I realize this sentiment is heresy in these precincts. But after three years I've finally come to this conclusion: I don't like Allen-Edmonds shoes. It's not that I haven't tried. I own two pair: a black Park Avenue and a chestnut Fairfax. The Park Avenues I wear as sartorial camouflage--when I need to look as unremarkable as possible. In short: funeral shoes. And I suppose I'll go on wearing them in that limited capacity for some years to come. The Fairfax are a bit jazzier, and I probably haul them out about once a month. But every time I don these shoes, I'm struck by the inelegant last, by the shapelessness. Of all my shoes, they're the least aesthetically pleasing. Truth be told, I probably wouldn't have purchased these at all were it not for my foot "situation." My left foot is a size-and-a-half smaller than the right, and Nordstrom is the only place that will sell me the proper fitting shoe for each foot, while still only charging for a single pair. At at Nordstrom, it's either AE, bottom of the barrel Santoni or mid-level Ferregamo. Alas. For those of you who like AEs, I mean no offense. But I wonder, with genuine curiosity, what you see in these shoes.