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THE 2024 ALLEN EDMONDS (AE) APPRECIATION THREAD

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So, it appears the Carter is being phased out. With the Freeport also gone, makes me wonder what AE has up their sleeve for a moc-toe boot. I do like the teak color of leather, such a shame they never used it more.
Honestly, I feel like they might just phase out that entire style of boot for a while. I suspect that most people who want moc-toe boots either end up in something from the workwear variety (Red Wing, etc) or others just spring for the Indy.
 

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The reminds of the great Joseph Abboud pricing weasel / theifing incident. Due to an error on the Joseph Abboud website, their AE offerings were at some absurd discount. Of course, as this thread is comprised almost entirely (when it comes to shoes) of immoral degenerates who are only interested in feeding their insatiable shoe appetite, we descended upon poor unsuspecting Joseph Abboud like a plague of locusts. As I recall, they honored the price, despite the rampage of purchases.

I forget what the ludicrously low price was, but I still haven’t gotten around to wearing them (they’re very nice, and I will eventually get to them):

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Oddly, I am wearing these:
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I’m also leaning forward in some weird attempt to snap a front facing pic, which is making it look like I’m wearing high-waters. If my wife saw me doing this, she’d be concerned for my mental wellbeing. Personally, I think what’s needed is a shoe-selfie-stick.
I snagged a full tux for $99 and a pair of taupe suede Strands for $75 IIRC.
 

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So, it appears the Carter is being phased out. With the Freeport also gone, makes me wonder what AE has up their sleeve for a moc-toe boot. I do like the teak color of leather, such a shame they never used it more.
I'm starting to dislike AE introducing a new model then having a production run for like a year and then retiring it.
 

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I'm starting to dislike AE introducing a new model then having a production run for like a year and then retiring it.

Well, that is pretty much what AE has done since I started buying in 2016. With rare exceptions (Higgins), most new styles don't last more than 1-2 years.
 

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@Hisheirness23 and @ProfilaBinding

I was in store over the weekend and tried on some newer things: Randolph Bit and the Drake. Not impressed, sadly. I don’t love the Poron in the RBs and the Drake soles feel cheap. The 2016 last on the RBs isn’t bad, though, as it has a tighter heel than the 79 (Randolph)

I did, however, get to celebrate my best friend’s 40th by buying him some golf shoes, which he said were comfortable.


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@Hisheirness23 and @ProfilaBinding

I was in store over the weekend and tried on some newer things: Randolph Bit and the Drake. Not impressed, sadly. I don’t love the Poron in the RBs and the Drake soles feel cheap. The 2016 last on the RBs isn’t bad, though, as it has a tighter heel than the 79 (Randolph)

I did, however, get to celebrate my best friend’s 40th by buying him some golf shoes, which he said were comfortable.


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I don’t get why they went poron with the RB. I think they’re pretty nice, but I’m not a poron fan (my Brooks Brothers PA’s, with poron insoles, always make my feet feel “sticky” when wearing them).

As for the Drake, while I know nothing about the 2020 last, they look like a nice PTB ruined by a terrible choice of factory sole - AE: just offer them with a double butyl.
 

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Well, that is pretty much what AE has done since I started buying in 2016. With rare exceptions (Higgins), most new styles don't last more than 1-2 years.
Yes been that way for almost a decade now. AE was purchased by Caleres (Famous Footwear, Naturalizer, Dr. Scholl's Shoes, LifeStride, Bzees, Blowfish Malibu, Circus by Sam Edelman, Rykä, Sam Edelman, Franco Sarto, Vince, Vionic Shoes, Life Stride, Zodiac, and Veronica Beard.) in December 2016, coincidence?
 

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Yes been that way for almost a decade now. AE was purchased by Caleres (Famous Footwear, Naturalizer, Dr. Scholl's Shoes, LifeStride, Bzees, Blowfish Malibu, Circus by Sam Edelman, Rykä, Sam Edelman, Franco Sarto, Vince, Vionic Shoes, Life Stride, Zodiac, and Veronica Beard.) in December 2016, coincidence?
AE under Caleres has deeper pockets for funding product development (it’s not trivial to design a whole new pattern), so they’re trying stuff to see what works, and be “innovative”. Incidentally, this isn’t unlike what AE did under second gen Allen leadership in the 70’s… though they didn’t have the pockets for it back then and that led to the financial crisis they faced. A crisis they led to Stollenwerk executing a leveraged buyout of the Allen’s, and a complete refocusing of the company in the 80’s.

Some of the stuff they’re doing right now is interesting. Some of their stuff isn’t for me. I like, and have a pretty neat order in for the custom shop - we’ll see if my materials and color combo matching is genius or awful (I may have created the worst captoe spectators in history). Some of their strategy is clearly designed to feed the whole collector thing, because stuff like these are clearly meant for weirdos like me:

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They’re also doing the whole “limited return” thing, where models like the Broadstreet and the MacNeil are back for a run, then disappear. Interestingly, they’re making sure that they “come back” on the same last using the same pattern. Which says they’re gonna keep doing this as a way of feeding just enough into the market. Which is smart, it creates “false” scarcity for models that have a market, but don’t support long production runs. It’s basically a revision of the WebGems concept, but with stuff they know will sell.

And it works: they’ve gotten me to buy a bunch of shoes this way… and I’m bummed by some of the models I missed, like the carbon and white BroadStreets. As a business person, I absolutely get why they’re doing this and, frankly, they do need to play with the lineup. And, looking back at the catalogs, they’ve always done a lot more lineup shuffling and changes over the years than other “trad” dress shoe companies (even if not to the extent they are now).

My only big complaint with Caleres era AE is the “Dress Sneakers”. They aren’t the only ones doing them, but 95% of the ones I see are AE l; I feel like they’ve done more to legitimize the trend than anyone else. I don’t have a problem with them making sneakers. But I don’t like or get the mullet shoes.
 

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My only big complaint with Caleres era AE is the “Dress Sneakers”. They aren’t the only ones doing them, but 95% of the ones I see are AE l; I feel like they’ve done more to legitimize the trend than anyone else. I don’t have a problem with them making sneakers. But I don’t like or get the mullet shoes.
Dress sneakers to me are those frankenshoes like a cap toe or full brogue on top of a rubber sneaker sole. They have no soul.

I'm all in on their minimalist sneakers though. I have two courtsides (dark brown suede and burgundy football grain), and they get a ton of wear. Now, that's only with jeans or chinos...never with even smart casual tailoring.
 

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@wasmisterfu It's probably a good thing that the MTO option doesn't include any green leathers. I'd be in big trouble. There are some interesting options though. The dark navy leather, the gray suede and pretty much anything they currently offer is available. It's a nice start with something that I hope expands into more rare leathers.
 

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