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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.

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  1. EEWithoutStyle

    EEWithoutStyle Senior member

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    Is the RDA sale the best deals of the year? I will be interviewing for new jobs in November/December and want to get my first pair of AE but not sure if there are better deals around the corner. Looking for the Park Ave in black. Not sure if I should risk getting seconds or just get firsts.
     
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    I'd pay above current retail price, if that's what they cost, simply because no other manufacturer on the planet offers quality shoes in size 14AA. I'm certainly grateful to AE for making an excellent product and discounting it often -- I just placed an MTO order three hours ago! -- but price is secondary to shoes that fit.
     
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    While the number of shoes SF members purchase may be small compared to total sales. I wonder how many people (casual readers) are steered towards AE by this threads existence.
     
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    ^^^ I certainly appreciate Alden's welt stitching compared to AE's. While technically subjective, I agree that it certainly looks better to my eyes.
     
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    That's a great point. I have a narrow foot that is somewhat large (11B). Places like Alden would tell me to get a wider foot if I wanted their shoes, vs. the MTO process of AE. Customer service of AE is far and above one of the best reasons to purchase from them....compared to the "the beatings will continue until morale improves" attitude of some of their competitors.
     
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    A good friend and I were discussing what others have previously mentioned. Is AE's robust seconds market simply a designed method to sell more shoes. I have seen plenty of seconds that have had less QC issues than firsts.Initially I was against the idea of buying seconds until I was advised my friends whole rotation was comprised of seconds.
     
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    I'd say that almost anyone who's a regular reader of a thread like this one probably won't pay full retail for the items being discussed. First, you learn about why the product is so expensive. If you buy it, then you stick around. Then, you learn about ways to get it for less. From what I've seen, that's the way that it works in most threads for these types of items.
     
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    This is the main reason I stopped following the Alden thread. It's been seriously resembling some sort of cult for a lack of a better word.
     
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    lol, the uncle/nephew thing is 100% creepy.
     
  10. MoneyWellSpent

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    I don't disagree, but it's impossible to guess how many readers there are.
     
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    That's an interesting point. I've got a few pairs of seconds, and all but the first pair (from 2010) look perfect. The first pair that I bought had clearly been tried on, and had some creasing. The last few don't show any signs of ever being outside of the boxes.
     
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    cincikid Senior member

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    I also can't stand "wear them in a good health" refrain in nearly all posts.
     
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    cincikid Senior member

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    Unless we've got someone on this thread working for Google :)
     
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    I totally see this point. However, I have bought 5+ pairs of seconds and all of them were visibly of lower quality than the firsts I have
     
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    I would second this. I believe that given the AEs' volume, they must have a non-trivial percentage of shoes having a somewhat inferior quality to be sold as firsts. I wonder though, what's the ratio of seconds to firsts in the AE production? Any thoughts?
     
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    Truth. I was in the Chicago location off Michigan last night for literally 5-7 minutes just wanting to verify how "bourbon" looked in person. 2 seperate gentlemen were in there on busines both in need of emergency shoe replacement [​IMG]
     
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    I wonder how many people working at Google wear dress shoes on a regular basis.
     
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    I was just thinking about doing a MTO mora and thought about snuff suede, but was leaning more towards merlot or even chili. I think that would be pretty slick...
     
  19. cincikid

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    Good point. There could always be just one outlier. Not many people wear dress shoes at where I work as well.
     
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    Does anyone have any pictures of the old vs. new AE shell burgundy on shoes that are not brand new? I don't have an AE shell burgundy but through the posts in this forum find that the old AE burgundy evolves into a bright cherry color. I find the old AE burgundy very appealing. In fact, I asked Allison if they can finish a burgundy MTO order with the "old" color. Unfortuantely she said that they have changed their process and re-creating the "old" would not be possible. I'm just wondering if the "new" AE finish still transforms into a bright cherry instead of a darker hue which seems to be the logical development of the current finish.
     
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