Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Sale of the Day

Allen Edmonds is holding its annual Great American sale right now.  You guys wanted me to tell you when there was a good one so consider yourself notified.  The best deals are probably the 5th Avenues, Boulevards, and Strandmoks.  The Park Avenues and Strands are knocked down but not as much as the previously mentioned shoes.  There are some pretty good deals on their boots and sneakers as well.  Website. 

The Kavalier took a tour of the Port Washington factory and interviewed AE management in a pretty good video that is posted below. Enjoy.

One nice feature about AE shoes is most of them come in wider widths such as E, EE, and EEE as well as narrower widths such as C.  Unfortunately, most shoe manufacturers make a D width and that's it.  This is about the best price you're going to be for goodyear welted shoes that have superior leather. They are made for recrafting so treat them right and they will last for at least ten years. 

The sale ends April 27.  

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Anonymous said...

Kingfish, mention that they are 100% made in the US of A.

Fantastic shoes. I own a pair. They're expensive, but they're supposed to last 30 years. I'd rather spend $400 once in 30 years than $100 every other year for 30 years!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, but those not living with trust funds and inherited wealth are going to have to choose eating and paying rent over some fancy shoes.

Anonymous said...

I got some, but it turned out my feet aren’t shaped like AE thinks feet are supposed to be shaped

whereas I got some wingtip Florsheims on Canal St three years ago that feel like slippers

Anonymous said...

But what about $19.95 at the discount store. And they last just as long. I bought a pair of Red Wing boots in 1979 for $29.00 and they are in great shape. You can have your fancy $400 shoes.

Kingfish said...

8:39: Depends on the last. They make a variety of lasts. Hey, I've had Cole Haans that were very comfortable all the way up until they fell apart. Had to pay a Cole Haan price too when I bought them.

It's not about price so much as the construction of the shoe. Decent leather, goodyear welted, soles are stitched and not glued, welts and heels aren't made out of paper are what to look for. Generally such shoes will cost more than $200. Some online claim to be top quality for less but unfortunately, they cut corners somewhere. Thursday Boot is one company. Good boot but they cut corners by using cheaper cork. After a while you notice your heel drops. The cork wore out is what happened. The better-made shoes can be recrafted. Ace Marks is one that brags about how good their shoes are while costing less than $200. Problem is their shoes are blake stitched. They can be recrafted but it's going to cost alot more money than if it was a goodyear.

I've had J&M shoes but they of course, fell apart. The Aristocraft line is pretty good and is better made than most JM shoes but you will see it cost more. You are getting what you pay for.

Anonymous said...

You speak the truth on getting what you pay for. I’m in construction so I have worn everything that’s been made. I finally began wearing Thorogood Work Boots. They are made in the USA and are very comfortable and the most durable I have found. The trick is you must clean them regularly and maintain the leather. For $300 it will nudge you to take care of them but in reality they can be resoled and will last many many years....IF you maintain them. I will never work in anything else since I’m on my feet for 10 plus hours a day. I do suggest a good memory foam innersole.

Anonymous said...

Who has money for this right now?!?! My wife and I are trying to put together a sustainable plan to feed our family in the long run and pay our mortgage. Because we were smart early on we have zero debt aside from our mortgage, but these posts are as tone deaf as they come considering the current circumstances - what's next, leasing deals on Porsches??

If you want to provide a public service you should publish links, instructions and FAQs for the PPP and other programs available to workers and business owners during this bullshit shutdown. I doubt many Mississippians will strut over to Koestler Prime in their Allen Edmonds to pick up dinner for a family that is prohibited from working because the governor overreacted.

Anonymous said...

@7:01 AM, you are free not to read anything here should you not care for the content provided by the publisher.

Anonymous said...

7:48 - to each his own, but personally I don't care to walk around in a pair of shoes that is 30 years old.

Messick said...

Thanks for the tip, Kingfish.

I've never owned a pair of their loafers or boat shoes, but I've heard they wear well.

Anonymous said...

Is there a shortage of Midol in stores? KF posted useful information that was requested by multiple readers. I don't need the shoes because I bought Allen-Edmonds almost 40 years ago, I've taken care of them and the shoes are still in good shape. I told my son to buy these shoes and they could be the last business shoes he may have to buy.

This site is starting to rival Jackson Free Press in the number of whiners who post.

Anonymous said...

9:00 am is right. Professional victims abound here. Whoa to any church that is mentioned on JJ.

Anonymous said...

I miss "Brogans".

Anonymous said...

This site is starting to rival Jackson Free Press in the number of whiners who post.

Considering how little commenting traffic is allowed at the JFP that's too low of a bar. The volume of whiner comments alone here at JJ dwarfs the total amount of comments you'll read at the JFP during any measurement period of your choice.

Anonymous said...

My last pair of AEs were more than 15 years old when I tossed them because the shoe repair shops all went out of business. Other than needing a re-sole they were in excellent condition and looked quite presentable. I would spend $300 today for a shoe of similar quality if I knew I could keep them repaired.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for letting us know KF. I've recently lost weight and got a new suit. Now I need to get a good pair of shoes to replace the old Florsheims that are looking a little tatty. This looks like a good opportunity to pick up a pair of classic black captoes.

cholly said...

So 10:03 seems to agree with 9:00 that JJ is being overrun by intolerant whiners. I agree too.

Messick said...

10:12 AM,

You could have sent them off, via mail, to Allen Edmonds to get worked on. If not to them, then there are several other outfits found online that will give old shoes life again.

NEVER get rid of a good pair of shoes. That's like tearing down your house because the chain in the toilet tank broke.

Anonymous said...

10:12 here @1:12, I threw the shoes away before there was an internet.

I bought the shoes in Pontotoc back when $100 was a lot of money and had them resoled when needed at Snipes(?) in Tupelo until they closed.

Messick said...

7:39 AM/10:12 AM,

Ah, I see what you mean now.

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