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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.

    #2
    wow....if i had known i would've jumped on the cornwallis much earlier...

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      #3
      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.
      Last edited by evanparker; March 2, 2016, 08:42 AM.

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        #4
        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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          #5
          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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            #6
            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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              #7
              Damn. Wishing I'd jumped on their last sale when I had a chance. US/CDN currency be damned.

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                #8
                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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                  #9
                  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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                    #10
                    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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                      #11
                      Originally posted by phatte View Post
                      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.
                      Just curious, what about the experience made it so bad?

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                        #12
                        Who? Alden or North River Outfitter? It'll be a couple of years before I put down the money for a pair of Alden. Current plan is to get myself a pair for my 40th in June 2018 (I'm a professor and that'll also be when I know whether I get tenure or not, so it'd be a good double celebration).

                        Originally posted by phatte View Post
                        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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                          #13
                          Originally posted by winghus View Post
                          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.
                          Carmina does this from their main site. Skoak includes a pair of their own shoe trees which are $95 and you get a pair of Carmina trees from their main site. I think the fuss of the Carmina price increase was offset by the addition of shoe trees with the purchase.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by JBarwick View Post
                            Carmina does this from their main site. Skoak includes a pair of their own shoe trees which are $95 and you get a pair of Carmina trees from their main site. I think the fuss of the Carmina price increase was offset by the addition of shoe trees with the purchase.
                            i pay $8 for shoetrees...$95 is still quite the upcharge!

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Scofield View Post
                              i pay $8 for shoetrees...$95 is still quite the upcharge!
                              It's lasted shoe trees. Big difference if you buy higher quality footwear.

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