayward

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    I don't get adding lug soles to an Oxford upper. If you need the lug sole you will likely need ankle support. Otherwise it's just pretension. I'd wear my Blunnies before I'd wear those.
     
  11. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    what does ankle support have to do with waterproof welt and hard wearing sole for country style boots/shoes?
     
  12. AlexE

    AlexE Senior member

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    So they took a strand and added some work boot soles? At the same time they don't offer a proper formal shoe anymore. Interesting priorities.
     
  13. michaelvl

    michaelvl Senior member

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    Don't like the look of them at all. When it comes to casual and sturdy footwear I prefer Redwing boots.
     
  14. bringusingoodale

    bringusingoodale Senior member

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    They remind me of some old HS Trask shoes I have. I'd get the black hills style btw.
     
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  15. Hayward

    Hayward Senior member

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    If by hard wearing you mean durable you don't necessarily need lugs. Lugs are for rough terrain, and it follows that on uneven ground I would want ankle support as well. It's also more balanced from an aesthetic point of view. Just my opinion.
     
  16. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    It's perfectly fine to prefer country style boots like Tricker's Stow over country shoes. But commando/danite/lug soles on shoes do serve very good purposes...


    Sounds like Alden to me.
     
  17. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

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    They're just following the market. Fewer and fewer guys are wearing formalwear, but there are more and more guys starting to dress well, albeit casually. AE is trying to make stuff to appeal to the guy looking to upgrade from the sneakers he's wearing with jeans.

    They're still making the shoes that have been their bread and butter, and still maintaining quality on their stuff. They're just reaching out to the americana/workwear crowd, which, according to all the fashion people, is 'in' this year.
     
  18. TomAlso

    TomAlso Active Member

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    Personally I had been looking for something like this from AE. I like the Kiowa the most :slayer:
    These pictures don't tell much though. Is this collection fresh new? I can't seem to be able to find anything else on the internet.
     

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