- May 11, 2018
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I don’t think AE is on the same path. It’s too valuable a brand at this point. Not saying Caleres won’t screw them up, but if they do it’ll be more along the lines of Prada and Church’s (e.g. weird over-priced stuff). That said, Caleres has actually done some very positive things (bringing bench-welt uppers production back to the US, investing in plant upgrades, etc.).They walked the same path as Florsheim, but at slower pace. I have handled some of the later US made JM shoes, and they are pretty high quality, and worth 100-300 if you can find them NOS.
AE is also on the same path. I guess all we can do is keep looking for gems.