Left: Allen Edmonds Promontory Boot from AllenEdmonds.com
Right: Allen Edmonds Promontory Boot from Nordstrom.com
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wow. what a difference. they look like completely different boots. I like the one on the left with the high shine and the bar lacing.
As one who does product photography… Shame on A&E for not making their product photos available for their resellers. Especially when they have put in so much time on the shot. But then again, they can’t do everything that EVERY retailer wants.
Good photography is always challenging, and it always makes a big difference.
probably for the best- AE’s photos aren’t all that great
I would bet money that the actual boot is better represented by the photo from Nordstrom. I purchased the Bayfield from an AE outlet a couple of years ago, and while I love the boot, it really wasn’t represented well by the pictures from the AE website.
As someone who works in the industry and with a company that works with Nordstrom, I’m willing to be Nordstrom shot the shoe on their own at their choice, rather than because AE will not allow the use of their product shots. Nordstrom controls their product creative very tightly.
AE’s product photos are notoriously bad. Never trust them. I usually go to Zappos for good shoe photos if they’re carried at Zappos.
That is crazy. Even the shape of that boot in the photos makes them look like completely different model/brand boots.
Even the price of the boot is different. $350 at Nordstrom and listed as on sale at AE for $297.
That’s because AE is running a sale now – was covered in the post earlier today.
The one on the right looks sooo much better
Did anyone else miss the link to Twins on their first read also?
It’s even possible they shot that photo specifically to give their buyers a better representation than the retouched AE photo or in reaction to several returns because the buyer was disappointed their boots looked nothing like the one on the left when they weren’t being professionally lit and done up.
As someone who sold AE’s for a while, I will say that it is really difficult to get a good representation of the shoe captured in a photo. But when you are AE and selling them on your site for top dollar, you have to take the perfect photo. Nothing else will do. And as a freelance photographer now what I see is this: an angle from a little higher above the shoe where you can see the height of the heel, its shined to a mirror finish although grainy in texture, the insides are packed tight with filler material to make them look fuller and more durable, the laces are perfectly laced in parallel lines, but the BIGGEST thing is the post production picture editing- the contrast has been turned up quite a bit, and the saturation some as well, giving the colors more pop. It may have even been photographed several times and pieced together with photoshop
I find all of AE’s photo graphs to misrepresent the actual product. Their photos are touched up and made to shine way more than they do in person. Just take a look at the Neumok photos on the site vs. owner uploaded ones.
You are right. I totally missed that. Thanks.
As other photogs have mentioned, the high shine is a consequence of a very carefully positioned set of lights. I’m with you on the bar lacing though- even though I’d probably lace my boots as the ones on the right, bar looks more tidy for a product shot.
I like the look of the boot a lot more now based on the Nordstrom photos.
Sorry this isn’t about the shoes, but the page the question mark link leads to made me chuckle aloud.
Based on the A&E shot, it’s a buy. Based on the Nordstrom one, it’s not. HUGE difference.
I do that too, but based on the AB comparison above I don’t care for the Nordstrom shot. I also don’t buy many things sight unseen. I always go to a store and see it in person before ordering online.
I dont like these at all, I have no idea why.
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