Many years ago when I bought my first quality shoes it was a pair of AEs. More of a coincidence than anything else but I have retained a certain nostalgic affinity for the brand since then. Since then I've bought a few more pairs from them, but at the same time I have to admit that it's probably 10 years since I last bought a pair of AEs. My favoured brand today is Edward Green, and if I'm looking for shoes in the same price segment as AE I'm more likely to go for Carmina, whose lasts and sleeker silhouette suits me better. At the same time I have never regretted buying AEs. I have two pairs in my rotation at the moment, both are probably 10 years old and I use both of them as "workhorses". Despite many years of regular use they still hold up remarkably well. So even if I'm no longer a regular AE customer, they have certainly served me well.