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When Team USA slip off their soft spikes for more formal attire, they'll be sporting Allen Edmonds Park Avenue Oxfords. Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenue Cap-toe Lace-up Oxford Dress Shoe- Brown Burnished Calf (Style 5745) · Lace-up oxford dress shoes · Cap-toe balmoral with perforated. Allen Edmonds is my most trusted "go to" store for gifting my husband. Over the years I have purchased countless shoes, belts, shoe polish read more.

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GENTLEMAN WITHIN" width="300" height="168">Quick note: If you’re enjoying this double monkstrap duel featuring Cole Haan vs Beckett Simonon then you’ll probably like this brogue battle between Beckett Simonon vs Allen Edmonds.

QUALITY & CRAFTSMANSHIP

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Allen Edmonds Brogue Craftsmanship

Great style starts from the bottom up and one way for men to dress well while presenting themselves head and shoulders above the rest is to invest in quality shoes.

And when it comes to men’s dress shoes, the quality and craftsmanship is just as important as the style and design. The key is finding a pair that’s built to last for years or even decades to come.

Allen Edmonds already has a reputation for high-quality dress shoes — let’s see why.

Allen Edmonds Quality & Craftsmanship

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Allen Edmonds Dress Shoes Last

As mentioned earlier in this review, both the Strand and Fifth Ave are built on the welted 65 Last which is their most popular and classic shape. The shoes remain in the last for 24 hours to ensure they hold their shape for a lifetime.

They’re completely leather lined and feature a small cut-out on the inner left side of the right shoe where the Allen Edmonds logo is stitched. It’s all about the little details.

In addition to their imported leather, the shoes’ premium hides are sometimes sourced from the Horween factory in Chicago.

Allen Edmonds Stitching Details

The AE Strand and Fifth Avenue are built with a welted construction:

A welt is a strip of leather sewn around the upper and insole of the shoe to which the outsole is then attached. Apart from its durability, one advantage of stitching the components together using a welt is that it conserves the leather’s natural flexibility and allows it to breathe. A welted construction also allows for the shoes to be recrafted and therefore extends the life of the shoe.

Quality Control (QC) Check

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AE Strand QC Loose Thread

A quick QC check and there are some noticeable loose threads here and there, which is surprising since they seem to take pride in their QC. And while loose threads aren’t the worst thing, it shows that there was some oversight in the QC process.

As for the leather, it was clean, soft and supple from the start with no blemishes on the shoes or along the outsole.

Are Allen Edmonds Good Year Welted?

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Allen Edmonds 360 Degree Goodyear Welt

Yes, all Allen Edmonds dress shoes are crafted with a 360º Goodyear Welt (GYW), the gold standard to some. 360º means that the leather is stitched completely around the shoe making it more durable than shoes that are cemented together.

Additionally, a GYW makes it much easier to recraft the shoes after the soles have worn thin. And another benefit of a goodyear welt is that it provides more water resistance than other types of welts.

Do Allen Edmonds Have Cork Midsoles?

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Allen Edmonds Custom Cork Insole

Yes, in fact this is one of the selling points that AE sales representatives tout if you ever find yourself in one of their physical locations. I remember my first visit to the Allen Edmonds brick and mortar store in downtown Philadelphia a few years ago when purchasing my very first pair.

The sales rep made sure I knew that there is a shock-absorbent cork between the insole and outsole that will allow for the sole to form and mold to my feet overtime, making for a custom and more comfortable fit. It turns out the cork midsoles do indeed form to your feet overtime.

Details

  • Handcrafted in Port Washington, WI of fine imported leathers
  • Premium European calfskin leather upper
  • Built on the welted 65 Last
  • Recraftable

Now that we’ve covered the quality & craftsmanship of Allen Edmonds, let’s see if Beckett Simonon is up to snuff.

Beckett Simonon Quality & Craftsmanship

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Beckett Simonon Craftsmanship

Beckett Simonon shoes are handmade one by one from luxurious Argentinian full grain leather. To be honest, I can’t tell much difference between Allen Edmonds and Beckett Simonon’s leather shoes. They feel about the same level of thickness and softness. 

Durant Brogues Creasing

If there was one slight distinction it’s that the Durants are more prone to creasing than the Strand and Fifth Avenue. I’ve had my AE’s for much longer (several years) and the Durants for about 4 months and they already appear to have more prominent creasing, comparatively speaking.

Like the Strand and Fifth Ave, the Durants are fully leather lined with soft full grain leather for extra breathability. And just like AE’s, they are also equipped with durable rubber heels for grip since full leather soles can be quite slippery in wet conditions.

Quality Control (QC) Check

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Beckett Simonon Worn Leather Sole

A quick inspection of the Beckett Simonon Durants, I found it very difficult to find any physical flaws. There are no loose threads, the leather is soft, supple and clean.

And though I don’t think it’s a QC issue, but the way that the triangular brogue stitching is cut, it feels and looks to be fraying outward a bit, instead of laying flat like the AE Strand. Not a big deal, just a small detail that I noticed.

Are Beckett Simonon Good Year Welted?

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Beckett Simonon Durant Brogue Blake Stitch

No, Beckett Simonon shoes are all blake stitch constructed, including the Durants. A blake stitch isn’t any worse than a good year welt (GYW purists would say otherwise), in fact blake stitched dress shoes can still be recrafted, albeit through a much more difficult process that requires the help of a machine.

Interestingly enough, although the B-S Durants are blake stitched, they look strikingly similar to the Strand and Fifth Avenue’s good year welt. If I didn’t know better, I’d surely mistake them for a GYW.

A benefit of a blake stitched shoe over a GYW is that blake stitch shoes tend to have a sleeker appearance, thus make for a more refined looking dress shoe. Whereas good year welted shoes can have a more rugged appearance, making them the perfect welt construction for many boot styles.

Do Beckett Simonon Shoes Have Cork Midsoles?

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Beckett Simonon Durant Detail Shot

No, there is no cork mid-sole in Beckett Simonon shoes. Instead the soles are lined with vegetable tanned full grain leather. There’s a thin padded layer that adds to the comfortability of the shoes.

Details

  • Hand-made one at a time.
  • Resoleable Blake construction.
  • Full grain calf leather upper.
  • Full grain leather lining for extra breathability.
  • Sturdy and resoleable leather sole.
  • Extra durable rubber heels.

QUALITY & CRAFTSMANSHIP WINNER: Allen Edmonds

AE wins quality and craftsmanship by the slightest of margins. After all they’ve upheld a reputation of delivering quality shoes in America for over 90 years.

Beckett Simonon is no slouch here, however because AE has been in the game for so much longer and have been consistently delivering quality-made dress shoes for nearly a century, I have to give them the nod.

Next topic is comfort and durability.

COMFORT & DURABILITY

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Smart Casual Outfit Wearing Beckett Simonon Durant Brogues

The key to comfort is fit and Allen Edmonds has a leg up when it comes to providing the perfect fit. Primarily because AE offers an extensive range of sizes and widths from AAA (narrow) to D (medium) all the way to EEE (wide). Allen Edmonds has the ability to fit a multitude of foot shapes and sizes, whereas Beckett Simonon only offers the standard D width.

In terms of durability, my Strands and Fifth Avenues have held up exceedingly well over the course of 3-4 years now. I haven’t polished or cleaned them up much at all. There are scuffs and streak marks that inevitably occur with regular wear. Though I’d say that they’re just about ready for a shoe shine any day now. I’m impressed with how little creasing there is on my AE’s. It goes to show that the leather quality is on point.

I haven’t had my B-S Durants for nearly as long, but they’re holding up well after double digit wears and a run around the block. There’s minimal creasing and the rubber heel is proving just a durable as the AE heels.

Fifth Avenue Creasing

Are Allen Edmonds Comfortable?

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Yes, even with just the CustomCork™ insole. There’s no cushion like with Beckett Simonon’s shoes, however its ability to naturally mold to your feet for a custom fit, provides comfort.

Are Beckett Simonon Comfortable?

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Yes, since there is a light padded leather cushion on top of the cork bed that will form to your feet over time. Just like the AE Strand and Fifth Avenue, the interior leather lining is soft and supple.

COMFORT & DURABILITY WINNER: TIE

Both Allen Edmonds and Beckett Simonon’s shoes wear extremely comfortable right out of the box. There’s not much of a break in period needed. Bonus points to both brands for featuring a cork insole to ensure an even better fit the longer your wear them.

Let’s move on to shoe sizing and price.

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SHOE SIZING, PRICE, ETC.

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AE Strand Pop of Color

When it comes to sizing, both Allen Edmonds and Beckett Simonon run true to size. When I was fitted in-store, the AE rep told me that I was a size 8, which fits fine, though slightly roomy. I’m certain a 7.5 would fit me even better without being too tight.

I would have gotten 7.5 for my Durants, however it seems that they don’t carry 7.5, but do carry half sizes for 8-11. Beckett Simonon has sizes ranging from 7-14 compared to Allen Edmonds 6-16.

Are Allen Edmonds True To Size?

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Yes, they run true to size and so you’re safe to go with your normal dress shoe or boot size or a half size down from your regular sneaker size.

Are Beckett Simonon True To Size?

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Yes, their shoes fit true to size according to a Brannock device in standard D width.

SHOE SIZING WINNER: Allen Edmonds

AE Fifth Avenue Details

Allen Edmonds gets the nod here because of the wider array of shoes sizes available in a myriad of widths from narrow to medium and wide. I think Beckett Simonon would benefit from offering at least a wide to accommodate men with wider feet. You can’t just size up or else the shoes will be too long.

Are Allen Edmonds Expensive?

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Most of Allen Edmonds oxfords retail for $395 so they aren’t cheap dress shoes, however they can be found on sale for up-to 50% off. I got my Fifth Avenues for around $200 during their popular Rediscover America Sale and the Strands from Nordstrom for $250.

Keep in mind that you can shop Allen Edmonds factory seconds for AE shoes at a fraction of the cost, the caveat being that they have slight blemishes, both visible and invisible to the eye.

Shoes with defects that aren’t considered “first quality” are sold as factory seconds, which is usually a great deal considering they’re still handcrafted with the Made In America label.

At $395 they’re pretty expensive for most men, however on sale they’re a steal.

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Is Beckett Simonon Expensive?

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No. Beckett Simonon is one of the best bang for your buck shoe brands that I’ve tried. The quality is equal to brands twice their price. You can get B-S dress shoes for $199 year round.

And if it’s your first time buying from them, there are codes (GENTLEMANWITHIN20) for 20% off and they often have flash sales like two pairs for $319 which is a fantastic deal IMO.

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PRICE WINNER: Beckett Simonon

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This one’s pretty clear, as Beckett Simonon is nearly half the price of AE at retail. On top of the already great price of $199, you can snag an extra 20% off your first pair with my custom code GENTLEMANWITHIN20.

PROS & CONS

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Before we wrap things up, let’s get into some of the pros and cons of both of these brands.

Allen Edmonds Pros & Cons

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Pros: 

  • Have a wide variety of styles and colorways 
  • Over 50,000 lasts in over 20 different shapes, lengths and widths
  • Carry a myriad of shoe widths for all types of foot shapes and sizes
  • Over 78 locations that you can visit and get fitted in person
  • Factory seconds available at outlet stores across the country
  • Recrafting service available to repair and restore your shoes

Cons:

  • Potential QC issues because of the high volume of orders fulfilled every day
  • Retail value is double the price of Beckett Simonon shoes
  • Made In America is slightly misleading since they have factories overseas
AE Strand And Blue Sharkskin Suit

Beckett Simonon Pros & Cons

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Pros:

  • Much more affordable than competitors with similar styles & quality
  • Full one year warranty offered against defects in materials and workmanship
  • Wide variety of dress shoe styles and colorways to choose from
  • Free shipping and free returns in the US
  • Dress shoe aesthetics are sleek and sexy

Cons:

  • Lengthy 3 month wait period is not for everyone
  • Certain products come and go without mention or notice
  • No brick and mortar locations to get fitted in person

WHO’S THE WINNER?Beckett Simonon Promotional Sticker

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Both brands carry a wide variety of shoe styles from cap toe oxfords to split toe derbies and penny loafers to double monk strap shoes and even whole cuts. They both also carry rugged cap toe boots, jodhpur boots and brogue dress boots. 

Beckett Simonon even carries German Army Trainers (GATs) and minimalist white and black sneakers. For a young brand they have quite the selection of stylish shoes to whet any shoe lover’s appetite.  

I’d say if you have the budget and don’t have the patience, then go for Allen Edmonds. And if you want to save about $150, and are willing to wait the 3 months to receive your shoes, then go with Beckett Simonon.

I can see both brands lasting for years, maybe even decade to come so long as I take care of them.

Are Allen Edmonds Worth It?

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