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Quality Alternaties to Allen Edmonds

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bpsmith, Apr 28, 2014.

  1. bpsmith

    bpsmith Member

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    I know that this is opening Pandora's Box and that it's been asked before, but those threads seems to sprout suggestions that go upwards in terms of quality (Alden, then C&J and eventually John Lobb). I'm looking for sideways movement.
    [​IMG]Crockett & Jones Malvern
    I'm on the hunt for a nice, classy single monk. C&J tastes with an Aldo budget [​IMG]. If need be (and probably it is), I could stretch to an AE budget, but I don't have much love for the look of their single monks and the reviews on the site say they run towards the shite end of comfort.

    Halp,
    Bertrand
     
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    Loake is supposed to be a similar alternative to Allen Edmonds, but I have no personal experience with them. Between the variety, customer service, and regular sales, Allen Edmonds seems like the most attractive option in that price range to me.
     


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    Did a reconnoiter downtown to see what is actually available locally. Doesn't look good. One store stocks AE shoe polish, but the shoes they have are primarily Cole Haan...
    Another one has a whole two types of AE, which is more than I thought was in town, and they do have Johnston Murphy, site cites having that Tyndall, but I saw no evidence on the shelves.
    I did feel meh about suede in general, but now I'm starting to warm up to it, which opens up quite a few possibilities, including Meermin and Loake.
     


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    You might check out Sanders and Sanders which was recently mentioned in SF in the context of
    wide sizes. Their prices are well below C &J . My guess is that the quality is lower, but their dress shoes
    look decent in the WebSite. I would recommend Ludwig Reiter- only available in Europe, but they cost
    more than C & J these days.

    http://www.sanders-uk.com/

    Herring and Pediwear are other options

    http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/searc...d=4&colourid=&search_source=normal_search_box


    http://www.pediwear.co.uk/search/resultsa.php
     
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    I agree with what this poster is saying. I haven't seen much that is AE comparable. Price? Sure, but you'll take a hit on quality. I think AE represents the price floor of well-made shoes. I also like the suggestion to look at johnston and murphy for a man on a budget.
     


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    Cool. Coolcoolcool. Another store in town has J&M Tyndall in stock. Nothing my size, but they have another location up island that does have them in my size. Arrangements have been made to get a pair down here.
     


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    Septieme Largeur, Meermin, and Loake
     


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    Got the shoes a bit ago, and just got around to posting a photo for you guys
    [​IMG]
     


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