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CH vs. AE

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by blue123, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. CousinDonuts

    CousinDonuts Senior member

    Aug 27, 2010
    FWIW, I have the Air Madison, I want to say for about 2-2.5 years. I wear it once a week, maybe twice from time to time. I just had it re-soled for the first time last month. While it is not luxury by any means, it is a fine shoe. Is it going to get you noticed amongst the C&J, Lobb, Ferragamo crowd? Nah. But I have found it to be comfortable, and nothing has fallen off, fallen apart, or ripped. The only wear that I am starting to see is a small (1cm) crack in the leather on the back near the top edge of the shoe.
  2. NoCleverName

    NoCleverName Senior member

    Jan 14, 2012
    I have two pairs of CH. One pair of loafers that served me reasonably well, but the sole + metal shank just separated from the rest of the shoe on the left foot. Those are still wearable though. I also have a pair of black wingtips that I bought before I knew any better and they're absolute junk. Unbearably uncomfortable and they will break before they break in.
  3. Ennius

    Ennius Senior member

    Jun 9, 2012
    Can I hijack the thread a bit and ask the wise folks here their views on the AE McNeil which are about 20% off now?


    I have found my AEs to be higher quality than CH and would recommend getting AEs if your budget allows it. Looks better, feels better and lasts better....
  4. gooter

    gooter Senior member

    May 18, 2012
    I really like the MacNeil and am about to order them in cordovan. Not much I can tell you aside from that!
  5. blue123

    blue123 Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2012
    The AE Jeffersons are really nice too, but they are very expensive. I don't know if anyone has invested in them? They look like super quality.
  6. Apollotrader

    Apollotrader Senior member

    Jul 8, 2012
    Paradise Valley, AZ
    Somebody needs to dunk their tampon in vodka!
  7. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

    Jul 10, 2010

    I prefer scotch, but good idea.

    seriously though, that short cap is revolting.
  8. facet

    facet Senior member

    Sep 2, 2009
    I have the Jefferson's walnut; they're my favourite shoe out of my comparatively small collection. The leather is noticable softer than my other AEs.

    Last edited: Oct 1, 2012

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