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whats so great about allen edmonds?

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im sure the answer to this is on sf already but i dont have time to comb through all the search results, that being said,
i never thought all that much about allen edmonds just good conservative shoes, but they seem to be well thought of here on sf, whats the deal?
do they have quality consruction, do people like their style, is it both or is it something else altogether?
 

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They are the cheapest Goodyear-welted U.S-made shoes available at retail.
 

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They're a good entry-level shoe and can be found at very reasonable prices.
 

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Originally Posted by in stitches
im sure the answer to this is on sf already but i dont have time to comb through all the search results, that being said,
i never thought all that much about allen edmonds just good conservative shoes, but they seem to be well thought of here on sf, whats the deal?
do they have quality consruction, do people like their style, is it both or is it something else altogether?


I like them because I don't think the quality can be beat for the price. Certainly better than Cole Haan or Johnston & Murphy for not too much more money. I don't really understand some people's issues with the style, given that AE has so many models with varying shapes.
 

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and you are right...the answer is on SF. use the search option...
 

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Originally Posted by reidrothchild
I don't really understand some people's issues with the style, given that AE has so many models with varying shapes.

A variety of styles doesn't equate with executing them well.
 

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yeah...the styling is very conservative...but the shoes are built well (compared to other shoes in the same price range - johnston & murphy, ecco, cole haan, etc.)
 

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Originally Posted by ter1413
and you are right...the answer is on SF. use the search option...

as i said i did use the search option but did not feel like combing through every response in every thread, also fresh ideas are nice to hear but thanks for your help
 

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also while i have some attention here, hows the quality on the zegna couture shoes if i can get a nice pair for $400 is it worth it
 

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Originally Posted by in stitches
also while i have some attention here, hows the quality on the zegna couture shoes if i can get a nice pair for $400 is it worth it

If you like them...definitely.
 

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Originally Posted by in stitches
also while i have some attention here, hows the quality on the zegna couture shoes if i can get a nice pair for $400 is it worth it

The few Zegna Couture shoes I've seen have all been unreservedly sick. $400 sounds like a very good price, don't they retail for well over $1k?
 

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In before vox.

Allen edmonds are pretty much the absolute minimum SF quasi-tolerated shoes going, from what I can tell.

You are right that they are generally pretty uninteresting, conservative shoes. Most stylish shoes that are cheaper are built like crap. That may be fine if you're planning to abandon them after 6 months for a new style. If you want stylish, well made shoes you are going to have to go above AE.
 

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Originally Posted by in stitches
do they have quality consruction, do people like their style, is it both or is it something else altogether?

In terms of construction, there is nothing wrong with Allen Edmonds shoes but their clunky appearance and esthetic in some cases are the two major issues I do no purchase them. Those two issues you need to consider before you decide to buy Goodyear welted shoes, otherwise you cannot go wrong with Allen Edmonds shoes.
 

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Their greatness is a myth. They are ... okay ... but certainly NOT great.
 

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