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    Another AE price hike

    Today, prices on AE's regular line have gone up from $385 to $395 and on its dress boots from $425 to $445. I believe that there was no change in the price of the casual shoes or the independence line, though. The Fifth Street boot is still at $385.

    With the dollar very strong and the pound very weak, Loake is now substantially cheaper than AE. Loake's 1880 line starts at 215 pounds, which is now just $300 (six months ago, it would have been more than $320).

    Similar things will be true for Meermin, Carmina, Velasca, and the other British shoes.

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    wow....if i had known i would've jumped on the cornwallis much earlier...

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    at this time in 2006 a pair of Park Ave's was $305
    at this time in 2011 a pair of Park Ave's was $325
    at this time in 2014 a pair of Park Ave's was $345
    at this time in 2015 a pair of Park Ave's was $385

    they're doing a little bit more than keeping with inflation (which would account for maybe 2% a year?), but not much more than that. It does start to sound expensive though, when it goes past $100.

    I know leather prices have been continually going up. I'm sure other ones do to for them.
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    Prices haven't gone up on the shoebank website, as far as I can tell. Hopefully AE won't raise prices on sale items.

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    I like AE's, but 400 dollars is pushing it. Which Loake last is most similar to the AE 5? I may give them a shot.

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    Is there any way to compare Loake to AE in terms of lasts? I've always wanted to try Meermin, Loake, Carmina, etc. but I haven't even tried Aldens out because I don't know where to get myself fitted.

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    Damn. Wishing I'd jumped on their last sale when I had a chance. US/CDN currency be damned.

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    I can buy Carmina at Skoaktiebolaget for $450 and they pay shipping and duty. $55 more for a much, much better grade of shoe. AE is going to price themselves out of business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by believe0101 View Post
    Is there any way to compare Loake to AE in terms of lasts? I've always wanted to try Meermin, Loake, Carmina, etc. but I haven't even tried Aldens out because I don't know where to get myself fitted.
    Did a quick search on Alden. Try North River Outfitter: 122 Charles Street
    PO Box 305, Boston Ma, 02114
    Mon-Fri: 10-7, Sat: 10-6, Sun: 11-5
    617-742-0089.

    If you're ever in DC, there's an actual Alden shop there.

    Not sure about Loake. I only mention them as I go to the UK (where my parents live) once a year, so the fitting issue isn't an issue for me. I've also avoided Meermin for that reason. I think you can get free returns on Carmina at Skoaktiebolaget and possibly directly from the Carmina website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srlclark View Post
    Did a quick search on Alden. Try North River Outfitter.
    Store is fine, but don't ever.... EVER.... order from their website. If I were to rank my shopping experiences from worst to best, there would be more distance from them (#1) to #2 than there would be from #2 to #150. They truly set a new standard in suckitude. Exponentially worse than anything else I've ever experienced.

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