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Allen Edmonds Vs. Ferragamo

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by smk, Mar 22, 2012.

which one?

  1. Ferragamo

    6 vote(s)
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  2. Allen Edmonds

    18 vote(s)
    75.0%
  1. smk

    smk Well-Known Member

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    I'm trying to buy a solid pair of black shoes. I've narrowed down the design to the ones on links below and the likes.
    I've been seeing many people rave about AE on this forum.
    I feel the styling of ferragamo is more to my taste..looks sleeker I feel.
    So what are the ups and downs of each pair of shoes?
    and ultimately which would you get if price point was not a factor? why?
    Thanks.

    FERRAGAMO
    http://www.neimanmarcus.com/product...0470cat000550cat10650732&parentId=cat10650732

    AE park avenue
    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/allen-e...n/2899180?origin=keywordsearch&resultback=579
     


  2. ddonicht

    ddonicht Senior member

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    I think you will find that both are going to have their fans as well as those that aren't big on them. From what I've seen, both put out a decent product (in general). If you like the looks of one better, that is the one you should choose.
     


  3. lostron

    lostron Senior member

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    both are great shoes but imho the ferragamo pair is a bit sleeker if you like that look. I own a pair from both brands and generally speaking the Allen edmonds are a bit heavier and they have more heavy leather if that makes sense.. In terms of comfort, they are both great but the AEs get more comfortable as you use them more because of their design and welt.

    Best bet is to try both and buy the pair you like more and fits better
     


  4. Twotone

    Twotone Senior member

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    Looks are important, but fit trumps style. AE shoes are available in various widths in every size with many custom options. Buy what fits you best.

    I'd go with the AC Park Avenue as it is available in most versatile merlot and not just boring black only worn after dark..
     
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    Joffrey Senior member

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    I went with ferragamo because I think it's more attractive.
     


  6. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    I think the Fantino has a rubber sole and is part of the lower quality line. I would pass on this model, go with the Lavorazione Originale line or Tremezza instead.

    I have both Ferragamos and AEs, and I will say that the styling and fit are a bit better on the Ferragamos I have. The AEs have thicker leather and better price point though. At the price you are looking at, if you like the AE styling, buy them and save some cash. If you don't, try C&J instead of the lower Ferragamo line at that price range.
     
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  7. elbastardocalvo

    elbastardocalvo Senior member

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    This. I will never fit into a Ferragamo, so AE gets my vote. In fact, I own those very shoes.
     


  8. HughJ

    HughJ Senior member

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    I own several pairs of each (including Ferragamos of every price point), and find even the lowest end Ferragamos (Studio) more comfortable than AE. That's not at all to say AE are uncomfortable, but rather that you don't have to compromise style in this case. Get the style you prefer - I'm fairly certain you'll find either comfortable.
     


  9. smk

    smk Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the replies. One of the posters mentioned rubber soles on the ferragamos. What does the park avenues have? And are rubber soles bad?
    Thanks
     


  10. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    I checked the Fantino model at Bloomies today, not only were the soles rubber, but there was no stitching on the insole or outer sole. More likely held together by glue, not what you want for a $450 dress shoe. Key is to look for calf skin leather, goodyear welt or blake stitched construction, & a leather sole. So go for the AEs, they hit all of those points. Enjoy...
     


  11. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Senior member

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    The extra $$$$$ is for the Ferragamo brand name. The AEs have an overall better construction. If you like the Ferragamo look, you can get a chisel toe shoe like the C&J Hallam. You can also buy an Alden plain toe on the Plaza last for the same or less than the Ferragamo.
     


  12. reidrothchild

    reidrothchild Senior member

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    Park Avenue has a leather sole. Leather soles are more formal. I don't think rubber soles are bad, per se. Though one of the boot makers who is a forum regular says that a rubber sole doesn't allow the leather upper to breathe or flex like a leather sole would. Rubber will last longer, but if you want a dressier look, go with a leather sole.
     


  13. smk

    smk Well-Known Member

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    I went with the Crockett & Jones Hallem.
    Thanks everyone and especially the one who introduced me to this fabulous pair of shoes!!
     


  14. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Senior member

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    Make sure they fit well, or you'll regret it! Otherwise it's a fine choice.
     


  15. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    +1

    Please make sure they fit before you buy. Post some picks if when you get your shoes.
     


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