Red Wing Boots: Are They Worth It? – Men’s Iconic American Work Boot Review

In today’s installment of our review series, Is It Worth It?, we take a look at Red Wing boots, which have long been a staple in American workwear. We’re now starting to see people wear them in more fashion-forward contexts, but in either application, are they worth the price?

History of Red Wing Shoe Company

Many people now recognize the over 100-year-old company as a family-owned business that was launched in 1905 in Red Wing, Minnesota. However, in 1873, prior to the inception of the Red Wing shoe company, Red Wing, Minnesota was known as one of the most efficient producers of wheat in the United States of America. Soon after, the discovery of natural clay beds in the area launched a healthy stoneware industry. 

During the turn of the century, Red Wing, Minnesota was seeing massive success from its river port and businesses were springing up all over the place. European immigrants were creating factories and workshops all over the city.

Red Wing Shoes

Red Wing Shoes

At that time, Charles Beckman, who happened to be a shoe seller and a very wise businessman, would watch the carpenters and the blacksmiths walk throughout the city and noticed that they had ill-fitting boots and shoes on. He came up with the idea to have something that was specific to a certain job.

As Charles struck out to launch this new venture for shoes and boots that would fit people appropriately, he initially found that manufacturers were not willing to work with him. Thankfully, Charles didn’t have to wait forever. He was soon joined by other investors and they began launching the Red Wing shoe company in 1905. 

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The Dakota Chief, Red Wing, after whom the show company was named

By 1912, Red Wing shoe company was seeing massive success with its new style, the “Black and Brown Chief.” This boot was created using manure-proof leather to assist farmers while working on their land. This boot also carried the likeness of the legendary Dakota chief Red Wing on the sole of the boot as well.

Red Wing Shoes in WWI

During World War I, as the men who would have worked in the factory went to war, women entered the factory to help with the creation of boots. In particular, the 1088 Pershing boot was one that gained a lot of popularity. Red Wing shoe company continued to make the 1088 Pershing style until 1965.

Over the years, Red Wing shoe company has become known for more than just shoes or boots for wartime or marketed just to farmhands. In the ’60s and ’70s, there was an adoption of Red Wing shoes and boots by a much broader audience.

Used Redwing Boots

Used Red Wing Boots

Recent Years

In more recent years, a partnership with a popular company J.Crew helped launch the Heritage Collection around 2007. It was advertised initially as being a collection that would bring together both the standard Red Wing boots along with a more modern aesthetic for a broader audience.

Today, we are seeing Red Wing boots appear in the classes of very fashion-forward individuals. Those who choose to wear the brand casually and opt to wear the more fashionable heritage collection are often branded as hipsters.

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Red Wing Boots from the Heritage Collection (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/A Continuous Lean)

What has become one of the most iconic styles from the Red Wing Heritage Collection is their Classic 6-Inch Moc-Toe boot. Over the years as fashion rules have softened, we see that many more people are willing to shell out the $200+ for these popular boots.

The Red Wing shoe factory produces up to two million shoes each year and has seen over four generations of shoemakers. Red Wing boots doesn’t only design and manufacture shoes under its own brand! It also produces footwear under Irish Setter boots, Vasque, Carhartt (discontinued in 2011), and Worx brands. Some of these non-Red Wing brands include a variety of models that were manufactured in the People’s Republic of China.

Red Wing Heritage Boots

Red Wing Heritage Boots

A Tour of The Factory

The over 100-year-old factory is located at 315 Main Street in Red Wing, Minnesota. I can say from experience that the amount of history that it holds is incredible.

Many years ago, I had the privilege of going on a tour of the Red Wing Factory in Red Wing, Minnesota and I had an absolute blast. There’s so much history and passion behind this brand and I really enjoyed seeing how something that’s over 100 years old and located in a small town is helping people all over the world.

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Boots being constructed in the Red Wing factory (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Nina Hale)

The tour lasted a number of hours but the people working there were extremely welcoming and I could tell that they were extremely passionate about what they were helping to create. My favorite part of the tour, and I had a few, included seeing the leather being dyed and the boots being stitched together with the soles.

How Red Wing Shoes Are Made

It takes a large team of dedicated people who have a critical eye to produce a high-quality boot from beginning to end. Many of the shoes are actually hand-stitched; this is done because much of the technology that’s available today does not stitch components of the shoes together to Red Wing’s standards.

It all begins with leather, in the beginning, Charles Beckman partnered with the SB Foot Tannery to get the best and most durable leather for the Red Wing shoe company. In 1986, Red Wing shoe company acquired that tannery.

Hand Cutting Perforated Brown Leather

Hand Cutting Perforated Brown Leather

To begin the construction process, first, the leather is tanned, stretched, and then rolled. Then, the leather is cut into patterns and then fitted. Another fun fact: the fitting department actually holds 30 different steps the leather has to go through before it’s able to be transferred to the next department.

The leather is then sent to the lasting department, this department holds over 30 different styles and hundreds of different sizes in which the boots and shoes can be made. From there, the footwear is sent to the bottoms department, this is where the soles are applied. 

Wooden Bespoke Shoe Lasts

Wooden Bespoke Shoe Lasts

Finally, the footwear is sent to the finishing department. This is where each shoe and boot is reviewed, shoelaces and footbeds are added, and things are then prepared for distribution all over the world.

One of the best things about Red Wing boots is their soles. The lug sole was invented by Vibram. This hole provides a lot of traction. Meanwhile, Traction Tred is a non-marking outsole and one of the most iconic elements in Red Wing boots.

Red Wing Vibram Sole

Our Chosen Styles – Iron Ranger 8111

This style was originally built for iron miners on the Minnesota Iron Range in the 1930s. Each pair of boots take on a personalized fit through to the cork midsoles and the leather insoles that form to the wearer’s feet. The style features a Goodyear welt, a steel shank, and a puritan triple stitch construction. Also, there are brass speed hooks for precise lacing.

This Iron Ranger style is made with a Vibram 430 mini lug sole. According to Red Wing, the Iron Ranger style should fit comfortably tight on your foot while still allowing for enough room for you to freely move your toes. The Iron Ranger style was built on the No. 8 last. This boot designed features a bump toe which allows you to freely move your toes. This style fits a variety of foot shapes and retails for $330.

Classic 6-Inch Moc-Toe

The classic moc-toe has gained a lot of popularity over the years in part because of the Goodyear construction and also, the contrasting sole with Traction Tred. This boot was created using Red Wing’s No. 23 last. This was developed in the 1950s and is arguably one of the most popular last styles.

The style provides extra room in the forefoot and instep to be able to fit a wide variety of foot shapes. It is sold by Red Wing in eight different color options, and Red Wing actually recommends that you size down ½ to 1 full size when making your selections.

Both the Iron Ranger style and the Classic Moc-Toe are available in sizes 7 through 14 and widths D and double E, but please be advised that not every style and color combination is available in every size.

Depending on the color and/or leather style you choose in your purchase, it will determine whether or not you’re going to need a leather protector and/or leather oil to maintain the appearance of your boots.

 

Many of Red Wing’s boot styles are known for their work functionality. The authentic work boots from Red Wing that are used by construction workers and others are specifically designed to withstand moisture, paint spills, mud, and some styles even have the ever-popular steel toe installation to protect your toes from being crushed while on the job.

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Red Wing Iron Rangers (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Stephen Walling)

Red Wing Shoe Experience

A number of years ago while I worked for Brooks Brothers, we temporarily sold shoes and boots out of the Red Wing Heritage Collection. At that time, I was offered a sizable discount and I decided to purchase two pairs of boots. The amber-colored Iron Ranger and the light brown 6-inch Classic Moc-Toe.

Out of the box, I distinctly remember noticing the quality and the craftsmanship of the boots. The clean precision mixed with the handmade details was fantastic and the scent of the leather reminded me of the long history of this great brand.

Break-In Period

From the beginning, I was told to make sure that I took time to break in the boots. I thought I was well aware of the process of breaking in shoes as I had been through this process with other footwear purchases. In the end, I found myself wishing that I had taken much more time for this break-in period. I decided to wear my brand new boots to work all day long and I immediately regretted that footwear choice. Over time, my feet got used to the boots, the leather softened, and they have since become some of my favorite boots to wear.

Red Wing Iron ranger up close

Laces

Personally, one of the main aspects of the boots I didn’t really enjoy was the laces. The boots arrived with a leather lace option as well as a traditional braided style. I found that the boots felt tighter and much more secure on my feet when I used that braided style. By after nearly 10 years of pulling and tightening, the laces have started to look much more weathered, however, I understand this is nothing really to complain about. Other than that, I had no major issues except the laces, that’s pretty fantastic!

Other Notes

As the boots have aged, the weathered look has started to work even better with my personal style. In the future, I’m planning on purchasing the taller 8-inch version of the moc-toe boot, as well as the Muleskinner Iron Ranger.

These boots have never had any major quality issues, no tears in the leather, nothing wrong with the soles at all. In nearly 10 years of wearing these boots, the main issues stem from my neglect and not caring properly for the leather and also, wearing the soles down so much and forgetting to have them resoled.

10-Year-Old vs New Pair

For the sake of comparison, we actually have a brand new pair of Iron Rangers similar to the ones that I brought in today. These happen to be fresh out of the box and comparing this brand new pair to my nearly 10 year-old pair, the first thing I’m noticing is how sturdy these boots are–and I’m amazed at how much of that sturdiness is still represented in my older pair. The attention to detail is immediately noticeable and things like the stitching, the sole trimming around the perimeter of the boot, and the distinctive coloration in the toe which blends darker in the further back into the top of the boot.

If you look closely, you can see minor fractures in the leather color, as well as stray leather from the raw edges. These subtle details add a human element which further enhanced the character of the boots over time.

Interior tags of the red Wing Iron Ranger Boots

Interior tags of the red Wing Iron Ranger Boots

The pliable leather upper has a unique coloration and the color seems to even shift as the leather is being bent. The leather upper also hold on the interior and stitch tag referencing the branding, the style name, and the fact that it was made in the USA. In this particular tag, we see that this is style 8085. The oil resisting Vibram sole is securely stitched and offers a great deal of traction.

As I previously mentioned, there are a handful of things that they could have done differently to further extend the longevity of my two pairs of boots. During my visit to the factory, I was given specific information on how to best care for my boots. Unfortunately, I did not listen! To return my boots to their former appearance and any capacity, I will be sending them back to Red Wing to be cleaned and in the case of my Iron Rangers, to be resoled. Needless to say, I have certainly learned my lesson and I will definitely take better care of my future pair.

Leather Care & Maintenance

On that note, there are a number of things to think about when it comes to leather. Each type of leather may require a different type of cloth, brush, or oil. For example, Red Wing recommends that their all-natural boot oil be used on their Iron Ranger. At the same time, any product designed to help you care for calfskin leather would also work well.

While we’re on the subject of care, Red Wing shoe company also offers repair services. For $125, you can have the boots resoled, replace the welting, recondition the uppers, and receive a full-size container of leather conditioner. You can also pay for a la carte repairs, as well.

La Cordonnerie Anglais Shoe Shine Kit Inside

La Cordonnerie Anglais Shoe Shine Kit Inside

Other Boot Options

Before we reach our final verdict and whether or not Red Wing boots are worth it or not, let’s take a look at some similar options that are also in the same category.

Vintage Wolverine shell cordovan boot ad

Vintage Wolverine shell cordovan boot ad

  • Wolverine
    • They offer a similar style to Red Wing’s classic moc-toe, their men’s 6-inch Loaders, which they sell for $105.
  • Timberland
    • They offer their classic 6-inch waterproof style for $198.
  • Chippewa
    • Chippewa offers a variety of styles many of which are sold for about $280 or less.
  • Wesco
    • On the more expensive end of the similar, the brand Wesco offers subtle different customizations you can make to your boots, but many of the boots start out at about $599.
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Wesco, another storied footwear manufacturer, can be seen as a competitor to Red Wing

The Verdict

As is often the case in this series, whether or not Red Wing boots are worth it for you, really depends on how you’d like to wear them. If you’re looking for a heavy-duty boot that could withstand and run through say, Jurassic Park, Red Wing actually does make boots that are designed for people who work outdoors.

As there are many different options available from brands that are also made in the USA, some family-owned and some bigger than others at varying price points, it’s easy to see why some people prefer one brand over another. But if you are more fashion-focused individual and you enjoy the offerings of the Heritage Collection, you probably aren’t planning to wear your boots outdoors hiking or at a construction site.

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Gianni Agnelli attempts to blur the line between workwear and fashion

It would be great if Red Wing offered its boots at a lower price point but we need to remember where Red Wing is making its boots, here in the USA. Production costs here in the USA happen to be much higher than they would be overseas. As previously mentioned, elsewhere, the costs of calfskin leather are rising globally and often, manufacturers have to make up this cost in their retail pricing. After visiting the factory myself and seeing the time and care that is poured into this product, I can understand why the price point is such.

Overall, I have found that through my nearly 10 years of ownership of Red Wing boots that they are worth it. These boots are worth the investment due to their quality construction, durability, and versatility to be worn with many things throughout the year.

What are your experiences with Red Wing Boots? Share with us in the comments below!

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Red Wing Boots: Are They Worth It? – Men’s Iconic American Work Boot Review

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Are Red Wing Boots worth the price (either as workwear or a style piece)? Find out what we think!

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Allen Edmonds Park Avenue Cap Toe Oxford: Is It Worth It? – Iconic American Dress Shoe Review

The Park Avenue from Allen Edmonds is perhaps the standard to which all other American dress shoes are compared. In this installment of our ongoing series Is It Worth It?, we take a closer look at the iconic cap toe footwear and share our thoughts on whether or not it’s worth it.

History of Allen Edmonds

In 1922, Elbert W. Allen Sr. founded a shoe company in Belgium, Wisconsin. Ralph Spiegel was an initial investor and partner to Allen but he was later bought out by William Edmonds. Therefore, the company was christened Allen Edmonds. The company quickly gained notoriety for their innovative manufacturing processes such as removing nails and metal shanks from their construction to create a more flexible and lightweight shoe, referred to as Osteopathic in its early years of production. The shank of an Allen Edmonds shoe would often be made of wood to maintain durability while increasing comfort.

After providing shoes to the US Army and Navy during World War II, Allen Edmonds gained a major following as many of the soldiers from these branches of the military became lifelong customers of the brand. Thereafter, founder Elbert Allen died in 1946 at which time, his son Elbert Jr. took over control of the company. He was followed in turn by his brother Boyd in 1968 and then by John Stollenwerk in 1980. The original factory in Belgium, Wisconsin burned to the ground in January of 1984. Following both a literal and metaphorical rebuild, Allen Edmonds opened a factory in nearby Port Washington, Wisconsin where they still operate today.

Allen Edmonds Park Avenues in Black and Brown

Allen Edmonds Park Avenues in Black and Brown

In 1987, the subsidiary company Woodlore was launched, manufacturing shoe trees and other accessories. The 1990s were a period of great growth and expansion for Allen Edmonds during which time, they purchased the main shoe company of Lewiston, Maine and began to diversify their product range incorporating other products such as umbrellas.

In 2003, the company invested $100 million to refit their factory in order to cut down on production costs. This may have been assigned that the boom of the 90s was coming to an end. By 2006, they were again concerned with rising manufacturing costs and wanted to enter other shoe markets. As such, they closed their Factory in Lewiston, Maine and opened a factory in the Dominican Republic. While the factory in Port Washington still produces the classic lines of dress shoes, some of the other lines such as boat shoes are now produced in the Dominican Republic. Additionally, some leathers for other models are cut in the Dominican Republic and then assembled in the United States. Also in 2006, 90% of the company’s shares were purchased by Minneapolis based investment firm, Goldner Hawn Johnson and Morrison for $100 million.

Allen Edmonds

Allen Edmonds

In 2013, the company was acquired by private equity firm, Brentwood Associates and in 2016, Brentwood sold it to shoe conglomerate, Caleres for $255 million. The current president today is Malcolm Robinson who has previously worked for a variety of other menswear brands including Phillips-Van Heusen.

Today, Allen Edmonds pride themselves on their history and status as an iconic American shoe company. Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush are just some of the many American presidents who have worn Allen Edmonds shoes and Park Avenues, in particular. Allen Edmonds also differentiates itself from many other shoe companies by offering a recrafting service whereby customers can send in old or worn pairs of Allen Edmonds shoes to be largely rebuilt for a fee. As part of this recrafting, the welt will be replaced and a new cork lining inserted, the soles, heels, and laces will also be replaced and the uppers will be polished. So long as there are no deep cracks or tears in the leather of the uppers and linings, Allen Edmonds will generally be able to recraft a shoe two or three times. While you could, of course, take a pair of Allen Edmonds shoes to your local cobbler to be repaired, sending it to Allen Edmonds means that the shoe will be stretched over the original last shape again ensuring that it maintains its original dimensions.

Despite Allen Edmonds heritage and reputation for quality, however, they do find themselves today at a bit of a crossroads. Their attempts in recent years to reach a younger, less formal clientele with more avant-garde designs haven’t necessarily fared well. This approach also alienated some longtime customers meaning that Allen Edmonds was somewhat stuck in the middle. Also, other longtime buyers and fans within the menswear community both on online forums and YouTube, among other places, have begun to notice increasing issues with quality control.

Allen Edmonds Park Avenue Oxfords In Black

Allen Edmonds Park Avenue Oxfords In Black

Park Avenue: The Iconic Cap Toe Oxfords

Their signature model, the Park Avenue, is a lace-up cap toe Oxford dress shoe. Allen Edmonds refers to it on their website as a cap toe balmoral. While Balmoral is a term often used, especially in America, to refer to Oxfords, it most technically refers only to a kind of boot. And what’s an Oxford? The shortest answer is this, Oxford shoes have a closed lacing system where the vamp is sewn on to the quarter whereas derby shoes have an open lacing system where the quarters are sewn onto the vamp.

Allen Edmonds Park Avenues up close

Allen Edmonds Park Avenues up close

Like many models of Allen Edmonds shoes, the Park Avenues are Goodyear welted meaning that the uppers are stitched to a cork filled welt and then to the sole. The Park Avenue receives an assembly method that Allen Edmonds refers to as their 360-degree bench welt construction. A 360-degree welt holds no real advantage over the more conventional 270-degree welt, in terms of quality, but it does allow Allen Edmonds to more easily replace the welt and the sole when shoes are being recrafted.

The shoes feature a single oak sole with rubber top lifts on the heel, lined calfskin leather uppers made from premium Horween leather, and six pairs of eyelets for the laces. They are welted on the 65 last which is Allen Edmonds’ most popular shape and also used for many other models including the closely-related fifth avenue. This particular last is known for being slightly longer than the typical American dress shoe last adding some sleekness to the overall shape. With that said though, the overall styling of the shoe is very traditionally American. While it’s not exactly chunky or unattractive, the shape isn’t nearly as refined as what you might see from many other British or Italian shoemakers today. In addition to this, the toe cap is a good deal shorter than many other brands.

A Closer Look at the Park Avenue

For this review, we purchased a new pair of shoes online directly from Allen Edmonds for a retail price of $395. We decided to go with black which is perhaps the most signature and conservative shade. In addition to this new pair, we’re also featuring a pair in brown that I’ve personally owned for about a year now. My pair are factory seconds meaning that I purchased them at a discount with the understanding that they didn’t necessarily meet the quality control standards to be sold at full price, which I got for $250. Furthermore, as I have poor balance due to a disability, I had rubber half soles added to my shoes by a local cobbler.

One unattractive feature of the Park Avenue is the slight hump where the vamp meets the toe cap

One unattractive feature of the Park Avenue is the slight hump where the vamp meets the toe cap

Workmanship

Allen Edmonds does offer a variety of other sole styles in addition to standard leather including dainite rubber. Overall, we found the workmanship on this new pair of shoes to be of high quality. Stitching on the uppers was uniform with a pleasing stitch density and very few loose thread ends and the welt stitching was largely uniform with a few minor imperfections. There was a slight notch where the welt meets the heel on the left shoe but this wasn’t major. The leather did have creases or imperfections in some areas but these were all quite minor and could likely be covered or even removed with proper care and polishing over time.

A closer look at the uniform stitching on the uppers

A closer look at the uniform stitching on the uppers

One somewhat unattractive feature is the slight hump where the vamp meets the toe cap, this could be mitigated during production by skiving or trimming away at the underside of the leather at the seam to a greater degree. The sides of the soles received a uniform black painting that didn’t greatly spill over onto the undersides of the soles.

My factory second pair did have more imperfections in the leather of the uppers and the soles and some uneven stitching on the welt. Still, this was to be expected given that they were factory seconds and they’ve been holding up well over a year’s worth of occasional wear.

Preston's factory seconds Park Avenues in Brown

Preston’s factory seconds Park Avenues in Brown

Comfort

Regarding fit and comfort of the Park Avenues, we’ll start with my own personal pair since I’ve obviously worn them quite a bit more. I will say that they did have a bit of a break-in period, perhaps two or three wears, where I did find them to be slightly uncomfortable, particularly in the heels where I experienced some irritation and mild blistering. After this initial break-in period though, I’ve had no further issues and I now find my shoes to be quite comfortable.

I wear a size 8 and 1/2 D in most dress shoes and that’s the size of both my personal pair of Park Avenues and the ones we just purchased. I find that both pairs fit relatively well though the quarters do gap somewhat and there is a bit of space in the heel. I could certainly try a different fit, in fact, one point of pride for Allen Edmonds is the wide variety of different fit options they offer. Many models will range all the way from size 5 Triple A at the smallest and narrowest to 15 Triple E at the largest and widest. I was fitted to a size 8 and 1/2 D, however, when I visited an Allen Edmonds store locally so it may just be that the 65 last on which the Park Avenue is built isn’t the ideal last shape for my foot.

As a side note, I’ll also mention that I do own a handful of other pairs of Allen Edmonds shoes in different styles and made on different lasts and I’ve found that the initial break-in period and overall fit of the shoe has varied somewhat from pair to pair. After these varying break-in periods though, I have again found that the shoes fit well overall and are generally quite comfortable. Raphael also owns a handful of Allen Edmonds shoes, as well as boots, and his experience has varied from pair to pair. Some pairs he likes more than others.

Slight creases on the leather

Slight creases on the leather

A Note On Quality Control Issues

In addition to the overall quality control issues we alluded to earlier, while we didn’t experience any major defects with the pair we purchased for this review and I also didn’t experience anything major with my factory second pair, it’s becoming an increasingly shared opinion in online menswear spaces that Allen Edmonds has begun to cut back on quality control to some degree. This should be taken with a grain of salt, however, as demand for premium quality calfskin continues to increase worldwide and even reputable brands like Horween can sometimes struggle to find enough perfect leather pieces for every single pair of shoes they produce. Other brands, for example, fellow American company, Alden, have managed to keep up their extremely exacting quality standards. With this though, their prices are substantially higher, as much as $600 per pair and discounts on their shoes are rare.

So you may have to be a bit more cautious when buying from Allen Edmonds today but we’re not going to go so far as to suggest that the overall quality of their product has dramatically decreased. With that said though, the Kavalier has also done a video on the current state of Allen Edmonds as a company today and you can find it here.

Are They Worth It?

Ultimately, the answer is likely going to depend on your budget as well as your taste. As we said before, Allen Edmonds currently sells Park Avenues on their website for a retail price of $395 though they do often run sales so you should be able to find them for less. The shoes are well made with no major flaws and durable construction.

If you properly care for them and wear them in rotation with other shoes, they should last you for a good many years. Remember also that you can send them back to the factory in Port Washington for around a hundred to a hundred and fifty dollars per pair to have them re-crafted extending their life even further.

Even so, their overall look is definitely conservative and not quite as elegant as some other British or Italian models that you might find today. If you’re looking for a more flattering silhouette at a similar price point, you might want to consider spending your money elsewhere. Speaking personally, I don’t mind the slightly stodgy or old-fashioned silhouette of the shoes, in fact, I find some more modern European models to be too bold so this isn’t a downside for me.

If you haven’t purchased from Allen Edmonds before and you’d like to try out some of their styles including the Park Avenue, you might want to do as I did and try factory seconds first. Currently, seconds aren’t available on the Allen Edmonds website all the time but you will find them occasionally. If you do decide to sign up for their email list, they’ll notify you when seconds go on sale.

So while they may not be the most elegant dress shoes on the market today and quality control is perhaps a bit more of a gamble than it was in past years, the models from Allen Edmonds and the Park Avenue, in particular, stand as quality American dress shoes. They’re durable, comfortable, recraftable, and made in the USA with a few exceptions on each of these points.

Our Verdict

Are they the best shoes on the market today? Not necessarily but they are a dependable shoe that should serve you well as a sort of base model and for that reason, we think they are worth it.

What do you think of the Allen Edmond Park Avenues? Share your thoughts in the comments section! 

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Allen Edmonds Park Avenue Cap Toe Oxford: Is It Worth It? - Iconic American Dress Shoe Review

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Allen Edmonds Park Avenue Cap Toe Oxford: Is It Worth It? – Iconic American Dress Shoe Review

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Find out our verdict on the classic Allen Edmonds Park Avenue Cap Toe Oxford.

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Preston Schlueter

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