Allen Edmonds Rebranded Brooks Brothers Shoes - Higher MSRP but what about Quality?

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  1. plei89

    plei89 Senior member

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    Gentlemen,

    Perhaps some of you can shed light into this matter for me. I've noticed several shoes in the Brooks Brothers website that seem to be re-branded Allen Edmond. I see models like Strands there, and I've seen a pair of Fifth Avenues too.

    Are these of the same quality or would you say higher?
    Appears that Brooks Brothers is charging a premium.
     
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    sns23 Senior member

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    Yes. 13 dollars more. But BB has rubber soles.
     
  3. plei89

    plei89 Senior member

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    I know the soles seem to be better (for certain uses) - rubber topays & dovetail heels...

    Was wondering if anyone had insight on the quality of the leather & finish
     
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    sportin_life Senior member

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    Insoles are more padded and bottom is topied. Finish is the same for the pairs I own. For me it's worth the price since BB has huge sales where it ends up costing the same/less than AE's if you are patient (almost 40% during winter sales).
     
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    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    I passed on the BB versions in favor of the AE originals because the BB versions were not eligible for AE recrafting at the time. This was a year ago, so it may be different now. I would call BB and AE to confirm.
     
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    I returned mine because I really did not like the Poron Insert. It was too weird when walking around and frankly was a little uncomfortable. Purchased the Peals instead.
     
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    plei89 Senior member

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    I just ordered a pair of Fifth Avenues - Brooks Brothers branded..

    Although I don't own a pair of Fifth Avenues, I do have lots of Allen Edmonds, including Park Aves... Will compare the leather quality of them and post if you guys are interested.
     
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    PhiPsi32 Senior member

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    What was it about the Poron that you didn't like?
     
  9. plei89

    plei89 Senior member

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    Just bought these. I must say I really love them, well worth the extra few bucks. The insole is WAY more padded and the topays are a plus, since I walk a lot.

    Leather and finishing is the same. But the insoles, topays, and dovetail heels makes it for me :slayer:
     
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    Thanks for info!!
     

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