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What is the first boat shoe I should buy from Allen Edmonds?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ircfas133, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. ircfas133

    ircfas133 Senior member

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    Hello, gentlemen:

    It seems that Park Avenue is the first Oxford people usually buy from AE. And the same is true for McAllister among Wingtip. How about casual boat shoe (not too casual though) that I can wear everyday and can pretty much go with everything? Thanks!

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    A lot of people seem to recommend eastport, what is your take on this?


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  2. Twotone

    Twotone Senior member

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    I have several AE dress shoes and love them. However, my "boat shoes" are Sperry Topsiders. Get Sperrys and spend your $ on AE dress shoes.
     
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  3. ajmanouk

    ajmanouk Senior member

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    Or do what I did and find a pair of Eastports on eBay BNIB for 60 bucks!:slayer:

    But yeah, Sperry's are great.
     
  4. ircfas133

    ircfas133 Senior member

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    Thank you for you lovely people. Very educational! [​IMG]
     
  5. ircfas133

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    When do they usually go on sales? Sorry, I'm a student on a budget... Thanks!
     
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    pyroxyze Senior member

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    Depends where you buy. If you get it from places like Macys, you're going to have to wait for a generic coupon. The shoes specifically don't really go on sale unless it's a shitty color since they're really popular.
     
  7. hohneokc

    hohneokc Senior member

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    I bought the Eastports.

    But I also have some Sebagos that are very nice - nicer than the Sperrys I have had.

    Chris
     
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  8. ircfas133

    ircfas133 Senior member

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    The Sebagos brand you suggest also looks fantastic. How's their quality? When do they usually go on sales, if any? Thanks a lot!
     
  9. dddrees

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    I would recomend looking at Rancourts. A bit more than Sperry and AEs but well worth the little extra.
     
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  10. ircfas133

    ircfas133 Senior member

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    They look beautiful!
     
  11. MyOtherLife

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    I have a pair of Eastports. They are great and feature a very cushioned comfy footbed. Buy with confidence.

    edit- They are also re-soleable if done through Allen Edmonds. The cushy footbeds are removeable.
     
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  12. hohneokc

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    I would put their quality above Sperry but below the Eastports - that's the only other brands of boat shoe I have owned. My Sebagos feel much better than my current Sperrys. My last 2 pair of Sperrys have felt flimsy and poorly constructed. The soles almost feel like they are going to fall off when they are brand new. I won't be buying any more Sperrys.

    I buy my Sebagos at my local menswear / clothing store. They are always a little off suggested retail. But they run them on bigger sales periodically - usually early in the Spring when they first start coming in as a "kick off Spring" event and then they have them on sale in the Fall near the holidays.

    Chris
     
  13. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    I bought a pair of Sperrys at the beginning of the summer. I wore them probably 8 times or so, and the insole is already falling apart. I can probably continue to wear them, but I don't have much confidence they will hold up for long. They may well last me over a year, but only because I won't be wearing them for 9 months of that period.
     
  14. ircfas133

    ircfas133 Senior member

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    A lot of people seem to like eastport by AE. After discount it is not much more expensive than other lesser known brands suggested. However, with the end of AE's rediscover America sales event, its price has gone back to $ 178. Any suggestions on when would be the best time to buy in the next few months?



    A lot of people seem to recommend eastport, what is your take on this?


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  15. Valproate

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    I got the Allen Edmonds Harbour boat shoe. Very comfortable, better support than Sperry, and I like the blue and gold finishing.

    It's on clearance currently.
     
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    I had no reservations about paying retail for mine. I chose the lighter colour. By the way, the leather is much richer than it appears in the photo..

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    Agree that retail is a fair price to pay. Picked my Harbour's up for $95 (down from $115 list price) on AE's website. Some other websites are carrying it for $65 now.
     
  18. BackInTheJox

    BackInTheJox Senior member

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    I don't like the Eastport at all, the Westbrook has a much more "classic" look without looking like an old man's Sperry Billfish or something.

    Since the Westbrook is a little pricey, the Shortstop has a very nice simple classic look to it as well.

    Both much better than the Eastport IMHO, unless you plan on complementing them with dad jeans and a tucked in t-shirt.
     
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