Great Classic Shoe and Made in America
This is a terrific shoe for several reasons. First it is made in America by a quality manufacturer and the quality of the uppers is very supple and good. Second, the fit runs a little narrow which is perfect for my long slender feet. Third, the support of the shoe is very good and rubber half-sole is not too bulky which maintains the "dress shoe" look of the shoes. Finally, the shoes that have that English dovetail combination heel. Great pair of shoes for a very fair price.
December 23, 2012
A Solid Pair of Shoes
These shoes are made for Brooks Brothersby Allen Edmonds, however I believe that the shoes made for Brooks are better than the current AE offerings for several reasons. First, the uppers used by Brooks are a beautiful French calfskin which means they are not shiny and have a nice soft finish to them (and I believe them to be better than AE's usual calfskin offerings). Also, the linings in the shoes are very substantial and as a result the shoe holds its shape well. I also believe the shoe is cut slightly narrow as I have very narrow feet and for me the fit is snug and secure. While AE is known for making shoes without a steel shank, the shoes from Brooks feel shanked and offer very good support. I also like the fact that the rubber half-sole is very thin so the shoe maintains its "dress shoe" appearance while still being very comfortable to walk in. Finally, Brook uses an English heal (i.e., a a dovetailed combination heel), which is not offered on most AE shoes, particulalrly at this price point. Overall, these are very well made and classic looking shoes. I believe that Brooks has used its own specifications, and combined them with a very good American manufacturer, with the result being a very solid pair of shoes.
December 20, 2012
comfort right out of the box
I bought the brown version of these this summer and since they are super comfortable, stylish, and made in USA, I bought the black ones. My wife and I went for dinner the first time I wore them and then went for a walk after and they were super comfortable - can't say that about many pairs of dress shoes I've ever owned.
January 29, 2012
my new favorite shoes
I have difficult to fit feet, so it seemed risky buying shoes from the website.
When I received the shoes, I was relieved and happy to find that the shoes appear to be a tweaked version of what had previously been my favorite shoes.
The previous shoes I had purchased directly from the manufacturer.
For these shoes, it looks like Brooks Brothers made some improvements to one of the manufacturer's designs and put its label on them. Brooks Brothers has better color options than the manufacturer offers under its brand.
January 18, 2012