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Thoughts on Allen Edmonds factory seconds? Tight on budget, and don’t mind small/minor Blemishes.

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Just go to nordy rack to get them.

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Don't go to Nordstrom rack to get them. Those are worse than seconds and they don't even have any of the best models. Factory seconds are great. The blemishes are not even noticeable. The only downside vs full price is you don't have the same warranty.

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I have factory seconds and while no one else will know the flaw, I will (inside of right shoe, near the back). I'd save the extra week to buy firsts

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I have F2 Shell Leeds & simply can’t find a single flaw - paid 50% of F1 price

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It's too late for this year because it already happened in April, but AE has an anniversary sale every year when their regular shoes are about the same price as their seconds. Good time to buy pairs you hadn't bought already.

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Nordy racks in NYC and Chicago have some 🔥

I haven't been to one's in Chicago or NY so maybe it's different since it's huge locations, but they must have things not even listed on their website. Do you know which locations in NY?

@C1 Didn’t their anniversary sales happen also?

Love factory seconds. I’d recommend trying on the show you want at an AE store first so you know your size and how they’ll look. Next find the shoe on shoebank.com. Call the store listed that has the shoe and ask them to describe the flaws. If all sounds good, they next day mail for free and you’ve got a great new pair of shoes for nearly half the price

The clipping on most AE is poor. Step up to Alden if you want American shoes.

I find Alden's so blocky and ugly. I think they're supposed to not have changed since the early 1800s or something, and you can tell.

On the other hand, AE changes every 5 minutes, and each time, the quality goes down. At this point they have so many models and lasts that even their sales people have no clue what they have to offer. On top of that, most of their shoes are just as blocky as Alden. If you want more trim lines, see Lobb, Green, G&G, etc

I went to both the Nordstrom Rack on Chelsea and the one on Union Square and neither had anything. The one on Chelsea had 1 pair that weren't even seconds. They're the NR only AE makes for them. The one on Union didn't have a single pair 9.5-10.

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