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Allen Edmonds Verona II recent changes?? (for the worst)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by prostyles, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. prostyles

    prostyles New Member

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    I've a huge fan of the Verona II as an everyday wearer (as opposed to my Gucci 1953's) because of the lower price point and the ability to recraft. They've been a trusty part of my wardrobe for the last several years. I've owned two pair over the years and have always had them recrafted until they were literally un-recraftable. Unfortunate, I reached this point in November of 2018 and was forced into purchasing a new pair from from the local AE retail store in my town (a got great Black Friday pricing btw). I was unpleasantly surprised to see that the latest iteration had some minor changes that really bothered me. First, it seems as if the shoes are slightly narrower and shorter than my previous pairs. Second, the tip of the shoes appears slightly more rounded. And lastly, and most importantly, it appears they are using a new insole (and possibly a different interior lining), which is causing a horrible squeaking noise with every step. I;ve attached some photos below comparing the two different versions.

    FORTUNATELY, I was able to find a retail store in a different city who happened to have a pair of the "old" version, so I'm happy for now (but also now own a pair I wont wear - if anyone wants to buy them, I'm happy to sell at a great discount - 12D.)

    Does anyone have any insight as to the changes or experienced the same?

    (Note that the last picture seems as if the shoes are different sizes, but they are not. Just a bad angle with the camera. They are both 12D and the same length in reality.)

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    prostyles New Member

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    Are there any AE employees in this forum that might have some insight?
     

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    It also seems that they are now cemented and not recraftable. I asked when this change happened and the response is that they were never recraftable. What is going on at AE? If they aren't, they aren't worth the cost.
     

  4. Nick V.

    Nick V. Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    Just because AE says they are not re-craftable doesn't mean that they can't be re-soled. They don't do Blake stitched soles. Many of their shoes made off-shore are Blake stitched. Since AE doesn't have the ability (nor machinery) to re-craft a Blake stitched shoe they deem it non re-craftable. From what I can see (and from my experience) a reputable repair shop can easily re-sole them.
     

  5. tcbinnc

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    I see the differences. Especially in the length. And same size shoe? Remarkable. Perhaps some wearers were complaining of them being too long? Who knows. Thanks for the post. Ps. Not likely you'll hear from an AE employee as from what I've heard they are no longer allowed to post.
     

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