Head to AllenEdmonds.com, click on the big “90th Anniversary Sale” Graphic, and you’re taken to a page with 13 pairs of shoes. Most of which are going to register a solid “mneh” with most of you. And that’s where plenty of us said: “that’s it?” shrugged, and went back to playing minesweeper.
But that’s not it. There might not be many shoes that get the $90 or 19.22% discount (the year AE launched) but there are plenty of belts, shoe care accessories, and other made in the USA gems that are marked down and ship free at no minimum. Free returns too. We’ll start with the stuff you can snag with couch-cushion money, and work up…
Yes you can use an old t-shirt to apply your shoe creme or shoe polish and another old t-shirt to buff em’ up after you take your brush to them. But it just doesn’t work as smoothly. The flannel polishing clothes do a real nice job, and they’re durable enough that you can really put some torque on them. The Daubers make it much easier to get an even, thin coat of creme or polish on your shoes.
Horsehair Shine Brush – $5.60 ($7.00)
You put the shoe polish or creme on, you let it dry for 10 minutes, and then you brush your shoes with one of these (after that, it’s polishing cloth time if you so choose.) Again, made in the USA.
Might be time to upgrade from that cheap, plastic shoe horn you got for free with a pair of shoes 15 years ago. Not quite this much of an upgrade, but an upgrade none the less.
For most, suits call for a card case and a money clip. But when in a summer suit, a metal money clip might feel out of place. That, and all the sunshine this time of year might cause you to inadvertantly blind someone, or, cause a cat to go flying after some random reflection you’re shooting up on the wall. J. Crew seems to have stopped making those tie-stripe style money clips. These are just as good, if not better. Leather and made in the USA.
Sixteen bucks might seem pretty steep for a hanger, but like shoe trees for your nice shoes, you want some wider shoulder hangers for all your sportcoats and suit jackets. Even if it’s a cheap cotton sportcoat from Target. Your jackets which you’ve already invested in by getting tailored, will last much longer. Plus, these are made from cedar. 85% of which was sourced from Arkansas. No matter the source, it’ll help keep your clothes fresh, and closet free of moths.
And speaking of shoe trees… Made in the USA, ships free, and now with the discount costs about the same as the made in China Alfani shoe trees some Macy’s shoe departments sell.
This is the type of thing that you’d think wouldn’t be made in the USA. But it is. Not everything that AE sells is made here in the states, but a flask? Nice work. Kudos to them.
A splurge at almost $70, but that walnut belt is something else. Consider them the domestic crafted version of the well liked Gap Basic Belts. Only these belts from Allen Edmonds seem to have a small roller at the buckle.
On the longer 5-last, which is the same chassis the Dalton is built on. Not all of the colors are on sale, and the black/tan combo is sadly one of the one’s stuck at full price. Proof that black and brown absolutely can go together. Part of the “rough” collection, and might look better with age.
Strawfut – $245.00 ($345)
You either have to live in a swampy, brutally hot climate, or be a complete shoe hog to go for these. From the Allen Edmonds site: “We rediscovered this exceptional shoe in 2009 when a long-time customer from Los Angeles sent in a pair we had built in the 1950s to have the soles recrafted.” Imagine being in the de-boxing department when these freaks came in. But they’re good looking freaks, with the serious purpose of drastically increasing air flow.
McAllister Wingtip – $245.00 ($335)
The belle of the ball, by far. Also available in a black calf, and none of the color options are excluded from the very fair sale price of $245.00
Weybridge – $249.00 ($335)
Actually not part of the 90th anniversary sale, but found over in the clearance section hanging out by its lonesome. The black pair have held up incredibly well over months of wear, and they’ve got a feeling of indestructibility about them. Can be a little tough to break in, and the styling might not be for everyone. You’ve got to like to take a little bit of a risk, but not a huge risk with those perforations.
Cordovan Park Avenue – $485 ($575)
Sure, everyone likes to save money… but if you’re willing to spend $575 on a pair of shoes, aren’t you going to do it anyway? Made from shell cordovan. As classic (and conservative) as a shoe gets. Only black is on sale.
The Allen Edmonds 90th Anniversary Sale is set to expire April 30th. Free shipping and free returns are available, no minimum on everything. Also worth noting, seems like Endless has mimicked the sale, and they offer free two-day shipping as well as free returns.