cole haan vs AE?

Rising junior that just wants a nice pair of shoes for interviews. Should I just get a pair of cole haans, or would it be better to get the AEs. I feel like most ppl won't notice the difference or care enough, and I will be saving a lot of money.


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Jun 17, 2017 - 3:55pm

Don't worry about the brand, just go for something that looks nice and doesn't break your wallet. I've personally always found Calvin Klein to have pretty nice shoes that don't splash logo/are on the cheaper side.

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Jun 24, 2017 - 7:55pm

Poor advice.

Instead of buying low-quality shoes every 1-2 years, a better alternative is to purchase a more expensive pair that will last you way longer (and also look 200x better). There are plenty of options .... Allen Edmonds, Crockett & Jones, Church's.... you can get them on sale for c. £300 and they will last you 8 years easy.

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Jun 26, 2017 - 9:34am

OP asked Cole Haan vs. AE, which are both lower-tier quality shoes..

My post was that he shouldn't buy a pair of Ferragamos at this stage unless he wants to be laughed at.

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Jun 22, 2017 - 11:48am

I own pairs of both. Quality of Cole Haan vs. AE isn't comparable. If you properly clean and polish the AEs they will last a lifetime. Cole Haans are fine for daily wear; AEs are great for interviews, client meetings, and formal occasions.

Jun 26, 2017 - 2:20pm

This guy starting ten new Cole Haan vs. The World threads a day got me taking a look at some of their shoes online. The Washington Grand Wholecut Oxford is actually not terrible looking. I might have even picked up a pair if not for the crude looking, chunky, synthetic sole. Remind me of those special training shoes Kramer bought from the Jimmy.

Jun 27, 2017 - 3:17pm

Same positon as you and here is what I did. I own a two pairs of Cole Haans that have served me exceptionally well over the past year. The key is to buy them on sale, I bought both for around $100 and at that price point it can not be beat.

Jun 27, 2017 - 4:16pm

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