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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. 7_rocket

    7_rocket Well-Known Member

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    I hope they will not be raising their prices but at the same time, most of my AE shoes are seconds. If I was going to pay $400 for a shoe I wouldn't buy AE, as there are far more brands out there that offer much sexier shoes and this is coming from someone who ONLY has AE as their dress work shoe.

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    Just noticed the shoe bank put a bunch of shoes on sale. Patience is key man!

    Edit again, why doesn't someone call and confirm before we start assuming?
     
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  2. donkeyhoatie

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    I agree on the perf size of the rogue. Every time I look at it, it reminds me of a guy with giant pores on his nose.

    I like the concept of the rogue, but the execution just doesn't work for me. In fact, not seeing anything in the recent catalog that's getting me excited. Not a big deal, as my collection still has a ton of holes in it that I should be filling anyway.
     
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    I kinda like the Rogue, but not as much as say the Strand.
     
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    I own a pair of Strand and a pair of Rogue and don't really notice much of a difference on their perforations. Maybe when compared upclose/less than a foot away...
     
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  5. LanceM

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    I wonder if shell prices are going up too
     
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    Ha!
     
  7. chinngiskhaan

    chinngiskhaan Well-Known Member

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    $400????

    Thats a 45$ increase on standard full priced shoes from AE since I started buying AE a little over a year ago. WHAT THE CRAP!

    Just one more excuse to start saving up for those Alden boots I really want.
     
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    WHOA! Hold on everyone! Several of us have the spring catalog in hand... and it does not have regular'ol calf shoes priced at $400. The only place quoting this price is a retailer. It's not clear why they'd price so high, but that's their loss.

    I might be presuming too much, but it seems unlikely that AE would suddenly increase the price right before the Anniversary sale, either. Then, we have the Father's day sale. If they're going to increase prices again, I suspect it will likely be during the summer or early fall as last time.
     
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  9. chinngiskhaan

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    Honestly, $385 was the last straw for me. They went from $345 to $365 and now $385 for their most popular models... I find it hard to believe they won't raise the price again to $400. Does this perhaps have to do with the ownership change? I hear the arguments about calf shortage but I don't see other places raising their prices, so I don't buy that argument for one second. Unless their sale prices continue to remain the same, I will no longer be purchasing AE shoes.

    This along with the quality control issues they have had over the last year or so... that and their crappy website photos.
     
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    7_rocket Well-Known Member

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    I wasn't bashing or anything. Here comes the AE hate train :embar:

    Let's wait and find out guys
     
  11. random-adam

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    I'll keep buying Allen Edmonds shoes for as long as I need footwear... because nobody else on the planet (except buying used on eBay) can get me anything in a size 14AA within three months of the order date. :fu:

    That said, if they keep allowing us to work the system -- GMTOs at sale price, for instance -- I'll keep buying them AND stay a thoroughly satisfied customer. Here's a crosspost from the MTO thread of some Badlands we custom spec'd at the end of November for $199. It doesn't get much better than that:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Gentlemen,

    The $400 price point being talked about is not Allen Edmonds pricing.

    Kyle
     
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    Wearing a 3E over here, and it's the same problem. Good looking shoes for my feet are hard to find, let alone anything of quality.

    Also, AE sales are a powerful thing if you know how to work them. Timeless classics never go under $199 for firsts, but you can certainly get great shoes for less if you buy seasonal shoes off-season or late-season. Look at the Long Branches recently selling for $199, despite being almost the same shoe as the Dalton. Gobis for $177, Shreveports for $180, Kenilworths for $150...


    The real trouble with AE's price increases so far have been that it's harder to make last-minute or off-the-cuff purchases... but arguably those that can't wait for a sale and willing to pay more accordingly won't be phased by a 10-15% price bump.
     
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    Like I said earlier - it was the retailer putting higher prices up.

    I would be very surprised to see another price increase anytime soon, but it's not out of the question. I would imagine, however, that if the prices went up that they would go to $395 rather than $400.
     
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    I think many people (including myself) get sucked into the temptation of buying all these seasonal shoes instead of spending money on quality staples. I actually just unloaded 3 pairs of AEs because after racking up so many pairs, I realized there were pairs I actually don't wear and bought because they were on sale. 2 of the pairs I decided to keep are my Strand and Carlyle, which are both firsts and rarely discounted heavily anyway.

    Also, I find the Long Branch very different than the Dalton. I only wear the LB in inclement weather or very casual situations whereas the Dalton I am happy to dress down or up.
     
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    Brooks Brothers Strand vs Allen Edmonds Strand? What's the difference? Visual and physical...

    Thx
     
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    Well, is the Bleeker St a seasonal shoe, really? Is it all that bad to have a Brogue Suede Strand? If the weather is too bad to wear these, I'm wearing boots anyhow.

    But yes, I've fallen into the trap of buying a bunch of low-priced seasonal or conditional-use shoes. However, I'm not convinced yet that it's so terrible. I don't go into an office regularly, and if I did, it's casual. I know that I"ll wear loafers and boat shoes all summer and boots all winter, and any other shoes I buy should be suitable for spring and fall.

    The Long Branch is different, yes, but some of us don't dress up as often, or look forward to doing a reduced-price MTO.
     
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    Visual, there is basically no difference. The colors are the same. The only semi-visual difference is it says "Brooks Brothers" on the footbed instead of Allen Edmonds.

    The shoe itself is the same construction, except that the BB version has the poron heelpad. This makes the shoe fit a bit smaller over the arch and your foot doesn't "sink into" the shoe as well until the pad is worn in. Whether you like this feature or not is personal preference.
     
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    Love my walnut cloud park aves [​IMG]
     
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    V Tread sole as well on the BB version
     
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