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My First Pair of Allen Edmonds - Help?

Herby84

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I've been wanting to get a good pair of leather boots that can handle inclement weather better than my current collection of mostly suede boots. I've never had any Allen Edmonds shoes or boots - mostly been a Frye type of guy but also have To Boot New York and Aldo (the Aldos are surprisingly nice and have lasted almost 10 years so far!). In the past anything over $200 for boots has made me cringe. I know that's really not much, though, and I think I'm ready to get something built really well. I think I've landed on the following AE boots:

https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/mens-boots/lace-up-boots/surrey-cap-toe-boot/SF3674.html

https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/...boot-with-dainite-rubber-sole/3282-065-E.html

I'm looking at the tan options in both, but obviously the HM appears to be quite a bit darker. I would want them to be relatively versatile as far as colors, able to go with black. Maybe the Surreys would be better in that regard?

Any words of wisdom for an AE newb on deciding between these two? They would mostly be for casual use, but I wouldn't hate it if I could also get some semi-formal use out of them. The Surreys are obviously cheaper, but does that mean anything in terms of overall quality? Will the Dainite soles on the HMs last longer?

I came across the Thursday "Captain" Boot, too, which looks nice, but I'm thinking AE might be the way to go this time.
 
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Steve Smith

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Just my opinion, so take it for what it is worth: I'm not crazy about the lines on either pair. I would try to ebay a pair of Wolverine 1000 Mile boots or Red Wing Iron Rangers. You will have money left over and IMO a higher quality pair of boots. If you go with an AE choice enjoy the boots. AE makes good stuff.

If semi formal means 'with a suit' then none of your choices or mine will work well.
 

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Thanks for the reply! I have read that the Higgins Mill could actually work with some suits... It wouldn't be my first choice, but maybe if it happens to be snowy or rainy.
 

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I always vote pebble grain for inclement weather, I'd choose the Higgins Mill. If you want to be able to dress it up though I think you're out of luck. Take a look at Lof and Tung from Skoaktiebolaget too.
 

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Thanks! I went with the weatherproof version in tan grain. And I don't necessarily mean dress up with a suit, but maybe nice jeans, jacket, etc.
 

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