No disagreement here, they need to replace with another.If that is so, they might want to find another GYW loafer to replace it. Randolph is hit or miss for lots of folks, me included (only miss), while the competition makes loafers that fit, on multiple lasts. In my little corner of the shoe world, AE has ceded loafers to the competition.
Seems like you will still see the macneil in TS events and frankly I doubt it’s permanently gone. The patriot though I think is lost. It was also one of those shoes people had a hard time fitting so I’m not sure how well it actually did. Not that I want to advocate for Alden but their LWB and penny is better to my eye (albeit way overpriced nowadays). The only problem is good luck getting anything that isn’t color 8 or black. You could go overseas to find the penny but you are limited once again in size. Obviously you can pay high single MTO fees from a lot of those makers to get what you want but it’ll cost you way more than AE shell.Well then I don’t know if they’ll get much business from me. No offense to guys that like their other half strap penny loafers offerings, but all of them have some glaring issue to me whether it’s the last shape, the moc toe stitching, the penny slot shape, the assembly of the strap to the vamp, or just the construction of the shoe itself. After a lot of experimentation with my style over the past near-decade, I’ve settled into an Ivy-based comfort zone. And that has meant my shoe collection has become mostly longwings, half strap penny loafers, and tassel loafers. I have a few pairs of oxfords, but I never wear them.
If I was given a blank check and told I could MTO 25 pairs of AEs, I honestly think 12-18 of them would be Patriots or MacNeils. If they aren’t options in a trunk show, I’m not likely to participate.