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Are Allen Edmonds over the top? Is it worth buying something a little less expensive?

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If you can get them for under $300 I think they are more than worth it. Comfortable, long lasting, sleek. Plus if they ever start looking old. Send them back with $75 and they'll repair the shoes for you

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Solid purchase and will last you for a long time

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Everyone needs a pair of black Park Aves. Not over the top at all. It's not flashy. Just looks better than J&M or any of the other cheaper brands.

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Love them classy. (Female)

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I have owned Bostonians, Allen Edmonds, Church's, Coke Haan and Johnston Murphy. The Church's and Allen Edmonds were totally worth the splurge and have been exceptionally comfortable. I would get Johnston Murphy before Cole Haan and Bostonian.

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Me too. I wear my brown and burgundy shoes almost exclusively

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Invest once. Walnut/Bourbon Strands/McAllisters go with almost every line of work. Black Park Aves if you want something a bit more conservative (Finance maybe?)

Are $80 Macy's black Bostonian dress shoes frowned on? Don't want to be out of place if they are

(What I currently have)^

I got the JM Park Ave lookalikes. Happy with them. Just couldn't pull the trigger

AE all the way. I have 5 pairs between work and casual. Just amazing shoes. Worth ever Penney. Wait for a sale and get them super cheap. Only shoe that doesn't go on sale are park aves.

I fuckin hate black shoes; only wear them with a tuxedo

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