Two important things regarding the menswear staple Allen Edmonds are happening right now.
The first is that their Rediscover America sale is on through Monday 10/13, and all models are marked down 15-30% in stores and online (many to the to the lowest price of the season). The second is that in celebration of this, they’ll be giving away one pair of shoes to a lucky FSTB reader. Read on for more info on both fronts.
Edit: congrats to Tim D. on his new pair of AEs!
It seems that Allen Edmonds, more than any other shoe brand, is the meter stick against which all other brands are measured. Are there nicer shoes out there? Of course. Are there worse? Most definitely. Even so, Allen Edmonds has maintained a selection of classic American styles at fair prices, and for that reason they seem to be the brand that all others are compared against.
Prices have drifted upward over the past few years, so sales like this are the best time of year to pounce. I only have one pair of Allen Edmonds, but my experiences with both the shoes and their customer service have been great. At the moment, all AE shoes, belts, and accessories are 15-30% off, which is about as low as most of these will get (some may hit clearance prices eventually, but those are few and far between. The prices on the core styles will likely only go up.).
If you’re curious as to what styles to check out during the sale or giveaway, here are some of my favorites. There’s always the Strand, Fifth Ave, Park Ave, and McAlllister, but why not branch out? Here are styles that I like even more than their most famed ones.
MacNeil 2.0 Wingtips. Pebble grain? Check. Medium brown? Check. Dainite? Check. I don’t think a fall/winter shoe can get much better than this. This almost makes me regret my Alden longwing purchase…almost.
Dalton Boots. An AE classic. Everybody seems to love these, and for obvious reasons. Just promise me you won’t get them in walnut – it’s just too…walnut. Also available with Dainite soles, which is cool.
Dundee Suede Chukka. Another new addition that caught my eye. Some great colors, and about half the cost of Alden’s famed suede chukka.
First Avenue Boots. Another new arrival available in pebble grain (and other leathers too). A nice, less busy alternative to the Dalton.