Lands' end selling alfred sargent shoes

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  1. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    http://www.landsend.com/cd....0144150 The print catalogue also has a suede Chelsea boot, a suede chukka boot, and a calfskin cap-toe high lace blucher boot. I don't think that the pricing is very good, but it is a welcome development. I'll be interested to see how Lands' End does with them.
     


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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    I was convinced that the LE buyout by Sears would doom them, but that's an interesting development, certainly.
     


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    hm. Anyone care to comment on their normal line of shoes? At arond $100-$150 and made in Brazil, I have no illusions about construction or quality of leather, but the styling is nice and it's cheaper and easier than going through plal or pediwear for Loakes or other cheap, similar styled shoes. Basically, given the choice between Land's End's Plain Toe Bal Oxford and the closest thing Cole Haan and the mall have to offer, which would you choose (please don't answer "neither, shoe heathen.")? I'm aware that both are, ahem, pedestrian. I could use a pair of new PLAIN black shoes for work, but I'm on a VERY tight budget through September.
     


  4. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The only experience I have with Lands' End shoes was a pair that I ordered 8 years ago. I liked the shoes, but they didn't quite fit and were returned.

    That having been said, I have generally had very good experiences with Lands' End products. Yes, the styling is frequently boring. Yes, the verbiage in the catalogues is often somewhat overblown. No, they represent no threat whatsoever to the quality offered by Borrelli. Still, in most cases, they offer near the best value available at retail for the money. I would expect the Lands' End Brazilian-made shoes to be a better value than a Cole-Haan shoe priced the same. If I were in your situation, I would cruise eBay, Bluefly, Sierra Trading Post and the like looking for better brands at a comparable price. If that were unsuccessful, I would order the Lands' End shoes. If they don't work out, send them back and try something else. Your only risks are time and the shipping costs (which, admittedly, are not trivial on a purchase of this size).
     


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    norcaltransplant Senior member

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    www.sierratradingpost.com Check out the Paraboots & Allen-Edmonds for everyday work shoes. You can't go wrong at those prices.... I'm even tempted to pick up a new pair of boots for the winter.
     


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    JohnMS Senior member

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    jcusey,

    I don't know what to say. I agree what has been said about the price, but I don't understand what possessed LE to get into this price range on its shoes. Then again, the prices of their upper-end suits are much higher than years ago.

    Let's all watch and see if these shoes stick around, because if they do, they may go for a good discount in the distant future.
     


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