Referencing my post above from a few days back is relevant to this discussion as well I think. There are countless people wearing AE's around the world, and a few harsh critics in this thread will never derail the prevailing opinion on what is an acceptable business shoe, especially one that has been around for decades. And frankly, I don't think it should change it. Like you said, don't fix what isn't broken. Current trends and thinking will shift soon enough, and people will move on to something else that they are judging. The Park Avenue will keep cranking away as the quintessential American business shoe.